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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Those Louisville WBB foes...How are they doing? -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



LOUISVILLE'S SEVEN OPPONENTS 16-26 SO FAR.

(Notes written while watching a replay of the start of the second half against South Carolina...again...Pretty sure Kaela Davis is still out in my backyard still shooting threes...and Alaina Coates grabbing those that miss.)

At 6-1, it isn't the worst start in the world for now #7 ranked Louisville Women's basketball (and certainly a better start than last season)...tough games ahead, no doubt. Let's take a look this morning at how the teams are doing that Louisville has played already. Why not? It is hoops season and the WBB squad doesn't play again until Thursday...


LINDSEY WILSON  Yes, I know, it was a pre-season exhibition game...and we didn't count it in the cumulative stats...but ol' Blue Raider Bob has had nothing but success since falling to the Cards. LWU is 8-0. Kayla Styles leads them in scoring with 16.7...she had four against the Cards when they met. 

UT-MARTIN  The Skyhawks haven't soared too well since hosting the Cards in the opener for both. They're 1-5...losing to Vandy by just two in their last outing. Emany Robertson leads them with 12.0 a contest...she scored four against the Cards. Ashton Feldhaus is at 11.7...she totaled 12 when the two schools met.

BELMONT  Cam Newbauer's Bruins have had trouble coming out of hibernation so far...with a 3-4 record. Granted, they've only had one home game..and fell to a good Green Bay squad. Kylee Smith leads the Bears charge with 16.1 per outing...she tallied 13 against Walz & company in the Bucket. 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE  These Blue Raiders haven't been too active in their season as of yet...just 1-2...getting their first win against Tenn. Tech on the road in their last outing. Ty Petty continues to shine for the Murfreesboro school...averaging 16.7 a game...she had 27 against UofL. Center Alex Johnson adds 14.0...she put in 13 in the meeting. 

BOWLING GREEN  The Falcons are trying to get off the ground still...with a 2-4 record. They did beat St. Peter (and probably won't get into heaven now) up in Springfield at the Hall of Fame classic. Carly Santoro leads the Ohio squad with 14.3 a night...she was held to four against the Cardinals. 


LAFAYETTE  The Easton, PA Leopards aren't showing their spots yet...at 1-6. They were in Springfield and fell to Hampton (but got valuable awards points for future stays). Anna Ptasinski is the leading feline with 8.7 a night...she failed to score against UofL 

CHATTANOOGA  Jim Foster's Mocs need to change into tennis shoes...with a 3-5 record. They made the trip to the Hall of Fame showdown also and fell to Maine. Queen Alford rules the monarchy with 10.9 an appearance. She had 20 against the Birds. Jasmine Joyner follows with 10.0...she only had two against the 'Ville...we'll remember her for her 15 rebounds. She's averaging 9.9 grabs on the year. 

SOUTH CAROLINA  Perfect at 5-0 after the corralling of the Cards...the Hens feature Alaina Coates...who is currently third in the nation at 12 rebounds a night and second in shooting % with a 72.9% success rate. They'll tackle Texas next and the Lone Star State school may not be big enough to hold her, Wilson, Gray and Davis in their borders. 

So, a combined 16-26 record for UofL's opponents this season. Looking at the next four game...Maryland, Kentucky, WKU and South Dakota St. are a combined 18-5. The Terps are undefeated and #5 in the nation. UK sits at 5-1 and is ranked #17. South Dakota St is un-ranked but 4-1...with a loss at #13 Oklahoma. WKU, a bit surprising 3-3. Their loss to DePaul in the Gulf Coast Showcase wasn't too awful...74-60. Stumbling to George Washington down in Estero does raise an eyebrow and falling to UT-Arlington is surprising as well.


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CONGRATS TO TESS AND MOLLY !!


Junior middle hitter Tess Clark and sophomore libero Molly Sauer have been named to the 2016 All-ACC Volleyball Second team. We have to wonder about the exclusion of freshman outside hitter Melanie McHenry from the All-Freshman team...but, all and all, nice accolades for both of these returning wide-netters. 

Three ACC teams were invited to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament...#7 North Carolina, Florida State and Pittsburgh. A bit of a surprise there, as well...with 21-8 Duke and 24-8 Georgia Tech getting left at the alter...but best of luck to those who got the berths. 

Dani Busboom Kelly has a solid nucleus with these three...and more...returning to begin her head coaching gig at Louisville. She's still got a bit of off-campus work before she migrates to the Belknap campus...she's the associate coach at Nebraska and her squad is in the NCAA Tournament and ranked #1. 

paulie
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32 comments:

  1. Great stuff, Paulie. Congrats to Molly and Tess. So, it looks like except for USC, the Cards really haven't played any remarkable competition. Go Cards. Beat Terps.

