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Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Off the bench" Hines-Allen and Smith key 68-55 Cards win over Miami -- Monday Cardinal Couple



18-3 run to start second half lifts Louisville over Hurricanes



Jeff Walz shook up the starting lineup against the Miami Hurricanes Sunday afternoon, inserting freshman Arica Carter and red-shirt senior Shawnta' Dyer into starting roles and bringing freshman Myisha Hines-Allen and senior Bria Smith off the bench.

At first, it didn't look like such a great idea. The "U" jumped out to a 7-2 on the Cards in the first four minutes of the first half and led 11-2 after a Jessica Thomas jumper at the 15:54 mark. That brought both Smith and MHA into the contest...but, thanks to the marksmanship of Miami's Adrienne Motley...the Canes' were still up 15-4 a minute later. 


The Cards weren't handling the Miami dribble-drive very well and could hit inside or out. Hines-Allen and Smith got into the rhythm after Emmonnie Henderson joined the action, though and Louisville ran off a 8-0 run over the next four minutes...HInes-Allen getting three straight baskets inside. It was 15-12 with 10:37 to go and Louisville looked alive and ready to take over.

It didn't happen right then for UofL, though...Miami regrouped and retaliated with a 12-2 run and after a Michelle Woods steal from Dyer and layup...it was 27-14 'Canes with six minutes left in the half. 



A questionable foul on Carter at the 6:04 mark drew Walz's outrage and a subsequent technical foul. Miami was unable to convert the resulting three free throws, however and Louisville went to work. 

The Cards started whittling away at the UofM lead...a Jude three and two "E" scores had Louisville back in the contest at 29-25 with three minutes remaining. Henderson would make it 29-27 with an inside score with 2:11 showing on the clock...but the Cards failed to score the rest of the way and Miami took a 31-27 lead to halftime. 

Hines-Allen was leading the Cards with 12 points and
Louisville got strong seven minutes from "E" and six points. Mariya Moore was still scoreless after playing 18 of the 20 minutes, though...and a ineffective Sara Hammond had a zero in the point total after seven minutes, no rebounds and two turnovers. 

The Cards were having a hard time stopping guard Adrienne Motley, who had 14 first-half points on 6 for 8 shooting. 

Louisville came out strong to begin the second stanza, though and ran off on a 9-0 run in the first 3 1/2 minutes to grab a 36-31 lead when Dyer scored in the paint. Woods tried to stop the bleeding for the "U" by hitting a three..but Louisville responded with another 9-0 blast and held a 47-34 advantage after a Moore "3". 



9:43 showed on the clock and it looked like the Cards had put this one out of danger. The game got pretty physical the rest of the way...Miami doing a lot of bumping, showing and hard fouling to try and get back in the contest...but the team played the rest of the way to a 21-21 tie. 

Smith, Hines-Allen and Moore took over the Cardinal scoring, those three responsible for those final 21 UofL points. The Cards record their 18th win and sixth in the ACC 68-55. 

Louisville shot 55% in the second half (11-20) and 44.4% for the game. The Cards took the points in the pain category (30-18), points off turnovers (17-14) and created 17 turnovers while committing 16. UofL held a whopping 42-12 bench scoring advantage and had 10 second chance points to Miami's three. 

Miami committed 11 fouls (that were called, anyway...if officials Edward Sidlasky, Joe Cunningham and Dan Outlaw had been watching the flagrant bumps and elbows of the Cane players...they could have added 11 more) in the final eight minutes and had a 23 to 13 foul total count advantage. 

Louisville was able to sink 18-28 free throws for the night...all of them in the second half. 


Louisville was led by Hines-Allen's 23 points on 10-11 shooting. Moore had all her 13 points in the final twenty minutes and Smith also added 13 for the Cards. Shawnta' Dyer closed out the UofL double figure producers with 10.

Only two other Cards put points on the stat sheet. Henderson's six first half points and a three from Jude in the first half. Hammond played 21 minutes and contributed four rebounds while going 0-3 from the floor and 0-2 from the charity stripe. Carter provided 15 minutes, an assist and a steal. Megan Deines saw just two minutes...in the first half...leaving the game after a getting a hard slam from Miami's Jassamy Williams that resulted in a missed shot and no call from the zebras. 

A good win against a hard-nosed, physical team that has a bona-fide star in Motley. Credit the Cards defense for holding her to just four second half points. 9887 turned out for the contest on a day where the Louisville men's team was playing in Pittsburgh on national TV in a 4 p.m. start.

