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Monday, March 30, 2015

Softball sinks Syracuse...Lacrosse falls to #4 Northwestern -- Monday Cardinal Couple



SANABRIA HITS TWO HOME RUNS IN UofL WIN



The Louisville Cardinals softball team engaged in another slugfest against Syracuse Sunday at Ulmer Stadium and swept the series against the Orange with a 13-7 win. 

With the victory, Louisville remains atop the ACC Conference...tied with FSU at 11-1 in conference play. The Cards are 22-8 on the season.

Louisville jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning...Sanabria delivering a two-run blast off the scoreboard and Jordan McNary circling the bases for an inside-the-park homer off a deep shot to center. 


The Cards pushed it to 4-0 in the fourth and looked to be in good shape until Syracuse chased starter Maryssa Becker with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to grab a three run lead. 

Shelby McCombs came in for relief duties and held the 'Cuse scoreless the rest of the way. Louisville got closer in the sixth with two runs and blew past the Orange with seven runs in the seventh...a two-RBI double from Kayla Soles being the big hit of the inning. 

The Cards will host Kentucky next...a Wednesday single game at 6 p.m.  Admission will be $5 for this one.

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LAX FALLS SHORT IN NORTHWESTERN GAME


Louisville Lacrosse suffered their third loss of the season on the road at Evanston, IL. to #4 Northwestern 12-10. Louisville also lost to the Wildcats in the second round of the NCAA last year. 

The Cards fell behind 1-0 before Faye Brust collected three straight goals...the hat trick being performed in a 2:30 stretch in the first half...to give UofL a two goal edge. 

Northwestern responded with six straight goals before Carissa Corbett could tally again for UofL. NU tacked one more score in the remainder of the half to lead 8-4 after thirty minutes. 


Northwestern and Louisville played fairly evenly for most of the final half...the Wildcats leading 12-7 late before the Cards came at them with a furious rally to cut the margin to 12-10 before time ran out on Kellie Young's squad. 

Lacrosse heads to our nation's capitol next to face American on Tuesday. The #10 Cards (8-3) have only lost to squads ranked in the top five of the NCAA this season. 

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BOTH UofL BASKETBALL TEAMS DONE FOR THE SEASON NOW



A heartbreaking loss for the UofL men's basketball squad yesterday in Syracuse to Michigan St. 76-70 in overtime. Louisville squandered a eight point half time lead to Tom Izzo's Spartan squad due to atrocious shooting but managed to find themselves on the free throw line with less than five seconds remaining in regulation with a chance to take the lead. 

Mangkok Mathiang sunk the first free throw (after a high bounce, roll and drop) but the second bounced free and the Spartans missed a buzzer-beater to send it to OT. Louisville never led in the overtime. 

The season is now over for both Pitino and Walz's squads. The underclassmen go back to work almost immediately for next year, though, it seems...Sam Purcell tweeting out that the first practice of the 2015-16 season went well yesterday. 


We've had great fun covering the Cards hoops this season and will keep abreast of the progress of the team as they get ready for action in Louisville's second season in the ACC.

In the meantime, there are softball home runs to keep track of, lacrosse sticks to watch in action and other sports that the UofL women's teams will participate and train in. We'll keep you posted on all the Cardinal women's squads' activities here at the fan voice for UofL women's sports. 

Don't forget to follow us each day and also on the radio at WCHQ 100.9 FM for the best in Louisville women's sports. 

paulie
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dayton Flyers ground Cards 82-66 -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



13-0 Flyer run in second half sends Cinderella to Great Eight, Cards home.



It is often said that defense and rebounding wins game. Shooting the ball well is a third caveat that can be added as well... and the Louisville WBB squad had a tough time of that in their 82-66 loss to #7 seed Dayton in the NCAA Regionals Saturday afternoon in Albany, NY.

Louisville shot 31.5% (23-73) against UD in 40 minutes while their counterparts put up twenty less shots and made four more than the Cards (27-53) to register 51% from the floor. 

Louisville also went a dismal 1-15 from the three point range in a contest that had a series of runs.


The Cards trailed 7-2 in the early going before a few substitutions paid off and spurred Louisville to a 16-4 run that gave then a 18-11 lead. Myisha Hines-Allen was riding the pines with two early fouls...but Shawnta' Dyer and Bria Smith were handling the offensive for Jeff Walz's crew. 

