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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Louisville Women's Basketball Must Avoid "Pitt-fall" tonight -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Normally, when a 18-6, 10-1 squad goes to visit a 10-13, 2-8 team, there isn't a whole lot of worry or concern. That's not the case this evening, though, when Louisville goes to play Pittsburgh in women's basketball at the Peterson Center tonight.

The Cards have traveled to the Steel City four times under the Jeff Walz regime and have a 2-2 record. All four have been games that could have gone either way. In the 2014-15 season, Louisville escaped with a 63-57 win after trailing by 10 in the first half. Jude Schimmel led the way with 11 points. UofL visited "The Hill" in the 2011-12 season and went to over-time against the Panthers before leaving with a 71-66 victory . The Panthers led by seven with five minutes to go. It was Shoni Schimmel who bailed the Cards out that night with 16 points. The Cards lost to Pittsburgh in 2010 by a final tally of 72-69 and Pitt beat Louisville 76-67 in Walz's first season.

Mariya Moore, Myisha Hines-Allen, Arica Carter and Cortnee Walton are the only Cards on the roster that have played at the Peterson Center...combining for 29 points in the 2014-15 trip. 

This year's version of Suzie McConnell Serio's Panthers are led by freshman Brenna Wise, a 6'0" guard/forward that averages 10.5 ppg and 7.6 grabs a game. Fred Potvin has contributed 12.5 ppg since entering the starting line up four games back and is the primary three-point threat...averaging 46.9% a game. Stasha Carey and Yacine Diop are threats for the Panthers offensively as well.

The Cards will need to rally from the loss Sunday to Notre Dame and be wary of the shot-blocking skills Pitt exhibits. The Panthers are 10th in the nation (130) in blocks. 

If the Cards can get the M&M girls firing on all cylinders and continued off-the-bench bravado from Asia Durr, then they should be able to leave the Three Rivers city with their 19th win of the season. When a team loses a big game, it's always interesting to see how they come out in the next contest. When the Cards fell to Kentucky back in December, they slept-walked through 2/3rds. of the following contest against IUPUI in the YUM! Center before winning by nine. This one is one the road and against a little better foe. 

It is an ESPN 3 game (7 p.m. start) and Meg Bulger will have the call, along with Jeff Hathorn. If Meg sounds familiar...she was the Cards nemesis when she played hoops for West Virginia from 2005-08. Last year she did color commentary for the Mountaineers on the radio. Talk about walking on the wild side...we were surfing for some player-action photos of Meg and came across this "promo" for...well....we're really not sure what Meg (on the right) is trying to promote here...but we're pretty sure it's not tonight's broadcast of the basketball game on ESPN 3. 

Oh, boy...


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Louisville women's basketball -- Henderson to concentrate on track next year per Walz -- Wednesday CARDINAL COUPLE


I started getting the messages and e-mails around 7:30 p.m. last night...

"Walz saying Henderson won't be back?" 

"E won't be playing hoops next year"

"Emmonnie staying with field events according to Walz." 

And, so...what a lot of people have been speculating has come to pass. Apparently. A check of a few other sites and sources confirms that:

1) Jeff Walz was on the radio last night for the Coach Walz show. 
2) He was asked a question on that show  about Emmonnie Henderson.
3) He spoke of her sticking with track and field and foregoing basketball next year.

It makes sense.

She has a chance to be in the Olympics this summer...most likely in the discus...but the shot put isn't entirely out of the question. She could very well have a successful 5-10 years after graduation throwing professionally and around the world. She definitely wasn't a WNBA candidate in hoops. You play to your strengths. 

I've never trained for throwing events in track and field but I have a friend who threw shot and discus in high school and he indicated to me that the training for basketball and training for field throwing events is different. It's also a different body physique and structure. He tried to do both one year. He told me the running killed him in hoops. He lost weight and it affected his ability to throw for awhile the following spring. 

Louisville probably could have used "E" and her strength inside and ability to score inside a few times this year. I'd rather see her "go for what she knows" though...maybe we'll see her on the podium in Rio in 2016. Hopefully, we'll see her winning a bunch of ACC and NCAA events as the sport transitions from the indoor to the outdoor season. She's already won several shot put throws during the indoor season.

