MBBThe Men's Basketball team was the sole team to knock off Notre Dame, with a 71-64 win at the KFC Yum! Center on a Red-Out Senior Day. The win was enough to cement the double bye for the men's team when they head to New York for the ACC Tournament.
WBBOn the women's side of things, however, Walz's squad couldn't get it done. This was a tight affair through 3 quarters until the Irish were able to push out to the final 11 point margin in the 4th quarter. The final score was 84-73. The biggest lead by either team in the first 3 quarters was 7, but most of the time, the leads were below 5 point margins.
The big culprit here was turnovers...yes the bakery is fully up and running today with an inventory of 18 turnovers compared to NDs 5. As you might expect with such a margin in turnovers, the points off turnovers stat is equally lopsided, 19-3, more than accounting for the margin of victory.
On the positive side, Myisha Hines-Allen had yet another double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes of play. Asia Durr and Mariya Moore went for the full 40. Moore dropped 7 points...not nearly what she's capable of...but she contributed well in other ways with a team leading 8 assists and corralling 4 rebounds. Durr was the biggest offensive engine on the team with 26 points, while also getting 4 assists and 5 rebounds. Kylee Shook is finding her way back to some significant playing time, with 29 minutes on the court. Those minutes will likely continue as she dropped 16 points in, but she really should be getting more than 5 rebounds. That'll come with time and we have to remember that she is just a freshman, but time is running out to make a contribution in that are for this playing year.
The Cards now will wait to officially find out if they make the field for the NCAA tournament, which really isn't in much doubt. But things are still very much in the air as to what sort of seeding they'll get. Losing to the #3 ranked team in the country shouldn't hurt much, particularly after getting what is arguably an upset win over a very good NC State team. The selection show will be Monday March 13th, at 7pm and it will be on ESPN.
The other team to tangle with the Irish was the Lacrosse team, who went on the road to South Bend, and also couldn't get into the win column. Though, as with seemingly all games against Notre Dame, this one was also a back and forth affair with Notre Dame eventually getting the win 9-7.
The high scorers for The Cards in this one were Meghan Siverson and Hannah Koloski, with each finding the net twice. Notre Dame was generally able to generate more offense, though. In addition to the scoreboard, their attack lead to 16 saves by Brittany Read between the pipes, while the Irish GK, Samantha Giacolon only stopped 9. Notre Dame took 36 shots to Louisville's 19, though the Cards had a better on-target percentage, with 16 on goal, compared to the 25 from the Irish.
Ultimately, I think you can credit both teams with running good defenses, as neither really got the offense running at full speed for the full game. Louisville does continue to be generally dominant in the draw control, coming down with 11 of them compared to Notre Dame's 6. Credit mostly to Meghan Siverson for that with 5, and also to Heidi Smith with 3.
The Lax squad will be back in action against Duke back at home with first draw at high noon, right after The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour.
Speaking of the Cardinal Couple Radio hour, WCHQ was foolish enough to let us back on the radio again yesterday. Paulie was away in Conway, SC covering the ACC Women's Basketball tournament action, but we did get him on the radio, so we could get good audio of the battle of the Notre Dame and UofL pep bands. In the studio were myself, Case Hoskins, and our special guest Jared Anderson from River City Cards. As always, you can check out the chaos on the soundcloud.