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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cards WBB faces UNC in Play4Kay matchup -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


The University of Louisville women's basketball team (22-6, 9-4) hits the court early today for the annual Play4Kay day event...bringing in the North Carolina TarHeels for a noon event at the KFC YUM! Center. 

Fans are encouraged to wear pink for the breast cancer awareness event. 

It hasn't been the type of season that TarHeel fans will remember with much joy or excitement. The Rams (14-12, 3-10) have but three wins in conference play...albeit surprising in a couple of them...with victories over NC State, Virginia and a 89-88 battle to the wire against Georgia Tech last time out. All three victories have come at UNC is looking for their first conference road win of the season in 11 attempts. 

Sophomore Stephanie Watts lead the Tar Heels in scoring and rebounding with 16.9 and 7.9 numbers. Red-shirt sophomore Paris Kea averages 16.8 a game and has 108 assists and 59 steals this year. Junior Jamie Cherry is the third double-digit UNC scorer...adding 113.5 a contest and with 96 assists. Cherry nailed a three with two seconds remaining in the Georgia Tech contest to provide the win last time out. 

Threes are something the Tar Heels do well...they are 17th in the nation in three-pointers made. 

Sylvia Hatchell is in her 31st. year of coaching the TarHeels and has amassed a 988-368 record in 41 years as a head coach.  

Louisville will go without point-guard Briahanna Jackson again (back spasms) but ACC Player of the Week Asia Durr returns to the lineup after a one-game suspension. The Cards will look to her, the M&M's and Kylee Shook to provide the offense against a squad that is 43rd. in the nation in points scored. 

It should be a lively one on the Denny Crum Court today. Louisville defeated UNC last year in Chapel Hill 78-60. The triad of Moore, Hines-Allen and Durr had 62 points in the previous match-up. A revisit of those numbers would certainly benefit the Cards again today. 

ESPNU has the broadcast and former UConn great Sue Bird joins Sam Gore for the call. Cards Radio 790 does the radio with Nick Curran and A.J. 

We'll be back later tonight with the recap. 


#18 Louisville Lacrosse suffered their first loss of the season...11-10 to the home-standing #19 Denver Pioneers yesterday. 

The LAXGirls (3-1) engaged the Pioneers in a back and forth battle for 73 minutes...trailing 6-5 at the half. Down 10-9 with 3:42 to play, Madison Hoover found the net to send the contest to the first over-time. 

Neither squad could produce any net success in the first two, six-minutes overtimes...but the Pioneers struck early in the sudden-win format...on a free-position shot just 37 seconds into the third extra session. 

Hannah Koloski led Louisville with four goals...Meghan Siverson added three and Brittany Read had 13 saves. 

The Cards fly home to face Vanderbilt Wednesday at the "Ellis" (Louisville Lacrosse Stadium) for a 3 p.m. match that will be sown on ACC Network Extra. 


Maryssa Becker picked up her sixth win of the season and Louisville Softball sent three Mr. Spalding's over the fence in a five-inning, run-rule win over Purdue yesterday in the ACC v. Big 10 Challenge in Chapel Hill.

Nicole Pufahl got the party started with a solo shot in the first inning. Becker provided a three-run "touch 'em all" in the Cards six run second inning and Megan Hensley added a two-run blast in the fourth to provide the final 9-1 win. 

The Cards out hit (1-7) Purdue 13-3...Becker going the distance for the Cards. Reserve third-baseman Caitlin Ferguson provided a two-run double for UofL in the second. 

Louisville  (7-1) finishes their stay in Chapel Hill today with a 10 a.m. game against Ohio State. 


We had a great time in studio Saturday on The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour. RIVER CITY CARDS editor-in-chief Jared Anderson joined Worldwide and Paulie for a lively discussion on Hoops, Softball, Lacrosse, Tennis and other UofL sports. 

Jared confirmed he's a TEAM JORDAN man...putting Worldwide in a minority with his TEAM SID,SYD, SZYD preference. Check out Jared's website at this link:

Show link: THE CARDINAL COUPLE 2/18/17


Today (and yesterday's) ACC slate. The Clemson v FSU game was played yesterday and it slipped by me but, let's face it, I would have gone with the Seminoles and they won easily I'm taking the "W" 

North Carolina at LOUISVILLE.  Louisville brings the TarHeels into their own pit and UNC lives up to the nickname and gets mired by the M&M girls. LOUAHVUL

MIAMI blows into Duke and faces the Blue Devils in Cameron. Calling for the upset here...with Bassy's big winds beating Jo Anne's Devils. MIAMI

PITT travels to Atlanta to ride the Ramblin' Wreck and they sprint past the southern engineers in what just may be a close one. PITTSBURGH.

