Few teams can afford to lose one key player without damaging chemistry or competitiveness.
Louisville is down four and yet is two games better than this point last season minus two regulars. The No. 11 Cardinals (19-4, 7-2 Big East Conference) enter Saturday's home game against Pittsburgh aiming to extend their five-game winning streak before traveling to No. 2 Notre Dame on Monday night.
A reshuffled backcourt and several players' improvement have helped Louisville overcome the loss of forward Shawnta' Dyer to a season-ending ACL tear in December and guard Monique Reid's three-game absence with a bone bruise. Senior forward Asia Taylor and redshirt junior guard Tia Gibbs have yet to play this season following hip surgeries.
Their absences haven't fazed the Cardinals, who continue showing resilience and cohesion.