Dayton roared back. They outscored Louisville 19-11, including a 12-0 run, the rest of the twenty minutes to take a 30-29 halftime lead. 


The Flyers continued finding offense to begin the second half and went on a 15-8 run to lead 45-37 in the first six minutes of the half. Myisha Hines-Allen, who didn't start the second half, came in and was hitting...getting the Cards back into the came. All of her team high 14 points came in the final twenty minutes. 

Hines-Allen helped spur the Cards back into contention...her layup with less than nine minutes to go drew Louisville within two at 55-53. Just when it seemed the Cards were rolling and ready to roar past the Flyers...two things happened:

First, Hines-Allen picked up her fourth foul and went to the bench. 

Next...the Cards went over four minutes with out a score and a 13-0 Flyer run pushed them to a 68-53 edge with 4:49 to go. Eight consecutive Louisville possessions without a score. Dayton getting points on their eight possessions.


It was Hines-Allen, re-inserted into the game, who broke the scoring drought...but the damage had been done and Dayton outscored Louisville 14-13 the rest of the way to advance to a Monday night matchup against Connecticut. 

Cinderella advances but gets as a reward the powerhouse Huskies...the glass slipper doesn't fit here, in our opinion.

Jim Jabir (Dayton head coach) jabbed a sharp stick at the state yesterday when he wondered aloud who else he could beat in the commonwealth of Kentucky. Maybe a dead man walking musings before falling through the Geno-built gallows awaiting him. 

A poor poke, Henry Kissinger look-alike. Your next round? Well, it's going to go badly for you. 

Put 100 on them, Huskies. Win by 50.  

We saw Tennessee yesterday erase a 17-point Gonzaga lead
with less the six minutes to go to force overtime and beat the Zags. They were getting easy shots and making them. Dayton was not providing Louisville many easy looks in the final eight and when they did...the Cards had difficulty in sinking them. Jeff Walz will tell you...if you don't shoot well, it is hard to win. It was evidenced yesterday. 

Hines-Allen led the Cards with 14 points. Bria Smith ended with 12, Jude finished with 11 (on 4-23 shooing) and Shawnta' Dyer completed the Cards double digit scorers by posting a double-double with 10 points and 10 grabs.

Guard Andrea Hoover perfected the dribble drive against Louisville and led all scorers with 26 points. Amber Deane came off the bench for Jim Jabir and totaled 15.



Tough way for the season to end for the Cards. 27-7 is better than most expected and third in the ACC after losing four major players from the previous season quite the feat for Walz's Warriors.

How this bunch would have fared against UConn in a Great Eight matchup is anyone's guess...but Walz got a lot...maybe more than expected out of two freshmen and five stalwart seniors that took incredible journeys to get this far. 

Sara, Bria, Jude, Shawnta' and Sherrone...you will be missed. So many great memories and contributions here. 


Myisha, Mariya, Arica, Emmonnie, Cortnee, Megan, Syd and Ariana...it is time to go to work for next season. Time to set the foundation for the future and make room for the #1 recruiting class of 2015 to join you. 

Although the sun has set on this season, the future looks bright, indeed. 

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PICK 'EM CONTEST A CLOSE AFFAIR



Our CARDINAL COUPLE Pick 'EM rolls along with 56 total point and three rounds of action in the books. Atop the leader board is Charlie McAdams with a 46-10 mark. The proud father of our Worldwide Jeff McAdams, Charlie was a teacher before his retirement and is schooling the field at this juncture. He has a Final Four roster of UConn, Tenn, Notre Dame and South Carolina prognosticated. 

Close behind at 45-11 are Cardinal Couple's Sonja, Kenny S, K. Starks and Curtis Franklin. Sonja has indicated she'll give the $25 Cracker Barrel gift card to second place if she wins. She's got a Final Four of UConn, Maryland, Notre Dame and South Carolina.

Good luck to all contestants over the next seven games! 

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SOFTBALL SLUGS PAST SYRACUSE



Softball continued their winning ways with a double-header sweep over Syracuse yesterday at Ulmer Stadium. The Cards outslugged the Orange 15-11 and 5-4. 

Louisville enjoyed shutout leads in each contest (8-0 and 5-0) before holding off Syracuse challenges. 

Hailey Smith went 4-4 in the first game with two home runs and Kelsi Jones drove in 4 runs. In the nightcap, Whitney Arion's three RBI double was the key blow...


