Saturday, February 6, 2016
Louisville Lacrosse opens season with 14-6 win over Marquette...WBB faces Notre Dame today -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
Wood, Daley and Balog with 3 goals each in LAX win
The Louisville Lacrosse squad opened the 2016 season with an impressive win Saturday afternoon over Marquette 14-6 at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium. A great afternoon for Lacrosse...with the temperature in the low 50's. A new press box to watch the action from. A new look for this version of Louisville Lacrosse. Head Louisville Lacrosse coach Kellie Young was impressed with what she saw:
" I think we got some of our jitters out of the way today and had some really impressive moments on both ends of the field...and some moments that I think film will help us grow on...but Marquette is a disciplined team and I think our team overcame that and played really well."
One of the Cards that overcame some early jitters was goalkeeper Brittany Read. In her first career start, the Gibbsboro, NJ sophomore had an impressive game in the circle. Coach Young was impressed with what she saw:
" She was amazing. I'n so proud of her. Not just for the saves but in clearing outside the crease. Very proud of her effort today."
UofL fell behind 1-0 to start the contest but rallied with a 4-0 run that featured goals by Kaylin Morissette, Cortnee Daley, Julia Wood and Jillian Balog. Marquette climbed to within two after a Amanda Bochniak score...but the Cards closed out the half on a 3-0 run when Kelli Gerding, Wood and Daley found the back of the net...giving UofL a 7-2 halftime advantage. The Golden Eagles actually had a 10-8 edge with shots on goal but Read had eight saves in the first thirty minutes.
Louisville held an 8-4 advantage early in the final half but went on a 6-0 run with goals by Wood, back-to-back scores by Balog, Gerding, Hannah Koloski and freshman Meghan Siverson. Comfortably ahead 14-4, the Cards did allow two late scores by the Golden Eagles but win with ease 14-6.
Wood and Balog, who had a combined two goals last year were a nice surprise for fans familiar the 2015 Louisville offense...but Young saw the upcoming potential:
"We knew this fall Julia Wood would have a big presence for us this year. She gained some confidence from last year and my pre-game message to her today was 'Remember you're an attacker' and she did that today. Jillian has just been coming on the last weeks and is so confident. She handled it well today."
Kudos to the Louisville defense of Read, Heidi Smith, Emily Howell and Steph McNamara who repeatedly turned away Marquette scoring attempts. We asked Read if there were a few nervous moments before the season opener:
" I wasn't too nervous...I was just excited to play and have fun...I know our defenders always have my back. We're a team. We talk, communicate. We have a job to do and we get it done."
Read finished with 12 saves in the contest and Kaylin Morissette continued her mastery of the draw control...getting 12 and Louisville winning the flips at midfield 17-5.
Louisville goes on the road with a visit to Philly for their next two...squaring off against Temple Friday and Duquense Sunday before returning home for a Saturday, Feb 20th hosting of Denver.
WILL IRISH EYES BE SMILING?
There's been a ton of anticipation for the Sunday Louisville women's basketball game against #3 Notre Dame and we certainly hope it lives up to the hype that has preceded it.
We'll offer five things here that we think Louisville needs to do to claim sole place atop the ACC Conference.
1) Own the boards. That's not as hard as it may seem against a UND squad who is only out-rebounding foes by a + 4.9 margin this season. When you own the boards, you are setting up scoring opportunities, preventing second-chance points and playing aggressive defense. The Cards have a + 5.7 edge against teams this season in rebounding.
2) Avoid staggering out of the gate. The Cards have has less than impressive opening minutes in their last two games. They overcame the shaky starts against UNC and Wake Forest but dropping behind early to Notre Dame could prove fatal.
3) Score at the Charity Stripe. Free throw shooting has been a very positive aspect of Louisville women's basketball as of late...78% against Wake Forest and 86% against UNC. That needs to continue against the Irish...who shoot only 69% from the charity stripe. They foul opponents an average of 19 times per game. Each free trip will be important.