In a game where Hammond had a limited role after carrying the team in the loss to Florida State, it was Hines-Allen and Smith who responded with strong efforts from the bench after rough outings at FSU. 

Walz explained the lineup change and success as "Myisha getting mad because she didn't get the start and responding and Bria watching because of her tendency to get off to poor starts." 

If MHA is good for 23 points in 29 minutes off the bench, let her watch the first four minutes next to Walz the rest of the season... 

The homestand continues Thursday when Quentin Hillsman brings the dangerous Syracuse Orange into town for a 7 p.m. tipoff. 

paulie 

WBB: Hurricanes blow into town...Bustos delivers at Softball banquet -- Sunday Cardinal Couple


BATTLE TODAY AT THE TOP OF THE ACC


"Bassy's" babes blow into town
The Miami Hurricanes are no tropical depression. They sit at the top of the ACC conference with Florida State, Louisville and Notre Dame and are quite capable of creating havoc in the KFC YUM! Center today at 5 p.m. against Jeff Walz's high-flying birds.

The "U" is 15-4 on the season, has won seven out of their last eight and sports a 5-1 ACC record. They own a quality, blow-out win at Notre Dame earlier this month and downed Virginia 67-58 last time out in Coral Gables. 

Katie Meyer's sunshine dwellers were picked to finish eighth in the ACC pre-season poll...but have been one one of the several surprises in a league that is showing unexpected parity and laden with eight teams that could finish in the top 25 when regular season conference play ends.


Led by Adrienne Motley's 16.5 ppg, this crew also gets gale wind force performances from Jessica Thomas...who poured in 18 against the Cavs, Jassany Williams' team high 6.7 grabs per outing and Michelle Woods...who touched Virginia for 12 points. 

They are physical, go to the boards well and have several guards who thrive off the dribble drive. They're also fourth in the ACC in made 3-point shots. Miami has been knocked off foes by an average of 17 points a game and has a seven point edge in rebounding over opponents.



Losses have come at Middle Tennessee by five, at home to Arizona State by four, at Tulane by five and a 15 point defeat in Cameron Indoor Stadium to the Dookies two games back. 

The Cards will look for guards Mariya Moore and Bria Smith to have better outings that they did in Louisville's sole ACC loss at Tallahassee to Florida State Thursday night. UofL will also hope to see a continuance of Sara Hammond's recent strong play and the timely contributions of Shawnta' Dyer off the bench. Jude Schimmel's steady play will also be needed this afternoon if the Cards are wanting to deflate the big wind team that's blown into town.


Recent subpar efforts from Myisha Hines-Allen and Emmonnie Henderson also need to be reversed if Louisville wants to stay atop the ACC leaderboard and prevent a third loss on the season.


This one is a Fox Sports South broadcast and the network is rolling out "big game" Deb Antonelli and Mike Hogewood as the talking faces in front of the camera. The nation's best WBB radio team of Matt Andrews and Adrienne "AJ" Johnson is your best bet for following in you can't pack the YUM! this afternoon. 

Miami averages slightly over 1000 per home contest. Let's give them something to talk about by putting 14-15,000 around Denny Crum Court. 

We'll have the recap later tonight here at CC.


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BUSTOS DELIVERS A FENCE CLEARER AT SOFTBALL BANQUET

Speaking of big turnouts, an impressive crowd packed the Brown and Williamson Center in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium last night for the Louisville Softball banquet. 



It was a delightful evening and Worldwide Jeff, his dad Charlie, Sonja and I had a great time with pre-banquet chats (that we recorded) with former Cards stars Alicia Wolny and Katelyn Mann -- who now run 502 Softball Academy...these two are even more charming and witty than when they graced Ulmer Stadium. We've posted a link to their endeavors on the Right Side of the Site. We also got audio from senior star Kayla Soles (love that Jersey girl!) and keynote speaker Crystl Bustos. We also had a great chat with head coach Sandy Pearsall...which I definitely should have recorded.

We were fortunate enough to be at emcee Sean Moth's table for the meal...he handles any situation with aplomb and style...and he and I discussed whether he could handle calling a horse race. He has his doubts...but loves the action despite "never cashing a winning ticket." 



The food was about what you'd expect at one of these functions...a Cornish hen quarter with mashed potatoes, carrots and broccoli. The iceberg lettuce slice wasn't bad and the choice of cheesecake or chocolate turtle cake was the redeeming feature of the feast. 

