Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Thursday Cardinal Couple -- Cards pick up 24th. win...Louisville 60 - Tempe 50
THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Shoni's 21, Asia's double-double lead Cards to win
It was a win.
And that might be one of the most positive and encouraging things I can say about Louisville WBB's 60-50 defeat of the Temple Owls Wednesday night in the KFC YUM! Center.
It wasn't a game to school young hoopsters on the mechanics for successful free throw shooting, as Coach Jeff Walz mentioned in the post-game presser.
Louisville was 12-26. Temple 1-9. The Owls didn't successfully put one through the hoop from the charity stripe until 6:43 remained in the game.
And, the Owls wouldn't go away quietly. It was 46-41 Louisville after that lone made Temple free throw. A 6-0 UofL run over the next three minutes...capped by a Sara Hammond layup with 3:45 left...gave the Cards a buffer zone at 52-41.
Temple still wasn't getting the message.
A three by Rateska Brown set the score at 55-48 with 34 ticks remaining. Give Shoni credit...she hit three of four free throws the rest of the way and a Monny Niamke buzzer-beater layup gave the Cards the ten point win. A win that had some Cards fans shaking their heads as they piled out of the arena.
I even had one comment to me as I headed to the post-game presser..."Should we put lipstick on this one?" And, yeah...at times it was a pig. At times it was ugly.
Sometimes you win that way. It's not the most fun to sit through. I was actually checking out the stands in the second half to see if people I know were in their seats. Give 'em credit, they all were.
Shoni gets the lipstick award, I guess. Without her pointage, it's a "L". I was surprised when I saw she had 21 points. Maybe I was just watching the missed shots. 7-21 for her.
Shoni's 21 included only one trifecta and 6-10 shooting from the free throw line. Asia Taylor had another solid 32 minutes...at least when she was moving...going 6-8 from the floor and grabbing 12 boards. She took almost as many free throws as the entire Temple squad and out-shot them by one...going 2-8.
In practice, the Cards have to take 50 free throws for each missed charity atempt they've had in the prior game. Asia may need to pack a lunch, bring a cot and cancel any weekend plans.
Louisville led 27-19 at halftime, overcoming a 12-11 Temple lead at the 10:46 mark.
Walz summed it up pretty well when he mentioned he was proud of the Cards defensive effort Wednesday night and not-so-pleased with the offensive output.
Nevertheless, it's one that goes on the left side of the ledger.
-Temple outrebounded Louisville 41-40. Starting a four guard line-up. Granted...Erica Colville is a 6'1" guard and had 10 of those for the Owls...but it's the third out of the last four games that Louisville has played where the opposition has had more grabs.
-Nita Slaughter had three of the four threes Louisville made. Louisville was 4-17...Tia Gibbs having a rough bombing experience at 0-4 and Shoni going only 1-7 from the deep.
-Sara Hammond saw just 26 minutes tonight but contributed seven points and nine grabs.
-Walz mentioned that Monny Niamke saw just two minutes because of a slight groin injury. She was used primarily as a defensive stopper late, replacing Nita...but did get the breakaway layup to end the game.
-Bria Smith is expected back for the Memphis contest and Walz indicated she'd come off the bench. She's expected to practice Friday and Saturday.
CARDINAL COUPLE WILL BE CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS WITH COACH WALZ AND COACH KELLIE OF LACROSSE FRIDAY. GOT A QUESTION FOR THEM?
PUT IT IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OR E-MAIL US AT:
We'll play the interviews on our Saturday morning radio show. You can catch it, or listen to our archived broadcasts at:
The station has applied for and received an FM broadcasting permit. Pretty soon, the voices of Jenny, Jeff and Paulie will be heard from St. Matthews to Jeffersonville and Northfield to the Highlands.
If that's not enough to make you buy an IPOD and scrap radio listening, we don't know what else it takes...
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Finally (and thanks to our anonymous poster) we can see how Jeff Walz would do as a sportscaster on the nightly news. Ron Burgundy he isn't...but if this coaching thing doesn't work out...he's got options. Link below:
AND....NOW WE GO TO YOU, JEFF
Maybe I'll test him Friday with some off-the-cuff radio commentary on a random subject. No, we dont have a teleprompter...shoot, we barely have microphones.