4) Hit and stop the three. That may be a tall order against a UND squad that is holding opponent to 29.5% from behind the arc. The Irish also lead the nation in three-point accuracy. Asia Durr is hitting at a 41% rate from trifecta range this season...but the Irish counter with Madison Cable at 46.8%, Arike Ogunbowale's 44.8% Marina Mabrey's 42.9% accuracy and Michaela Mabrey's 40.6% prowess. We hope Mariya Moore is feeling it from the deep. Anything Briahanna Jackson, Arica Carter and Taja Cole can add from three range will be greatly helpful.
5) Score inside. Duke had success gathering points in the paint against Notre Dame and Myisha HInes-Allen is capable of putting up Azura Stevens type numbers. Cortnee Walton will need to be productive on putbacks and the easy follow ups, lay ups and drives to the hoops simply have to go in.
It will be the Cards toughest test of the season so far, make no mistake about it. A litmus test to see exactly how far this team has come since the nervous month of November. Notre Dame is 9-1 on the road and that loss came to UConn. After that, only Duke has stayed within a double-digit loss when hosting Muffet McGraw's team.
They have has scares. Ohio State visited and lost by just three. Oregon State lost by just one in the Purcell Pavilion.
A huge crowd could really bolster Louisville's chances on Super Bowl Sunday...so make every effort to attend if at all possible. $3 tickets for a match-up like this? Several hours of entertainment? Treat yourself. Head down to the river. The operating mode of the Louisville women's basketball team this year has encompassed one game at a time and win the day. This would surely be a good day to win...
ESPN 2 will televise the contest. Cards Radio if you prefer listening to a concise play-by-play. It's on the tune-in app as well. 2 p.m. Let's get it started. We'll have the game write up for you whenever Worldwide gets the chance to post it.
THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR
The Soundcloud rebroadcast of Saturday's show is available on the Crescent Hill website via Soundcloud. Here's the link:
It was a fun show with lots of great audio clips...featuring Sandy Pearsall, Jeff Walz, Cortnee Walton, Asia Durr, Mariya Moore, Courtney Trimble and Katie Mitchell.
#15 LACROSSE RETURNS FOUR TOP SCORERS AND SOLID DEFENSE
It might be a little chilly for the start of the 2016 Louisville Lacrosse season, but the LAX Cards look to get off to a red-hot start against the Marquette Golden Eagles today at 2 p.m. in the Louisville Lacrosse stadium...located on Floyd Street.
A Louisville Lacrosse stadium that now has a press box. We are overjoyed and excited for the game (and the shelter...)
Head Louisville lacrosse coach Kellie Young returns top scorers Kaylin Morissette, Hannah Koloski, Cortnee Daley and Kelli Gerding...plus a solid returning defense lineup...headed up by juniors Steph McNamara and Emily Howell. If there is a question about this squad, it is in goal...where reserve Brittany Read replaces Ashley Peacock...who transferred to UMBC (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) in the off-season.
Read did see considerable action for the Cards in 2015 and Young describes her as "being more active inside the crease and has super-quick hands".
Marquette comes off their second straight 5-12 season and participates in the BIG EAST. They return nine starters...headlined by defenders Elizabeth Goslee (All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2015) and Kayce Haverstick...who is definitely a nominee for Worldwide's All-Name team.
Young expresses optimism about the campaign ahead. She revealed to CARDINAL COUPLE a couple of weeks ago:
"We are more dynamic this year and we'll have a few players running behind the cage...like Gerding, Jillian Balag and Madison Hoover. They'll bring a different look to our offense and we expect to see more balance."
We hope to see you out at the Stadium...admission to Louisville Lacrosse is free.
The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour airs today on WCHQ 100.9 FM and on the internet at www.crescenthillradio.com. We have a fine show planned for you...we'll review and preview UofL women's basketball, take a look at today's Lacrosse season opener against Marquette and play sound clips from hoops, softball and women's golf for you listening pleasure.
