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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Louisville women's basketball -- Cards end first half on 19-2 run...coast by UCA 87-60 -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



HINES-ALLEN DROPS 25, WEATHERFORD'S DEFENSIVE SPARK GETS CARDS BY SUGAR BEARS. 


Photo by Charlie Springer - UofL Card Game
It took the Louisville Cardinals 13 minutes to get rolling Friday afternoon in the KFC YUM! Center, but once they did...they put together a magnificent seven minutes of basketball to push past Central Arkansas and secure a second round game against DePaul Sunday in the NCAA women's basketball tournament. 

Game time Sunday is 2:30 p.m. 

It was the Sugar Bears who were displaying the emotion and hustle early in the contest. Although the Cards jumped out to a 5-0 lead after an Arica Carter jumper two minutes into the contest, UCA fought back and grabbed a 13-12 lead on a Taylor Baudoin layup with 4:28 left in the first period. 


Photo by Charlie Springer - UofL Card Game
Behind Baudoin and Brianna Mullins the #14 seed in the Dallas Region would take a 18-12 advantage before Louisville was able to get back within three on a Myisha Hines-Allen jumper with five second left on the clock. 25-22 wasn't the score  Jeff Walz or the 5823 fans wanted to see...but Hines-Allen was starting to get untracked and had eight first quarter points.

The Sugar Bears weren't ready to dissolve, though...Dakota Weatherford's tenacious defense was giving them fits and her 'plus one' gave the Cards a 29-27 lead a minute and a half into the second stanza. Maggie Proffitt countered with a three for UCA and Sandy Jackson's jumper tied the contest at 32-32 with 6:29 until halftime.

Then, the Bears went into hibernation.

Hines-Allen nailed two jumpers in a row and Asia Durr connected on a put-back and it was 38-32 Cards. UCA took a time out. It didn't help. 


Photo by Charlie Springer - UofL Card Game
Sam Fuehring found success in the paint and Hines-Allen swished the nets on two consecutive jumper and suddenly it was 44-32 with 2:47 until half. The Cards were on a 12-0 run and the Sugar Bears were befuddled. Durr hit another jumper and a score and free throw from Mariya Moore had the Cards on a 17-0 run and leading 49-32. Central Arkansas finally ended their 5 1/2 minute scoreless streak on a Baudoin jumper...but Moore scored off a Sam Fuehring assist with 22 seconds left in the second and it was 51-34 UofL at the halftime buzzer. 

The Cards would steadily increase that lead throughout the third quarter...a Durr three made it 62-43 Louisville halfway through the half and Moore cashed in on a trifecta to increase the lead to 71-45 at the 1:44 mark. Fuehring's layup with 56 seconds left in the quarter set the tally at 73-49...Louisville got 14 of their 22 points in the third in the paint and Hines-Allen already had her 25 and was done for the evening. 


GUESS WHO? A-TAYY and TIA!  (Photo by Charlie
Springer- UofL Card Game) 
The final quarter provided a heavy dose of Brianna Jones, Weatherford, Fuehring, Erin DeGrate and Taja Cole. Louisville held the Sugar Bears to 22.2% shooting (4-18) in the final ten minutes and DeGrate had half of the Cards 14 points as the Cards continued to out-play UCA. Two DeGrate free throws gave Louisville a 87-57 lead, their largest of the night, but a late Central Arkansas three set the final score at 87-60.  Cards win! Cards win! 

Game time against DePaul Sunday will be 2:30 p.m. GET YOUR TICKETS! It will also be shown on ESPN 2. 

HOW DID FRED DO? 


Free Throws. The Cards sank 16 of their 21 charity attempts for a 76.2% and that's good enough to award a capital F. Moore gets an extra high five for her 7-8 foul line performance and DeGrate went an impressive 3-4. 

Rebounding. Louisville won the rebounding battle 41-38 but was outrebounded 10-7 in the first quarter by UCA. No Cards hit double figures in the grabs department...but only Sam Fuehring played more than 23 minutes...so that's not real surprising. We'll allow a lower case "r". Louisville had a decided height advantage...even with the second squad in.

The Blue Demon enjoyed the first game...
Easy shots. With an overwhelming 50-18 points-in-the-paint advantage and 54.8% shooting, Louisville did quite OK in the interior. Only Cortnee Walton seemed to be struggling with her shot and that's understandable with a broken pinky. UofL made 9 of 11 layups in the first half and 10 of 12 in the final twenty minutes. We'll bestow the capital E with no reservations. 

Defense. Although the Cards seemed sluggish and not very effective early in guarding the Sugar Bears, the spark of Dakota Weatherford in her seven first half minutes was worth the price of admission alone. Central Arkansas ended up shooting 32.9% for the game after the hot start...so we can let a lower case "d" slide by here...mostly because of the attack Yorkie wearing #15. 

WHAT WE LIKED


Mrs Sugar Bear is a cutie! 
Hines-Allen throws another hammer...she's like a fine wine...continuing to improve with age. 12-17 shooting and a team leading seven rebounds. Several of her first-half moves were in the "did you see that?" category and she showed why she was the ACC Player of the Year once again today. 

