University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz picked up win No. 200 in style on Thursday night at the KFC Yum Center.
In his eighth season at U of L, Walz claimed the milestone win with a massive 49-28 second-half surge as the Cardinals decked No. 23 Syracuse 78-58.
Freshman Myisha Hines-Allen had 23 points and freshman Maryia Moore added 21 as the Cardinals finished with 26 assists on 31 made field goals.
The 43-year-old Walz is 200-72 at U of L and has guided the program to a pair of NCAA national runner-up finishes - losing both the Connecticut. Walz reached the 200-win mark nine games faster than Connecticut coaching great Geno Auriemma.
"I’ve never been one to get all worked up about the first one, the 100th, the 200th," he said. "Sure, I mean, it’s great, because the other option is if you’re losing you get fired. So the more you win, the better it is for job security. So I’m a big fan of that. You look at the players. The players are the ones who have bought in. I’m intense when I’m out there coaching. We work too hard to settle for mediocrity. I’m not going to do it.
"That’s my job here is to get the best out of every single one of them."