The run is over for the University of Louisville women's basketball team. The Cardinals hit just 31.5 percent from the field and couldn't stop Dayton on the other end, falling 82-66 in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Saturday afternoon.
U of L (27-7) hit just 23 of 73 from the field, including 1 of 15 three-pointers, while Dayton hit 27 of 53 from the field and 26 of 30 from the line.
"You never want it to end when you get to this point," U of L coach Jeff Walz said. "And it's disappointing how it ended for us. But I'm so proud of these young women. I'm really proud of what we have accomplished with this team."
Dayton was the No. 7 seed in the Albany Region and got 26 points from Andrea Hoover, while Amber Deane added 15 points and Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova had 12 and 11 rebounds.
After beating Kentucky last week in Lexington, Dayton (28-6) made it a Bluegrass State double on Saturday. The Flyers have won 10 of the past 12 games.
"It's a tough way to go out, I'm disappointed," senior Bria Smith said.
U of L trailed only 30-29 at the half. The Cardinals gave up a season-high 52 points in the second half and hit just 13 of 41 from the field.
Freshman Myisha Hines-Allen scored all 14 of her points in the second half to lead Louisville, while Bria Smith had 11 points, five rebounds and four steals. Shawtna Dyer added 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Jude Schimmel added 11 points on 4 of 23 shooting.
"We got good shots, some good looks," Walz said. "We just couldn't make a shot."
Dayton opened the game up with an 11-2 run early in the second half and the Flyers never trailed after the halftime break.
The Flyers were just 2 of 10 from three-point range but were beating the Cardinals off the dribble. Dayton outscored U of L 42-34 in the paint.
With the loss, Walz falls to 20-7 in NCAA Touranment games. His winning percentage among active coaches coming in was second only to Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma.