Sunday, February 16, 2014
Sunday Cardinal Couple -- Hoops, Lacrosse and Softball today
SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- WBB heads to Memphis
- Lacrosse opens home schedule against Detroit
- Softball drops two...finishes today against Irish
The #3 University of Louisville women's basketball team makes a final trip to Elvisland to take on the Memphis Tigers today at 3:30 p.m. It's a ESPNU game and can be heard on Cards Radio as well.
The Tigers are 11-14 and 4-9 in the AAC. Louisville handled the UofM 88-61 when the teams met in the KFC YUM! Center back on Jan 26th. In the all-time series, Memphis leads 23-22.
For Louisville, a road test in one of those tiny high-school type gyms in front of maybe 200-300 people. Needing to keep pace and stay one game behind Connecticut in the conference race, Louisville needs to play better than they have in the past two outings...falling at Storrs 81-64 to the Huskies and struggling before beating Temple 60-50 Weds. night in the downtown arena.
The Tigers got romped by the Cincinnati Bearcats last time out 65-49 in UC's Fifth-Third Arena. Ariel Hearn led the way for UofM with 18 points and Pa'Sonna Hope grabbed 11 boards.
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Louisville Lacrosse opens the home portion of the 2014 season by entertaining Detroit today at 1 p.m. at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium. The Cards are coming off a 14-11 loss to Duke last Sunday and Detroit visited Ohio State...falling 18-3.
Louisville was led by Nikki Boltja's five goals in the loss. Faye Brust added three.
The Cards easily handled the Titans last season...winning 18-3 in the Motor City. Nine different Cardinals scored in that one and today's game should give Coach Young a good chance to test the reserves again.
It's free admission for all home games and there will be calender key chain giveaways...plus a "special gift" for the first 100 that arrive.
We'll see ya out there!
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Softball dropped both games in the Jacksonville Tournament yesterday...falling to Notre Dame 6-3 and North Carolina 4-2.
Not exactly the way to strike fear into the hearts of your future conference opponents.
Despite three home runs (two from Taner Fowler) the Cards could keep the Irish off the base paths and watched a 3-1 lead disappear for good in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Louisville did mount a late rally in the seventh and loaded the bases...but like several other times so far this year...no runs crossed the plate.
In the second game, against the Tar Heels, neither team seemed to want this one early...the contest went four innings without a score. Kayla Soles took matters into her own hands and blasted a two-run shot over the fence to give Louisville the lead in the fifth inning
The Cards would not score again and UNC tied it in the top of the sixth with a two-run blast and put it away in the seventh with a hit-by-pitch and two bunt singles to load the bags. Fortunately, Louisville held them to just two runs...but the Cards could not catch them in their final at-bat.
Louisville faces Notre Dame this morning at 9:30 a.m. and heads home to prepare for their Ulmer Stadium opener Feb. 21st. against NKU and EKU in the Cardinal Classic.