The Pitch and Hit Cards have won 11 of their last 12 and sit atop the ACC Softball standings. Pearsall is getting hitting production from a good mix of freshman and returning players...the pitching is working their way out of jams and Maryssa Becker has shown she can be a dominant force in the circle or at the plate. 

The Cards and the Orange do it again today at noon. Free Louie Beanie Babies to the first 350 in the ballpark. Gates open at 11. 

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WE'RE ON CRESCENT HILL RADIO...



Our Saturday broadcast should be available on the crescenthill.com SoundCloud later today. It was a fun show...with me in the studio, Jeff joining in on location at the Ohio Valley Volleyball Center and Sam the Intern AWOL. 

If you go to the Crescent Hill Radio home page at crescenthillradio.com and click on Programming and then click of Cardinal Couple...you can hear any of our previous shows all the way back to November. That's a lot of shows! 

The link for today's show is below when it does become available on Soundcloud:

WHAT? YOU LEFT PAULIE ALONE IN THE STUDIO? HEAVEN HELP US ALL...

PAULIE
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cards look to fly past Flyers today -- Saturday Cardinal Couple



#3 SEED UOFL HOPES TO JOIN THE ELITE EIGHT



We have half the Elite Eight in the NCAA Women's Tournament established. Seated at the table are South Carolina...who got a basket from Tiffany Mitchell with five second to go...to advance over UNC 67-65. 

I called this one wrong yesterday..but I did see a close game and this one certainly was.

Also grabbing a chair is Baylor, who rolled past the Iowa Hawkeyes 81-66. This wasn't a surprise.


Notre Dame was able to knock down the Trees and send the Stanford Cardinal winging back to the Farm with a 81-60 triumph. It still amazes me that the Stanford squad actually beat UConn earlier this season. The team I saw last night would be hard-pressed tp beat WKU or UPitt...much less UConn.

FSU also has become elitists with a squeak past ASU 66-65. This one was ugly early, with the score stuck at 9-9 for what seemed like an eternity. The offense for both heated up as the game progressed and Sue Semrau's Seminoles are next in line to challenge South Carolina. 

Two out of the three ACC teams move forward. Two more (Duke and Louisville) look to advance today.



The Louisville Cardinals look to grab a reservation in the Great Eight party against Dayton. The Flyers out-pointed UK to get to Sweet Sixteen status and ousted Iowa St in the opening round by 12. They were the #7 seed in the
Albany Region coming in and currently stand at 27-6. 

They narrowly missed the A-10 regular season and conference tournament titles...losing a total of three times to George Washington...but the Flyers got an at-large berth and have pulled off one of the major upsets in the 2015 NCAA WBB Tournament with the beating of the Cats.

  
Dayton does it with teamwork, much like the Cards do. They have Ally Malott, a first team A-10 selection, that posted UK up for 28 points and 13 rebounds. She'll present a challenge to the Cardinals paint committee. Amber Deane was selected the A-10 Sixth Player of the Year, averaged 10.5 a game and dropped 23 on the Cats. 

Also ready to fly are Kelley Austria, a defensive team selection in the A-10 and Andrea Hoover, the leading scorer for Jim Jabir's squad at 17.3 ppg and also the team leader in assists, 3-pointers and free throws. Jodie Cornette and Jenna Burdette add valuable minutes as well...Cornette gets 2.6 blocks per game.


The "A" team (Ally, Amber, Andrea and Austria) also downed 11 threes against the Cats and went 28-31 from the line. 



So...what does Louisville have to do to advance to a probable matchup against UConn in the regional finals? How do the Cards achieve an Elite Eight entry?

It is beautiful in its simplicity...  

They follow whatever game plan Walz and the coaches have devised. 

The Cardinal coaches have had five days to get this one together.And it is all about working the plan and fulfilling your duty in it. We expect to see the Cards go inside early and often. We expect to see the Louisville defense shut down the Flyers long range bombing with aggressive defense and ball pressure. 

And we expect to see Louisville win.


Maybe by not double-digits. Maybe way less on the scoreboard than the 189 points that Dayton and UK posted. 

But Louisville will win this game. 

And then contemplate the next round. Survive and advance, one game at a time...