WAKE FOREST takes I-40 to Raleigh to dance with Mr & Mrs Wuf. This WolfPack is ready to run through the Trees and will beat Jen Hoover's bunch. NC STATE

VIRGINIA and Virginia Tech in the battle of the Lovers state. The Cavs have been hot lately and should beat the Gobblers in Blacksburg. VIRGINIA

NOTRE DAME dances eastward for a Syracuse showdown. They're giving away 5,000 pink shirts for this one. They'll have leftovers in a NOTRE DAME win. 

have a great Sunday! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Cardinal Couple - Celebrating Friday Success - Softball Tennis and More

It's the weekend, and the Cardinal sports teams are off to a good start.

We bring you the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports, but as always, we're fans of all the different sports around UofL, so one quick note on the guys' side of things.  Baseball opened their season down south in Clearwater Florida with a win over Alabama state, with Maryland on tap for an afternoon matchup today in Clearwater, FL.  You can check out their action locally on 93.9 FM.  You won't hear the dulcett tones of Sean Moth as he's still back here in Louisville to do PA work for the Men's Basketball game this afternoon, but I'm sure they'll have a fine substitute for him providing the coverage.

Swimming and Diving competed in the ACC Championships all week and ended up with a 3rd place finish the overall competition.  A fine finish, with some excellent individual performances within that.  The successes of our Swimming and Diving team are exciting to see.

To yesterday's action, though!


The tennis team headed east to West Virginia to take on the Thundering Herd of Marshall.  The
Cardinals got the job done against a good Marshall team, but it was a battle, to be sure.  The Cards started off by getting the doubles point, but had to come back to do it.  The Herd got the win on the first court, but UofL was able to put up a pair of 6-4 wins on the other two to take the point.

The singles matches weren't any less dramatic.  Most of them went the full 3 sets, and one of the 2 set matches ended up in Louisville's column 7-6, 7-5.  Overall the singles points were evenly split between Marshall and Louisville, but the doubles point gave Louisville the overall win 4-3.  This one went down to the wire as an overall competition, and on most of the individual courts in play.

This is a good win for the Cards, against an NCAA Tournament calibre team.


Softball continued their season opening road-trip by heading to North Carolina, where I'm not sure if it was any warmer there than it was here in Louisville.  It turns out Softball and Baseball probably could've had their season opening at home and been ok this year, but of course, that can never be predicted when the schedules are being made, so we'll have to deal with the diamond Cards being on the road this week and next, before Ulmer sees any action this year.

A great day for Pearsall's players, they started the day with a fairly easy 7-0 victory over Ohio State in 5 innings.  The scoring did come late in the game for the Cards, but boy did it come big when it did.  Scoreless through 3, Lillie Goetz got the scoring started by plunking the scoreboard in left field.  If you've ever met Lillie, you probably wouldn't expect her to be a real power hitter as she's one of the smaller players on the team, but this isn't her first career homer, so she's got the power to do it.  Some small ball earned another couple of points for the Cards with Sidney Melton reaching on an error and scoring The Poof, Nicole Pufahl.  Jordan McNary reached safely on an infield hit, and scored fellow speedster Mo Meyer.  The scoring wasn't done, though.  Maryssa Becker walked to fill up the bases again, and then Megan Hensley ripped one to left field to score everybody to finish off the scoring in the 4th with 7 on the board.

A couple of more scores in the 5th with mostly small ball put the game into run-rule territory. Goetz doubled to set it all up and eventually made it home on a groundout by pinch-hitting freshman Shelby Graybill.  Jordan McNary's RBI then brought Blaire Bass home who had gotten on base with a walk earlier.  The Cards were able to prevent any scoring by the Buckeyes in the game, and most importantly in the bottom of the 5th so the game ended after 5 on the run-rule.

