Saturday, March 21, 2015
BY(Through)...Cards throttle Cougars 86-53 in NCAA first round -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
LOUISVILLE FORCES 30 TURNOVERS IN 33-POINT WIN
(Notes written in haste so that Jude or Bria won't pilfer them and run them to the other side of the den.)
The University of Louisville women's basketball team put four in double figures and had 24 steals in a rout of BYU Saturday afternoon in Tampa. In a game that got a bit "chippy" at times, Louisville physically out-played, out-hustled, out-fought and out-scored the Cougars to advance to the second round of the Big Dance.
The Cards started slowly...leading only 7-6 after 4 1/2 minutes but put together a 8-0 run to take a 15-6 lead after an Arica Carter lay-in in the paint. The Cards were forcing BYU miscues (8 in the first 6 1/2 minutes) and getting production inside from Myisha Hines-Allen and Shawnta' Dyer.
Louisville continued to score almost effortlessly against the Cougars...a 20-12 lead with 9:19 to go turned into 24-12 after two UofL steals-for-scores in 21 seconds. Another Carter jumper set the tally at 28-16 Louisville with 6:16 to go in the half and two back-to-back Mariya Moore threes stretched the lead out to 38-20 with 2:48 remaining.
The Cards took a 38-24 lead into the locker room, Hines-Allen with nine points and Dyer with eight to lead the way for UofL. The Cards had a 20-2 edge in points off turnovers, 14 steals and had forced 17 turnovers. Morgan Bailey was about the only Cougar weapon...with 10 points. Surprisingly, BYU had a 22-15 edge in rebounds.
UofL continued the onslaught to start the second half. The already aggressive, physical game took a down-turn when Cardinal freshman guard Moore floored BYU's Morrison with a left shoulder to the chin a minute into play. The flagrant+ 1 foul was painful to watch. The two Coach Jeff's exchanged words at the scorers table. A minute later, BYU's Lexi Eaton purposely tripped Bria Smith on a Cardinal fast break. Things were getting chippy on the floor but it didn't slow the Cardinal Express down.
Hines-Allen put Louisville ahead 45-26 with 15:33 to go and the Cougars' center Morgan Bailey picked up her fourth foul. Hines-Allen would connect again with 13:07 to keep Louisville cruising 52-34. They would continue to expand the lead and BYU was simply being run over by the more athletic Cards.
Schimmel completed her own 7-0 run against the Cougars with a steal and layup (the Cards 19th of the game) to make it 67-42 UofL with 5:48 remaining and the only thing in doubt by then was how many the Cards would win by. A minute later, Eaton picked up a technical foul for slamming the ball on the court after losing it out-of bounds.
The play-of-the night occurred with 3:55 remaining...Emmonnie Henderson corralling a rebound, leading the fast break and going coast-to-coast... putting in a layup to make it 79-44 Cards. It capped off a 19-2 UofL run and the play even brought a smile to Walz's face. Ariana Freeman gave the Cards their final basket and largest lead of the night when she hit a layup with 24 seconds left for the final 86-53 win.
Hines-Allen led Louisville with 19 points, Dyer added 13 and Jude and Bria had 11 each.
Louisville will face USF Monday night...a 73-64 winner over LSU in the SunDome in the game after Louisville's win.
Louisville Lacrosse improved to 7-2 on the season with a 15-6 win over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon in Blacksburg. It is the Cards first win in the ACC.
Faye Brust led the way for the Cards with four goals. Kaylin Morissette added three and had 12 draw controls.
The Cards jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and took a 8-3 advantage into halftime. Louisville wold score the first five goals of the second half to have a 10 goal advantage at 13-3 before coasting in with the win.
Louisville travels to Longwood for a Wednesday match next.
Senior Kelsi Jones went 4 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs on the day as the University of Louisville softball team split an ACC doubleheader with North Carolina Saturday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium. The Cards fell 4-2 in game one, but rebounded to take the second game 9-2. Louisville (17-8, 7-1 ACC) and North Carolina (21-6, 6-1) will meet at 12 p.m. Sunday to decide the series.
Our CARDINAL COUPLE CONTEST for NCAA WBB Selections has turned into a real crowded all-u-can-eat buffet! Seven contestants are tied for first place with a 27-5 selection total. Blue Lou, Paulie, Sonja, Kenny S., Curtis F. K. Starks and Cliff are at the top of a crowded leaderboard.
Nipping at their heels at 26-6 are Gary W., Jeff Mc, Charlie Mc and Susan C.
There are five more at 25-7. Thirty two games down, thirty one to go!