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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cal Bears next for Louisville WBB -- Sunday Cardinal Couple

Gray, Boyd could pose problems for Cards

The University Of Louisville women's basketball team faces their third top 25 opponent of the season with a 5 p.m. EST tip today against California in the Haas Pavilion on campus.

Louisville (10-1) and Cal (7-2) have met once before...the winner advancing to the 2013 NCAA Championship game. The Cards took a 64-57 win over the Golden Bears in New Orleans Arena after trailing by 10 at halftime. This one was tied with 1:51 remaining after Layshia Clarendon dropped a three on Louisville....but Louisville outscored UC 7-0 the rest of the way to advance.

Of particular concern for the Cards today will be the tandem of seniors Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray. Boyd, a 5'9" point guard,  leads the NCAA with 8.9 assists per contest and averages 14.1 ppg and 8.1 rebounds. She and Gray are also on the John L. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30, the WBCA's Wade Watch List and the Naismith Top 50 Watch List. 

Gray brings 19.2 ppg to the stat sheets per contest and is
the Bears leading scorer. She dropped 37 on Sacramento State earlier this month. The 6'3" forward goes to the boards with abandon and will be a matchup problem for the Cards. 

Gabby Green, a former Louisville recruiting target, has stepped in as a freshman and seen considerable playing time for Lindsay Gottlieb.

It's a homecoming for Mariya Moore...who played her high school ball in the shadow of the Berkeley campus and Arica Carter is also a California native from San Diego. Both freshman will be heavily involved in trying to curtail the strong UC guard contingent. 

Cal has dropped their last two outings...and Lindsey Gottlieb has never lost three in a row during her tenure on the Berkeley campus. Cal hasn't defeated a ranked opponent yet this season. 

The Cards will need to play a much better game than their
last outing against GCU. Free throws must improve and shots attempted in the paint must fall...especially those second chance opportunities. We're hoping the GCU contest served as a wake up call to Walz's charges...all expectations are that there will be a large pro-Cal crowd in attendance today because of the many promotions Cal Marketing has attached to this afternoon's tilt. 

We'll have the recap later tonight. This one is scheduled to be live on the Pac-12 Networks and Cards Radio 790 WKRD with Matt Andrews and AJ will have the call on the radio. If you are a Time Warner subscriber...the Pac 12 Network can be found at 530

This one promises to be a tight battle and could evolve into a track meet...given both teams' propensity for putting points on the scoreboard. For Louisville to take the "W"'ll require the Cards best effort of the season so far. 


Speaking of effort, we encourage you to give it that old
college try and listen to our latest broadcast of the CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR. It's archived on Crescent Hill's Soundcloud and available now. Paulie and Worldwide Jeff talk hoops past and present and Jeff plummets into the Grand Canyon with his woeful performance on THE WORLDWIDE QUIZ. 

Don Paulie stops in to spread a little Christmas cheer and Coach Walz delivers another lesson to Paulie...this time about the irrelevance of social media and ambiguity of statistics. get three minutes of pre-show bonus audio (unknown to us) where we discuss height, the WCC and Argentina.   Linkie below:


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cal excited about Louisville WBB Visit? -- Saturday Cardinal Couple

Bears trying to fill the seats for UofL visit

The University of Louisville women's basketball squad has been a big draw whenever they've gone on the road over the last 4-5 years. Having 2 NCAA WBB Championship game appearances and a couple of Schimmel's on roster will do that for a program. Knocking off the Cards in your house can bring a program immediate nationwide recognition these days. 

The University of California would like the Bay area and Berkeley residents to come out and see if Lindsey Gottlieb's charges can win this match up of top 25 foes. Here's the promotional pitch UC marketing is using to fill the seats on Sunday:

Fans have multiple ticket options for Sunday’s Top 25 clash between No. 24 California and No. 10 Louisville. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.
• Teddy Bear Toss! Free admission with the donation of a new or gently worn teddy bear. All bears will benefit the “Good News Bears” charity
• MBB Ticket Stub: All fans bringing a ticket stub from Friday night’s California men’s basketball game against Eastern Washington will receive free admission to Sunday’s game
• $1 Youth Admission: Sunday is “Kids Day” with all youth tickets costing just $1. In addition, the Bears will do post-game autographs on the court
• BEATTHECARDS: All fans can receive $1 admission by using the promo code “BEATTHECARDS” to purchase their tickets online prior to Sunday. Use the promo code by CLICKING HERE
• FREE T-SHIRTS! The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a free California basketball t-shirt. Arrive early to get yours!