Louisville women's track and field has had a long history of excellence in throwing events. One of Louisville's best, Jere Summers, a two-time on campus as director of operations and on campus recruiting for track and field. We would also surmise that she's spending a few hours with the Cardinal throwers. Cardinal track and field head coach Dale Cowper also serves as the throws coach.

So...what exactly are "throws"? 

The classification involves five different events...the weight, hammer, shot put, discus and javelin throws. Louisville lists 11 student-athletes on the roster as throwers. You can expect to see the names Dolly Nyemah, Rachel Serafin, Caitlin Gilmore and Megan Brooks garnering high place finishes in events this year. 

Nyemah finished second in the weight throw at the Akron Invitational over the weekend. Henderson finished 4th in the the open division and facing several throwers who were either unattached or throwing for the prestigious New York Athletic Club. Summers even got into the act and finished second in the discus.

As Worldwide and I discussed on the radio last week, the discus isn't an indoor event due to space limitations. We'll continue to monitor her indoor season and we look forward to the outdoor season and watch how things go for her. 

If you're driving down Floyd Street this spring, keep an eye out when you get near the YUM! Practice Facility. The throws field is nestled behind it. Airbourne objects may be closer than they appear...and the Cards definitely have an aerial attack on campus. 


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Louisville women's basketball -- Crack open the six's Time to believe...TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Good morning, Bobbie! I start with salutations to my friend up north...because I know she'll read this, like she does every morning. Quite like the Cards are, Bobbie's a battler and makes her way to the KFC YUM! Center to see her beloved Cardinals despite the considerable distance and inclement weather.

She believes, you see...and if you believe, nothing is over and all things are possible. 

Louisville women's basketball believed Sunday. Believed that they could defeat the #3 Irish. From a technical and overall perspective, the Cards did defeat the Irish in many aspects of the game, score notwithstanding...

Believe that the Cards were the better team on the court for 36 minutes...I think even Muffet McGraw would acknowledge that. Just as Louisville came on strong to defeat NC State in the delightful Holiday Gym in Broughton, NC at the end...UND found a way to silence the Cards in the waning moments in the Bucket. The Cards fought hard. Now, it's time to fight even harder. 

We believe that Louisville showed they could go toe to toe with the nation's best and deliver staggering blows. They may have lost a swagger step or two...which can easily be regained...but they lost nothing in terms of respect and catching a nation's heart on national TV as a team that doesn't back down. 

We called the Cards win streak "climbing aboard the redemption train". With six games left before the ACC Tournament, we believe we'll retire that one and adopt a new moniker for the remainder of the regular season. 

How about? 


It starts with a trip to the Peterson Center Thursday...where the Cards will face one of "the foundation teams in the ACC structure" (hence...bottom of the league) Pitt Panthers. It's been a topsy-turvy last four for Susie McConnell Serio's felines...a victory at Virginia, downed by Duke, a close win at Clemson and whomped by Wake Forest. The Panthers and Cards face each other twice this season...Pitt being the final of the six-pack again at the end of February. 

No time to lament what could have been. As Louisville Football Coach John L. Smith said many years ago...

"It's time to tear off the rear view mirror and concentrate on where you're going instead of where you've been." 

Unfortunately, we don't believe the #12 Cards can crack the six-pack atop the current NCAA WBB standings...but they can crack a few opponents open as they play for the double bye in the ACC Tournament and right to host the 1st and 2nd round NCAA games. As Louisville as shown in the past, it doesn't matter where you start, the Final Four is reachable from anywhere. 

For you men's BB fans out there that are still lamenting the fact that Pitino's bunch won't be a part of March Madness...c'mon over and spend March following the women's squad. Why not start early and be a February fan? South Florida visits on Feb. 15th and a re-match with Virginia the 18th.  

You won't regret it and we firmly believe you just might have some fun in the process. It's time to have a little fun, finish the six pack and march into March.



The University of Louisville softball team was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in a as voted by the league's 11 head coaches.

