IOWA PROBABLY REMEMBERS LAST MEETING
It was a chance for the homestanding Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball team to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. On their home court. All they had to do was get past Louisville.
On a cold and blustery night in Iowa City on March 25th, 2014... the Cards flew past the Hawkeyes 83-53.
It wasn't that close. Schimmel and crew shot 53.1 from the field and shut down Iowa guard Sam Logic.
She probably remembers.
Fast forward to December 2014. The Hawkeyes come to Louisville looking for a little payback. They return four starters that were witness to the Cardinal win that night.
Iowa is 6-1 on the season...losing to Arkansas by 10 in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout. Ally Disterhoff leads the Iowa squad with 16.0 ppg. Melissa Dixon adds 13.6 and the aforementioned Samantha Logic brings 11.7 ppg. and a team high 16 steals.
Louisville is led in scoring by a couple of players that Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder has never faced. The M&M crew (Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore) average almost 30 points a game and will make the midwestern invaders forget about Shoni Schimmel's romp on them last year real quick.
This collection of Hawkeye hoopsters were picked to finish third in the Big 10 in preseason polling. They'll compete with the #7 Cards as best they can and could create a few nervous moments for the Louisville fan base. They are walking into this one with eyes wide open. Check out the link below to hear "Hawk talk" about the impending meeting.
LINK: HAWKEYES TALK ABOUT CARDS
Will they walk out of the KFC YUM! Center with a win over
the Cards? Probably not. Giving the "Mad Scientist" three days to prepare for an opponent is like giving Paulie three days to handicap the Breeders Cup races.
It's gonna pay off.
Any speculation that the Cards are looking ahead to Sunday's game against "you know who down I-64" can be dismissed. The mode of operation with this bunch of Cardinals is "one game at a time". It has worked well.
It'll be interesting, though...Iowa sports a #22 national ranking and did defeat Gonzaga. If you can attend, please do so. Tip is at 7 p.m.
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If radio is the way you roll...Mattie and AJ will be breaking it down on 790 Cards Radio. Their call is always "spot on" unless Matt starts referring to outfielders and ground balls.
WBB ON THE TUBE
Reader Sandy Walker provides this link for catching women's basketball on TV. You might want to bookmark it like we did...
LET'S HOOP IT UP !
Buyer beware here, though, on the accuracy. WE loved this listing...
Sunday 7-Dec Eastern Ky. at Kentucky Eastern Ky. at Kentucky Ohio Valley Southeastern SECN 6 p.m.
Sunday 7-Dec Kentucky at Louisville Kentucky at Louisville Southeastern Atlantic Coast ESPN3 2 p.m
So...after UK loses to us in the KFC YUM! Center...they have to drive back to Lexington and play EKU? That's seems harsh...
See you in the YUM! and we'll have the recap Thursday night.