We'll have yet another edition of Cardinal Couple Radio today at 11 AM on WCHQ 100.9 FM and streaming from

Basketball is the soup du jour today (gee, go figure), we'll test Jeff and the listeners with another WORDLWIDE QUIZ and who knows what other stuff we'll toss in there to entertain, mystify, baffle, confuse and alienate our listeners.

Enter if you dare. Online link below if you're out of the FM broadcast range:



Friday, December 19, 2014

Less than impressive effort in Cards 65-51 win over GCU -- Friday Cardinal Couple

Walton's return marred by lackluster Louisville effort

A season low shooting percentage (35%). A season low point total (65). 12-22 free throw shooting and countless missed opportunities under the basket. One might even imagine the schedule got switched and the Cal game was last night...but Louisville turned in a very inconsistent effort in front of 2000 fans in Phoenix against Grand Canyon University...winning 65-51. 

Shoni Schimmel was in attendance. I kept waiting for Walz to throw her a jersey and have her report to the scorers' table.

Consider that the Cards had a 59-35 lead with seven minutes remaining...after two Mariya Moore free throws. A nice 11-0 Cardinal run over a four minute stretch that seemingly appeared to be the start to a blowout in the making. 

But the Cards weren't capable of loading up the sleigh and delivering the rest of the gifts.   

Louisville managed just one basket (a Jude Schimmel three) and three free throws the rest of the way...seeing a 24 point lead evaporate to 11 with 95 seconds remaining in the game. 

Jeff Walz didn't come out for the post-game recap with Matt Andrews on Cards Radio. Probably a lot of soul searching and dialogue going on in that visitors locker room. 

Or... he mirrored his team's performance of not finding a way to score underneath the hoop and couldn't find his way to press row. 

It is the Christmas season. Mr. Grinch (who stole Christmas) probably would have described tonight's performance as "stink, stank, stunk." 

To paraphrase the Christmas song parody...the Cardinals (not Grandma) got ran over by some antelopes (not reindeer) to end each half.  

GCU head coach Trent May
Enough of the negatives, though. It was a return to court action for junior Cortnee Walton -- who started both halves and got four points in 17 minutes of action. Good to see #13 running the floor and going to the boards. Mariya Moore carrying the Cards once again...the only UofL double figure scorer with 17 points and three threes. Seven threes total for the Cards with Jude adding two and Megan Deines and Sara Hammond with one each.

Louisville never trailed...jumping out to a 14-7 lead after five minutes of action. The Cards went up by 12 after Moore's first trifecta to lead 25-13 with 7:20 left in the first half. Moore canned another three to make it 28-16 at the 5:38 mark. Any hopes of a first half blow out ended, though, when the Antelopes outscored the Cards 8-4 the rest of the way. 

32-24 at the intermission. Moore had 10 to lead all scorers and Louisville held a 20-4 edge with points in the paint.

The Cards did steadily build on the lead as the second half
progressed. Deines' three made it 37-24 Louisville three and a half minutes into action. Moore's final three made it 53-35 with 8:58 to go. The 'Lopes outscored Louisville 16-12 the rest of the way. 

First road trip across the Mississippi for the Cards this season. A fired up, resilient opponent that actually shot worse than Louisville (30%) but kept scrapping and got a couple of late threes from GCU's Australian guard Jess Gajewski to make it interesting.

And...after their tenth win of the year... a Cardinal team that has 63 hours to figure out why a 3-7 team held them to less points and a lower shooting percentage than Kentucky did...and develop a plan to not let it happen again against a significantly talented bunch of Bears in Berkeley.


Regular CARDINAL COUPLE reader, contributor, Arizona resident and buddy Greg made the trip to the contest. His observations below:

Hey Paulie,

Not much to add to the ESPN write up which I thought was pretty good.  Decided not to bother you with any texts during the game and interrupt your viewing.  Just a few quick bullets:

- GCU looked good given their personnel.  Scrappy and certainly not intimidated by the Cards.  Quite well coached.  They've got nothing to be embarrassed about that's for sure.  
- They have a really nice facility, state of the art video & graphics and they put on a good show.  They're wanting to be serious players in the roundball world and they're doing all of the right stuff to make that happen.
- This was a good game for their women's program.  Respectable showing against a national power.  Lots of young girl ballers in attendance.