After Moth's heartfelt and witty opening, Whitney Arion -- another senior star of Pearsall's roster -- delivered the invocation and the attendee's were treated to three great videos of last year's highlights, the Oklahoma City Challenge and player introductions. All were great...the girls revealing that in addition to their softball talents...they could do great bird calls, were addicted to coffee, and revealed other other fun facts about themselves. 



Coach P thinks Sonja and I are too tall. 
Sandy Pearsall took the podium first and gave the crowd a brief synopsis of the upcoming schedule and how preseason practice had been going. She's got a mix of great returning talent and impressive freshmen and her goal is to win the ACC Championship. Never one to self-promote her own personal achievements....Pearsall lauded her excellent coaching and support staff and brought recognition to the alumnae in attendance. 

We were lucky to have one of the best in Cardinal Softball history at our table. Former great Chelsea Bemis was at our table...the San Diego native is back in the 'Ville and serving on the UofL marketing staff. With her, Softball SID Lori Korte and UofL photographer Michelle Hutchins at our table...we were surrounded by greatness and enjoyed the dialogue at the table during our dinner.

They saved the best for last. Keynote speaker Crystl Bustos kept the crowd attentive and amused with her recollections of playing in three World Championship softball tournaments in 2000, 2004 and 2008. She shared her early days of softball also...she originally wanted to be a baseball player and was an excellent pitcher and hitter before she discovered fast-pitch softball. 

Bustos may have been the best hitter to ever play the game.  She's now a coach and instructor and gets to do what she loves every day...hit, teach and develop younger softball players. 

She also delivered a powerful message to the players in attendance. She sees the key to success in softball and life similar to a group putting together a puzzle. She challenged the players to solve the puzzle together that the coaches provide for the sport they administer and oversee.
Solving your daily issues is easier by combining the many mini-puzzles that can confront you into a single puzzle that you solve.



Interspersing her message with delightfully wonderful anecdotes of her own person triumphs, battles and experiences...she drew a long standing ovation at the end of her remarks. She was genuinely touched and appreciate of the crowd's admiration and we're sure she'll make good of her promise of following the Cards this season. 

A great night in a wonderful setting Saturday evening. If the Cards can pull off their season with the success they managed in last night's banquet...they'll be Oklahoma City bound in May.

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Our archived broadcast of Saturday's CARDINAL COUPLE
RADIO SHOW should be up on Crescent Hill's Soundcloud later this morning. It's a good one, don't miss it!

We're covering hoops, softball, volleyball, there's a Worldwide quiz for you to take and Kenny K. Keith and Don Paulie drop in for comments:

(I've pre-posted the link, if it doesn't happen for you when you click on it....try again in a couple of hours...or send me a scathing e-mail) 

LINK:

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-paulie 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Softball Banquet tonight! Radio Show this morning -- Saturday Cardinal Couple



CRYSTAL BUSTOS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT SOFTBALL BANQUET TONIGHT



Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Crystl Bustos will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Class Act Federal Credit Union Louisville Softball Bullpen Club Dinner presented by MPC Promotions. The annual dinner will be held on January 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals will celebrate the success of the 2014 season and introduce the 2015 team in their eighth annual preseason fundraiser. 


When: 
January 24, 2015     
6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.  – Reception/Silent Auction         
7:30 p.m.  - Dinner/Program  
                                       
Where:
Brown & Williamson Club
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
2800 South Floyd Street, Louisville, KY 40292

For more info, please contact Lori Korte at 502-852-3086 or 502-445-9434


About Louisville Softball: Louisville posted a 36-22 overall record, claimed the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship and capped the season with the program's 11th straight NCAA appearance. The Cardinals return six starters and 13 letter winners from the 2014 team including NFCA All-Central Regional selection Maryssa Becker and all-conference team members Whitney Arion and Kayla Soles. Nine newcomers will also take the field for the Cards in their inaugural ACC season.


Sandy Pearsall enters her 16th season as UofL’s head coach. After building the program from scratch in 2000, Pearsall has guided the Cardinals to six conference championships. Under her watch, Louisville has made 11 consecutive NCAA regional appearances and served as a host site in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The Cardinals will open the 2015 season Feb. 6-8 in Las Vegas at the UNLV Sportco Kick-Off Classic where they will face UC Davis, UNLV, Minnesota, Cal State Bakersfield and Washington.

