Sunday, February 16, 2014
Monday CARDINAL COUPLE -- Hoops, Lacrosse take wins on Sunday
MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Career high for Henderson key in WBB 82-66 win
- Lacrosse shows mercy on Detroit Mercy 18-1
- Softball gets slammed by Irish 11-4
Louisville's WBB head coach Jeff Walz will take Sunday's win in Memphis. He's pleased over 'E' getting a career high 19 points in the 16 point win. Happy about the 14-2 start to begin the second half that pushed the Cards from a 41-30 halftime lead to a 53-32 advantage four minutes into the final period.
But there is room for improvement.
"In the second half, we get a stop and we go down and score. That's what we have to do, but we need to become more consistent."
Pleased as he was with Henderson's best game as a Card, Walz also indicated there was still more work to do in the post:
"Offensively, she (Henderson) is talented...but she got to be able to learn to do more than just shoot. And, you can't turn it over five times."
The trio of "E", A-Tayy and the Hammer had 12 of the Cards 20 turnovers...a number too high for Walz who added:
"They don't touch the ball enough to turn it over that much."
Henderson was joined in double figures by Shoni (18 pts.) and Taylor (13 points).
Memphis made a point of bottling up Shoni early in the game...still mindful of her nine three-pointers against them the last time the teams played. They also got strong play in the paint from Pa'Sonna Hope (18 points). The guard combo of Ariel Hearn and Mooriah Rowser added 35 points for the Tigers (11-15, 4-10)...who drew a season high of 2585 for the game. A strong contingent of Louisville fans and native Americans were present to cheer on the Cards and the Schimmel sisters
The game also featured the first season appearance of Starr Breedlove...who has been out the entire season with concussion-related symptoms. The sophomore guard saw three minutes, hit a couple of free throws, dished an assist and committed a couple of fouls in end-of-the-game play.
The Cards shot 54.2% for the game and went 8-18 from the distance. The 32 made goals were set up by 21 assists.
Sara Hammond played just nine minutes...plagued by foul trouble and watched Henderson's assimilation of the post. Bria Smith did return to action after sitting the last two contests....scoring five points and grabbing three boards.
Louisville returns to the KFC YUM! Center for a Wednesday, 7 p.m. tilt with cellar dweller Houston.
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Louisville Lacrosse got a career-high six goals from Kaylin Morissette and rolled out to a 12-1 first half advantage in downing University of Detroit 18-1 Sunday afternoon before an appreciative, if bit chilly, crowd at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium.
The Cards netted five goals in the first five minutes of action, evoking my remark to CARDINAL COUPLE columnist Jeff McAdams that we were on a goal-per-minute production and the final score could turn out 60-0.
The Cards were a bit more lenient on the offensive attack the rest of the way, working on positioning, passing and stifling defense...holding the Titans to just two shots per half while amassing a total of 42 shots on the harried UD goalie.
Nikki Boltja and Cortnee Daley scored three goals each for the Cards...eight Cardinals scored in the rout.
Coach Young was pleased with the effort:
"We got better today than we did in the game against Duke and I was proud of the transition game and the way we played. The offense was more controlled and we made some huge adjustments. It's just awesome when you can get that many attackers involved in the game and to put the ball in the back of the net."
The LAX crew hits the road next...making a Virginia tour with a Friday game against Old Dominion and Sunday against William & Mary.
I had a nice post-game chat with the Detroit Lacrosse SID who filled me in on the history of the name Detroit Mercy. Seems the University of Detroit and a small women's college named Mercy merged 25 years ago to create Detroit Mercy.
He indicated that most people just referred to them as Detroit. The Titans play in the American Sun conference and will have eight teams on board for conference play in 2015. Dick Vitale is probably the most famous figure associated with the school...he was a head coach of the basketball team there before terrorizing the airwaves.
Louisville softball ended a dismal stay (except for the weather) in Jacksonville...losing to Notre Dame 11-4 Sunday morning.
The Irish pounded Louisville and Rachel LeCoq for seven first inning runs and the game was pretty much over from then on. The Cards did spark a little flame with three runs in the bottom of the second...but drop to 4-5 on the season after going 1-3 in Jacksonville.
Louisville returns home for the Cardinal Classic (Feb 21-23) at Ulmer Stadium with NKU, EKU, IUPUI and Central Michigan visiting.