The second game of the day was a much more challenging matchup, with the Purdue Boilermaker's comprising the other half of the Big-10 contingent at the ACC/Big-10 Challenge.

Purdue got out to an early 3-0 lead, and the Cards couldn't generate any offense until the 6th inning, with homeruns by Ashley Nikolao and Jenna Jordan.  Nikolao's was a solo shot, the first in her career, but Maryssa Becker drew a walk which was followed up by a solid Megan Hensley double to set up Jordan's 3 run homer.  Both Becker and Hensley were replaced by pinch runners when they reached - Celene Funke, and Michala Riggle respectively.  Their base-running skills wouldn't be needed, however, as they both got to trot home when Jenna Jordan took her first career homer over the left field fence.  That gave Louisville the 4-3 lead after 6 with more to come.

Purdue scored a pair in the top of the 7th, which really put the pressure on the Cards.  Needing 1 to tie and a pair to win, Sidney Melton reached on a hit, advanced on a Jordan McNary groundout.  Maryssa Becker walked...again...her 3rd of the game and 6th of the's like the opposing pitchers are scared of her.  Megan Hensley got a 2-out hit to bring Melton and Becker home, and win the game 6-5.

Purdue is up to bat again today at 4pm, with another game against Ohio State on deck for Sunday at 10am.  Live stats and twitter feeds are the best you're going to do for these.

Team Jordan or Team Sid/Syd/Szyd

Our buddy Jose at USF indicates he can't choose between the
two entities. 
Really, though, the most important question we have to tangle with here at Cardinal Couple...

Are you Team Jordan or Team Sid/Syd/Szyd?  I, clearly, am Team Sid/Syd/Szyd, while Paulie is apparently Team Jordan.

Team Sid/Syz/Szyd has longtime members Allison "Mike" Szydlowski, and Sidney Melton, along with newcomer freshman pitcher Sydney Warinner.  Team Jordan, on the other hand, sports Jordan McNary, Jordan Vorbrink, and Jenna Jordan.

Team Sid/Syd/Szyd joined forces yesterday to catch a potential base stealer at 2nd, with Warinner pitching to Mike behind the plate who threw the pickoff to the shortstop Melton.  The Jordans have a speedster slapper in Jordan McNary, they have their own catcher in Jenna Jordan who did get a 3-run homer yesterday, along with an outfielder in Jordan Vorbrink.

Sound off in the comments, and if you pick Team Jordan, as great as they are, you're obviously wrong.


Gettin' hot in here, now...
Also in action today, Lacrosse meets their first ranked opponent of the year in Denver, Baseball continues their opening weekend in Clearwater, FL, and Men's Basketball hosts Virginia Tech.  The last one is on the ACC Network Extra and locally on WAVE.

Also, don't forget to check out the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour at 11am today on Crescent Hill Radio.  We're without Case today, but we have an excellent guest joining us in Jared Anderson.  Jared has been on the show before and is a fantastic supporter of all UofL sports.  Since he has been on the show last, he has taken the helm of River City Cards as editor-in-chief. A recent UofL graduate, Jared is one of the "young guns" of internet sports. We like that.

Check us out on Crescent Hill Radio where we try to do a show without any percussion section.  It'll be a challenge, but clap along and I think we can get through it.

-- JMcA

Friday, February 17, 2017

Jackson out for UNC game...Softball starts ACC/BIG10 showdown today -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


The University of Louisville women's basketball team will be without the services of red-shirt senior Briahanna Jackson for the Sunday game against UNC. According to team sources, she did attempt practice earlier in the week but tweaked her ailing back again during drills and will not play against the TarHeels.

Backs are a tricky thing. It is best for the player to be 100% ready to go to for their own personal health and fitness and the Cards will take that precaution now. Hopes reportedly are now to rest her until possibly the ACC or NCAA Tournament...or when she's 100% and in no pain. 

Here's hoping the flashy, hard-working point guard gets well and can rejoin the team soon. A chance for someone to step up and earn that playing time and another probable chance for Myisha Hines-Allen to live out her "I'm a guard" fantasy. 


Florida State was the big news last night...falling at Virginia 60-51. That leaves Notre Dame alone at the top of the conference standings. Shaq Thomas with just 19 minutes for the 'Noles...leaving the game with 2:27 left in the third quarter with a shouder injury and FSU leading. It turns out she's done for the year now. In other games...