About Crystl Bustos: Crystl Bustos was considered the most powerful hitter in the game during her career with the USA Softball team from 1999 through 2008. She holds four Olympic records including the one for home runs after hitting six in the 2008 Beijing Games. The Canyon Country, California native helped lead Team USA to Olympic Gold Medals in 2000 and 2004, and a Silver Medal in 2008


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RADIO THIS MORNING

We've got a full slate again for the Saturday Cardinal Couple RADIO SHOW on WCHQ 100.9 FM this morning at 11 a.m.  We are also still streaming on the "net" at crescenthillradio.com

We'll talk hoops, softball, volleyball, offer Worldwide a quiz and much, much more is in store. You just never know who will pop by or where Worldwide and I will go with our sophomoric humor and 3rd. grade knowledge of women's sports and UofL athletic teams. 

Linkie below to listen live:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cards falter early and late in 68-63 loss to FSU -- Thursday Cardinal Couple



14 minutes without a basket dooms Cards



Cards at the end of practice before FSU game
The University of Louisville women's basketball team suffers their first ACC loss of the season in Tallahassee to FSU in a game that almost defies description after all the swings in momentum and blatant futility. This was three separate games, actually...

But, we'll try to recap it. 

If you missed the first eight minutes of this one, consider yourself lucky. Louisville could do nothing right and FSU was on fire...rolling out to a 21-1 lead ( yes...you read that right...21-1) before Mariya Moore connected on a jumper with 11:50 left in the first half. 

The Cards were perhaps hampered by Sara Hammond leaving the game just 103 seconds into play when she collided with a chair on the sideline going after a loose ball. With a bruised tailbone...Hammond went to the locker room and did not return until the 4:22 mark.

In the meantime, the Cards first self destructed and then rallied back. Foul woes and poor shooting from the 'Noles allowed the Cards to chip away steadily at the 20 point deficit...Jude Schimmel and Arica Carter taking the reigns to get Louisville within 11 after Jude's layup with 6:30 remaining making it 27-16.

FSU continued to miss shots and turn the ball over and a wild sequence where Schimmel hit the first of a one and one and then popped a three after the miss of the second one had pulled Louisville with five at 33-28 with 2:48 to go in the first twenty. Hammond returned to score inside and make it 33-30 and Jude would hit a layup with four seconds left in the half to set the halftime score at 35-32.


Louisville had outscored FSU 31-14 over the final 12 minutes of opening half play and momentum appeared to be on the Cards side. Despite the atrocious start, Louisville had rallied to make it anyone's game. Jude's 10 led the way for Louisville. FSU couldn't buy a bucket with a platinum VISA card. 

The second half began well for Jeff Walz's crew. A 4-0 beginning gave Louisville a 36-35 lead...their first of the game. Hammond was getting looks and converting. With 10:15 to go this see-saw battle was 51-49 after Sara converted a putback. It was the start of a 6-0 Hammond run which gave Louisville a 55-49 advantage with nine minutes to go. 

FSU would not go away. They cut the deficit to 55-54 on a Maegan Conwright three at the 7:48 mark. Louisville fought back, though, and Moore's three ball conversion...her only points of the second half...had Louisville up 60-54 with 5:52 on the clock.

Moore would foul out a minute later and Louisville would fail to hit a basket the rest of the game.

FSU tied it on a Leticia Romero free throw with 1:34 to go and took the lead at 65-63 when Shakayla Thomas canned a jumper with 30 seconds remaining. Another Romero free throw made it 66-63 'Noles with 9.9 seconds left.

The Cards had a chance to tie on a Megan Deines wide open three attempt...drawn up in the sideline huddle after the Cards gained an out-of-bounds opportunity...with 2.9 on the clock.

It airballed.

A step-in after the shot might have drawn her a foul...but the Cards had lost this one way before her errant attempt...with the slow start and dismal finish.

No baskets made in 16 of the 40 minutes of a game is ridiculous. Louisville's lack of heart and fight in the final six minutes was almost painful to watch as the abysmal start of this contest was. Why the Cards stopped going inside late when it was their bread and butter for the entire second half is a mystery to me...


Jeff Walz warned us this Cardinal team would not go through the ACC undefeated. FSU got great guard play from Conwright, Romero and wing Thomas. This one is hard to take, though...given that Louisville was up six with six to go and let it slip away in a final 14-3 Seminole run. 

