FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
-"Must win" scenario against the Orange for Louisville
Reeling from a three game losing streak, faced with the departure of the tallest player on the team and still suffering from the season-ending injuries of two of the best players...the University of Louisville women's basketball team finds themselves "up against" the wall as they host Syracuse on Saturday.
The last time the Lady Cards lost four or more in a row was during the injury-plagued 2009-10 season...when West Virginia, Cincinnati, Connecticut, St. John's and Pittsburgh put consecutive "L's" in the UofL win/loss column. The test against Syracuse Saturday won't be easy.
The Orange are 15-10 overall and 4-7 in BIG EAST play. Wins against Pitt, Seton Hall, Providence and USF. Losses to WVA, Rutgers, St. John's, Georgetown, Connecticut, Cincy and Notre Dame.
The main drivers of the Orange bus are Kayla Alexander and Iasia Hemingway. They've alternated as leading scorers for Quentin Hillsman's squad 17 times this season.
|Iasia has been hot|
|Alexander is a shot|
Others that will play...Shakeya Leary, Elashier Hall, Rachel Coffey, La'shay Taft and Carmen Tyson-Thomas...who is the third SU player averaging in double figures with 10.8 a game.
Syracuse isn't normally a three-point threat...but when they do attempt them, it's usually Coffey, Taft or Thomas. They're dead last in the BIG EAST is 3-Point FG pct. (.236) and 13th. in 3-pointers made.
|The "Q" is an enertainer extrodinaire on the sidelines !|
He is a show. We look forward to what the "Q review" has in store for us this year. He's starting his sixth season as the Orange skipper and is 133-75 there.
Louisville is 4-4 lifetime against SU, Walz 1-3. Last year saw the Orange win a slow paced, slug it out affair in the Carrier Dome 53-45. Tia Gibbs had 19 against them. Hemingway and Alexander combined for 21 and graduated guard Erica Morrow led Syracuse with 17.
Louisville needs this one. A loss drops them to 6-6 in the BIG EAST. With DePaul and Notre Dame still to be played...and probable losses for Louisville...gotta get wins in the KFC YUM! Center. Syracuse is very beatable, but the Lady Cards must shoot much better than they did against Geno and the Huskies.
|Get ready to rumble !|