University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz didn't like what he saw early on, his team starting 0-for-5 with three turnovers in six possessions.
So, Walz turned to the bench.
And Shawnta Dyer came through by leading the Cardinals with 15 points in a 69-49 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night in Blacksburg, Va.
The Cardinals (23-3) are 11-2 in the ACC and with three games left are tied for second-place in the league race. U of L will play league-leading Notre Dame on Monday night at 7 p.m. in South Bend, Ind.
"If we continue to play good basketball and pass the ball like we have been, I think we can go pretty far," Walz said.
Dyer hit 6 of 8 from the field and led the Cardinals, while freshman Mariya Moore added 14 points and five rebounds and Bria Smith added 12 points. Senior Sara Hammond had eight points and six rebounds for the Cardinals.
U of L hit 27 of 55 from the field and had 22 assists. The Cardinals won the rebounding battle 36-30 and held Virginia Tech to 19 of 54 shooting.
The Cardinals reached 23 wins for just the fifth time in school history.