Hammond led the Cards with 19 points...15 of those in the final twenty. Jude finished with 14 and Shawnta' Dyer ended with eight. Bria Smith never showed up and made two free throws early in the second half to finish with two points. As usual, "E" Henderson got some obligatory first half minutes, scored three points and then rode the pines the rest of the way. Arica Carter provided quality minutes off the bench but Myisha Hines-Allen disappeared again with just four points...two per half. After a stellar start to the season, she's managed double digit scoring just twice in the last nine games. 

A slow start, floundering finish and futile free throw finesse created this "L". The rally was great to see, but the Cards failed to capitalize on it and deliver a knockout blow when they had the Noles' on the ropes late in the second half.

Losing Moore late to fouls and Hammond's early injury definitely affected the outcome tonight...but great teams overcome adversity and find a way to rise above. 

Miami visits the YUM! Center Sunday. They're just as physical as FSU...if not more...and own a win over Notre Dame. 

Questions remain about consistency, effort and ability to follow a scouting report with these bunch of birds. It's getting late in the year to start finding some answers. Yes, Louisville is 17-2. They'll remain in the top 10. Florida State deserves a long look at gaining top 10 status.



Last night's effort was the ugliest defensive performance the Cards have turned in this season. If FSU had converted on free throws...they could have won by double digits. If Louisville had accurate charity stripe ability...OK, another topic for another time. They're practicing them. 

If Louisville wants it the remainder of this season, they'll respond, regroup and re-dedicate. But it's going to take 40 minutes of hoops the rest of the way each night....not 26.

After the contest...Florida State coach Sue Semrau said her team's goal is to get back to earning the right to host first- and second-round games of the NCAA Tournament. At Louisville, this year's goal is to bring UK into the KFC YUM! Center for men's NCAA hoops and send the Lady Cards packing in March. 

paulie

  

Tough Thursday ACC test for Louisville WBB -- Thursday Cardinal Couple



WBB CARDS TO FACE FSU IN TALLAHASSEE 


You knew the assortment of cupcakes and pastries the UofL WBB squad had been feeding on in ACC play had to end eventually. Only one of the Cards five wins has come against that is over .500 in conference play.  #4 Louisville faces Florida State tonight in the Donald L. Tucker arena in a game that will be televised on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. An arena that holds slightly over 12,000 will host two of the hottest teams in NCAA WBB. 

The 'Noles are averaging about 2700 per game for home contest...a number that will most likely swell with the advent of bringing in #4 in the nation. FSU happens to be a perfect 8-0 at home this season...owning quality wins over Florida and Duke in the "DLT". 


Sue Semrau's squad is also on a four game win streak and have won 13 out of their last 14. Sue's been there 18 years and has complied a 332-216 record. Sitting at 17-2 overall and 4-1 in ACC play...FSU is a team that averages 76.6 points per game while allowing just 55.6 to their opponents. They also hold a 44.2 to 30.6 rebounding edge per game. Very impressive stats for a squad that hasn't had an ACC Player of the Week or Freshman of the Week this season.

Losses have come to Washington (68-80) in Cancun and at Notre Dame (68-74). 



The 'Noles are a well-balanced squad that has nine players that average over 14 minutes a game. They've also been aided by two key transfers...Maegan Conwright (from UK) and Leticia Romero (from Kansas State). Romero, you might remember, showed an interest in and visited Louisville after leaving K-State. FSU has five players who average over 10 points per game. 


Adut Bulgak, a 6'4" junior center, leads the squad with 14.0 ppg and 10.3 rpg a game. Conwright, a 5'9" redshirt senior guard is good for 11.5 ppg a contest. Romero has been eligible for the last six games and has made an immediate impact at point guard...the 5'8" sophomore guard brings 11.2 ppg. Ivey Slaughter ( no relation to Nita) is a 6'1" sophomore forward with 11.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg numbers. 5'11" freshman forward Shakayla Thomas averages 10.5 ppg.
Brittany Brown, a 5'8" sophomore guard is a starter that also sees significant minutes. 



No easy task tonight for Jeff Walz's crew. Louisville will need to get off to a good start and try to go toe-to-toe with the strong rebounding Seminole paint dwellers. FSU in second in the ACC in rebounding offense and tops in ly rebounding defense. They trail only Duke in total rebounds on the season. They also average over six "threes" made per game. 

