Sunday, January 29, 2017
Louisville women's basketball -- Cards and Panthers rematch today -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
CARDS TRAVEL TO PITTSBURGH FOR 2 PM GAME
#9 Louisville women's basketball faces the Pitt Panthers today in an ACC Matchup. Louisville (19-4, 6-2) is on the third game of a road trip that had seen the Cardinal win at Tampa against USF and at Clemson. Pitt returns home after losing to NC State Thursday night 55-42.
The Cards will try duplicate their success they had against the Panthers three weeks ago in the KFC YUM! Center. Louisville won 73-52. The Cards forced Pitt into 24 turnovers and Mariya Moore had 18 points in the win. UofL got a strong bench performance from Jazmine Jones in the game with 13 points and Ciera Johnson gave Louisville 11 points in the win. Defensive prowess in the second and fourth quarters by the Cards was a key in the win...holding Pitt to seven points in the second and nine in the fourth.
Brandi Harvey-Carr had her career game in the January 8th matchup for Pitt with 25 points. Louisville held Pitt's leading scorer Brenna Wise to just four points in 26 minutes. You might remember the take-down Myisha Hines-Allen performed on Wise in the meeting. Wise leads the Panthers with 13.9 points and 6.8 rebounds. She's one that you don't want to foul...she shoots 88% from the charity stripe.
Although the Cards romped Pitt 84-61 the last time they visited the Petersen Center...they have had some tough struggles there in the past. The Cards escaped with a 63-57 victory up there in the 2014-15 season and had to go to overtime in 2011-12 to win 71-66. The 2009-10 Cards lost 72-69 to the Panthers in "The Pete". Overall, the Cards lead the lifetime series 13-2.
Shutting down Wise again and trying to contain Harvey-Carr are most likely two of the Cards prime objectives as they go into this contest. Rebounding is probably also on the "essentials to victory" list. Louisville did hold a 38-33 advantage on the boards earlier this month against Susie McConnell Serio's squad.
Pitt (12-8, 3-4) looks to climb back to.500 in ACC play. They've defeated Virginia, UNC and BC in conference and fell to Notre Dame, Miami, NC State and the Cards.
This one is another ACC Network Extra broadcast with Jeff Hathhorn and Amanda Silay handing the audio. Neither have won an ESPY for excellence in broadcasting and should give me plenty of motivation to deal with the time lapse between radio and internet and listen to Nick Curran and AJ on Cards Radio 790.
Paulie will break it down and review it tomorrow here at CARDINAL COUPLE. The Louisville men's squad is also playing today at 2 p.m. at the YUM! against NC State...we'll see if we can get Case to write that one up as well.
We stumbled into the basement on a hill and made our way through another broadcast of THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR yesterday despite the fellas trouble with WIFI and other assorted Internet brouhaha.
It was a good show! We reviewed all kinds of stuff...even some UofL sports.
You get a unique listen into our pre-show babble today...with nearly four minutes of technical discourse, Paulie's off-key singing and other chatter before the intro music...fortunately, we kept the language clean.
LINK: CARDINAL COUPLE 1-28-17
Seven contests to consider today:
-- Virginia at Notre Dame. The Wahoos travel to South Bend looking for an upset. They'll get nothing and like it. A noon game and the Irish win.
-- Wake Forest at Duke. Wake Forest may well be the surprise team of the ACC WBB this year but Duke will be looking for a win after the Notre Dame loss. Blue Devils win over the Demons.
-- Boston College goes to warm up in the Miami sun. They'll get warm but they'll also get beat by Sebastian the Ibus. Make mine Miami ...Sammy!
-- Georgia Tech crosses state lines to visit Clemson. The Ramblin' Wreck held their own against FSU and should find the Tigers easier travelling. Gimme GT.
-- Louisville at Pitt. The Cards finish up the road swing against a Panther squad they handled in Louisville. They should get the sweep of the series today. UofL.
-- "Q" and the Orange hit Blacksburg for a little Gobbler Cobbler and should feast well against a Va Tech squad that got decimated against UVA. Syracuse!
-- A Carolina battle at Chapel Hill with NC State visiting the TarHeels. Ms. Wuf should be happily dancing as the Wolfpack hangs a loss on UNC.
Season Stats : 46-10 82.7%
Thursday results : 6-1
should be a fun day Sunday!