Covering the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports...it's what we do here on the site and on the air. Give us a listen!
Thursday, February 4, 2016
MOORE, DURR, HINES-ALLEN LEAD LOUISVILLE TO 15TH STRAIGHT
The University of Louisville women's basketball team used a 31-10 third period run to set aside North Carolina Thursday Night in Chapel Hill, NC to improve to 10-0 in ACC play and 18-5 overall.
This one started weird. The Cards got two Mariya Moore free throws before the opening tip because of an administrative technical foul assessed to UNC because of a shot-clock malfunction above one of the baskets. Given the early benefit, Louisville raced out to a 9-4 lead after Moore knocked down a three...but UNC...playing on heart and emotion...had narrowed that to 9-8 by the media timeout with 4:43 left in the period.
It was part of a TarHeel 12-2 run that had them up 16-11 after Hilary Summers connected on a trey with 1:40 left.
The Cards were able to draw within two with 35 seconds on the clock after a Moore plus one...but the the first ten minutes ended with Louisville trailing 16-14. The Cards had no answer for Summers, who had eight first period points. Moore had eight for Louisville, but the Cards were sleepwalking on their defensive sets and missing wide open attempts in the paint.
Louisville's Jeff Walz began substituting to try and find some answers in the second stanza...but UNC got two threes from Destinee Walker and blew out to a 26-18 lead three minutes into action. Asia Durr tried to rally the Cards and her nine points in the period, plus an unlikely Sam Fuehring three drew UofL back into a 28-28 tie with a little over two minutes before halftime. Stephanie Watts provided a rally for Sylvia Hatchell's squad though...and Louisville went to the locker room down 32-28. The Cards were shooting a miserable 28% and allowing UNC to score inside, despite the size disadvantage.
Jamie Cherry got UNC off to a good start to begin second half action with a score and free throw and North Carolina began the quarter on a 10-4 run...leading 42-32 after a Watts three at the 7:55 mark. Louisville needed some answers...and they found them from the deep. Threes from Durr, Arica Carter and and Moore gave the Cards a 48-46 advantage. A Cortnee Walton basket after the media timeout had Louisville on a 18-4 run and ahead 50-46. The Cards went on a 13-6 run over the final four minutes to lead 63-52...Durr getting a steal and layup with little over a minute left to put Louisville up by 11. The run was 31-10 and Louisville shot 50% in the third period.
The Cards continued to pull away over the final period. A Moore three with 5:45 remaining set the tally at 71-54...giving her 22 points on the night. Attack Yorkie Dakota Weatherford entered the contest with 3:45 left... a sure sign that a Louisville win is eminent... and Myisha Hines-Allen added two free throw to push the Cards to a 75-56 advantage with 2:45 to play. Carter knocked down another three with 86 ticks left on the clock and Louisville left the Carmichael Arena with a 78-60 win.
THE FRED REPORT
FREE THROWS. 19-22 is 86.4% and we'll take that anytime. Durr was 6-6, Hines-Allen 5-5 and Moore went 7-9. A capital "F" is well deserved here...
REBOUNDS. Louisville won the battle of the board 44-26 and held UNC to just 6 offensive rebounds. MHA had 10 and Walton nine...we have no problem assigning a capital "R".
EASY SHOTS. Way too many of these missed in the first twenty and although the Cards won the points in paint battle 32-28...no letter earned here.
DEFENSE. There were stretches were the Cards played well defensively but the first half lapses were costly. Louisville got 11 steals and forced 19 turnovers, though...so we'll allow a lower case "d"...primarily earned in the second half.
WHAT WE LIKED
1) The "Trio". Moore (23), Hines-Allen (19) and Durr (21) had 63 of Louisville's points. And, they each had a quarter that they were dominant in. Even with Hines-Allen's slow start...we like the dependables doing what they're expected to.