For those not watching, keep in mind Shakayla Thomas is out for the rest of the game with an injury. trail 50-48 with 3:15 left


We do not know the extent of her injury. We will make sure to update fans when we know.

-- NC State handled Boston College 70-58
-- Notre Dame with a close win at Clemson 84-80
-- North Carolina gets the "W" at home against Georgia Tech 89-88 
-- Pitt beats Virginia Tech 72-64
-- Duke romps on the road at Wake Forest 79-53. 

Louisville, Syracuse and Miami were idle. 


Cards play two today in Chapel Hill in the ACC/Big10 Challenge. 

Ohio State at 11 a.m. and Purdue around 1:30 p.m. 

No Internet except StatBroadcast on these that we know of.  Great. I just love StatBroadcast. 

Former Cards pitcher Shelby McCombs is now on the Buckeye roster. I wonder if they'll hand her the ball to face her old teammates? 

Louisville brings a 4-1 record into the weekend after opening the season at UNLV's Sportco Kick Off Classic. The Cards defeated Southern Utah 17-3, CSU Bakersfield 13-2 and Indiana State 6-5 in nine innings before falling 5-3 to UNLV. Louisville wrapped up the weekend with a 1-0 win against Indiana State.
• Junior shortstop Sidney Melton has had at least one hit in every game this season and leads the team with a .526 batting average and nine runs.
• Senior pitcher Maryssa Becker has produced a team-best 13 RBIs with two homers and two doubles.
• Becker (3-1) also leads the Cards in the circle with a 1.58 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 17.2 innings of work.
• UofL is receiving votes in the most recent Softball and the USA Today/NFCA Division I Coaches' polls. 
• Louisville was picked to finish second in the ACC Preseason Coaches' poll.
•Eight starters are back from last year's team including All-ACC selections Becker, senior outfielder Jordan McNary and sophomore pitcher Megan Hensley.
• The Cards return their top six hitters from last season, all of whom batted above .300.
• Louisville's returning players accounted for 33 of its 37 home runs in 2016.
•Becker has been named to several preseason watch lists, including College Softball Madness, DI Softball News and Fastpitch News. She was also featured among ESPNW's top 25 NCAA Softball players (at No. 15).


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Louisville women's Swimming in third going into final day of ACC Championships -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Going into the final day of the ACC Swimming/Diving Championships...Arthur Albiero's Swim and Dive squad sits in third place...registering 674.5 points. NC State leads the way with 776.5, Virginia has 750 and the Cards are ahead of UNC...who has 665. 

I'll be quite honest, I don't fully understand the scoring system of swimming...but you have to be encouraged by Coach Albiero's statements last night: 

"I am proud of how we performed today. We had  18 swims this morning and all 18 qualified to swim in tonight's finals," said Arthur Albiero, UofL head coach. "That being said, we positioned ourselves to challenge for our best ACC finish in school history. Our seniors have continued to set the tone and our freshman are learning quickly. Looking at tomorrow, we train exactly for the day 4 prelim session. I am looking forward to watching our team tomorrow." 

Mallory Comerford took first in the 200 Free with a 1:41.70. It was a second better than the nearest competitor and set a meet, pool, ACC and school record for the distance. 

In the 100 Breaststroke, Andrea Cottrell touched second with a 58.81. She was narrowly edged out of first by Virginia's Laura Simon's 58.46. Cottrell is the defending ACC champ at the distance and meet record holder. 

The 400-Medley Relay team of Alina Kendzior (52.65), Andrea Cottrell (58.65), Grace Oglesby (52.44) and Mallory Comerford (46.71) won silver with a time of 3:30.45. Kendzior led off the backstroke leg and was fourth, next in the water Andrea Cottrell handed over a second place to flyer Grace Oglesby, who was third before Mallory Comerford anchored and made up a place for the runnerup slot. NC State took gold, clocking in at 3:28.26.

The 2017 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships resume Thursday morning at 10 a.m. with the preliminaries in the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and the men's and women's platform diving. The finals for those events, in addition to the final heat of the 1650 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay, begin at 6 p.m.


A rare Thursday where UofL WBB isn't playing. Six games on the ACC slate tonight. Let's have a look: 

NC State goes to Boston to stalk the Eagles. They should have no problem robbing this bird nest and bakes the Beantown team. Wolfpack. 

