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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hammond, Hines-Allen key Cards win over Virginia -- Monday Cardinal Couple




-- H&H combine for 37 points in 67-55 win


-- Atlanta Dream to play exhibition game in the KFC YUM! Center this May


CARDS GET BIG PAINT PERFORMANCES IN 9th STRAIGHT WIN


Louisville has finally defeated Virginia in a women's athletic event in the 2014-15 ACC slate.


Sara Hammond poured in 16 first half points and Myisha Allen-Hines went for 15 second half points Sunday afternoon in the University of Louisville's 67-55 win over the Virginia Cavaliers in the KFC YUM! Center. 11322 showed up for this one on a day where the Cards feted several spirit groups in the area and had Shoni and the Atlanta Dream braintrust present.   

Louisville emerges as the sole undefeated ACC team in conference play with the 12 point win (with Miami's loss to Duke) in a game that was a tale of two halves. The Cards improve to 17-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play...in a game where the teams combined to make one three-pointer in 20 attempts and 15 free throws out of 25.

Early on, it was the Sara Hammond Show for the Cards...the senior scoring 16 of Louisville's first 20 points in leading the Cards to a 20-14 lead after a putback at the 9:22 mark in the contest. The Wahoo defense would hold Hammond scoreless the rest of the first half...but a strong Emmonnie Henderson finish in the final 3:49 with four points and three rebounds had Louisville ahead 32-27 when the team returned to the locker rooms.


Louisville also got 13 first half minutes from reserve Megan Deines in a half where the Cards committed only three turnovers and held the visitors to just one free throw attempt. The Cards led 23-14 after Hines-Allen's only first half points...a putback with 6:57 left to play.

That lead diminished to 27-25 withe two minutes to go before Jude hit one of two free throws and "E" scored twice inside in the final minute off putbacks to end the first half.

Hammond had half of the Cards first half points and almost half of the Cards first half shots (14 of the 30) but the Cards were getting strong games tossed at them from Virginia's Faith Randolph (11 points) and Sarah Imovbioh (8 points and 5 rebounds).


Hines-Allen picked up the scoring responsibilities in the final twenty minutes...getting the Cards first basket of the second half just 19 seconds into play on an assist from Hammond. Virginia would creep within four points of the Cards when Imovbioh nailed one of two free throws to make the score 37-33 with 17:22 left in the game and also when Randolph dropped in a jumper cutting the lead to 43-39 with 14:43 to go.

From that point on, though...the Cards started to pull away from the Charlottesville visitors. Hammond and Hines-Allen would combine for the Cards next four points to give UofL an eight-point lead and a sweet feed from Hines-Allen to Deines had Louisville ahead 49-42 with 11:49 on the clock.

Mariya Moore fed Jude Schimmel with a "did you see that?" assist...backwards and over her shoulder while driving to the basket to give Louisville a 51-44 edge. Hines-Allen and Shawnta' Dyer went to work inside to push Louisville's lead to 55-46 with five minutes remaining and a hoop plus one from Moore gave the Cards a 58-48 advantage a minute later.

Hines-Allen got her 17th and final points of the game with one second left on the shot clock on a Bria Smith feed to give the Cards a 61-50 edge with 2:30 remaining. Louisville sank four of six free throws the rest of the way and Schimmel's jumper with 27 seconds provided Louisville's largest lead of the night at 67-52. Virginia's Breyana Mason closed out the evening's scoring with a plus one eight seconds later for a 67-55 Louisville victory.


Hammond finished with 20 to lead the Cards and narrowly missed a double-double with nine boards. Hines-Allen added 17 and Mariya Moore completed the Louisville double figure producers with 10. Moore has scored 75 points in her last five games.


Randolph led the Virginia scorers with 24...Imovbioh was impressive with 11 points and 15 rebounds and Breyana Mason contributed 11 points.

A win that never really seemed in doubt but also never really saw any prolonged Cardinal runs or stretches of domination. Louisville's free throw woes continued with a head-scratching 11-26 performance on the un-guarded ones but the Cards did hand out 21 assists on 28 made baskets.

The road gets tougher Thursday night for Louisville with a trip to Florida State. Until then, though...the Cards are atop the ACC in their first year of conference play and sit #4 in the nation.   


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 ATLANTA DREAM TO OPEN PRESEASON WITH 2015 ATLANTA DREAM CLASSIC AT KFC YUM! CENTER MAY 23



Dream head coach Michael Cooper (far right) listens as
Dream owner talks to limo driver.
Shoni Schimmel, head Dream coach Michael Cooper and President/General Manager took to the interview room podium 30 minutes before the game to announce that the Dream will be part of a double-header preseason game against the Washington Mystics on Saturday, May 23rd. in the KFC YUM! Center. The Indiana Fever will face the Connecticut Sun at 5 p.m. to open action...with the Dream and Mystics playing at 7 p.m.

The teams will actually be arriving to town on the 21st of May and engaging in coaches clinics, community appearances and closed scrimmages before the finale double-header.

Tickets for the doubleheader will go on sale Friday. Jan 23rd at 10 a.m., with a presale on Thursday, Jan 22nd from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Price range is from $17 to $110. Tickets can be purchased at the KFC YUM! Center box office,  all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Group discounts are available at kfcyumcenter.com or by calling
(502) 566-5152.