    -- The Real Joe Hill --

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  2. 6 cup cakes and one full course meal.lol Go Cards Beat the TERPS!

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    1. Cards get a all-you can handle buffet in the next four

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  3. I like legendary coach Denny crum's philosophy scheduling tough opponents before conference play, although the ACC is a Tough conference.lol

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  4. Wow,while watching the game I noticed Kylee Shook is getting more physical then I expected. You get better by playing good competition.

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    1. I have to agree. She's starting to "get" the physicality at this level and we'll see how she handles the next four.

      Paulie

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    2. Cards need Walton for as many minutes as she can handle. Shook will be a great backup "4" for us for a couple of years and has a great upside. Johnson just needs to get quicker and more aggressive. SC ate her up.

      Blue Lou

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    3. Freshmen Johnson and Shook make up 19.2 of UofL's rebounding. I have no qualms with seeing them play together for stretches in a game.

      Paulie

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    4. I would like to see Jazmine Jones get a bit more on-court time. She is so fast and so talented. Paulie? The Deb Factor

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    5. At about 15 minutes a game, I just don't know where you would find additional minutes right now...but I agree. She saw 11 against South Carolina.

      Paulie

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    6. Someone teach Jaz to stop traveling. Enough already.

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    7. I like Shook short and long term. I don't like Ciera against good competition right now. I think she disrupts the offense by eliminating Hines-Allen from getting into the flow. Not Ciera's fault but I am not a fan yet. She is good against average competition though but kind of slow and not a rebounding force.

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    8. Blue Lou I second your comments above (that should put a good scare in you) on Ciera and Shook.
      Didn't see them earlier because I am reading comments from bottom to top for some strange reason.

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    9. You know who might be better this year NC especially and maybe Duke. Va Tech does it to Tenn again! Hilarious. Apparently Va Tech has good pg.

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  5. It is very surprising that Duke and Georgia Tech did not get in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. What's the general consensus on the hire of Kelly?

    Good In All Sports

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    1. Worldwide has already expressed his (see past articles) and I'll go with his. I was hoping for Alex Wilharm. We'll see. Not a prevalent thought that is on my mind these days...

      Paulie

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    2. PS Ciera and Kylee don't like losing they came from winning program that won championships.

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    3. Alternate starting Lineup
      Asia,Mariya,Myisha,Kylee & Ciera.Asia running the point.

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    4. These girls a strong McDonald's high school all Americans.
      The real deal!

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    5. I think Asia at point would be a mistake. She doesn't have shake and bake to get free like most think she does. She is in the right spot at shooting guard.

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    6. I would consider asking Mariya to start deferring to a guard in the open court and just start filling lanes if she continues to turnover the ball 5 times in one half like SC. That was unacceptable and she needs to stop handling the ball on breaks

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  6. Your right Paulie by playing ciera and Kylee is a good thing they can only get better because they have very high ceilings. Also they're good shot blocker's

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  7. Great analysis and spot on. We've got lots to prove. I'm hoping our upperclassmen got embarrassed enough vs SC that they're ready to do war.

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    1. Mariya had a good game,MHA didn't saddle with fouls,ciera is rushing her shot freshman jitters first big game.kylee showed heart big time! she had to battle the best bigs in the league.
      They double Asia
      PS cortnee not @ full strength.

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  8. Paulie, WKU losses aren't too bad.
    -DePaul (5-1) was 77-69 only an 8 point loss. DePaul only loss to Baylor and beat Syracuse by 24 points
    -Geo Wash (5-2) who almost beat Syracuse losing by 3.
    -UTA(5-0) beat Seton Hall 84-61 (UTA isn't but easily could be rated top 10 mid major)

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    1. Teams WKU lost to are a cumulative 15-3

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    2. Good points, Wade. I don't think the 'Cuse is as strong as last year, but still a formidable foe. Dougie and DePaul might even be better than last year and G Dub and UT-A are probable tournament teams.

      Paulie

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  9. This Sunday night I see Mariya's sister Minyon in action for USC Trojans verse Sacramento St at the "Nest" capacity 1,012!

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    1. Wishing "the Minyon" well for the Trojans.

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  10. One comment about MCDONALDS All Americans WHO CARES!!!! I used to be enthralled NO MORE. Means little.
    Give me high motors who are versatile and can make their teammates better around them. I want players who play hard whether you're up by 3 or 30. Walz on radio last night said he thought the team quit. He didn't say it to criticize but to make a point about how difficult it is to find a player who goes all out no matter the score. He is honest.

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    1. The only reason that became McDonald all-americans because they were the best players coming out of high school. You have to get the cream of the crop look at UConn.

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    2. I pretty much thought the same thing after the third quarter against USC...that the WBB Cards did quit. I would imagine it's been an interesting couple of days of practice and fans should see an "inspired" Cards squad on the court against Maryland Thurs. night.

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