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Monday, December 13, 2010

Inside the Lady Cards numbers and Soccer falls 1-0

Monday @ The Couple:

-Men's soccer falls 1-0 to Akron

-Louisville's first ten games
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Shelby Harper, pictured here warming up for the Dayton game, is fifth in three point attempts for the 2010-11 Lady Cards.
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Louisville is attempting 19.3 three pointers per game so far this year and cashing in on 37% of them.
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A hard fought game yesterday for the UofL men's soccer team but a 1-0 loss in Santa Barbara in the NCAA Championship game to Akron. After a scoreless first half, Akron managed to push home what proved to be deciding goal with about nine minutes left in the contest. Louisville would get close several times in the waning minutes but could not score on the Zips. A great season for Ken Lolla's guys and much promise for next year.
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After ten games this season the University of Louisville women's basketball team is 7-3 and 5-1 in the KFC YUM Center. Monique Reid has led the Cards in scoring four times this season, Shoni Schimmel three times, Becky Burke once, Sheronne Vails once and Reid and Vails tied for the scoring lead once. The Lady Cards are outpointing their opponents 79.8 to 55, an incredible margin of almost 25 points a game, and have hit the century mark twice this year.
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Louisville holds a narrow margin in out rebounding foes 415 to 373 so far and dominates in the turnovers created statistic...250-181. The Cards hold a 185-97 advantage in assists, have 147 steals against opponent's 85 and 52 blocks...15 better than the opposition's 37.
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Two Cards are averaging double figures for the season...Monique Reid with 15.8 points per game and Shoni Schimmel with 14.7 a contest. Knocking at the door are Sheronne Vails with 9.7 points a game, Becky Burke at 8.7 a game and Keisha Hines with 8.5 points a game. Schimmel's 26 against Kentucky is the highest individual scoring effort in a game for Louisville and she has scored the second most total points for Louisville with 147. Reid's 158 lead in this area.
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Schimmel averages 27.2 minutes per game, Tia Gibbs 23.2, Monique Reid 22.8, Becky Burke 22.7 and Sherrone Vails 21.7. 10 of the 13 Lady Cards are seeing 10 minutes or more a contest. Schimmel, Hines and Gibbs have started every game so far for Louisville and eight of the thirteen Cards have played in every contest. Schimmel has launched the most shots...116 in ten games and Reid has attempted 109. LaToya Johnson has the best shooting % at 80% (4 for 5). For those in the regular rotation, the leader is Hines (34-57)...good for 59.6%.
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At the charity stripe, LaToya Johnson is perfect (1-1). Behind her, Becky Burke a sizzling 12-14 and 85.7%. Of the starters and regulars, Schimmel is next at 11-15 (73.3%). Reid has attempted the most free throws with 48 and made the most...connecting on 33. Reid and Johnson are 1-1 from three point range this year, next in percentage is Burke at 47.7% (21-44). Schimmel leads the team in threes attempted (65) and threes made (26).
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In stats that are dubious to be the leader of, Hines has 36 fouls this year. Hines, Vails and Polly Harrington have each fouled out of a game so far in 2010-11. Schimmel has 38 turnovers...tops for the team and the worst shooting percentage (0%) belongs to Rachel Story (0-5) this year. At the foul line, Charmaine Tay is at the bottom of the list with 6-18 shooting and 33%.
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The Cards have enjoyed a four game winning streak this year...one that they are currently on...and suffered a two game losing streak with back to back drops to Xavier and ODU. Their biggest margin of victory is 66 over Houston Baptist and largest loss was 13 to Tennessee.
Louisville is 1-1 against the SEC and 1-1 against the Atlantic 10 conferences. Louisville played against a record 22,152 fans in the YUM against Kentucky and only 416 showed up in Fort Wayne to see Louisville beat IPFW.
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Louisville has an upcoming road trip of four games...one at Cincinnati on Wednesday and then three in Las Vegas (Marist, Houston and Nebraska). After that, the Cards return home for three in the YUM...(UT-Martin, St. John's and Pitt). The longest remaining road swing after that will be a two game journey to Notre Dame and Connecticut in mid-January and two on the road versus Syracuse and South Florida in mid-February. The longest home stand is the one of three games following the Duel in the Sun event in Vegas. The Cards have those three neutral court games left, a total of eight on the road and 10 in the downtown arena in the regular season.
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Too early for mid-season awards yet, but we'll offer Shoni Schimmel and Monique Reid as our two top contenders so far for "best player at the halfway point" and Schimmel the leader for Uofl freshman of the year. Most improved player would have to go to Becky Burke, because of her dramatic upgraded efforts defensively. The underachiever of the year...one we don't like awarding...would be Asia Taylor...for her on and off the court struggles.
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Louisville's freshmen (Vails, Schimmel, Tay, Harrington and Slaughter) account for 34.5 of the Cardinal points per game this year and returning starters (we used Reid, Burke, Hines, Harper and Taylor...) 39 points per game. The others (Johnson, Story and Gibbs) 10 points per game.
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It's interesting to note that if you add Gibbs scoring to the freshmen's total, the 'newcomers' are averaging 42.0 points per game and the rest of the team 41.5 a game. (These numbers are based on games played by a player divided into points scored, so the totals are slightly higher than the actual Cards points scored per contest.)
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Louisville returns to action Wednesday at Cincinnati. Game time is 7 p.m. and it'll be on 790 AM/101.7 FM Cards Radio WRKD. Jim Kelch and Paul Sandeford will handle the play by play and color commentary duties. (We've always loved the term, 'color commentary'...Oh, look there's the color blue! Over there is some yellow. I don't like blue but green is great! Haven't seen any red yet and what is the deal with purple these days?)
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Remember, the Bowl Pick 'Em contest begins on Saturday, Decemer 18th. With prizes offered by Viscardi Designs, Fanscloset and Panera Bread, it's worth you taking a few minutes and taking a few guesses on the 35 games.
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Good luck and you can enter here at Cardinal Couple if you want in this comments section, e-mail your picks to cardinalcouple@insightbb.com or enter them at the CARDINAL DOMINANCE website http://www.cardinaldominance.net/
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