Notre Dame heads to the land of boiled peanuts and faces Clemson. They grab these Tigers by the tail and do an Irish jig and Riverdance for a win. ND

Georgia Tech drives the 'Ramblin Wreck to Chapel Hill and tries not to get stuck in the TarHeels garage. We'll go with these Engineers solving the NC equation. GT. 

Pittsburgh defends the Pete against a feisty bunch of Gobblers. Maybe the closest game of the night, we see the felines surviving against the Hokies. Pitt.  

Florida State goes on the warpath in Wahoo Country. The Cavs will put up a strong fight...but this one should give Chief Osceloa a victory dance chance. FSU.

Duke takes I-40 West to Winston-Salem and takes a hike in Trees territory. Wake needs a win to stay on the NCAA bubble but the Devils will get the win. Duke. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beating the Huskies?...Pre-ACC Tournament thoughts...WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


As the AAC (and most of the other conferences) roll into their final regular season games before their tournaments...and the Huskies have dispatched of another top 10 foe for their 100th win...we pose the seemingly annual question.

Can anyone beat UConn? 

Looking at the Huskies final four regular season games in the American Athletic Conference...they go to Tulane, host Temple and Memphis and visit South Florida. Only Temple (9-2, 19-5) has a better than .500 conference record as of today. The Owls are one of the schools UConn had already faced this season and they blinded the Owls 97-65 in Philly. Temple looks to be a possible NCAA Tournament team and so does USF. UConn hosted the Bulls and gored them 102-37 earlier this year. Memphis hasn't played UConn yet. At 5-6, 12-12 and having to travel there...they may want to cancel the flight. 

The AAC Tournament shouldn't be a real test either. As a #1 seed, UConn and the other top three get a first round bye in the 11 team format that'll be held at Mohegan Sun (Uconn's second home away from home besides the XL Center).
They would face the winner of the #8 vs. #9 seeded opening day game. As of today that looks like SMU vs. Tulsa. After that, a semifinal contest against the #4 vs #5 winner (either Cincy or UCF currently). And so on to the finals. 

We see them still undefeated going into the NCAA Tournament and Bridgeport (their third home away from home) as the #1 overall seed. Who could beat them in the NCAA? Let's look at four schools. 

Some early projections (which we don't like) have Louisville headed to Bridgeport a #4 seed. The two could hook up in the regional semifinal if things work out. Others have the Cards going to Stockton, CA after a couple of games at the YUM! Center. This could lead to a Final Four matchup between the two. In either scenario, we don't see Louisville ready for the upset yet. 

Yet...Ask us again next year. 

Mississippi State has been playing great basketball and is ranked #3 in the nation currently. If that holds and they are the third #1 seed, it would mean a final game scenario for the Rebs and Huskies. Mississippi State is good. Very good. Not UConn good, though. 

Maryland holds the #2 ranking in the college basketball polls currently. They faced UConn early in the season and lost by six. They also faced Louisville and won by six. Could they get any closer to the Huskies in Dallas? We just don't see it. 

Washington. I toss the Huskies in here because of two intriguing players and a #9 national ranking. I'm guessing the NCAA Committee might let the Huskies stay out west for a march to the Final Four. That helps. They've lost at Notre Dame by 11, at Oregon State by 3 and hosting Stanford by 4. They have national leading scorer Kelsey Plum and sensation Chantel Osahor. They probably can't beat UConn either...but it would be a fun game to watch and I'll give the Huskies my "long-shot chance" at getting to the Final Four. 

Florida State. They came awfully close to beating UConn without Leticia Romero early in the season. They're #4 or #7 in the national current...that double-overtime loss to Texas was a setback and just plain bizarre. They'll have a tough ACC Conference end to the regular season and ACC tournament to to contend with before the NCAA On a neutral court with "Shak" and Romero. We give them the best possible shot at taking the Huskies to the kennel. 


So, do I think anyone can beat UConn this season? 

Sure. Anything is possible.

Do I think anyone will beat UConn? 



That doesn't mean it's time to stop watching NCAA WBB, though. March madness is two weeks away. So many good games, conference and NCAA Tournament possible match-ups and scenarios. It's the most wonderful time of the year...if you're a women's college hoops fan. 