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Softball has two today at Ulmer Stadium against the Syracuse Orange...first pitch at noon...in case you want to get a little early cheering practice in. This one was scheduled for Syracuse but weather conditions prevented it, so the Cards are hosting...as the away team. Not sure if this involves the Pearsall birds wearing the away jerseys and taking to the 1st base dugout instead of the 3rd...but it is always nice to crowd in an extra couple of unexpected home games. 

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Cardinal Couple Radio airs today at noon with me in the studio and Worldwide joining later from the Ohio Valley Volleyball Center. It seems the NetCards have a few foes and friends in town for a off-season series of scrimmages. 

In addition to hooking up with him, I'll sample the sounds of Softball and the Cards wins last week over UNC and IU. We'll also talk WBB hoops and take a look at other things in the Cardinal and NCAA women's sports world. 

11 a.m. on WCHQ 100.9 FM or www.crescenthillradio.com

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Kentucky already has a NCAA championship in hoops. 

Thomas More won the DIII title over George Fox last night to finish a perfect 33-0 season.

The MVP? Anyone remember northern Kentucky resident Sydney Moss...who was a Louisville possible until she took off to Florida? She came back home after a year and has been dominant at Thomas More.

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Finally....congratulations to MBB for their 65-55 win over NC State to gain Elite Eight Status. This one wasn't easy for Pitino's players...the Cards getting a lead and losing it for most of the game. A strong late performance from Gill and Trez's dominance plus Rozier's acrobatics keep the Cards in Syracuse.

Izzo and MSU next. God, I want to beat them...so bad.

paulie

Friday, March 27, 2015

Four advance, four leave tonight -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



BATTLE OF CAROLINAS AND IRISH VS TREES TONIGHT IN NCAA WBB SWEET SIXTEEN


We are getting closer to a Final Four in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. In Greensboro, NC and Oklahoma City, OK it'll be a scenario where eight survivors enter and four have there survivals extended. Some very good basketball on tap.

We'll look at the matchups in a minute. First, we'd like to extend our best wishes and hopes to the UofL men's basketball squad...who faces ACC foe NC State in the men's Sweet Sixteen. The Cards lost to the Wolfpack in the KFC YUM! Center in the conference schedule...a game where Louisville led at the half but fell upon a cold shooting stretch and numerous defensive breakdowns. 

The Pitino led squad is playing better than that these days and should send Mr. and Mrs. Wuf packing back to Raleigh.

Oh yeah...be prepared for Big Blue boasters today in your travels. Teflon John and his NBA roster decimated Wichita State by 39 last night. 40-0, 40-0 !! Three games away...

Now...to the ladies. In the four games tonight, there are really no major surprises here in the contestant's chairs. The top four seeds advanced to this stage in these two regionals. Only Texas and Dayton in Albany and Gonzaga in Spokane are teams that were not #4 seed or better that made the Sweet Sixteen. Gonzaga, you figured had a good chance...playing in the northwest...Dayton a surprise and Texas was a #5 seed and not that big of a stretch.

UNC vs South Carolina  7 p.m. Greensboro


South Carolina has looked very good in getting this far.... hammering Savannah St. and Syracuse. They'll find the sledding a little tougher against a Sylvia Hatchell squad that handled Liberty and managed to hang on against a Ohio St. squad who rallied back big time to barely lose. 

It's a ACC vs SEC matchup and I'm going with the rough and tumble TarHeels to narrowly send South Carolina back to Columbia. They've gotten lucky once when they survived the Ohio St. spree and luck will be a lady again tonight for Carolina Blue.

Iowa vs Baylor  7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City


It's back to the scene of Kim Mulkey's most disappointing career loss...where Louisville downed Griner and company a couple of years ago. Griner is gone, but Iowa is no Louisville (The Cards dismantled Hawkeye Nation by 34 earlier in the season).

Baylor may not win by as much, but win they will and Kim won't have to do a striptease for the Oklahoma City contingent. Iowa has improved since the Cards clipped their wings but the midwestern farm girls will be headed home Saturday morning. 

Arizona St. v Fla. St.  9:30 p.m. Greensboro


This time, the ACC goes against the PAC Conference and Arizona St. Sue Semrau's Seminoles were second best in the conference but have looked like champions against Alabama St. and FGCU...maybe the easiest path anyone had in getting to the Sweet Sixteen. These Tallahassee lassies will trot forward against a group of Sun Devils that said "no way-o" to Ohio and sent UALR packing

Charli Turner Thorne does have Sophia Brunner and a candidate for Worldwide's All-Name team in Promise Amukamara...but these Charli's Angels won't solve tonight's mystery and are headed back to Tempe..from what we see.

