Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Louisville women's basketball...#8 Cards face Jackrabbits tonite at KFC YUM -- Wednesday CARDINAL COUPLE
LOUISVILLE WBB GOES RABBIT-HUNTING
The University of Louisville women's basketball squad faces their second opponent in an eight-day stretch and final contest of the killer five-game sequence by facing another probable NCAA Tournament team in South Dakota State tonight in the KFC YUM! Center at 7 p.m.
South Dakota State enters the Bucket to face the Cards with an identical 8-2 record as Louisville. They recently dropped out of both the major polls but are ranked #1 in COLLEGE INSIDERS MID-MAJOR poll. The Jackrabbits did suffer a knee injury to their leading scorer Macy Miller (14.9 ppg) against Green Bay on Dec. 9th...and she is not listed as one of the probable starters...but they do bring in a squad that does have three guards (Madison Guebert 13.7, Ellie Thompson 11.0 and Kerri Young 10.2) in double figures.
As the name implies, the Jackrabbits like to get out and run on offense. They've outscored their opponents 70.5 to 57.5 so far this year and did defeat George Washington 60-55 in their last outing. S.D. State also owns wins over Iowa and Creighton this season. Their losses have come to #13 Oklahoma and Green Bay.
Guebert looks to be their major threat from the deep...she averages 48% (32-67) from three-point range. 6'2" senior center Clarissa Ober leads the school from Brookings, SD in rebounds with 8.1 a game. Despite the smallish size of their roster, the Jackrabbits do out-rebound their opponents by almost three grabs per game.
Louisville will look to continue the hot hand of Myisha Hines-Allen against the Jackrabbits. The Montclair, NJ junior went for 26 against Kentucky and added 16 vs. WKU. She is shooting 59% (20-34) in the last two games. The Cards will also look to leading scorer Asia Durr (18.2) who is second in the nation with 39 three-pointers and Mariya Moore (11.8). Senior guard Briahanna Jackson and Moore have 13 assists over the last two contests (Jackson 26 over the last three games) and Cortnee Walton had 18 rebounds in the games against the Toppers and Cats.
This is the first match-up ever between the two schools. Louisville needs to avoid the slow starts that have made the last two games come-from-behind efforts to get the wins and the Cards are seeking consistency for 40 minutes.
We'd like to see a stretch of Sydney Zambrotta zoning in from three-point range if it works out...as well as the overall razzle-dazzle and sparkle of Jazmine Jones. Missing from playing time recently has been Sam Fuehring and could the entire squad will get some court time in what we hope will be a blow-out.
Be careful what you wish for, right?
How deep Walz goes into the bench is anyone's guess...he bases a lot of that on how practice has gone for the week. Regardless if he plays five or fifteen, though...it should be a fun time down by the river tonight. If you can't make the trek...ACC Network Extra will have the feed and Cards Radio 790 the audio.