Anything can happen. Just a few years ago, a certain Baylor squad was being crowned as a definite Final Four participant and probable national champion. An Easter Sunday match-up against Louisville burst that bubble. 

It's why they play the games. It's why we want to watch. 



As the ACC regular season heads to the final few games before Tournament play, the Cards scenario for getting a double-round bye is pretty much this...keeping winning and hope for some huge upsets. 

Florida State and Notre Dame are posed for a season-ending match-up to determine who will be the first and second seed on Sunday, Feb. 26th. The #3 and #4 seeds are currently Duke and NC State. Louisville needs one of those two to lose two of their final three games to sneak into a #4 seed. 

Duke ends with games at Wake Forest, hosting Miami and at North Carolina. They appear to be the prime candidate of the two that could drop a couple. 

Wake Forest did suffer a 71-43 loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium at the end of January. Duke and Miami haven't met yet and Duke did get a 70-58 win over the Tar Heels in Cameron on Jan. 12th. could the Blue Devils fall twice? They are on a five-game ACC win streak. Only Notre Dame, Florida State and NC State have hung conference losses on the Blue Devils and all of those were on the road for Rebecca Greenwell's bunch. 

NC State has four more games. They go to Boston College, host Wake Forest and North Carolina and end the regular slate at Virginia. They won at Wake Forest 65-50 on Jan. 8th. lost at UNC 83-70 at the end of January and haven't faced the other two yet. Here's hoping UNC can produce a sweep and one of the other three can pull an upset. 

So...if the Cards were to end up as a #5 seed, they would face the winner of the #12 vs. #13 seed game. That's a Thursday 11 a.m. game.  

As of now, that would be Virginia Tech against Pittsburgh...but it's way too early to sort that out...with six teams within one game of each other in the conference standings in the #10 thru #15 slots.  

In all fairness, we should mention that Syracuse is also at 9-4. If they win out also, they would lose the tie-breaker to Louisville for #5 and be the probable #6 seed. Miami is 8-5 in conference and needs a miracle to reach the top four. 

Of course, anything is possible. Wake Forest, Virginia and Virginia Tech need to catch on fire and probably win out and go deep in the ACC Tournament is they want to play in the Big Dance. Right now, we see seven ACC teams as probables for the ACC Tournament. That, of course can change. 

We'd like to see Louisville as that #4 seed...getting that extra day of rest.

Two weeks of shifting fortunes, potential upsets, buzzer-beaters and major match-ups before the 15 teams convene in Conway. 

Sit down, buckle-up, grab hold and get ready. 27 left to play before tournament time. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Louisville basketball -- Cards survive a wild one at Syracuse...TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


On a great night for watching basketball, the University of Louisville men's basketball team watched a seven-point lead evaporate in the final four minutes of regulation, got a clutch performance from a freshman and an Egyptian in overtime and survived in the Carrier Dome 76-72 Monday night. 

John Gillon's improbable moonshot three with 37 seconds left in regulation tied the contest at 58-58. Deng Adel missing two free throws with 16 seconds to go set the table for Syracuse to win...but a turnover by Gillion gave the ball back to the Cards and Quentin Snider's desperation three at the buzzer was off the mark...setting up the extra session. 

Seldom used freshman Ryan McMahon got the Cards started in O.T. with a huge three to tie the extra session at 61-61. His offensive rebound and put-back started a 10-0 Cardinal run that gave them a 71-63 advantage with 43 second left and the Cards held on for the win. Anas Mahmoud was huge in the spurt with five points, two rebounds, a block, assist and steal. 

An exciting win on the road for UofL. The Cards in front of 25,303 fired-up Orange fans hold on and resurface with their leading scorer (Donovan Mitchell) on the bench and go to 21-5, 9-4 on the season. 



Give South Carolina credit for making a game of it for awhile. They had the height and power. But, sometimes quickness and athleticism holds suit and UConn gets their 100th straight win in cozy Gampel Pavilion last night in a 66-55 win last night. 

Gabby Williams with 26 and 14. Napheesa Collier adding 18 and 9. Another win over a top ten foe. 

Who will eventually beat UConn and will it happen this season? 