Notre Dame v Stanford  10 p.m. Oklahoma City

It looks like the PAC will go "0-for-Sweet Sixteen" tonight when Tara Vanderveer takes her trees for a toilet-papering by the Irish. (Interesting fact: The Trees nickname only applies to the Stanford band...the sports teams are The Cardinal.)

Muffet McGraw is fully aware that The Cardinal is the only team to beat UConn this year. Ol' leopard-skin-print-lady is also aware that she has Jewell Loyd, Taya Reimer, Lindsay Allen and a team that shrugged off miserable Montana and Dougie Bruno's Blue Demons. Irish eyes will be smiling again tonight (or tomorrow morning) as Muffet's Curds and Whey won't be scared by any spiders, trees or Samuelson's...

paulie
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Softball, Lacrosse get wins -- Thursday Cardinal Couple



BECKER DELIVERS IN CIRCLE, AT BAT IN 6-1 WIN OVER IU.



When Maryssa Becker finally got a chance to bat instead of being walked, she made the most of it Wednesday afternoon in the Cards five run win over the Hoosiers. Her 2 RBI double in the fifth inning gave the Cards a comfortable 5-1 lead over visiting IU. 

The blast to right-center scored Kelsi Jones and Whitney Arion and Becker made sure the margin got no smaller...delivering five innings of no-run, four hit relief in the circle which improved her record to 8-2 on the season.

Louisville took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first but the Hoosiers tied it up in the top of the second. Louisville head coach Sandy Pearsall went to Becker in the circle after starter Shelby McCombs had allowed three hits in the first two innings. The Oregon native took control.

The Cards took the lead for good when Kayla Soles singled in the fourth and scored on a IU throwing error that allowed Nicole Pufahl to reach third. Pufahl made the circuit when Brittany Sims singled her home. 3-1 Louisville after four. 

Up next, the Cards face Syracuse for two this weekend at Ulmer in games that were originally scheduled to be played at the Orange softball field but were moved to Louisville over weather concerns. 



In attendance were UofL WBB players Megan Deines and Sydney Brackemyer "supporting their compatriots" according to a tweet from Syd the Kid. 
That's ten bonus points for Syd with the use of 'compatriots' in a game attendance tweet. 

Be sure to listen to Saturday's Cardinal Couple Radio show on WCHQ 100.9 for our delightful post game chats with Coach P. and Maryssa after today's game. Air time is 11 am 

We'll try to use "compatriots" at least twice in the broadcast...

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CARDS MAKE SHORT WORK OUT OF LONGWOOD IN 15-4 LACROSSE WIN


Louisville Lacrosse wasted no time in establishing dominance over homestanding Longwood University yesterday afternoon...scoring four goals in the first three minutes of the match. Kaylin Morissette found net 86 seconds into the contest and was quickly followed by goals from Cortnee Daley, Hannah Kolowski and Carissa Corbett. 

The Cards held a 7-0 advantage until Longwood scored on a free position goal with 2:24 to go in the first half...Louisville taking that six goal lead into halftime. 


Louisville scored first in the final half on another Morissette shot and increased the lead as the game progressed. Kowloski notched her fourth goal to close out the scoring with 6:15 left in the match. Faye Brust also had four goals for Louisville...who improves to 8-2 on the season. 

Morissette set a single game UofL record with eighteen draw controls (out of a possible twenty one). To describe that to the non-Lacrosse informed...it's the equivalent of controlling 18 jump balls in a basketball game. 

The Cards will have a long time to celebrate this one. The scheduled team charter flight back to Louisville was a "no-go"...so the team will bus back to Louisville via US 60 and I-64. That's 520 miles and about nine hours...plus a stop or two to dine and stretch the legs. Happy motoring, girls! 

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WE LIKE THESE ODDS...


The internet search engine BING has proclaimed that the Louisville WBB women's basketball team has a 88% chance of winning their Saturday Sweet Sixteen game against Dayton. We approve. 