Walz has had since Sunday night to develop a game plan to win this one in Gatorland and four days of strategy for the mad scientist is like free gas at the pump...beneficial, never wasted,  always appreciated and "a win-win". 


Whether the strategy will be adhered to by the sometimes attention deficit disordered Cards remains to be seen. In any event, it should be a whale of a game to watch and would be arguably UofL's biggest win of the season on the road since defeating California in Berkeley.

Louisville has won the last two meetings with the Seminoles in a series that is tied at 12 games apiece. Last time the teams squared off, Louisville recorded a 69-59 overtime victory in the KFC Yum! Center. Jude Schimmel forced the extra session following a steal and uncontested layup with less than 30 seconds in regulation. Her sister Shoni had a game-high 21 points, and the Cardinals scored 29 points off of Florida State’s 26 turnovers.

We'll have a full recap of the action in the Friday edition of Cardinal Couple. 

paulie  


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Conflicts ahead for NCAA Tournament and Cardinals? -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple



Will UofL WBB Have to travel for 1st and 2nd round games?



It's way too early to be looking ahead to the 2015 NCAA Basketball Championship...we know...especially with plenty of conference play and conference tournaments ahead. 

Spurred by a reader comment, though...we did a little fact checking and it is entirely possible that if the Louisville WBB squad does finish in the top 16 in the nation after the conference season has come to an end, they might not be able to host 1st and 2nd round action in the KFC YUM! Center.

Here's why:

The 2015 NCAA Men's Tournament has already announced their 2nd and 3rd round sites and Louisville is one of them. Those games are scheduled to be played on March 21st and 23rd. Unless the bridge completely blows up under Pitino's crew...we're expecting they'll be playing in the KFC YUM! Center. 

The 2015 NCAA Women's Tournament has scheduled their
first and second round games from March 20th through March 23rd. The top sixteen teams (seeds) will host at their home arenas. If Louisville can hang on during the rest of what promises to be a tough ACC gauntlet to run through and finish in the top sixteen and get at least a #4 seed, they may be forced to go on the road to open play.

Even if games for the WBB Tournament were scheduled for the 20th and 22nd in the KFC YUM! Center...think of the logistical nightmares as far as practice for the eight teams and media access...plus other headaches. 

One observation is that if both scenarios happen, would they move Walz and the WBB squad to Freedom Hall? 


Could we ask the NCAA to let Asia come back and
play in the tournament? She had to miss a couple...
Given the NCAA's propensity for under-ranking Louisville WBB over the years...including last year's slap in sending the Cards to Iowa....where they blitzkrieged the competition as a #5 before returning to the KFC YUM! Center to defeat LSU and fall to Maryland...a few ACC losses could sent Louisville down the national rankings ladder and make the aspect of hosting a moot point. 

It's food for thought, though. How weird would it be to return to "blue-toned"  Freedom Hall to watch Louisville WBB? 


"Q" has a large fan base in Louisville. If Syracuse
gets a host opportunity, could he move the games
to Louisville?  More than 500 would show up...
We've sent out a few feelers to see if anyone knows more about this possible interesting dilemma. We've already got one answer back....by no means an official or person of influence...who advises that Walz's squad will be out of the top 25 come mid-March.

Ants in the pudding there on that response. Stay tuned. Play ball! We'll preview the Cards v. Fla State tomorrow.

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Feb. Contest Entries are open



Our Feb. CARDINAL COUPLE CONTEST (for the chance to win a fabulous Cardinal Couple T-Shirt) will test your prognostication skills. 

Who will score the most total points for Louisville WBB in the seven Feb. games and how many points will this player score? 

We know it won't be Walz...he hasn't scored a basket or grabbed a rebound in eight years here and needs to have his scholarship pulled. 

Sonja, who grimaced when I asked her prediction, came up with Sara Hammond and 97 points. 

To enter, please send us an e-mail at:

cardinalcouple@twc.com


Make sure and provide us both parts...player and points.

We've had questions about providing the answer in the comments section...but since we'll require an e-mail or phone number to get in touch with the winner and you may not want to leave such information in a public access site...do that at your own discretion. 

42 guys named Bill leaving a player's name and point total on Jan 31st. in the comments section with no identifying way to reach them...ah, the logistical nightmare possibilities are endless!!


(I just can't seem to come up with the answer)
The January contest...which was how many points would Mariya Moore score in January...had 49 entries and a few of you are already under the number (75) she's scored with three January games left. One entry was 500 !! At her current rate, she'll need to average 142 points a game in her next three.