- Our defense looked great at times but then seemed to periodically clear out a side and let them go straight to the basket.  Walz almost lost his mind a couple times.
- We continue to struggle with missed bunnies and free throws were painful again at 55%.
- I like the black uniforms better than the red but I imagine the red is near and dear to the traditional Card fans.
- Not too surprising we didn't have a stellar outing.  Between Cortnee's homecoming and Jeep tours probably the focus isn't what it could have been.
- Hopefully we'll reload and be ready to rock Cal in a few days.

- Tons of Cortnee and Jude love & support.   The arena holds 5000 and although attendance wasn't reported on ESPN I'm guessing there had to be 2000 to 2500 there.  That's something like 5 or 6 times their normal home attendance.
- Most of one side of the arena seemed to be filled with Card fans.  We overheard some of the GCU fans complaining about how their usual seats were occupied with U of L fans by the time they rolled in.  Too Funny.
- The Native American fans were there in big numbers and they Love, Love, Love Jude.  Cool Folks.  They truly appreciate good basketball and are not afraid to show it.

It was a fun night.  I talked Gina into coming with me and after fifteen minutes or so I was reminded of her mosquito-like attention span.  She thought Jude was cute also liked the black uniforms, the videos and dancers.  After fifteen minutes of actually watching the game she slipped into Candy Crush mode on her iPhone so she and the 8 year old GCU fan sitting in front of us were both in heaven for the remainder of the night.  I only lost her once going to the parking garage after the game when she spotted a Native American fan wearing some earrings she liked and had to stop and exchange phone numbers so she didn't miss a jewelry buying opportunity.  I was getting ready to put out an APB but security found her dazed and confused with her jewelry friend and pointed her my way.   Just to be clear this is pretty much a normal day with Gina.

That's pretty much it.  Gina and I are sitting here laughing at this so you can use as much or as little of as you like.   


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Will we see Walton? -- Thursday Cardinal Couple

Cortnee Walton could see action against Grand Canyon

The University of Louisville women's basketball team is on a west coast swing the next several days and the first stop is Phoenix, AZ to play Grand Canyon University. 

No steep trails or cliff-hanging finishes expected in this contest...the Antelopes return no starters from last year's 21-9 Western Athletic Conference squad that made the Women's Basketball Invitational post-season tournament.

Currently sitting at 3-6 this season, they did beat Oral Roberts last time out 54-51 on Dec. 11th. Despite shooting less that 25% for the game. This isn't Arizona State or Northern Arizona...they'll most likely pack it up in a zone and try to make Louisville shoot outside for awhile before the Cards fast-break, transition game gets rolling. 

It is a homecoming for junior forward/center Cortnee Walton...she played her high school hoops at St. Mary's Catholic High and was a big part of winning two straight state titles. If the toe will let her go, it'll be Walton's first appearance of the season. Whether Walz will grant her starting privileges or not remains to be seen...our guess here is probably not but we would expect an early off-the-bench entry for her.

Jessica Gajewski leads the "Lopes" in scoring with 11.3 ppg and is the only double figure producer on the squad...Cheyenne Hedrington grabs 7.7 board a game and Courtney Hayes is the thief with a team high 20 steals.

I guess the philosophy here is...if you're going to Berkeley to play Cal...why not pick up a bonus game somewhere along the way and make a road trip of it?  A check of the schedule does show both the men and women's basketball teams at Arizona State, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University all off gym availability wasn't an issue. My guess is they didn't want these Cards...

In any event, it should be a good leg-stretcher for Walz's crew in preparation for Lindsay Gottlieb and the Bears of Berkeley. 

It'll be shown nationwide on Cox Sports Television if you have them as an internet provider. WKRD will have the broadcast locally in Louisville. Game time is 9 p.m. EST.

We've also heard from someone who would definitely know about the live internet stream at:


They list Grand Canyon Arena has having a capacity of
5,000. Wouldn't it be great if was packed for Cortnee and a strong tribal contingent showed up to see Jude?  The 'Lopes average a little less than 400 per home game for chances exist that the Cardinal fans just might equal or surpass GCU rooters in attendance. 

We'll recap it in the Friday edition of Cardinal Couple


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Checking the E-mails (or...Why did I click on that?) -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple


We get e-mails at Cardinal Couple. Oh, yeah...

Although the comments section of our articles gets a fair bit of responses, the e-mails to 
gets plenty of play. Helping me check and reading e-mails is one of Sonja's roles as our operations manager. She ear-marks the ones she thinks I'll want to respond to and handles the rest as needed. I'm not real sure, but I think she's having an on-line affair with Tommie Copper and S.E Davis and Sons. 

