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Saturday, January 31, 2015

The M&M girls --A special treat for Cardinal fans



Mariya and Myisha a pleasant surprise for Walz



There was a phrase associated with the candy treat M&M's years ago. "They melt in your mouth, not in your hands". Louisville's M&M treats...Mariya Moore and Myisha Hines-Allen deserve a similar type of moniker or catch tag. 

How about..."They melt down opponents and want the ball in their hands?" 

OK, we'll work on that a bit...but one of the main pleasant surprises of the 2014-15 UofL women's basketball season has been the play and success of these two freshmen. 


Moore, the west coast shining star from the land of Creedence Clearwater Revival, sixties campus unrest and the Golden Gate bridge...comes to Louisville from Hercules, CA. Her feats this season have been herculean in nature.

Four games with at least 20 points. Shooting 74% from the free throw line. Leading Louisville in scoring eight times this season. She's got a seat dusted off and waiting for her on the All-Freshman ACC team at the end of the season and deserves another chair for the All ACC team as well. 


She's also the leading assist provider on a team that stresses the assist-to-made baskets ratio. In Louisville's 21 games she has been in double figures 17 times. 

Last time out, in the win over Syracuse...she went 6-13 from the floor, made four three-pointers, hit all five free throw attempts, grabbed six rebounds, dished four assists and nineteen of her 21 points came in second half as the Cards squeezed the Orange by 20.

Just another day in the office for #4.


Next...let's take a trip across the country next and land in Montclair, New Jersey. Home of late night funny guy Stephen Colbert. The Amazing Kreskin was born there. You're only 40 minutes away from Manhattan in Montclair and almost in the shadow of the Seton Hall campus. 

It's also where Myisha Hines-Allen calls home. This 6'2" freshman forward is another reason for Jeff Walz to smile. Back-to-back 23 point performances while coming off the bench for the Cards against Syracuse and Miami.



About the bench thing...According to the mad scientist it was originally done to "get her mad, light a fire underneath her and see how she'd react" when she finally got into the game.

It worked.

It may have cost her a permanent loss of dancing out to greet Sherrone Vails during player intros this season...but we like the end result.  

It also gives her a chance to sit with the coaching staff, get a feel for the pace, the tone and the tempo of the game and see just what is (and isn't) working for Shawnta' Dyer in the opening minutes. 

She started the season with 10 straight double-digit performances. Gone for 20+ in four games this season. Shooting 57% from the floor this season and went a wicked 11-14 against the Day twins and Taylor Ford in the Syracuse game. They picked up ten fouls trying to contain her. 

You would think such a accurate shooter and strong rebounded would have a closet full of "Double-Doubles"...but she didn't pick up her first one until the Wake Forest game. 

She's got a seat reserved at the All-ACC Freshman table and
...if there is any justice for newcomers in the league...a ticket for the All-ACC banquet and reception. 

The M&M girls. No peanuts here...they don't candy coat their game or remain bagged up. They come at you with more fire and intensity than Quentin Hillsman trying to run down a referee. 

They're one of the many reasons that Louisville is 19-2 and 7-1 in conference play. Some say they are the main reason.
I say...

If you think this year has been a blast watching them, just imagine what they'll be like when Jeff Walz goes for his 300th. win.

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CONTEST...CONTEST...CONTEST..CONTEST


Don't forget about the Feb. CARDINAL COUPLE Contest and your chance to win a fabulous CARDINAL COUPLE T-Shirt. All you have to do is which which UofL WBB player will score the most points in February's games and how many will she score. Will it be Bria? Maybe Sara? How about Myisha or Mariya? 

Send your entries to:

cardinalcouple@twc.com by Monday 6 p.m.

Sonja is going with senior standout Sara Hammond and predicts she'll lead Louisville in February's seven games with 96 points. 

As for me....I'm on the MHA bandwagon and prognosticate she'll end up with 117 points. Go Myisha, go Myshia...GO!!

If you want to drop a guess in the comments column, we guess that's OK...just give us a name or nickname, if you do...with your guess....so that 'anonymous' doesn't win the contest. That could be awkward and we'd probably end up giving the shirt to Matthew Mitchell for Governor.   

paulie 

10 comments:

  1. OK, Paulie (great show by you and Worldwide today by the way)

    I will guess Moore and 88 points

    You know how to reach me.

    The Real Joe Hill

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  2. HA HA Paulie. I can always use a UofL shirt to clean my windows or wipe up spills. I'll guess "Miss-isha" Behind Allen and 100. You have my e-mail address.

    Go Kats!

    Matthew Mitchell For Governor

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    1. I'll deliver it to Memorial Barnyard and give it to Epps to wear.

      Paulie

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  3. This link is to an Assistant Coach Purcell Instagram post about Jude which is great, but what cracked me up was the reaction of the Orange's Coach Q to Jude's steal in front of their bench. Too Funny

    http://instagram.com/p/yik4BTqTqV/

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  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TigSKpJC_jc&feature=youtu.be

    Here is a video of Brihanna Jackson with the team. I remember people wondering about her intentions a few weeks ago. Not sure when this was though

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    1. Didn't see Jackson in this one but a great video of our freshmen. Nice Link!

      Paulie - I like the M&M moniker. There isn't a better (or quicker) way to call them out together. These two appear to be the strongest freshmen tandem in WCBB this year. It's a bit disappointing that they haven't been more widely recognized so far. I guess we'll have to wait till tourney time for the national recognition which is fine by me.

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  5. Like I said...I don't think folks yet "Get" how good these two are, but Utterback lays it all out right here

    https://twitter.com/Utterback13

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    1. That link didn't work. Try this

      https://twitter.com/Utterback13/status/561208236150628352

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  6. I may have missed it, but I didn't see Briahanna Jackson in that video. Where was she? Thanks.

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    1. Some speculation about Briahanna these days. We are in a "wait and see" mode when it comes to the "Jackson situation" these days. If she ends up in a Cardinal uniform..we'll be happy for her. If not, it is what it is. Our concentration is on who is in a Cardinal uniform.

      Paulie

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