Thursday, February 11, 2016
Louisville Women's Basketball Powers Past Pitt Late - 84-61...FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
HINES-ALLEN'S 29 LEAD CARDS TO WIN
They call the Peterson Event Center on the Pitt campus the Oakland Zoo (the school is actually located in Oakland, PA.) but Myisha Hines-Allen was the zookeeper Thursday night in Louisville 84-61 win over the Panthers.
Hines-Allen recorded a career-high 29 points in the Cards win...and was aided by Mariya Moore's 21 points and a double-double (18 points-10 rebounds) from Cortnee Walton to push the Cards to 11-1 in ACC conference play and 19-6 overall. It was Walton's highest point total of her career and her first-ever double-double.
Louisville started the game strong with a 6-0 run in the first two minutes...but after a Pitt timeout, the Panthers rallied with a 12-3 run to grab the lead. Moore tied the contest on a three with 4:37 left in the first but Pitt would own the first quarter lead at 22-21. It was a sloppy first ten minutes overall for Louisville...with seven turnovers.
The Cards went about rectifying the sluggishness and regained the lead for good when Hines-Allen sank a layup to make it 25-24 with 5:39 left until halftime. The basket started a 17-5 UofL run to finish the half which gave Louisville a 40-29 halftime lead.
Hines-Allen and Walton had 10 points for the Cards in the first 20 minutes and Moore had added nine. Louisville was finding success scoring in the paint and had seemingly shook off the cold beginning.
UofL started the third period strong and led 47-32 after Hines-Alllen hit a free throw and Walton grabbed the second attempt miss to stick it back in and perform a "three is better than two" sequence that had to please Coach Walz. What happened after that probably didn't set too well with the Cardinals coach...Pitt would go on a 8-1 run over the next three minutes and pare the lead to 48-40 after Yacine Diop's two free throws at the 4:46 mark. Hines-Allen gave the Cards a 58-44 advantage with 1:06 on the clock after two charity tosses...but Pitt would finish the quarter on a 5-0 run and trail UofL 58-49 after three.
The Cards dominated the fourth. Hines -Allen recorded her 25 point after a jumper to start the final quarter action and two Moore three had the Cards up 72-55 with 5:51 remaining in the contest. A Moore three with 3:40 left set the scoreboard at 79-57 Louisville...and Walz turned the freshmen and Dakota Weatherford loose for the final three minutes to give UofL the 84-61 victory....Louisville winning the final period 26-12.
HOW ABOUT FRED?
FREE THROWS. The Cards were 15-24 from the charity stripe which translates out to 62.5% and doesn't qualify for an "F". Take out late-shooting woes from the line for Erin DeGrate...who went 0-4...and they're 75%. We count them all, though...
REBOUNDING. Louisville owned 34-18 and limited Pitt to just five offensive boards. A capital "R" justly deserved for the Cards.
EASY SHOTS. The Cards collected 38 points in the paint. Walton was 8-9 and Hines Allen 12-19. Moore was 7-11 and we'd award a capital "E" here except for too many missed drives by Briahanna Jackson and Arica Carter...so the lower case "e" is the designation.
DEFENSE. Pitt did shoot 46.8% from the floor and committed only 14 turnovers. The Cards were effective at stopping Pitt inside at times...but not enough to earn a capital D. We'll give up the lower case "d" because of the shutdowns in the second and fourth quarters.
WHAT WE LIKED
MHA CAME TO PLAY! 29 points in 30 minutes, eight rebounds and 5-6 from the free throw lines was one incredible effort for the sophomore. Despite her early first quarter defensive lapses, Hines-Allen was sharp from all over the court shooting tonight and was the main difference in this one.
MAKE IT A DOUBLE FOR CORTNEE! What a spectacular performance from "Grandma" tonight...the double-double and seven offensive boards. She's developed more confidence in her jumper and it showed tonight.
HOW ABOUT THREE MOORE? Mariya was 4-6 from the trifecta line tonight and her outside shooting really helped open up the paint for the Cards. Three of her threes came when the Cards were pulling away in the fourth...sealing the deal.
WHAT NEEDS WORK?
NO POWER POINT PRESENTATION TONIGHT. Neither Arica Carter nor Taja Cole had a great outing at point guard for Louisville this evening. Cole may have redeemed herself a bit with some nice defensive stops...but eight points and six turnovers in 35 minutes from the two...and only four assists aren't stats that wow anyone.
INCONSISTENCY. Louisville had a few stretches where Pitt dominated play. The first and third quarters especially. 40 minutes of effort are what's needed to climb to the next level and Louisville was a few minutes short of that tonight.
All in all, a good win over a young Pitt team and maybe the best the Cards have played against Pitt on the road in the history of Walz's time here. No letdown overall after the loss to Notre Dame and a stellar effort inside for the Cardinal bigs. It's hard to remember, sometimes, that the M&M girls are just sophomores. Between them and Grandma tonight, the Panthers were tamed and Louisville stays in the ACC title hunt.
First of the regular season final six-pack consumed successfully. Next, running with the (South Florida) Bulls Monday night in a 9 p.m. Big Monday tilt in the YUM!
Louisville Softball starts the 2016 season today in Corpus Christi, TX. ( a high of 76 expected today) in the Islanders Classic. They'll face Iowa at 11 a.m. and Sam Houston State roughly around 12:30. EST.
The Hawkeyes were 19-40 and ninth in the Big Ten last year. SHS finished ninth in the Southland Conference with a 19-28 record.
No live feed for this one...but live stats are available at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi web site.
LACROSSE TRAVELS TO PHILLY FOR TWO
Kellie Young hits the City of Brotherly Love with her #14 ranked and 1-0 Louisville Lacrosse squad for two games over the next three days.
It's Temple today at 3 p.m. and then Duquense Sunday at noon for the Cards. Louisville goalie Brittany Read was named the ACC Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for her strong effort against Marquette in the season-opening 14-6 victory.