HINES-ALLEN DOUBLE-DOUBLE DOES IN BULLS
Over the course of the 2015-16 Louisville women's basketball season, we've come to expect great things out of Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore. Monday night in the KFC YUM! Center was no different, Hines-Allen going for 25 points (on 10-14 shooting) and grabbing 10 rebound and Moore with 19 points and three threes.
The third factor in Louisville's win was a bit unexpected but definitely welcomed 15 points from sophomore guard Arica Carter. When asked about the effort, Carter was matter-of-fact about her performance:
"When I was open, I took the shots. My teammates have confidence in me all the time and tell me to knock it out...so I knocked it out."
Louisville battled the Bulls closely in the first period...leading by no more than three. A Hines-Allen layup gave the Cards a 7-4 lead with 7:17 to play and her jumper made it 11-8 Louisville at the five minute mark. Her eight first quarter points led Louisville to a 13-12 edge...a quarter where neither team shot especially well...at 33% each.
The second period was Moore's time to shine...along with Carter. The duo combined for 16 of Louisville 18 points in the second stanza...but the Cards found themselves trailing 22-27 after a Kitija Laksa jumper with two minutes remaining. Carter responded with a jumper, Moore sank two free throws and Carter finished the 9-0 run with a layup and three with three seconds left off an assist from Moore. It was 31-27 and the Cards had taken nine USF turnovers and turned them into 10 points.
Hines-Allen and Carter combined for 19 of Louisville's 21 third quarter points but Louisville started the second half slowly and the Bulls crept back to within two at 38-36 after a Laksa jumper after 3 1/2 minutes of play. Hines-Allen scored the next seven Cardinal points and a Carter three pushed Louisville to a 48-41 advantage with 2:22 left in the third. Cortnee Walton sank a jumper with less than a minute to play to extend the UofL lead to 52-43 after three periods.
Neither team shot especially well (or over 30%) in the final ten minutes...but Louisville steadily increased the lead as time wound down. A Moore three made it 64-49 Cards with 4:53 left and Asia Durr's trifecta with 1:49 to play cinched the 67-50 final score. The Cards went 5-9 from the free throw line in the final ten and forced seven South Florida turnovers.
HOW DID FRED DO?
FREE THROWS. Louisville was 11-18 from the line (61%) and does not receive a letter here. Only five Cards attempted free throws in the contest...Moore 4-5, Hines-Allen 5-6, Walton 0-2, Carter 1-1 and Jackson 1-4.
REBOUNDING. South Florida ended with a 39-34 edge in the battle of the boards. Alisha Jenkins nabbed 13 and Courtney Williams pulled down 10. Despite Hines-Allen's 10 and Walton's nine...no "R" gets awarded for grabs.
EASY SHOTS. Louisville won the points-in-paint battle 22-14 against the taller Bulls and missed just one layup in the first half. Going 6 for 10 in the paint in the final twenty minutes warrants we award a capital "E" in this category. There weren't many of the rim rollers and bounces beneath the backboard tonight for Louisville, and that's encouraging.
|HOWIE LINDSEY CAPTURES ME, SONJA, TREZ|
AND PAUL BUNYAN ENJOYING THE GAME.
WHAT WE LIKED
Putting them away. When the fourth quarter rolled around the Cards closed the door on a top 25 opponent. They did it with defense and playing smart basketball. Louisville had no turnovers in the final 10 minutes.
Hines-Allen hierarchy. Another strong game for the Louisville sophomore. Her foul-line jumper has become almost automatic and she kept the fouls to just three tonight. You can see it in her face, she's having fun out there...
Welcome back, Carter! It's only fitting on Presidents Day that a Carter won in a landslide. Aggressive and confident, Arica impressed us by her effort Monday. Even Sonja remarked that she looked like a new player last night. Four more games! Four more games! The people's choice!
WHAT NEEDS WORK
|MY EXCLUSIVE SHOT OF THE BACK OF TREZ|
AND PAUL BUNYON's HEADS
Asia's influence. The talented freshman has only scored 11 points in her last three games. Nearly a season low with just 12 minutes tonight...she's in a bit of a slump offensively.
|Referee Bryan Enterline turns his back on me. I guess|
he found the LadyBirds slightly more interesting...
There were a few rough patches in Monday night's win...but the continued excellence in performance from the M&M girls and the resurgence of Carter were positives to build on as the Cards reach their 20th win of the season.
The momentum needs to carry over to Thursday night...when Virginia comes to town. Louisville wants...Louisville needs that top four ACC finish in the regular season and a two game road trip faces Walz's bunch next week. Performances in the final four regualr season games like the one turned in against USF would pretty much ensure the Cards would finish 15-1 in conference...and establish Louisville as a reckoning force in the post season.
Two successfully completed from the six pack. Time for the Cards to crack another one wide open, hopefully, when the Wahoos wander in.