Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Louisville women's basketball -- Hines-Allen, Durr WBCA Honorable Mention All-Americans -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
CARDINAL DUO TWO OF 42 ON LIST
The awards keep rolling in for Louisville women's basketball's Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr.
They were named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention list yesterday. They were two of nine ACC players who received the honor. The 10-player All-American team featured two ACC players...Alexis Peterson (Syracuse) and Brianna Turner (Notre Dame)
Durr is coming off one of the better seasons that a Cardinal has had recently. Her 119 three-pointers established a new high mark in the Cardinal record books. She is also now fourth in points a season (692) and points per game (19.2) at Louisville. The Douglasville, GA sophomore joined the 1,000 point club earlier in the year. Durr also led Louisville in steals with 46. Her 233 field goals ranked sixth all-time for a season.
Hines-Allen averaged 13.9 points per game for Jeff Walz. She narrowly missed 50% shooting in the campaign and was close to double-digit rebounding on the year with 9.3. With 336 rebounds, she takes over third place for most in a season Her 19 double-doubles equaled a Louisville high for a season. Angel McCoughtry achieved that goal twice in her career at Louisville. The Montclair, NJ native is now sixth all-time at UofL in field goals and rebounds.
Unfortunately, Mariya Moore was not selected for the squad. The third integral part of the Cards "Big Three" was third in scoring for the Cards.
Your quiz for this Tuesday is:
Which of these players was not selected for the first team?
Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State)
Gabby Williams (UConn)
Kelsey Plum (Washington)
Rebecca Greenwell (Duke)
(Answer at the end of today's column...)
SOFTBALL SLOSHES PAST IRISH 7-4
In a contest that was delayed by a 96 minute rain and lightning threat in the area, Louisville Softball won the final game at Ulmer Stadium in the series against Notre Dame 7-4.
Maryssa Becker fired the complete game for the games, improving her record to 16-6 on the season.
The Cards struck early against the Irish with two runs in the first inning. Jamie (The New Pride of New Egypt, NJ) Soles drove home Caitlin Ferguson and then scored on a Nicole "Poof" Pufahl sacrifice fly.
ESPNU kept showing Nicole's dad Robert out on the berm watching the contest. Someone should have run an umbrella out to the proud papa. Also, CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR regular Jared Anderson (River City Cards) was prominently featured in the broadcast...behind home plate, cheering and occasionally wiping the rain off his glasses.
The Cards appreciated the fan efforts of the two still there...the crowd largely vacating and leaving Ulmer virtually empty after the downpour. ND's Caitlin Brooks tied the even in the fourth with a two-run "touch 'em all" off Becker. Louisville, undaunted....regained the lead when Pufahl sent Mr. Spalding to the Avenue of Champions in the bottom of the inning for a solo blast.
With the passing showers, there were also lot of passed balls/wild pitches coming out of the circle when the Irish were occupying it. A walk and two wild pitches got Morgan "Moe" Meyer to the plate in the fifth. In the sixth, two hits, a walk and two wild pitches accounted for three more Louisville runs. Alison "Mike, Mike, Mike" Szydlowski drove in "Poof" and a wild pitch got Tiarra "Dive" Sanabria and Szyd home to set the tally at 7-2 Cards.
Notre Dame added two in the top of the seventh. Sara White (What? What is a former Cardinal WBB coach and color commentator doing playing for the Irish?) and Maddie McCracken (named after one of the top Derby contenders this year) met home plate...but a diving stop and then body lunge to the bag by Sanabria at first ended the contest.
Louisville heads to Boston College next for a three game weekend series.
MEEKS, HICKS TAKE HEELS TO TITLE
North Carolina is your 2017 Men's NCAA Basketball champion. At least I think they are. The second half took so painfully long to finish...I may have fallen asleep and just dreamed it.
Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks...two names Cardinal MBB fans know quite painfully well...led the late charge in the 71-65 win for Ol' Roy (Dadgummit) and the Tar Heels.
This was exciting at the end but most of it was painful to watch. The refs made the second half a long and solemn procession with whistles. No momentum could really be established by either team.
Gonzaga had their chances but a long, cold shooting streak hindered their final effort.
52 free throws in this one. We all watch, of course, to watch refs call fouls.
Redemption is yours, UNC. Even if 2/3rd of America fell asleep while your were trying to obtain it.
(Answer to the quiz is "D" Rebecca Greenwell. She did get honorable mention honors but not first team.)
(written between yawns after a late night)