Defensive Dakota...the spark and enthusiasm that the diminutive destroyer shows on the court transfers rapidly to the fan base..she got the Cards and the supporters going and had three of Louisville's seven steals. Weatherford's defense turns opponents' skies cloudy.

Getting Moore...It was a relief to see the sophomore bounce back from her less-than-desirable ACC Tournament. She realizes there is a lot more to the game of basketball than just successful shooting and yesterday afternoon she displayed the things quite successfully that don't make the stat sheets. 

WHAT NEEDS WORK



Gotta depart from the slow start. A similar beginning against DePaul like UofL displayed today versus UCA will have the Cards watching the rest of the tournament on television instead of going to Dallas. 

See the three. Although Louisville held the Sugar Bears to 35% shooting beyond the arc...the opponent was getting a lot of open looks. That could increase dramatically against DePaul...who spreads you out and has razor-sharp passing skills. The Blue Demons also went 11-21 from three-point range...and a similar performance Sunday could sink the Cards.

You can't really complain too much about a 28-point win to start your tournament run, I guess...but the road gets much tougher Sunday. Louisville will need to play a 40 minute game and contend with a Blue Demon squad that goes to the boards very well and has no difficulty scoring. 

Survive and advance. The Cards eventually connected Friday against a gutsy but less talented opponent. They'll face a much stiffer test Sunday against a much more disciplined and excellently coached DePaul team...who had little trouble knocking off JMU 97-67 in the first game Friday. 

A special thanks to Charlie Springer for the great photography work today!  

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CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR


We've got a great radio show planned for today...filling the net with lots of basketball and we'll toss in a little swimming, softball and lacrosse for good measure. Recorded some very good audio from Selection Monday and Friday Hoops as well...so you don't want to miss our broadcast on WCHQ 100.9 FM and on the internet at crescenthillradio.com at 11 a.m. this morning! 

March Madness, it's the most wonderful time of the year!

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PICK 'EM UPDATE

After 16 games, we have two people that went a perfect 16-0 in their picks. Congratulations to The Real Joe Hill and The Deb Factor for their excellence. Several contestants recorded 14-2 success and there is a log jam of folks at 13-3. 

Good luck to all today and remember it ain't over till it's over! 

paulie
xxxxx

10 comments:

  1. Wow. My longshots Albany and Chattanooga came through. I'm quite frankly surprised I am at 16-0 but will take it and hope that today's action is just as fruitful.

    -- The Real Joe Hill --

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    1. Good work Joe and Deb! I'm lurking back there at 13-3 and hopeful today will be a good day. The contest is still wide open, though...with several at 14-2 and ten of us that went 13-3...including my steamed colleague Worldwide.

      Game on!

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  2. Your little birdies had trouble getting out of the nest Paulie. Tell Where's Walso to cheer up, he won by 27. Listening to his post game you would have thought he lost. SEC 4-1 yesterday and will go 4-0 today. Any questions on who the best conference is?

    C A T S Cats, Cats, CATS!

    Matthew Mitchell For Governor

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    1. Survive and advance, Gov. We did. You got a good doubleheader of Cats hoops today. Did you follow the morons to DesMoines?

      Paulie

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    2. Do you even need to ask, bird brain? I'll be waiting for the doors to open at Memorial at 3 p.m. and will VCR the men's game. It was nice of Dakota Weatherford's parents to allow her to travel to the big city and play yesterday. What is she? 15 or 16? Ha, ha, ha!

      C A T S Cats, Cats, CATS!

      Matthew Mitchell For Governor

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    3. Guv. SEC better conference than ACC
      ACC weakest of power five conferences this year This statement doesn't disqualify me as a L'ville fan 👌

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  3. You know, UConn really is beatable.
    It would take the referees actually calling fouls that UConn commits while playing against a competitive team.

    I say this after looking at today's box score where they played the 16 seed and could not produce bench points.

    What the box score revealed was that beyond the 5 starters, bench players played 85 minutes. During those 85 minutes one player scored 14 points during her 21 minutes of play.

    What remained was a total of 64 minutes played with only 6 points scored by the remaining 6 playets on UConn's bench. This was against poor 20-13 Robert Morris.

    We all have spent years watching UConn foul without even penalties. With such a substandars bench as was shown tonight, it appears that what might stand between 4 in a row, or not, is a few evenly called quarters of play by the referees where someone beyond the starters were on the floor.



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  4. You know, UConn really is beatable.
    It would take the referees actually calling fouls that UConn commits while playing against a competitive team.

    I say this after looking at today's box score where they played the 16 seed and could not produce bench points.

    What the box score revealed was that beyond the 5 starters, bench players played 85 minutes. During those 85 minutes one player scored 14 points during her 21 minutes of play.

    What remained was a total of 64 minutes played with only 6 points scored by the remaining 6 playets on UConn's bench. This was against poor 20-13 Robert Morris.

    We all have spent years watching UConn foul without even penalties. With such a substandars bench as was shown tonight, it appears that what might stand between 4 in a row, or not, is a few evenly called quarters of play by the referees where someone beyond the starters were on the floor.



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  5. I sense an upset tomorrow. I think DePaul will beat us.

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