2) Sealing the Deal. That eight-minute, third period stretch where Louisville put this one out of reach was impressive. They'll need to re-enact that for 40 minutes Sunday...but the Cards certainly looked like a top-10 team when they were rolling.
3) Cashing In on the Free Ones. 19-22 from the charity stripe. We'll say it again...when you make the unguarded ones...you're doing your job.
THINGS TO WORK ON
1) Getting Out Of The Gate. Louisville looked sluggish, dis-interested and out-of-sync early. Against a squad that has only six scholarship players left...maybe you get away with it from time-to-time. Against some future foes...no way, Jose...
2) Point guard production. Cole and Carter were 2-10 from the floor and Cole fouled out in 20 minutes of play. Although Briahanna Jackson is considered a "2"...her 0-6 night and three turnovers was disappointing as well. When three of the four guards in the primary rotation have sub-par performances against a guard-heavy opponent, major improvement is needed.
A nice win on the road against a foe that continues to tail-spin. Functional...yes. Impressive? Maybe in spots. The rubber hits the road Sunday. 10-0 v 10-0. Test? Oh, yeah...you bet. Time to "Get On The Train" again and stoke the engines up for the Irish. Walz wants 15-16,000 there. Let's do better than that, Cards fans.
Moore and Durr on Periscope after the UNC game.
CARDS PUT 14 GAME WIN STREAK ON LINE AGAINST UNC
You could look at tonight's Louisville Women's Basketball game against UNC as a tale of two directions. Consider the Cardinals...9-0 in ACC play, #13 in the nation and holders of a 14 game win streak. Turn to the TarHeels, losers of their last six...most recently pounded by NC State at the delightful Holiday Gym in Broughton High School 78-49. I wonder if the big guy in the corner was there...yelling non-stop at the refs and opposing coach like he did when Louisville visited. I'm sure the "Where's Waldo?" pep band did their usual fine job.
Risk analysts would advise the Cards would be the safest investment for success in this match-up. I'd really hate for risk analysts to take over women's college basketball, though. Pie charts and bar graphs just don't match up to transition fast-breaks and deep threes for excitement...
UNC has suffered double-digit losses in their last four...three of those on the road...against ACC foes. With a 2-6 ACC record (12-11 overall) Sylvia Hatchell's squad has been one of the biggest under-performers in the conference this season. The ACC Preseason poll saw UNC as seventh best...they currently sit with four other teams at the bottom of the conference...just two games from being last.
In addition to the defeats, Hatchell was issued a one-game suspension for bumping an official after a loss to Duke. She'll serve that after the TarHeels play Louisville. She also drew a one-game suspension for a Level III violation of rules pertaining to activities that simulate game day activities during a recruiting visit....which was enforced during the loss to NC State. This wasn't the road Hatchell envisioned after her stellar 2013 recruiting class of Stephanie Mavunga, Diamond DeShields, Allisha Gray and Jessica Washington...who would all be juniors this year at Chapel Hill but have all departed the team.
For Louisville to have success in the Carmichael Arena, they'll need to keep an eye on Jamie Cherry (14.5 ppg) and Stephanie Watts...two-time ACC Rookie of the Week awardee and second leading rebounder in the conference. Destinee Walker had 12 points against NC State and Hilary Summers grabs 7.4 boards a game...seventh best in the conference.
Louisville will look for another balanced effort that led them to the 24-point win over Wake Forest Sunday. Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore are in the top ten in the ACC in scoring and Asia Durr comes off a 18-point performance against Wake.
Risky business for the Cards tonight? Not really, unless you consider the "Tar-Wars" promotion UNC is having tonight.
- Half price concessions items featuring $3 souvenir Tar Wars cups
- Star Wars characters photo booth
- 400 ’Tar Wars’ shirts for students
- 100 ‘Tar Wars’ shirts for Faculty/Staff
- Tar Wars package shirt & drink voucher pickup
- ‘Tar Wars’ shirts ($14) for sale at merchandise tables
Let's hope Darth Vader stays home and the Cards have the force with them in this one.
