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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lady Cards romp Ohio U. 84-47

CARDINAL COUPLE - MONDAY EDITION


-LADY CARDS GO TO 1-1 with win over Ohio U.

-VOLLEYBALL wins at Syracuse

-CROSS COUNTY in the NCAA Regionals

-Breaking down the Ohio U numbers




The University of Louisville women's basketball team shook off a 13 point loss to Tennessee on Friday with a 37 point dismantling of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio on Sunday afternoon.

The Cards came out strong...jumping to an 8-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game. After a couple of Ohio baskets, UofL went on a 21-0 run to take a commanding lead 29-6 with slightly more than seven minutes to go in the first half. They would lead 42-14 before heading to the locker room up 44-20 at the half. Monique Reid led a balanced scoring attack for Louisville with 9 points.

The Cards came out rolling in the second half and took a 52-26 with two scores by Reid and Hines each. Although Ohio would cut the lead to 21 at 55-34...Louisville then went on a 20-3 run to take a 75-37 lead after Becky Burke's (pictured above) fourth 3-point goal of the game with a little more than five minutes remaining.

Louisville ran the transition game to perfection against the Bobcats and the defense created a wealth of Ohio U. turnovers...including 13 in the first 12 minutes of the game. Shoni Schimmel had seven assists for the Cards and 13 points. Reid finished with 13, Burke 14 and Hines 12 points. Asia Taylor contributed nine points and Charmaine Tay added eight points. All thirteen players for Louisville got into the game and all but Polly Harrington, Antonita Slaughter and LaToya Johnson scored. Slaughter did have eight rebounds for the Cards...who host Houston Baptist next on Weds.

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Finally listened to a Cards game on the radio and was most impressed with the job that Paul Sanderford did with Jim Kelch. The veteran coach gives a good account of the defensive sets, offensive patterns and player action in the color analyst role and seems to mesh pretty well with the affable Kelch. Jim still tends to stray away from the action when a contest is a blow out and he doesn't give the time remaining in the game out nearly enough to suit us...but he's a lot better and quite more professional than the guys doing the UK women's games on radio.

We still aren't happy that the UK Ladies get WHAS Radio and Louisville doesn't. If the UofL men, UK men and UK women aren't playing...why are the Lady Cards still relegated to 790? More politics being played by Clear Channel.

The game was available for viewing at OhioBobcats.com. At least for some. WE never could pick up the video for it at the site...but we always enjoy a Jim Kelch call...so it really didn't matter.


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Louisville started slow against the Syracuse Orange in volleyball Sunday but swept the final three games on the road. The 15-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-13 match results put the Cards in second place for the BIG EAST Tournament. The field of eight teams should be announced Monday.

It was Senior Day for the Orange and that emotion carried them to a first game win over UofL. An early 12-2 run for Syracuse was the deciding factor. Louisville came back strong in game 2 behind Lola Arslanbeckova and had a 21-5 lead before coasting in to win by 13.

After the break, the Cards took a 11-3 early lead and with Arslanbeckova leading the way again, held on to take the third game by six. In the final match, the Cards once again jumped on Syracuse early with a 8-2 start and head coach Leonid Yelin emptied the bench after that...Louisville winning by 12.

Arslanbeckova had 15 kills for the Cards (18-7, 12-2) and Emily Juhl added 12

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Kim Grieshaber finished 21st in the NCAA Southeast Regional cross-country at E.P. Sawyer Park in Louisville. The women placed 13th in the event that was won by Virginia. The top five team spots went to the ACC. Besides Grieshaber's finish, other individual numbers for the Cards saw Emily Borsare in 28th, Monica Hernandez 68th, Cassie Martin in 143rd and Ariel Briggs at 161.

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A lot to like on the stat sheet from the Ohio University game. Louisville went 34-66 from the field for a 51.5%. The first half the Cards were 62.1%. A much better effort from 3-point range...Louisville going 9-17..four of those belonging to Becky Burke. Louisville had 13 steals, created 22 turnovers and actually won the rebounding battle 46-36

The starters (Schimmel, Taylor, Hines, Reid and Gibbs) accounted for 52 Cardinal points and 20 rebounds. The freshmen (Schimmel, Vails, Harrington, Slaughter and Tay) had 28 points and 20 boards. 1o Lady Cards played 10 minutes or more...Vails leading the way with 22 on court minutes. The freshmen had 11 of Louisville's 20 assists, Schimmel with seven of those.

Polly Harrington fouled out of the contest in 11 minutes of play. Hines was whistled for four, Harper and Vails three each.

The win was Jeff Walz's 75th as the Louisville skipper.

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