Get the ball to Mariya!! LOL....

paulie

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Field Hockey 2015 Class and Softball Academy -- Tuesday Cardinal Couple



Field Hockey Signing Class


Well, it took a while, but we finally have word of the Field Hockey freshman class for 2015.  This freshman class signed in the early signing period in November and will be on campus and hopefully contributing to more success for UofL Field Hockey this fall.

The class consists of five young women, with two hailing from eastern Pennsylvania, two from eastern Virginia, and the last...to keep with the "eastern ____" theme...from eastern Louisville.

Annie Himsworth


Annie comes to us from Trappe Pennsylvania, which just a bit outside of Philadelphia.  A midfielder, Annie has an impressive resume' playing with Perkiomen Valley High School and the X-Calibur club team.

Himsworth was named to the All-State team in Pennsylvania twice while playing for Perkiomen Valley HS,  but her most impressive list of accomplishments come from her club play with a number of appearances in various levels of the USA Field Hockey organization including the Futures Elite program, Junior Olympics, and the Junior National Camp.

Abby Julius


Abby also comes to us from the Keystone State, from Hummelstown, PA near Harrisburg, but played on the same club team with Annie Himsworth.  Abby played forward for Lower Dauphin High School, and travelled nearly an hour and a half to play club ball at X-Calibur outside of Philadelphia.

Abby and her high school team captured two state titles, in 2012 and 2013, as well and numerous local and regional honors.  Individually, she has picked up a number of local and regional first team honors, as well as NFHCA all-region and all-state honors in 2013.  In the USA National Team system, she saw success on the U17 team, as well as the U19 indoor team, as well as being involved in the Junior Olympics, and the Futures Elite program.

Madison Land


Moving south, Madison will make the roughly 10 hour drive from Virginia Beach, VA...its easy, just get on I-64 and get off when you get to Louisville...where she played forward for Cape Henry Collegiate High School.  While at Cape Henry Collegiate, Madison was on two state championship teams and was on the all-state first team in 2012, with an all-state honorable mention in 2013.

Playing for the TCOYO club team, Madison helped the club to a Top 10 national Indoor ranking and a Top 25 club team ranking overall.  Madison has also qualified for the National Indoor Tournament for the past five years and participated in the Futures Elite program.

Taylor Stone


Still in Virginia, Taylor lives in the Washington DC area, in Herndon, playing midfielder for Herndon High School and the Rampage club team.  Taylor has gathered numerous local and regional first-team and all-tournament team selections.  She has also participated in the USA National Team program as a member of the U17 National Training team.

Katie Walsh


Back here in Louisville, Katie Walsh will be joining the cards from Ballard High School here locally, and the IFHCK club.  A midfielder, Katie and Ballard made it to back to back state semifinals appearances in 2012 and 2013.  Katie was named to the all-state tournament team in 2013 and 2014, along with a number of district and regional honors.  A member of the Kentucky Select first team from 2012 to 2014, she was also nominated for Miss Kentucky Field Hockey in 2014.

Katie led her IFHCK club team to a gold medal in the U19 National Festival and also participated in the Futures Elite program in 2014 and 2015.

fiveOtwo Softball Academy


I had the pleasure, after doing the Cardinal Couple radio show Saturday, of visiting the grand opening of fiveOtwo Softball Academy in the Lyndon area.


The Big Wol was one of the most devastating hitters in
Louisville Softball history
Katelyn Mann did it
all for UofL softball
fiveOtwo Softball Academy is a new venture started up by UofL Softball alumnae (2013 graduates) Katelyn Mann, and Alicja Wolny.  The facility features two indoor, climate-controlled, and well-lit batting cages as well as available instruction on many aspects of softball play by Katelyn and Alicja.  Other instructors are able to rent the cages as well, and a number of other UofL Softball alum are already on-board to provide other instruction at the facility.  


Other instructors on board are: Chrisanna Roberts providing instruction at all fielding positions and hitting,  2nd baseman extraordinaire Katie Keller providing instruction on hitting and infield play, Chelsea Jordan specializing in outfield play and left handed hitting and slapping, and if you're looking for pitching instruction Rachel LeCoq is available to share of her expertise.

fiveOtwo Softball Academy is available on the web at http://www.502softball.com/ and on twitter as @502softball.