We'll be back after the action for the recap. You can catch the game on ESPN 3...as well as on Cards Radio 790 or the Tune-In app. Tip off is 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
CHANGES, HITTING KEYS FOR LOUISVILLE SOFTBALL
Paulie's Day at Softball Practice
On a overcast but unseasonably warm Tuesday afternoon I watched as the Louisville softball team went through a rare outdoor practice for this time of year in Derby City. In the pitching warm up areas behind the third base line, assistant coach Jay Miller kept a dutiful eye on the contingent of pitchers and catchers engaged in the repetitive toss-and-return of the optic yellow orbs. Occasionally commenting, Miller watched as Maryssa Becker, Madi Norman and Kaylea Horn kept Cardinal catchers Alison "Mike" Szydlowski , Jenna Jordan and Morgan Hart busy receiving their tosses.
On the main field, the infield goes through game situations...receiving ground balls, deciding which runner to throw out...while yelling various numbers to the fielder involved in the play. Readily recognizable to me on the field were third baseman Ashley Nicolao, red-haired Nicole Pufahl and Jamie Soles from my interactions with them at the softball banquet. Michala "Riggs" Riggle stands out at first base because of her tall stature. Coaches Stacy May-Johnson and Cheyanne Tarango watch the action, shouting out scenarios and instructions and stopping it occasionally for teaching opportunities. The outfielders and the rest of the squad are lined up at the various bags...serving as base-runners. I recognize the speedy Jordan McNary and senior Hailey Smith as participants. The players look a lot different in their uniforms than they did in their festive attire at the banquet. I realize I've got a bit of studying to do to learn this current roster.
Head coach Sandy Pearsall watches the drill...first from the front of the Koetter Center on the right field line...and then up close from the first base area. Her instructions are short and to the point. She walks over briefly to the third-base line, near where I am sitting in the bleachers, to talk with Stacy...and then she vanishes while I am chatting with softball assistant S.I.D. Lori Korte about the squad.
Practice has ended on the field so Lori and I head to the Koetter Center to see if I can get a few words with Coach.
She is watching several players take swings against the automatic pitching machines in the facility. She is making comments and suggestions as Nicolao smashes balls into the netting that surrounds the batting cage. We start the interview...which will be available in its entirety on our Saturday Cardinal Couple Radio Hour broadcast. They've moved indoors for hitting...Coach Peasall assures me that the rain is coming and Korte chimes in that Sandy becomes a meteorological expert this time of year.
There have been changes in the infield as the trip to Corpus Christi to start the season draws closer. What Pearsall really likes is that everyone is working hard and starting "to get it" and she's seeing improvement each day.
The conversation turns to hitting. Maryssa Becker is the first name to be mentioned and she's expected to continue her assault at the plate this season. Hailey Smith has looked really good so far and transfer Jenna Jordan " J.J." is making an impact at the plate. Brittany Sims is impressing Sandy and there are a few others that are showing potential.
Speed wise, McNary returns as the "slapper" and has learned a few additional things at the plate to ensure she'll be a frequent base-circler for the Cards. Coach is encouraged that "Mike" and Pufahl are showing early signs of being contributors. Sidney Melton and Morgan Meyer have also caught Coach's eye in the early going.
Life is good these days for Sandy Pearsall. Delighted with the current weather and the progress of her squad...
" I almost feel like I'm in Corpus Christi right now" she smiles. "I feel like we're pretty close right now."
We end the interview with me suggesting she's ready to jump in the cage and take a few swings. I get a firm but chuckling denial on that statement. It is time for Coach to go back to work.
Korte escorts me back to the S.A.C. Center. The sky IS clouding up...as Pearsall said it would. Louisville Softball, however, appears to be full of rays of positives and optimism as they draw closer to the start of the season.
9 days away...