Radio "bad boy" Jared Stillman, who made a cameo appearance in the press box for yesterday's softball game has proclaimed the girls will win by 20 points. The always-loquacious and definitely opinionated personality on 93.9 FM also proposes that if the Cards defeat UConn to get to the Final Four, Jeff Walz should immediately be enshrined in the College Basketball Hall-of-Fame. 

You just keep talking, Jared. It's what your good at. Predictions and proposals? Maybe not your strong suit...

paulie

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dangerous Dayton next for WBB...Softball faces IU tonight...Lacrosse on road -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple



#7 seed Flyers next for UofL WBB


When the NCAA Tournament Brackets were first released, Cardinal fans looked at the possibility of Louisville getting a rematch against in-state rival Kentucky in Albany, NY.

Not so fast, my fellow contestants and readers.

Just about every bracket entry we got here at Cardinal Couple indicated that UofL vs. UK would be the Sweet Sixteen matchup to determine who would face UConn (who everyone had advancing). Congratulations to "Slim" and "The other way of stopping" who had the foresight or coin-flip to send Dayton to Albany. Neither entry is doing very well in the contest, by the way.


The Dayton Flyers played the role of David in slaying Goliath (UK) in Memorial Barnyard in a track meet. 99-94.

It's almost if both teams met in the hallway before the game and agreed that first one to 100 wins. Defense pretty much an after-thought in this one. 

The upstart Flyers defeated Iowa St. in their first game of the tournament. They threw a stiff breeze against the Cyclones 78-66 with four in double figures. 


TURN THE "L" AROUND, JIM...
The names you need to know? Ally Malott, Andrea Hoover, Kelly Austria and Amber Deane. They run, they score and they have knocked off two major conferences en route to being the only A-10 school to reach round three. 

Head coach Jim Jabir. He could pass for a young Henry Kissinger (Google it if you're under 40). Sonja says he looks like Steve Carrell's older brother. He gives the courtside appearance and manner of a man who has no idea what to do next if you watch him on the sidelines. He must be doing something right...he sent the Cats to spring break.


We'll break this one down further as we get closer to the Saturday 2:30 p.m. game. I'll suggest today's topic for discussion in the comments section. Is there any possible way and, if so, how do they beat Louisville? 

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Louisville Lacrosse takes their 7-2 record to Farmville, VA to face 2-7 Longwood today at 1 p.m.

I'm pretty sure that you can't download the app and play along...but I'm not much of a gamer...

Instead of harvesting grapes and corn, Kellie Young's LAX tribe will concentrate on putting yellow balls into a net.

It's the second of four on the road for UofL and could be a good test to see how deep Young can go into this year's roster and still get a convincing win. 

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Softball hosts IU for a single game tonight at Ulmer Stadium. Chilly temps will greet the contestants for the 6 p.m. contest. 

Louisville is tied with Florida State atop the ACC standings and will return to conference play Saturday with a trip to Syracuse. 

In the meantime, a battle with IU. This series has become somewhat of a rivalry over the past several years and might be a chance for Sandy Pearsall to do a little lineup shuffling and see what some of the lesser used Cards can do on the diamond and at the plate. 

paulie
xxxxx

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bullying the Bulls...Cards head to Sweet Sixteen -- Tuesday Cardinal Couple

Women's Basketball vs USF


--CARDS 60 - USF 52--



UofL got off to a quick start in the round of 32 game against USF, a very familiar opponent, to say the least.  With a 12-2 run to start the game, it started to look like this game might not be all that competitive.  That's not a good bet to make when your opponent is a Jose Fernandez coached team, though.  And sure enough, a couple of what-were-you-thinking passes by Mariya Moore and some tight officiating by the Dee Kantner led crew, and USF was back into the game down just two, 16-14 at the under-12 timeout.  

Coming out of the timeout, USF got another bucket to tie the game up at 16, and set up a defensive battle for the ages.  Approximately four minutes later, at the under-8 timeout, the score had barely advanced, with The Cards having gotten the only score of the stretch for an 18-16 lead.

A collision between USF's star guard Courtney Williams and another Bull sent Williams and Bria Smith to the floor, with Bria landing on top of Williams leg.  Williams came up limping and concern started to set in for the Bulls.  The Bulls guard continued to play and with the exception of some grimacing and occasional hint of a limp, seemed no worse for wear.

UofL finally got some offense going again, and in what may be the highlight of the season, Shawnta' Dyer drained her first-ever-attempted 3-point shot taking UofL to 24-19 at the under-4 timeout.