I've wondered from time-to-time why e-mails far outweigh comments. Maybe it's because we don't have a message board. Maybe it's because some people don't want their thoughts, comments or observation for viewing in a public forum. Maybe it's because you have to pass a captcha test to leave a comment. Whatever the reason, it's jolly good fun to receive them, comment on them and we really do get some great ideas and article forwards. We appreciate them all. Except the two guys mentioned above and their sons who are engaging in online hanky-panky with my bride.

If I ever catch you guys out in public, I may deliver a knuckle sandwich with the hand bearing my wedding ring (I got a 
great deal on it at S.E Davis...
the Sons weren't around) 
or kick you with my compression sleeved leg. 

Or have "E" post up against you
in the paint.

So, what are the topics of reader e-mail interest these days? The furor of the Kentucky loss is simmering down a bit and that's a good thing. One e-mail I'll share (and these will all be share as 'anonymous') from a concerned fan:

" Doesn't Jeff Walz know how to play a zone? That and inserting Sherrone Vails to block a few shots would have saved that Kentucky game for Louisville." 

We had a few like that in similar vein. We've responded by
commenting that the points in the paint were pretty evenly matched and Louisville had 12 more rebounds that UK. The telling stats? 28 Cards turnovers and UK wins the points off turnovers battle 27-13. 

We've also been getting some comments on UofL's marketing department and a perceived lack of informing fans about promotions. Especially the ugly sweater night. This e-mail sums up a lot of these e-mails we are receiving: 

"Our marketing / promotional 
efforts just are seriously sad My 
friend and I have 4 season tickets / received no notice.  This is 
pretty standard operating 
procedure for those with 
the team.   Have no idea what background these people 
have but why have a promotion that your fans have to seek out to learn they exist? 
UK women's folks could school ours - seriously.

As a fan with 2 season tickets - that rarely even goes to a
game - I am treated well.

I am sent letters, e- mails... For not only basketball eventsbut also for upcoming other women's teams.  
My tickets comes in this nice tear off booklet instead of a mess of stuff held together with a paper clip.   

Some other subjects we've received are:

--  Why does the Kroger Crew get a
 louder fan response
 than the on court action?

--  Why does Sara Hammond do "that silly" pre-game 
introduction sequence?

--  Is Sean Moth married?

--  Why wasn't the Louisville v. Cincinnati series continued?

--  Why doesn't Arica Carter smile more?

--  Does Walz need psychiatric help to help him beat UK? 

--  Why doesn't CARDINAL COUPLE have any women writers?

--  Why does Jeff Walz make so much money?

--  Why don't you change the music on your radio show? 

These are honest-to-God topics 
we've been sent. I think 
they're coming from Tommie Copper and S.E. Davis and his
sons to try and confuse and 
intimidate me...

Obviously, we don't have all the answers and sometimes to speculate and respond to some of these queries isn't our 
cross to bear. They can be entertaining,'s onethat Sonja got a big kick out of:

"Paulie...we like your site and read it often. We see where you sit during games and like watching you during them. 
Just a suggestion...shave your beard off."

( Not going to happen...I grow it each
Doesn't need a beard
 winter & Sonja likes my beard but it is 
nice to know I have a potential stalker 
group out there. Are you the same guys
who were following me around Target the other night? )

Anyway, keep those e-mails coming. I  skim through them 
every morning way before most of you are awake and 
address a couple before getting ready for work.

This especially goes out to you 
insightful and knowledgeable UK fans.
 I never realized how horrible every 
aspect of UofL sports was until you 
pointed it out to me.

We'll break down the Cards next the
Thursday edition of CARDINAL COUPLE. Unless the e-mails 
strongly advise against it...of course.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday Cardinal Couple - Jude Found Her Groove

Seven Cards in double figures in 100-46 win

Old Dominion University stepped into the KFC Yum! Center to meet a very motivated Cardinals basketball team, and it showed.

Walz's players hit the century mark Monday night, while holding ODU to under 50.  Unusually for this team, much of the offensive punch came from the 3-point line with the team going 9-14.  Free throws were reasonable at 13-19 (68.4%) and the hustle stats all looked pretty good with 25 assists, 4 blocks and 11 steals, while only turning the ball over 13 times and forcing 17 turn overs on ODU.  An impressive seven players scored in double figures, with an eighth, Shawnta' Dyer making a pretty good run at it with 7 points.

