MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- WBB falls to Huskies by 17
- Softball stops RedStorm 7-0
- Lacrosse battles but loses to Duke
Taylor's 18 not enough...UConn remains undefeated
For awhile, there was a glimmer of hope. Louisville WBB had cut into the Huskies 11-point halftime lead and Tia Gibbs 3-pointer had pulled the Cards within seven at 47-40 with 15:36 left in the second half. A steal, a score and Louisville is right back in this one, right?
Unfortunately, the "boom" was delivered and it wasn't the Cards igniting the charge. A 17-5 Connecticut run over the next four minutes had UConn comfortably ahead 64-45 with 11:38 to go in the game.
A Breanna Stewart three, a Stewart layup, Moriah Jefferson with a three, Dolson inside...you know the story...UConn showed why they are the #1 team in the country. By a landslide. Stewart finished with 24 points and 10 boards.
Louisville kept it close for a long time, in regards to how UConn has been blowing opponents up. Asia Taylor's inside score made it 10-7 Huskies four and a half minutes into the game. A jumper from Sara Hammond and three from Nita Slaughter had the contest at 21-18 UConn halfway through the first half.
UConn responded with a 6-0 run.
Louisville kept battling. Two straight baskets from "E" (Emmonnie Henderson) made it 29-24 Huskies with 5:45 showing on the clock.
Breanna Stewart responded with two threes in a row.
Asia connected on a layup to pull the Cards within eight at 39-31 with 2:10 left in the half. A technical on Coach Walz contributed to the five UConn free throws that gave the Huskies a 44-33 halftime advantage.
Walz had cause justification to be upset. The Cards were whistled for 11 first half fouls, UConn seven. The Huskies got 14 free throw attempts, Louisville three in the first half.
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If there is any silver lining in this cloud, it is that Louisville kept the Huskies from running away with the game. Louisville actually outscored UConn by two after the Husky run in the second half. It gives hope for a re-match 3/3/14 in the KFC YUM! Center in front of what deservedly needs to be 23,000 screaming Cardinal fans.
UConn got 79 of their 81 points from the starters. Five in double figures...Stewart's 24 led all scorers, Moriah Jefferson had 18, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 13, Stefanie Dolson 12 and credit 12 to Bria Hartley.
Yeah...that's one impressive starting lineup, no question.
Louisville, who was outscored in the paint 40-18, had Hammond also in double figures with 11. Nita Slaughter added nine and Shoni contributed a mostly invisible nine as well.
A lot to reflect on before the re-match. Mostly, the Cards need to take care of business before the Dogs sled to Louisville. Wins over Temple, Memphis, Houston, Rutgers and Cincy must happen.
There is no disgrace in losing by 17 to the best team in the nation on their home court. There are some very good things to takeaway from Louisville's loss.
They'll meet again. With Bria. In our house. On Senior Night.
Connell shines in Cards win over St. John's.
Caralisa Connell tossed a one-hitter against the St. John Red Storm in the Cards' final game in the FAU "Kickoff" Classic Sunday morning in Boca Raton.
Louisville jumped on the BIG EAST squad early...gathering five runs in the first two innings.
Pearsall played 17 players in this one, letting Taner Fowler share the catching duties with "Marge"...getting Autumn McDuffie her first at-bat and Kristina Dillard time at third base.
“I thought we did a great job of coming out and taking care of business right away today,” said UofL head coach Sandy Pearsall. “Caralisa did a great job on the mound. Offensively, we did a good job of not swinging at balls that were out of the strike zone and we did what we needed to do.”
Louisville (3-2) comes home to see if they can solve the "sometimes bats...sometimes not" dilemma before heading to Jacksonville for another three-day, five game classic that begins with Missouri on Friday.
LACROSSE LEADS EARLY, FALLS LATE AGAINST DUKE
It couldn't have been much of a better start for Kellie Young's lacrosse warriors. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead on #6 Duke in Durham, NC and led 5-1 before Duke rallied to take a 9-6 halftime lead.
The Cards held Duke scoreless in the first seven minutes of the contest.
Louisville battled back to get within one in the second half at 12-11 with seven minutes remaining in the game...but the Blue Devils scored the final two goals of the contest to escape with a 14-11 win.
Nikki Boltja pacing the Cardinal attack with five goals.
The Cards come home for a game next Sunday against Detroit.
Please warm up Louisville. Lacrosse in below freezing weather isn't exactly the best thing to endure on metal bleachers.
|Worldwide pleads his point...|
GIVE ASIA THE DAMN BALL AND CLEAR OUT