Lady Wave falls to Louisville despite 23 from Rush

Staff Writer

West Point was able to handle the vaunted Louisville full-court press for much of the game, but the Green Wave eventually succumbed to the pressure, as a 20-20 second quarter tie turned into an 18-point loss.

West Point led 13-12 after the first quarter when Ty Johnson made a basket with six seconds left in the period.

An Aamya Rush free throw would tie the game at 20- all midway through the second quarter. Goia Robinson drained a jumper with just over three-minutes remaining to give the Green Wave a 25-20 lead, but that is when Louisville put together a substantial run using their full court press.

The Lady Wildcats would then proceed to go on a 15-1 run, taking a 35-26 lead with under a minute left in the half. Rush finally ended the drought with two free throws at the end of the half to stop the bleeding, as West Point went into the intermission trailing 36-29.

The third quarter wasn’t any more kind to the Lady Wave, as they found themselves down 54-40 at the end of the third, en route to a 67-49 loss.

West Point head coach Dash Daniel admitted after the game that his team began to struggle with the Louisville press as the game went on. Daniel said the inability to break the press effectively boiled down to inexperience.

“When I had my veteran girls here, we had no problem with it (the press),” Daniel said. “Outside of my three seniors, we’re just freshman, freshman, freshman. It’s just growing pains, that’s all.”

Louisville’s Areyanna Hunter led all scorers with 26.

Rush led West Point with 23 points, while Aresta Davis finished with 11. Johnson added eight for the Lady Wave.

“(Davis) is an awesome player. She is by far my heartbeat of the team and she keeps us going,” Daniel said. “If we weren’t so young, we’d be hard to deal with, but is what it is.”

West Point will take on Kemper County at home next Tuesday.