Jude drops a 3
What will probably get most people talking, though, is that Jude Schimmel seemed to find some of her shooting touch at halftime.  After the first half, she was 2-6 shooting and missed the only 3-point shot she took.  In the second half, though, she finally showed us what we all knew she was capable of and didn't miss a single shot.  Jude ended the game 5-9, and 2-3 from 3-point range.  She also chalked up six rebounds, 10 assists (for a double-double), and had two steals. 

Jeff Walz made a point to say that he thought that Jude had been playing generally well in the season thus far, and that she had been contributing in other ways, but it has to be a bit of a relief to put some points on the board as even Jude acknowledged in the post-game that she found it frustrating to not be shooting well.

Also putting on a late-game surge was Megan Deines.  Only playing for three minutes in the first half, and earning no points, she played the last nine minutes of the game, but still hadn't scored until 4:41 when she hit her first shot for a 3.  Still flying under the radar, Deines got a lay-up with less than a minute and a half to play, another 3 pointer with just under a minute to play and a lay-up in the final 30 seconds to reach her 10 point total.

Some other quick stats and thoughts:

  • Emmonnie Henderson hit 4-8, but she is still struggling to find her touch with 2-3 foot shots, particularly when contested.
  • Sara Hammond gets two 3-point shots on her way to 14 total points.
  • Mariya Moore went 3-6 from beyond the arc with yet another good game, 4-9 overall for the team high 15 total points.
  • Louisville outscored ODU 29-6 on points off turnovers, and 52-24 on points in the paint.
The Cards head on the road now for a game at Grand Canyon in Phoenix, Arizona.  As this is a homecoming of sorts for Cortnee Walton, she should get some time on the hardwood there.  While Walton wasn't dressed for the game against ODU, Walz did confirm that they were planning on getting her in the game in her hometown, and then they would evaluate how she was doing in recovering from her broken toe. 

A medical redshirt for her is still a possibility, and would be considered if she would only be ready to play five or six games.

In other injury news, Sydney Brackemyre is apparently continue to recover from her knee surgery well as she was spotted at the ODU game walking without crutches, though not without a little bit of limp.  Syd the Kyd is red-shirting for the year.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

WBB resumes tonight against ODU -- Monday Cardinal Couple


With final exams out of the way, the #10 University of Louisville women's basketball team takes to Denny Crum Court for a Monday 7 p.m. game against the Old Dominion Monarchs.

ODU (5-2) enters tonight's contest on a two-game win streak. They downed Howard 75-52 at home and last time out, they knocked off VCU 66-44 back on Dec. 5th. Louisville will be the third ACC opponent head coach Karen Barefoot's team has faced this season...losing to Duke 82-66 on Nov. 20th. and beating Virginia Tech 69-62 on Nov. 25th.

Jennie Simms leads ODU in scoring (16.9) and is second in rebounds (6.9). Chelsea Painter is also a double figure scorer with 11.0 ppg and grabs 6.4 a game. Destinee Young averages 7.6 rebounds a game and has blocked 14 shots this season. Tiffany Minor is an outside threat...she nailed four of them against VCU. ODU allows a scant 55.0 points a game.

The Monarchs play in Conference USA and were selected to finish sixth in pre-season voting.

For Louisville, it'll be interesting to see how they respond after their first loss of the season and a week to think about it. Myisha Hines-Allen (15.4 ppg) is 10th. in ACC scoring and fellow freshman Mariya Moore contributes 14.0 a contest.

In the series, ODU holds a 3-1 advantage...beating the Cards 69-65 the last time they met -- in Norfolk, VA back on November 26th, 2010.

The Cards hit the road after tonight's game...heading to Grand Canyon College for a Thursday 10 p.m. EST game and then to Cal for a Sunday 5 p.m. matchup. After that, it's the 2014 finale and last non-conference game before ACC play when Louisville hosts Evansville Monday Dec. 29th. @ 7 p.m.


The latest Cardinal Couple Radio Hour is up for listening on the heavenly archived SoundCloud at Crescent Hill Radio. Hoops are the entree and we have a heaping helping of them for you to sample. Our Coach Walz post-game interview last much longer than Coach Pitino's yesterday and see if you can top Worldwide Jeff McAdams on THE WORLDWIDE QUIZ. (We may be the only sports show in Louisville that has two Jeff's providing audio in one hour)

Click the link and away you go!