Here's your chance, Louisville...to show how the city would support a pro franchise. Want the WNBA here? Sell the place out in May...Tickled to see Angel and Shoni again? Fill the 300 section.

paulie


21 comments:

  1. Bria and Jude need to get out of their shooting slump for the next 4 games or we will struggle to win any of them. Has Jude been 1 - 10 shooting her last 3 games? Moore and Hines-Allen were fantastic again a long with Hammond. I thought UVA D or game plan was bad. We won't see that many wide open lay-ups the rest of the season... Not too much to complain about with this team yet though. I'm not too sure who would have expected us to be 17-1 at this point.

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    1. Jude was 2-10 against the Cavs 3-8 against NC State. She's at 37% from the floor this season. She has not averaged over 40% from the floor in any of her three previous seasons here.

      Paulie

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    2. 37% overall is not as low as I thought. She had a good streak of 3's going for a while.

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  2. Nice idea Dream WNBA game in town
    I bet attendance will be good.
    I didn't see the game but seemed like our post players had good chemistry.
    I predict 4 straight losses and a 3-6 record over the next 9 games. That means Miami and Syracuse will beat us at home. Those are the best chance we have to win. Automatic losses. FL St. Duke. ND and NC

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    1. And I predict you're wrong. We've got a 17 - 1 team and you're predicting automatic losses? Give me a break. Walz went on the record before the season even started that we weren't going to be a great three point shooting team and we're not. No one that has been paying attention is surprised.

      Maybe you should watch the game next time. If you had you would have observed the best display of team basketball we've put out there in recent memory. 21 assists on 28 made baskets. Every starter had at least two assists and all but two of our ballers that made the box score had at least one. Solid contributions at important times by the bench. Take a look at the Twitter sidebar here...we had five turnovers which ties the record low for a game for the entire history of the program. That doesn't sound like a club that is going to be losing "automatically" to anyone.

      There's only one team in the nation right now that we don't have a chance to win against and we don't play them during the season this year. Hopefully if we get a shot at UConn during the tourney we will have fixed our free throw and three point shooting issues and we'll have a shot at them too.

      Automatic Losses...you're killin me.

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    2. I hope I'm dead wrong and your 100% right!!!

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    3. There you go. For a minute there I thought you were Ghost Writing for Ms. Gov who is probably really in a bad mood after her kittens lost to our unranked friends at LSU.

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    4. Ballard's off suspension at LSU playing possessed. The kittens were ambushed by a different LSU team. Ballard makes everyone a lot better. #25 hoopgurlz but an over producer when not suspended!!!
      (That will be my last reference to rankings lol)

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    5. Ballard is a baller. LSU is going to make some noise now. It's pretty cool that they started with UK.

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  3. Adult Bulgak Fl St best player may miss the game with a concussion. If she does we have an outside chance to win the ball game Her replacement is awesome.

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  4. Oh my gosh Fl St can't shoot free throws. 10-26 in last game. They shot worse than we did

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  5. WNBA game tickets available starting Friday but pre-sale tickets on Thursday. Anyone, please explain?

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    1. I scratched my head over that one also when I read (and wrote) it for the article. I have a couple of KFC YUM! Center marketing phone number contacts now...I'll see what I can find out.

      Paulie

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    2. I haven't verified it for accuracy but according to the last paragraph of this piece pre-sale starts on January 22.

      http://cardinalsportszone.com/2015/01/18/atlanta-dream-to-play-at-kfc-yum-center-in-may/

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    3. The pre sale is for anyone who has signed up (through the KFC YUM Center website) for insider info/presale information.

      I was told by one woman that signing up now will likely be too late, for this pre sale event, as the email will go out tomorrow. Someone else told me as long as I am signed up before the email goes out, I will get it.
      So, I went ahead and signed up.
      to sign up, go to:
      www.kfcyumcenter.com
      In the middle of the front page, there is a red box, with an arrow pointing out of it (Below is a picture of what it looks like). Click on it, and it will take you to a form to fill out to sign up for the emails. Now, just have to wait and see if my email address is scooped up into the bulk list, before the email goes out.
      Apparently the email will give you some kind of code, which you then use when you order your tickets. all pre sale tickets have to be done on line, and you have to input code included in the email.
      Otherwise you can order on Friday at ticket master, or walk up to the YUM Center box office. Yum Center does not take phone orders.

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  6. This is interesting. Look at Hoopgurlz ratings for our current roster and see if you think the players production has delivered based on ranking
    2010
    #8 Schimmell
    #17 Tay
    #45 Nita
    #51 Vails
    #56 Dyer
    2011
    #8 Smith
    #12 Hammond
    UR Schimmell
    2012
    #53 Walton
    UR Deines
    2013
    #40 Henderson
    2014
    #34. Hines-Allen
    #37 Brackemyre
    #42 Moore
    #77 Carter
    UR. Freeman

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  7. Paulie. I had heard UCONN only carries 10 scholarships and last two roster spots are walk on. Is that how Louisville does it?

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    1. No....Walz has 13 on scholarship currently. The last walk-on I can remember was Diamond Marshall from Bowling Green who dressed for home games but never played.

      Paulie

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  8. Wade, other than Bria Smith everyone one of those players is playing well above their ranking.

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    1. Nita was an real good value at #45 for overall production. These ratings are so subjective anyway because players develop and have different ceilings or injuries but it does set a bar of expectancy going in. Mariya, Hines-Allen and Carter I'm thrilled with so far. Besides Shoni on this list we've never had freshman start as fast as Mariya and Hines-Allen. I've only been a fan 3 yrs now though.

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  9. Anyone know why Freeman never plays?

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