I also spent time switching over to the Texas v FSU game while watching and listening to the Cards. A crazy double-overtime win for the Longhorns 92-88 with four starters on the players fouled out in this one which went to overtime after Leticia Romero hit a desperation three at the end of regulation for FSU. 

A wonderful night for basketball.



From all of us at CARDINAL COUPLE...Happy Valentines Day ! Hopefully, you have that sweetie that you can get a gift for, cook a meal with or just spend time with the one you love. If you don't, remember that expressing happiness for someone who does is a wonderful thing to do as well. Nothing wrong with that or telling your cat, dog, BFF, guy who shovels your sidewalk, co-worker or teammate that you're thinking of them. 

To all our Cardinal women's sports our Valentine!! We'd deliver chocolates if we could...but that would probably get us on the bad side of a bunch of trainers, sports performance folks and nutritionists on we know a couple of coaches who just might confiscate selected items and "inspect them for quality assurance".   



We took on eight games over the Sunday/Monday stretch and went seven for eight...Florida State's loss to Texas the only incorrect pick.  I stand at 73-19 for the season...which is 79.3%. 

Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Louisville women's basketball -- Cards shut down BC 68-43...Softball and Lacrosse get wins...MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


The adage is...offense fills seats and defense wins games came to pass yesterday in the KFC YUM! Center in the Louisville vs. Boston College women's college basketball game. The Cards held Boston College to 28.1% from the floor and 9306 filled the seats to watch the Cards shoot 46.3% and get an overall strong offensive performance from multiple players in the 25-point win. 

Louisville (22-6, 9-4) shut down the Eagles early and went on a 14-2 first quarter run that spanned the first nine minutes. Emphasizing the inside game, Kylee Shook, Myisha Hines-Allen, Cortnee Walton and Taylor Johnson all scored for the Cards and the first ten minutes ended with Louisville leading 14-4. UofL held Boston College (9-17, 2-11) to 2 for 16 shooting (12.5%) and was doing it with two regular starters...the usual beginning guard contingent...watching from the bench. 

Briahanna Jackson was sidelined with continuing back spasms and Asia Durr sat out the contest...serving a one game, unspecified violation of team violation of rules suspension. Mariya Moore sat out the second half with sore feet. 

The Cards continued the stifling defense in the second quarter and Louisville received significant sparks from Sam Fuehring and Jazmine Jones to push the advantage to 35-16 at the half. The Eagles were still on ice...with a 7-29 shooting (24.1%) mark and Louisville had forced nine B.C. turnovers. The Cards were controlling the boards 27-12 and had scored 12 points off eight points on second chance baskets. 

Nine Cardinals had played at least six minutes....Hines-Allen leading the scoring with eight points and nine rebounds. Jones and Shook had six each and the UofL defense had held B.C.'s leading scorer Kelly Hughes to just three shots and zero points. The 16 Eagles points tied for the third-fewest points in a half by a Louisville opponent this season. 

Shook started the third quarter on a tear for the Cards...scoring eight of Louisville's first nine points...and after her second three of the period made it 44-18 Louisville...B.C. coach Erik Johnson called a timeout to refocus his squad. The Cards went back to the inside attack after that and took a 50-27 edge into the final period. 

Walz emptied the bench for the majority of the fourth and Brianna "Jonesy" Jones, Jessica Laemmle, Syd Zambrotta and Bionca Dunham all scored...Dunham getting the final six Cardinal points...Walton was the only starter who scored in the final ten...early in the quarter...and Louisville breezed home to the 68-43 triumph. 

A lot of things to comment about in this one. B.C. made only two by Hughes...who ended with just three points. All the Cards who played scored. That is the first time this season that has happened. 33 bench points. 34 points in the paint. A 50-25 rebounding edge. Yes, the Eagles are at the bottom of the conference, maybe a big win was expected here...but the fashion in which the Cards did it and the stellar defense were pleasant surprises. 


Louisville gardening expert...the late
Fred Wiche. 
Free Throws -- 16-20...which is a solid 80%. Seven Cards attempted them. Sam "leaning to the left" Fuehring hit all four of hers and three other Cards are perfect from the line also in multiple attempts. Here's your capital "F".  

Rebounding -- The Cards ruled the boards with a 50-25 rebounding advantage. Hines-Allen with 13 and Ciera Johnson grabbed eight in 17 minutes of action. All 12 Cardinals had at least one except Fuehring and Laemmle recorded a career high with three. We proudly award a capital "R" here. 

