Sunday, January 4, 2015
WBB escapes at Pitt 63-57 --- Monday Cardinal Couple
GAME REPORT CARDS 63 - Pitt 57
Louisville held Pitt scoreless for the final 3:10 of the game and sank 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to come from behind in the Petersen Event Center Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Pitt missed their final seven shots after Brianna Kiesel's three gave the Panthers a 57-55 lead with 3:10 on the clock. Although the Cards failed to score from the court in the same stretch, they capitalized from the charity stripe to go to 14-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACC.
This one looked like it might be a Cardinal blowout early on. The Cards were up 7-0 five minutes into the contest after a Shawnta' Dyer free throw.
Then, the wheel stopped spinning...
Pitt responded with a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to grab a 13-7 lead...which featured two Fred Potvin threes and it wasn't until Dyer connected inside with 10:52 on the scoreboard that the Pitt shutout was ended. The Cards couldn't find the hoop underneath and were breaking down defensively and making foolish turnovers when they managed to get the ball in scoring position. Pitt would blow out to a 27-17 lead with two minutes left in the half before the Cards countered with a 4-0 run to end the half.
It was 29-21 Panthers after twenty minutes and Louisville needed answers and some consistency. Sara Hammond led Louisville with six points. It was the lowest scoring half of the season for UofL.
The Cards came out strong, fortunately, to start the second half and a 10-4 run in the first four minutes drew the score to 33-31 Pitt after a Bria Smith steal and layup. After several minutes of exchanging baskets and misses...the Cards tied it 41-41 after a Myshia Hines-Allen free throw with 12:11 on the clock.
Louisville wouldn't regain the lead until a Moore three made it 50-48 with 8:30 left to play. The Cards had trailed or been tied for 25 minutes. Pitt responded with a 5-0 run, keyed by a Kiesel three and Louisville would not regain the lead until a clutch Jude three made it 55-53 with 4:33 left.
It was Kiesel's turn and she responded with two free throws and a basket to put Pitt back in the lead 57-55 and 3:10 to play.
It was Pitt's final points of the game.
Dyer hit a free throw to draw the Cards within one. Arica Carter stepped up and hit two pressure-packed free tosses to put the Cards ahead 58-57 with 40 seconds left in the game. After a Kiesel turnover from a Cardinal double team, Moore was fouled and sank two for a three-point lead with 27 seconds remaining. Jude converted on 1 of 2 from the line to make it 61-57 UofL and Dyer dropped in two from the charity stripe with six seconds left for the 63-57 final.
Pressure Cards defense in the final three minutes made the difference in the win...Pitt missed their final seven shots.
Jude led Louisville with 11 points. Moore was the only other Card in double figures with ten points...all in the second half. Hines-Allen and Bria finished with nine points, Dyer added seven points and 12 rebounds and Carter and Hammond had six each...Sara's all in the first half and Arica's in the final twenty minutes. Cortnee Walton had four points but Walz mentioned she was experiencing foot pain after the game and would be evaluated when the team returns to Louisville. Megan Deines added a free throw and Emmonnie Henderson saw a minute of action with no points which was explained as being a failure to follow instructions while in the game.
Kiesel led the Panthers with 19 and Monica Wignot added 11. The Panthers did sink eight threes against the Cards...Moore and Jude had two each from the deep for UofL.
A needed win from behind on the road...maybe...but not a very pretty game to watch. The Cards ended up shooting 41% for the game after a 8-27 (29%) first half effort. The Cards outscored Pitt 42-28 in the second half. They took Pitt's best punches early, staggered off the ropes and got the decision. Louisville's 63 points ranks as the lowest point output of the season.
Another week off before Louisville returns to action with a visit to Wake Forest next Sunday. Plenty of time to work on consistency, accuracy and two-foot jump shots...
Trying to listen to the UofL radio call and watch the ESPN3 feed was ridiculous...since they were about two minutes out-of-sync. I gave up on the duality at halftime and let Matt and AJ bring the win home for my ears. From what I saw and heard, though...Jeff Hathhorn and Jen Tuscano did a OK job as the Pitt based TV crew. Maybe they'll learn how to pronounce Deines before they call the Cards again in February.
Like the rest of the sports world...we are saddened by the
death of Stuart Scott at age 49. The ESPN commentator brought us the catch phrases "Booyah!" and "Cool as the other side of the pillow" and his street approach toward delivering sports news made him a must watch on SportsCenter.
His death serves as a reminder to live each day to the fullest and never take things too seriously. We'll miss you, Stewie...