At the half, The Cards were hanging on to a 28-23 lead.  At the half, Bria Smith had been credited with two steals, but it seemed like more, Mariya Moore also had two steals on the stat sheet, but quietly.

Starting the second half, Sara Hammond finally got on the scoresheet, then stripped USF and fed a nice passing in to Myisha Hines-Allen to swing the momentum to Louisville.  That triggered a USF timeout with the scoreboard showing 34-26.

USF started a stretch where they were reeling UofL back in with a bit of a curious call.  After Jesperson committed an over-the-back foul on Mariya Moore, the flailing Moore made contact with Jesperson as Moore went to the ground.  The over-the-back was called, and a huddle at the monitors resulted in a dead-ball technical being issued to Moore.  I'm a little mystified as to how that was a technical foul.  I could have understood a flagrant 1 as there was arguably contact by Moore's elbow to Jesperson's face, but a technical seems a bit over-the-top to me.

After the technical, USF made a bit of a run with a few calls that could've gone either way going in favor of the Bulls, but UofL didn't let it fluster them.  UofL continued to dominate the offensive glass giving them two, three, and sometimes even four attempts at getting shots.

With Bria on the bench with four fouls, Sara also collected her fourth and took some time on the sidelines.  With a cold shooting stretch by Louisville, USF was finally able to fully reel in The Cards at the under-4 timeout and take their first lead of the game at 47-46.

The Cards did not quit, however.  Louisville kept calm and continued to play their game, confident that some shots would start falling, and they did.  UofL started to pull back out to a small lead, but it wasn't comfortable until Jude sank some clutch free throws with under a minute left to put The Cards up 7.

With the foul-to-stop-the-clock game on in full force, Mariya Moore pulled down a rebound, was fouled, and landed awkwardly on her left knee perhaps, based on my armchair remote diagnosis, slightly hyperextending it.  In a gutsy display, Moore walked up to the free throw line and sank both of her free throws to put the game away for sure.

The Cards advance in a predictably tough game against USF to the Albany regional Saturday night to face Dayton after their upset over UK. Game time is set for approx. 2 p.m.


Kelsi Jones Gets ACC Nod


Kelsi Jones, in her fourth conference in four years, just got the ACC Player of the Week nod.  In a busy week of six games where The Cards went 5-1, Jones had a home run and a double, scored 9 runs, and got 6 RBIs.  She also picked up three stolen bases and was walked eight times, three of which were intentional.

On a barely related topic, on the @CardCoupleRadio twitter account this week, I explored the phenomenon of some Softball teams wearing hair bows while others don't.  Louisville has traditionally been a very non-hair-bow-wearing team.  Kelsi shook up the status quo last season by being the first UofL player that I'm aware of to wear a hair-bow while playing.

Hair bows: the hard hitting sports journalism you've come to expect from Cardinal Couple.

In all seriousness, though, Kelsi Jones has had a fantastic couple of weeks of Softball, helping Louisville sit atop the leaderboard in the ACC conference standings and is well deserving of ACC Player of the Week honors.

Lacrosse Rankings


There are times when I think I have some of these sport rankings polls figured out, and then we have situations like the last couple of weeks in Lacrosse that leave me scratching my head.

Last week, after a week of two loses to Boston College and Duke...Louisville Lacrosse moved up two spots in the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association) coaches poll.  To be fair, the loses were very competitive, with the loss to BC being only by a single point in overtime, and the Duke game being a loss by only two points.  BC is 2nd, and Duke is 6th in the IWLCA poll, so apparently there was recognition that playing so competitively against two very good teams was worthy of a bump.

In the meantime, the Cardinals win against a couple of good, but unranked teams this week in Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech, and the reward?  Still sitting in 10th place.

I guess there are just some things that I'll never really understand.

CARDINAL COUPLE PICK 'EM CONTEST



Hard to believe, but 48 of the 63 games in this year's NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament have been played. The leaderboard for our contestants: 

40-8 Curtis Franklin. A previous winner of this event, CF has surged to a narrow lead over the field.

39-9 Charlie MC, Blue Lou and Kenny S. stand waiting in the wings...ready to pounce

38-10 Two CARDINAL COUPLE staffers...Jeff MC and Sonja are two games back...along with K. Starks.

We're in the stretch, headed for home. Who will hit the wire first? 



jmca