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Louisville Women's Basketball...Durr Claims R.O.W. again and Cards move up to #13 -- Tuesday Cardinal Couple
LOUISVILLE FRESHMAN DURR GATHERS 2ND ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS
There can be little doubt that the start of 2016 is meeting with Asia Durr's approval. She's gathered her second ACC Rookie of The Week honors in one month yesterday, the Cards were 9-0 in January and she's scored in double figures in her last eight games. Toss in the USBWA National Freshman of the Week laurels and you really couldn't blame her if she was a bit sad to see the calendar flip to Feburary.
All that for a player averaging 25 minutes a game and coming off the bench for Jeff Walz's women's basketball team. Walz will tell you no one spends more time in the gym than the Douglasville, GA. off-guard (he'll also tell you she needs to shoot more...but that's an entirely different story.) That hard work is paying off and backs up the old adage that you create your own success.
What a long way from December for #25, when it was speculated that she might "red-shirt" her freshman year because of continuing pain from a groin injury back in the spring of the year. Psychologically...when one receives confirmation that things aren't getting worse and what one is experiencing is normal for a situation...it can only boost the psyche and attitude. When Durr received the affirmation from the doctors that she was healing properly, we saw the #1 recruit in the nation buckle her seat belt and hit the fast track.
We get speculation here at the 'ol C.C. and there have been wonderings on whether Walz should make her a starter. I will offer some personal and good advice to this debate.
Don't wonder why Coach Walz does something..unless it's just out of innocent curiosity or to get a better understanding of the reasoning.
I'm pretty sure that the man has earned the deserved respect on how to run the UofL women's basketball program by now. You probably wouldn't want him popping into your workplace and changing the way you file your papers, treating your customers or revising your methods of doing business. He doesn't ask to run CARDINAL COUPLE and I have no desire to coach the Cards...
Step back, let the gentleman do his thing and enjoy the results. His bosses haven't put the "Head women's basketball coach" title in front his name on pure whimsy or because they lost a friendly wager.
Granted, some coaches recently in DI women's basketball have appeared to have gone off the deep end or lost control of their teams. In Louisville, that's hardly the case. If anything, the Cards are experiencing a resurgence after a struggling start and high expectations. The redemption train has a full head of steam and is rolling down the tracks.
We can only predict that if you liked the January version of Asia Durr and her squad, you're going to love what you see in February. You'll have four chances to see them this month in the KFC YUM! Center. Why would you want to miss any of them? Your first chance is Sunday...with #3 UND visiting "the place of slaughter down by the water".
CARDS CLIMB TO 13th IN POLLS
Louisville WBB has climbed to 13th in the latest Associated Press and RPI rankings. The Cards move up a notch from last week's #14th. in each.
The ACC has four schools in the top 25 (Notre Dame, the Cards, Florida State and Miami). A bit of an eyebrow-raiser that the Seminoles are ranked 10th...yet the Cards knocked them off by ten points to start the month of January.
|"WHAT happened in season five of The Walking Dead?"|
Louisville will face three of the top 25 in February...beginning with #3 Notre Dame Feb. 7th., South Florida on Feb. 15th. and at Miami on Feb. 25th.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Louisville women's basketball. Moore early, Durr late...Cards 78 -Wake Forest 54. MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
DUO COMBINE FOR 44 IN CARDS 14th STRAIGHT WIN
Louisville women's basketball got 15 first half points from Mariya Moore and 13 second half points from Asia Durr to finally get clear from a tenacious Wake Forest squad Sunday afternoon at the KFC YUM! Center in ACC Conference action
A crowd of 9673 saw Moore keep the Cards afloat offensively with three first half threes and Durr score 13 of Louisville 15 points in a 15-0 run that took the Cards from a 50-41 advantage to a 65-41 lead in a four minute stretch over the end of the third period and beginning of fourth period.
Durr commented on the run:
" I was just trying to stay abreast of it. Coach Walz got highly upset when I didn't shoot, so I was just going out there and trying to shoot."