Effort/Execution -- The Cards got good minutes out of all who took the court. 34-22 points in the paint edge, 15-4 on second chance points, 46.3% shooting and 21 points off of 14 turnovers. No extended offensive woes. A capital "E" is up.

Defense -- One of the best efforts of the season. Forcing 14 turnovers with their starting guards sitting. Allowing less than 30% shooting. Six steals and 2 for 17 three-point shooting for the Eagles. 43 points. We'll complete the capital sweep with a capital "D". 



Inside Dominance -- Excellent efforts Sunday from Hines-Allen (who claims she's a guard now) Fuehring, Shook, Ciera, Bionca and Cortnee. No drop-off... no matter what combination was prowling the paint. 

Freshman fantastic --  The six freshmen combined for 39 points and 24 rebounds. They logged 92 of the 200 minutes available on the court. Walz put the challenge out for someone to step up and claim playing time and all six entered the race and made a statement. 

Overcoming Adversity -- With two starters out and Moore playing just 14 Hines-Allen coming back from a leg had to wonder how well the team would hold up. Just fine, thank you. All good here.  


-- Getting people back. The Cards have a week until their next game. That should allow Mariya's feet to rest, Briahanna's back to receive some relief and Asia to return. The ones who played Sunday did a fine doubt about it...but most Cardinal fans would feel less stressed if these three are ready to go for UNC on Sunday. 

-- Turnovers. 19 for Louisville. Yes, with a depleted lineup and 12 people playing...but still a number we think is too high. Only seven from the six freshman. This number was not really a big factor in Sunday's game but against a Wake Forest or Virginia? The Walz Bakery was flourishing Sunday and we'd like to see it closed on Thursdays and weekends. 


"Mayor" Jer was in attendance and brought snacks! 
A fun romp in front of an appreciative crowd Sunday. Watching Kylee Shook's shooting, Jazmine Jones' athleticism, Bionca Dunham's tenacity and Myisha Hines-Allen's adaptability and dominance from where-ever Walz decides to play her was a good afternoon's entertainment. 

Disturbing..a bit...about the ailments with Moore and BJ. Disappointment over Asia sidelining herself. These are three players the Cards must have at full sail when tournament time our opinion. 

Against Boston College, who is not a great team, Walz probably could have gotten a win with Dunham, Zambrotta, Laemmle, "Jonesy" and Louie the Cardinal Bird. That's not a slap at the's just a commentary on Boston College. They may be the last "weak sister" the Cards face the rest of the regular season. 



( Myisha mis-interprets my question at the 4:40 mark...unless they've changed the ACC Tournament format.) 




The Lou LAX squad got hat tricks from Meghan Siverson, Hannah Koloski and Heidi Smith and a strong Cardinal defensive effort kept visiting Robert Morris stymied in the 9-4 win Sunday at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium.

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Unfortunately, we did not have a CARDINAL COUPLE contingent at the contest due to WBB and monitoring Softball coverage. We continue to be in a bit of a quandary why games and events sometimes run into overlapping playing times. A noon start would have made both games "do-able" for the fans (and us) and the LaxCards do have four noon starts on the it isn't like they'd be going into un-chartered water. 

Nevertheless, after a quick turnaround that had them at Marquette Friday, Louisville jumped out to a 4-1 halftime lead on a windy day the the "Ellis" (LLS) by scoring the final three goals of the half.  The Cards also won the final half 5-4 to go to 3-0 on the season. Louisville held a 31-17 shot advantage. 

The Cards resume to action Saturday in Denver against the Pioneers.



The University of Louisville Softball squad started the three-day Sportco Softball Classic with a bang...scoring 30 runs the first day. They ended their stay in Vegas with a 1-0 win over Indiana State. 

Maryssa Becker tossed the two-hit shutout for the Cards (4-1) and Nicole Pufahl provided the offense with a two-out second inning triple that scored Megan Hensley. Five games in three days...a busy and somewhat tiring start to the season. Still, Louisville showed they don't need an offensive barrage to win contests...but can provide fireworks at the plate. 

The hit-and-pitch Cards return to action Friday against Purdue in the ACC/BIG 10 challenge at UNC's diamond in Chapel Hill, NC.