Sunday, January 31, 2016
Louisville women's basketball -- No need to quake because of Wake...SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
WBB LOOKS TO GO 9-0 IN ACC SUNDAY
There is always the danger of underestimating an opponent when you get into conference play. Especially when no one in the conference has defeated your team yet. We're sure, though...that despite the quick turnaround...Jeff Walz's University of Louisville women's basketball team will be ready for the Demon Deaconesses visit to the KFC YUM! Center today at 1 p.m.
It's a Fox Sports South televised game and Deb Antonelli will be on hand to exhort the offenses to execute. That might be a thing of difficulty for the Winston-Salem school...who is coming off a 96-55 throttling by Florida State last time out.
One thing the Cards will be wise in preventing is WFU trips to the foul line. Jen Hoover's squad is third in the nation in free throw attempts (489) and 23rd. in makes (303). That's 62%, which flunks our FRED standards of 70%...but getting to the line 23 times a game is impressive. Wake Forest is also 37th. in the nation in overall rebounding...so Cortnee, Myisha and the girls will need to be mindful of blocking out and positioning.
Wake Forest has been buoyed by finally getting Elisa Penna into the lineup. The Bergamo, Italy forward was able to join the squad on Dec. 26th. and has freshman status. She's a veteran of extensive European events and in 10 games she's averaging 11.4 ppg. She was also the ACC Rookie of the Week last week. Long range bomber Ariel Stephenson could pose problems for the Cards if left unchecked. She's 38 for 140 beyond the arc and scored 20 against the Seminoles. Her 11.9 average is second best on the squad. Sophomore guard Amber Campbell leads the 'Deacs' with 12.7 points an outing.
There really aren't any signature wins in the 11-10 record that Wake has produced. With a 2-6 ACC record, Wake Forest started conference play 0-5... suffering a 95-68 punch in the nose at Duke and 91-65 beat-down from Syracuse in Winston-Salem. Hoover's team has managed wins against a staggering UNC squad and at Boston College.
Louisville will welcome back Myisha Hines-Allen after a one game absence and the Cards will also look to keep their eight-game home win streak, eight game conference and 13 game overall win streak going.
Louisville and WFU have met once before...the Cards winning 75-68 in the LJVM Coliseum last year.
This one should be another of those 20-30 point romps where Walz gets a lot of players lots of time and Worldwide leaves happy because the Attack Yorkies got to prowl the premises. Louisville will need to cut back on turnovers...a message we're sure the team has gotten loud and clear.
We'll be back after the game to give you our take on action against Wake later today.
THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR
If you missed the live version of The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour yesterday...there's no need to hang your head and mope around the breakfast nook. It's now available in it's entirety at the Crescent Hill Radio homepage.
We'll even provide you with this nifty link that'll take you there when it gets added.
Worldwide and I had a busy but fun broadcast where we covered the UofL softball banquet, Swimming and Diving and UofL women's basketball. Somehow we managed to squeeze in audio clips from Asia Durr, Sam Fuehring, Briahanna Jackson, Jeff Walz, Quentin Hillsman, Sandy Pearsall, the Soles sisters, Kelsi Jones and Whitney Arion.
Our excellent radio show producer/manager/station owner "Monk" is probably taking the day off after we kept her hopping with editing, continuity and button pushing. We'd join her but there's a little event going on down by the river we'd like to watch...and, of course, we're monitoring the staff chimps...who are busy- busy preparing a legal defense and plausible deniability for Sylvia Hatchell latest act of insanity...