Sunday, January 11, 2015
Cards sleep early..wake up late against Wake for 79-68 win in Winston-Salem -- Monday Cardinal Couple
Hines-Allen's 20 and 10 lead UofL to win
The University of Louisville WBB squad used a second half 8-0 run to get back in their Sunday afternoon game at Wake Forest and then employed a 10-0 run a few minutes later to put the Demon Deacons away in front of 700 people in ACC women's basketball action in the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum to improve to 3-0 in ACC play and 15-1 overall.
As for the first twenty minutes of the contest, it may have been Louisville's worst first half of the season.
Louisville fell behind the Demon Deacons 6-2 in the first three minutes of action and missed interior shots led to a Louisville 3-16 early shooting performance while Wake kicked out to a 20-11 first half lead with 12:39 to go.
The Cards would manage to get within four on a Sara Hammond three halfway through the half at 22-18. WFU starter Taylor Gordon would hobble off the court a minute later (not returning) but the Cards could not provide an answer for Dearica Hamby inside and when Sara Hammond limped off at the 7:12 mark...the Cards trailed 29-20.
The Cards would cut the WFU advantage to seven at 31-24 after Emmonnie Henderson scored inside with 4:47 remaining but Wake finished strong from that point on.
Wake led by 11 after Amber Campbell hit two free throws with 41 seconds on the clock at 40-29. Sara Hammond did return to action for the remainder of the half but Louisville was faced with their largest first half deficit of the season at 42-31...when Atajah Taylor drove past a unaware Cardinal defense for a layup at the buzzer.
Louisville was getting off shots (42 to WFU's 27) but had made only 14 (33%) while Wake was hitting 15 of theirs for 55%.
What was Walz's halftime adjustment strategy?
He pointed out their lackadaisical first half effort, told them that if they wanted to play that way...they were in for a "very interesting Monday practice" if they didn't want to expend any effort on Sunday.
"I had to say a few things — a little motivational speech — but it was unacceptable to come out and play the way we did in the first half."
It took a few minutes, but the Cards got the message and turned things around. Hines-Allen connected on a jumper for the second half's first score...but the Deacs went on a responding 5-2 run to lead 47-35 with 17 minutes left.
Jude Schimmel first basket of the game cut the lead to ten. Mariya Moore followed with a layup and a Sara Hammond three with 15:59 made it 47-42. A Bria Smith free throw cut it to four and Louisville's 8-0 run had gotten them back in the game.
The final Louisville surge was yet to come.
Wake managed to stay ahead and a Floyd free throw on Sara Hammond's fourth foul gave them a 59-55 lead halfway through the half. Hines-Allen started the Cards second run with a putback, Dyer tied it at 59-59 inside with 8:30 remaining and Hines-Allen got her point total up to 19 with a score inside that made it 61-59 Cards as the clock showed 7:57
It was Louisville's first lead of the game since the opening minutes.
Arica Carter got into the mix with a inside drive to put Louisville up 63-59 and then the freshman put back a missed free throw to give UofL some breathing room at 65-59.
Louisville had produced a 10-0 run over a three minute stretch.
Hamby got the Demon Deacons back to within three with a score and free throw but Louisville responded with a Moore layup and free throw and two Dyer free throws to push the advantage to 70-62 and 4:45 to go. The Deacons were beginning to tire and the Cards were finally showing tenacity and a more consistent effort.
Two Smith free throws made it 72-64 and a Smith layup against Hamby (who had four fouls) with two minutes left made it 75-68 Cards. Free throws from Smith, Schimmel and Moore the rest of the way preserved the win and a Smith steal with 19 seconds locked up the 79-68 win.
So, for the second game in a row...the Cards go on the road, under perform in the first half but roar back to win in the final twenty minutes.
If this keeps up, it might be an option to just skip watching the first twenty and tune in as the second half starts.
Nevertheless, it was a Louisville win and despite the horrible first half...the Cards get huge performances out of the freshmen Hines-Allen, Moore and Carter...plus a strong finish from Smith.
Hines-Allen had 20 points and 10 grabs in 24 minutes. Moore added 16, Smith 13 and Dyer 10.
Louisville goes back into action Weds when they host NC State. for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
It's a home game, so show up for the first half...
Our hearts and get well wishes go out to UK junior guard Janee Thompson...who suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle late in UK's loss to South Carolina yesterday.
Sometimes the sports world needs to climb above rivalries and take a moment to show care and compassion. Thompson's injury was hard to watch and the screams of pain while receiving on the court treatment hard to listen to.
The junior has been a driving force in beating Louisville the last three years and we hope she can recover fully and completely to participate in the 2015 rematch.