Why the hesitation? Coach Walz had no answers.
|Referee Billy Smith was dancing all day...|
It ultimately worked out well for the Douglasville, GA freshman...who ended the game with 4 of 9 shooting, 2 of 5 from three point range and 8 out of 9 free throws....ending with 18 points.
Moore went 6-12 in the first half as Louisville struggled offensively...shooting 22.7% in the first period and sitting at just 30% at halftime...Louisville owned a shaky 32-26 lead after trailing most of the first period before Durr put in a layup at the buzzer and ahead just 27-26 with 2:42 left in the second period.
Defensively, the Cards held the Demon Deaconesses to just 38.5% from the floor and 5-19 three point shooting...but that percentage bested Louisville's 26-70 (37.1%) afternoon.
Louisville (17-5, 9-0) did force 25 turnovers, and they led to 26 points, but Amber Campbell and Ariel Stephenson were getting easy looks and layups most of the evening...scoring 14 of the 20 made Wake baskets.
Yes, it's a win and Walz did give the freshmen and Dakota Weatherford the minutes over the final six minutes of the game...but Wake Forest battled hard and kept the contest close for 27 minutes.
HOW DID FRED DO ?
Free Throws: The Cards sank 19 of their 25 free throws (including 10 of 12 in the third quarter) for 76%...so they beat the Fred standard of 70% and we'll give a capital F in that category. Besides Durr's 8-9, Moore was 5-7 and Cortnee Walton was a perfect 3-3.
Rebounding: The Cards won the battle of the boards 45-37 and it was a balanced effort with five players grabbing five or more. They won the offensive rebounding battle 23-12...so we can easily award a capital R here.
|We're 99% sure that WASN'T Willie Nelson walking by the refs.|
Defense: Yes, Wake Forest scored only 54 points and shot just 38.5%...but 22 points in the paint and 16 second chance points...plus the close score for 3/4ths. of the game...indicate that the defense was good but not great. Still too many unchecked and wide open scores. We'll give a lower case "d" for the afternoon.
By request, we're bringing back the "What we Liked" and "What Needs Work" categories.
WHAT WE LIKED:
1) Myishia back in the mix. A solid return performance for Myisha Hines-Allen after missing the Clemson game. 10 points, six grabs and three assists in 24 minutes. You could tell she was happy to be back on the court and she and Moore really do compliment each other so well on-court.
2) "Moore" than they bargained for. The sophomore garners our Player of the Game honors with her second-highest point total of the season. After good but not great efforts against Syracuse and Clemson...the fire and intensity was in her eyes tonight and we'll take 5 for 10 three point shooting anytime out of her.
3) Stepping on the gas. Louisville closed the game on a 28-13 run and displayed a killer instinct. What's impressive is that the freshman contingent had 22 of those points. Maybe it was a case of Wake Forest running out of gas...but it's always good to hold your foe to 28 second-half points....especially when you toss in 56.
WHAT NEEDS WORK
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pictures of Deb Antonelli. I'm not sure which issue got me the
2) Getting a third three-point shooter. The Cards were 7-22 from beyond the arc and two players (Moore and Durr) were 7-15. BJ, Taja and Arica are all capable of adding to that success rate but they didn't fire this afternoon. We're not sure if we're ready to see Sam Fuehring trying them yet. She's 1-9 on the season so far.
3) Stopping the dribble-drive. A couple of times out there this afternoon, it looked like "matador" defense for the Cards. Protect that paint and make it where a guard or wing might be a little reluctant to venture in after a couple of denials. Wake Forest guards Ariel Stephenson and Amber Campbell got up 35 total shots and only 15 of them were threes. 15 were from the paint.
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The fans left happy, Louisville is still undefeated since playing Kentucky (who got beat by Florida today), and Deb Antonelli almost got plunked by a bag of peanuts during the cheerleader toss. All in all, not so bad an afternoon...
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