15-4 UofL run gives Cards 22nd win
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Two things happened that changed the outcome.
UNC star guard Allisha Gray went to the bench with her fifth foul and the TarHeels stopped scoring. Maybe related? Definitely a turning point.
Louisville outscored Sylvia Hatchell's squad 15-4 the rest of the way and took a hard fought 11 point win in ACC play in front of 13115 fans in the KFC YUM Center.
Mariya Moore hit a layup to give Louisville to tie it up and Sherrone Vails gave UofL their first lead since Moore had hit a three just 63 seconds into the game to make it 5-2.
Emmonnie Henderson followed with a jumper at the 3:32 to make it 65-62 Cards. A Moore jumper stretched the advantage to 67-62. UNC's Stephanie Mavunga would counter inside to close it to 67-64...but the Cards got a inside jumper from Sara Hammond to go up 69-64 with 54 seconds to play and two Jude Schimmel free throws put Louisville ahead by seven with 30 ticks left on the clock.
The Cards got four free throws from Moore and Bria Smith late to get to 75 points and beat UNC for the first time in school history.
The star of this one for the Cards was freshman Mariya Moore. 28 points on 7-17 shooting (including all three Louisville threes) and 11-12 from the charity stripe. Myisha Hines-Allen was the other Cardinal in double figures with 13. Sara Hammond had eight points...six in the second half in a game where the three mentioned took 41 of Louisville's 62 shots and made 17 of UofL's 23 baskets.
Sit down for this next stat.
Louisville made 26-30 free throws for a 86.7%.
Unfortunately, Louisville was only 1-4 on chances to score after the missed free throw attempts...putting the Walzian Theorem of "3 is better than 2" to a stiff test in this afternoon contest.
The Cards did go 3-for-2 one time. In the first half Moore was fouled while shooting at 3:11. After a TV timeout she made the first and missed the second. Dyer got the rebound, passed to Moore who missed a 3-pointer, Hammond got the rebound and passed to Moore in the post who made two free throws after being fouled while shooting at 3:02
Sorry, Coach. It was 25% effective today. But, the free throw shooting was divine.
The Cards were tested...big time...for 34 minutes by a Carolina team that outshot Louisville 38.7% to 37.1%, made 12 of their 14 free throws and scored 25 points off 21 Louisville turnovers. The Cards trailed by ten with 7:28 left in the first half and allowed 15 UNC steals and 6 blocked shots. The comeback was great to watch, though...and erased any earlier first half worries about UofL's inside efficiency.
They play the game for 40 minutes, though...and Louisville got scores from six different players over the final six minutes to win.
Bria Smith might have dug herself a bit out of the Walz doghouse with a useful and effective 15 minutes off the bench with 6-6 free throw shooting and eight points.
Emmonnie Henderson left the game with 30 seconds remaining to a standing ovation with her inspired performance of eight points and six rebounds in 18 minutes. Shawnta' Dyer's nine rebounds and five points helped the Cards out-rebound UNC 47-33 after holding a 23-22 rebounding edge at halftime.
The Cards are still missing way too many point blank jumpers and putbacks in the paint underneath the basket...but when push came to shove in crunch time against the TarHeels...the Cards went seven for eight from the free throw stripe and hit four of their final eight shots.
And 22-3 and 10-2 in the ACC is a slam dunk...
LAX BEATS BEARCATS BEHIND KOLOSKI'S SIX PACK
Nikki Boltja's playing days have ended but you can add a
new name to the scoring juggernauts on the Louisville Lacrosse team. Hannah Koloski had six goals in Louisville 17-8 win over Cincinnati Sunday afternoon at the UalofL Lacrosse Stadium.
The sophomore out of Lakeville, MN. scored the first goal for the Cards against UC and Kaylin Morissette followed to put UofL ahead 2-0 and the Cards got off 28 shots to UC's 5 to hold a 7-3 edge at the half. Koloski had three of the Cardinal scores...Morissette won seven of the 11 draw controls.
The Cards ramped up the offense attack in the final half...scoring four times in the first two minutes on two goals from Koloski and tallies from Morissette and Faye Brust. UC would offer a brief challenge with three straight to cut the Louisville lead to 11-6...but the Cards responded with six out of the next seven scores to lead 17-7.
Besides Koloski's six pack...Cortnee Daley had five goals and Brust, Morissette and Cat Gordon finished with two each.
Louisville (1-0) hosts Canisius next...a 1 p.m. draw on Feb. 21st.
SOFTBALL FALLS 5-3 IN ORLANDO FINAL
Louisville Softball ended their stay at the Dot Richardson Invitational in Orlando, FL with a 5-3 loss in eight innings to Middle Tennessee State University Sunday morning.
The Cards ended regulation tied with the Blue Raiders 3-3...getting all three scores in the bottom of the fourth.
Maryssa Becker began the inning with a fence clearer and the Cards loaded the bases against MTSU after that...pushing home two more runs.
MTSU countered with three runs in the top of the fifth.
Louisville put Madi Norman on the mound to start the eighth after Shelby McCombs started the game...going five innings and giving way to Becker's two scoreless innings of relief.
In extra innings, a runner is put at second base to begin the
inning and a MTSU double brought that runner home to make it 4-3 Blue Raiders. Norman would allow one more run before the Cards had a chance to tie in the bottom of the eighth...but UofL would leave two runners on base in taking their second loss in three days.
The Cards return to Kentucky and will play in the Eastern Kentucky Invitational next week...facing EKU, Kent State and Western Michigan beginning Feb. 21st.