Two-time defending conference champion Florida State was picked to win the league with nine first place votes after finishing the 2015 season with a 48-12 overall record and a 20-3 mark in ACC play. Notre Dame received 92 points and two first-place votes to stand at second in the preseason poll. The Irish are coming off of a 42-15 campaign and went 17-6 in the conference last season and finished third in the ACC.

Louisville and North Carolina State tied for third with 74 points each. The Cardinals finished the 2015 season with a 30-19 overall record and went 16-7 to finish fourth in the ACC. The Cardinals went on to make their 12th consecutive NCAA regional appearance.



Sunday, February 7, 2016

Basketball Loses to Notre Dame - Monday Cardinal Couple

The Redemption Train Ends Its Run

Notre Dame did what no other ACC team has been able to do this year, hand the Cards a loss.

The number three team in the nation came in to the KFC Yum! Center and didn't disappoint the significant number of Notre Dame fans in attendance.  UofL didn't go quietly, however, leading the game for 32 minutes into the 4th quarter and taking the lead after the opening baskets.  The Irish did come back, though, eventually taking the game 66-61.

The Cards went really cold shooting in the last 6 or 7 minutes of the game, but you can't blame the loss all on cold shooting as there were defensive lapses, and some easy shots, "E" in our FRED metric, that were missed.  Overall, however, the Cards played well, and should feel no shame in the loss to a well coached team with a great deal of talent.

After the opening few points, the Cards did do quite well, wreaking havoc on Notre Dame with defensive intensity and winning the first quarter by 5 points taking a 24-19 lead.  The 2nd quarter was a tie (11 points each), the Irish started to claw their way back a little bit in the 3rd quarter winning it 15-14, and finally putting the game away in the final frame 21-12.

Louisville had three in double digits, with Myisha Hines-Allen leading the way with 16 along with 7 rebounds.  Mariya Moore had 12, also with 7 rebounds; and Briahanna Jackson who put up 11, and got three picks, and four assists, and six rebounds.  Cortnee Walton did her usual excellent job cleaning off the glass with 13 rebounds. Losing Hines-Allen to fouls hurt the Cards.

What About FRED?

Under 62% certainly isn't gonna get you the "F" for Free Throws, not even close.

The Cards led the rebounding battle, as you might expect from the individual stats above, 44-35, so we easily award the capital "R", and maybe even think about underlining it for emphasis.

Points in the paint is our best stat for judging the "E" and this stat went to the Irish, 36-28.  There was a chance, despite a few missed early easy shots, for the Cards to collect at least a lower-case "e", and maybe an upper case, but the cold shooting in the closing minutes, drops this letter from contention.

Lastly, on defense, maybe we can award a lower-case "d", with turnovers even at 12.  Otherwise, the Cards suffocating defensive pressure flustered Notre Dame for much of the game, but with a few critical defensive lapses, I don't think we can award the upper-case.

What's to Like

While Briahanna Jackson still isn't quite back to her early season self, she played well.  There's room for improvement still, but she is certainly contributing well to the success of the team.

We liked the overall competitiveness against one of the best teams in the country, even in the face of challenges and mistakes, the Cards continued to find a way to make it a competitive matchup down to the final seconds.

Obviously, we dislike losing any game and especially to Notre Dame, who has owned Louisville for quite a few years now. 

The crowd of almost 14,000 made a great atmosphere.

This is another stat that always has room for improvement...well, until it gets up around 22,000...but I love that the UofL crowd knows when the cheer, both in response to the team's play, as well as encourage the team when they're struggling.

The Cards head up to the land of three rivers to take on a 2-8 (in conference) Pitt team, Thursday evening.  Unless the wheels really fall off, the Cards are still quite likely to collect the double bye in the ACC tournament in Greensboro.  The next home game is a 9pm out of conference matchup with USF on the 15th.


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 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. 



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 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 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.


Louisville Lacrosse opens today vs Marquette...Radio Today -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


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 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 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 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's what we do here on the site and on the air. Give us a listen!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Louisville Women's Basketball -- Cards Wake Up, Step on Tar Heels 78-60...Friday CARDINAL COUPLE


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 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.


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 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, we'll allow a lower case "d"...primarily earned in the second half.


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're doing your job. 


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 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, 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.