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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lacrosse gets a shutout....Golf finishes fourth...ACC First round -- Thursday Cardinal Couple



         ********ACC TOURNAMENT UPDATE********

Syracuse leading by three at halftime over Wake Forest in a back and forth contest. Fondren and Peterson leading the way for "Q"'s team but Wake dominating the boards with Briana Day riding the bench for the Orange with three fouls. Wake starting to look tired... 

We have our first upset of round two...Wake beating Syracuse 85-79. WFU had a 14 point lead in this one in the second half. Q is headed home. Dearica Hamby with 23 points and Amber Campbell with 21 for WFU. Alexis Peterson heroic with 34 points in the loss...

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Miami up 34-30 at half against Virginia. A back and forth affair...Virginia going scoreless in the last four minutes. Faith randolph with just two points on 1-7 shooting. Nicole Sterling with 10 for the Canes. Miami turnovers from the Virginia 2-3 zone keeping this one close.

Miami gets the win 62-52. Adrienne Motley had a big second half...ending with 15 points while VA star Faith Randolph had only six points. The Wahoos shot only 32% while the Hurricanes were 42% from the floor. 

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A defensive struggle between Va Tech and Pitt in the first half 19-17...as the night games begin. Va Tech leading. Yeah, it's ugly. Both teams below 30%. Neither Vanessa Panousis or Brianna Kiesel have shown much. 

Another upset special...VT never gives up the lead in the final half and defeats Pitt 51-45. Vanessa Panousis with 20 for the Hokies. Her six free throws down the stretch cinched it.  VT won one game in the conference schedule. They've won two in the tournament. 

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LACROSSE RECORDS FIRST EVER SHUTOUT 17-0


On a morning where chilly rain reigned supreme, the Louisville Lacrosse team brought a ray of sunshine to Coach Kellie Young by recording the first shutout in Louisville Lacrosse history...a 17-0 blanking of Duquesne yesterday.

Kaylin Morissette was the heavy hitter for the squad...registering a career high seven goals for the 4-0 LAX Cards. Faye Brust added four scores and Hannah Kolowski found the net three times for UofL...who lead 11-0 at the half. 

Ashley Peacock and Brittany Read preserved the shutout at goal...although they only had to ward off seven Duquesne shots. By contrast, Louisville attempted 38 shots. 

The Cards return to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. draw against William and Mary. 

Maybe the snow will be gone by then...

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WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES 4th IN MIAMI 


Katie Mitchell enjoyed her return to her home state over the last three days. The Jacksonville, FL. native and Florida transfer shot a two-over par 215 to finish sixth in the Hurricane Invitational in Miami. 

The Cards grabbed a fourth place finish in the event...Northwestern took the title. 

Emily Haas finished eighth overall, Katie Petrino was 18th. on the leaderboard and Laura Restrepo rounded out the Cardinal foursome in 44th. place. 

Miami and wearing shorts...one can dream, can't they? 

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ACC WBB TOURNAMENT -- DAY ONE


A couple of minor surprises and one blowout made up the first day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, NC on Wednesday. 

Wake Forest got a big effort out of Dearica Hamby to send Boston College home in the first game. The Demon Deaconess crew gets Syracuse as a result of their 69-53 win.

In the most exciting game of the day, Virginia Tech upset NC STATE 57-56 on a score by Hannah Young with one second remaining. The Gobblers will try to cage the Pitt Panthers tomorrow. 

Georgia Tech had little trouble with cellar dweller Clemson in the finale despite a sub par effort from Kaela Davis. Aaliyah Whiteside had 23 and Roddreka Rogers added 20 and 14 board in the 80-53 romp. Nikki Dixon was held scoreless for the Tigers. The Yellow Jackets will try to sting UNC next. 

Today's action:

Wake Forest vs. Syracuse  @ 11 a.m.
Virginia vs. Miami @ 2 p.m.
Virginia Tech vs.Pitt @ 6 p.m.
Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina 8 p.m.

Games are on Fox Sports South in the Louisville area.


"Q" will advance for our entertainment pleasure
I didn't do too well with yesterday's fearless, bold predictions...getting only the Ga. Tech pick correct. We'll try to do better with today's choices.

Syracuse over Wake Forest. The Orange and "Q" have the bigs (Briana Day, for one) to go against Hamby. 

Virginia over Miami. The Wahoos were very impressive in their win over Louisville. This will be the one to see tomorrow and I think UVA wins a close one. 

Virginia Tech over Pitt. This will be a low scoring and defensive battle. A bit of an upset, maybe...but each tournament always seems to have a giant-killer and VT could be this year's...knocking off Kiesel and the Panthers
after turning the tables on a good NC State squad. 

North Carolina over Georgia Tech. This could be closer than expected, if Davis is back on her game and Whiteside and Rogers have another big night. The Cards will be watching this one with a vested interest, since they get the winner. 

paulie
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6 comments:

  1. "Rain reigned"....I love it! You've been nailing those opening paragraphs recently.

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    1. That one was just a soggy mess. LAX might want to consider water polo. They played well in awful conditions.

      Paulie

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  2. I just listened to the replay of Walz's Tuesday night radio show. He didn't sound all that upset by the loss to UVA. He was of course upset by a number of things that happened during the game, especially lack of defensive intensity.

    A few interesting takeaways -

    He said that he still thinks the team is a 3 seed in NCAA. If they lose first round of ACC tourney they may actually end up a 5 and play on a 4's home court -- although as he he said there's no real difference in being a 4 or 5 because second round game would match 4 and 5.

    He said that he told the team that Faith Randolph would be the best player on Cardinals....I agree with him.

    He said (seriously, I think) that they may need to let "E" play only two minute stretches because when she gets tired she either takes a quick shot or commits a foul. He also said he told "E" that he needs her to play more than 13 minutes.

    He said that he is forced to play Moore, even when she is playing poorly, because of the lack of backcourt depth.

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    1. Pretty much what I heard as well, Mike. Randolph is the real deal. Virginia getting ready to battle Miami on Fox Sports South. The "Q" got X and O'd by Wake's zone in the second half. I mentioned a giant killer in today's article. It appears to be Wake Forest...who in two tournament games has equaled their total number of wins in regular-season conference play.

      Paulie

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  3. Wow....Randolph goes one for 13, with two assists and three turnovers. Imovbioh has a quiet six points and seven rebounds. Not the same team that the Cardinals faced last Sunday.

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  4. And that's why it was so important that we got byes for the first two rounds.

    The cornered dog syndrome is not something we needed to be involved in.

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