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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cards blind Hawkeyes with 86-52 blitz. -- Friday Cardinal Couple





Hammond's 19 leads five Cards in double figures 



Photo by Charlie Springer - UofL Card game
Any threat of a pumped up Iowa team atoning for the 30 point loss on their home court last season was pure conjecture (and just didn't happen) Thursday night in the KFC YUM! Center before nearly 8000 fans. 

Once again, the Cards defied (Sam) Logic and rolled to a 86-52 downing of the Hawkeyes. Hammond was joined in double figures by Myisha Hines-Allen with 16, Mariya Moore getting 12 and Bria Smith and Emmonnie Henderson contributing 10 each. 



Photo by Charlie Springer - UofL Card game
This was far from an anticipated nail-biter...Louisville rolled out to a 14-4 early lead in the first five minutes. The trio of Hammond, Hines-Allen and Moore accounting for them all inside the porous Hawkeye defensive interior. 

Iowa would briefly make it close...a 5-0 run that cut the Cardinal advantage to 14-9...but a 12-0 Louisville run over the next four minutes put this one safely to bed after Shawnta' Dyer connected inside to set the score to 26-9 with 8:20 left in the half.

A night where "O" became "G"  -- Photo by
Charlie Springer -- UofL Card Game
The Cards kept pushing the margin...a Hines-Allen jumper and two Hines-Allen free throws stretched the lead to 39-20 with 2:38 to go. Three Hines-Allen free throw closed out the Cards first-half scoring to make it 46-23.

The halftime frisbee-chasing dogs were exerting more court execution than the stagnant Iowa offense...the Hawkeyes were 1-11 from 3-point range and shot 23.7% for the half on 9-38 shooting overall.

In comparison...Hammond and Hines-Allen made 11 of 14 attempts from the floor in the first twenty. Hear their take at the link below. 

MYISHA AND SARA DISCUSS THE WIN OVER IOWA

If ever a team had a look of resignation, defeat and askance in their eyes...it was the Iowa squad who returned to the court for the final twenty minutes. These mid-western girls had to be wondering 'how', 'why' and 'what happened?' 

Louisville would gradually increase the Iowa deficit as the
(Photo by Charlie Springer - UofL Card Game)
second half rolled along. Arica Carter's steal and layup made it 66-37 with 10:35 remaining. The Cards enjoyed their largest lead at 82-44 after two Sherrone Vails free throws with 4:00 left on the clock. A late 8-4 Iowa run the rest of the way was meaningless...the Cards walked off Denny Crum Court 34 point winners at 86-52. 


Walz dispersed playing time evenly again...no Card played more than 24 minutes (Deines, Hammond and Smith)  or less than seven (Vails). Besides the double figure producers, Carter finshed with eight points, Dyer six, Deines three and Vails two. Jude had 21 minutes with no points but two rebounds, assists and steals and Ariana Freeman saw eight minutes with no points. 

Louisville led the rebounding battle 50-38 and produced a 58-32 advantage with points in the paint. This one can best be described as:

A poor shooting effort by the Hawkeyes (30.4%)...created by the aggressive and effective Louisville defensive effort...led to a lopsided win between two top-25 opponents. 

Coach Walz may not think the Cards are the seventh best team in the country yet...but they certainly took a huge step in earning that ranking tonight.

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The post game press conference unveiled the brilliant, ground-breaking WALZIAN REVISED THEORY on FREE THROW PERCENTAGE SIGNIFICANCE. 



The hypothesis is simple. It isn't so important about the number of free throws you miss, it's what you do with the errant shots.  It can also be described as the "Three is better than Two" rule. 

Let's say Bria Smith hits her first free throw but misses her second. Then, Emmonnie Henderson grabs the miss and sticks it back in the hoop. You have scored three points on the transaction instead of two...if Bria had hit both free throws. Three is better than two.

You can also look at it this way. The Cards were 14-22 from the free throw line for 63.6%. That's a little lower than the Walz requested 70% average. But, it you consider that the Cards scored eight points off those eight misses...they are now shooting 22-22, or 100%. 

  
Be sure to listen to the critically acclaimed CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR this Saturday to hear the theorem explained in detail by Coach Walz to a stunned and awe-struck media contingent.  


The first test of the week has been passed with flying colors. It'll get tougher Sunday when UK comes to town. 

paulie








   

4 comments:

  1. It's early but I think we may be better then last year. Hines-Allen and Moore are making up for the loss of graduation so far. The unselfishness and ball movement is something we have not seen in a bit. Has any player taken over 20 shots this season?

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  2. Great Win. Good balance throughout with everyone contributing. Defense continues to make it happen although we didn't do much full court pressure.

    Although I almost lost my mind on Hammond's first two bricks from two feet away this was probably her best game so far this year. If she can maintain this type of performance, Bria keeps bringing it like she has been and our frosh duo continues to do their thing folks better look out. Henderson is showing her stuff too. Nobody will want to mess with E by the time the season is done.

    I haven't been a fan as long as most here, but I must say a few years ago I was discouraged when some programs pushed our ballers around and seemed to intimidate us. In particular I'm thinking about Maryland. It's looking to me like we aren't going to be pushed around any more.

    Great set up for UK. Good Luck Ladies!

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    1. UK mirrors UofL's type of game so closely that the Cards will recognize a lot of the things they are trying to do. Stopping those things is a completely different scenario, though. They'll challenge UofL dominance inside that has prevailed in the first eight games. And, the Cats live on the foul line...so keeping them off of it will be a must.

      Paulie

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    2. Myisha, Mariya and Emmonnie aren't going to be pushed around by anything less than a bulldozer. Sara will fight back, too. Bria has toughened up a lot over the four years. Shawnta' is tough as nails inside. These girls are not going to be run over or intimidated.

      Curtis Franklin

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