THE WEDNESDAY JARED ANDERSON RECAP
|Coach Walz and ref Kevin Dillard discuss favorite
Are you Team Walz on this? I am! Let me know in this comments section when you think it is acceptable to start listening to Christmas music.
There was plenty to joke around and be joyful about in the Cards 90-55 rout of Toledo last night in the KFC YUM! Center. UofL improves to 3-0 and prepares to host Michigan Thursday night in semifinal action of the preseason WNIT Tournament. Louisville, Michigan, Oregon and Texas A&M are all still undefeated in the brackets.
I told Paul at halftime Louisville would score over 80 but fail to reach 90. Paulie assured me that 90 would be reached. A bunch of free throws at the end of the game and a jumper from Dana Evans secured Paulie's boast.
The Cards outscored the Rockets in three of the quarters and tied them in the third. Overall, the stat sheet showed Louisville domination, but that wasn't necessarily the case. The first half started slow for the Cards. Seven of their first nine points came from the free throw line. Louisville made nine straight free throws to start the contest and ended up shooting 25-31 from the charity stripe for 80.65%. Quite impressive. As Coach pointed out to Paulie, on three of the misses, the Cards regained possession and converted on a layup and two three-pointers. According to the Walzian theory of revised free throw configuration, that would give the Cards a 28-31 success rate on free throw sequencing.
Paulie seemed to "get the math". How about you?
The rest of the offense was slow to get going. Except for Asia Durr, who scored 11 of her 14 points in the first half. The defense didn't look great either -- Toledo finding ways to score easy baskets on surprisingly wide open shots. The Cards held a 20-14 advantage after the first quarter and led 43-25 at the half. The second half started slow but got better as free throws helped skew the final quarter's state some -- but the Cards managed to take control and maintain possession well.
Coach Walz called the overall performance sloppy after seeing Louisville's 17 turnovers. This team plays an up tempo offense and likes to push it on transition. An offensive style such as this is bound to see some miscues but 17 "giveups" is a bit too much. Walz said he expects to see 10-12 a game but tonight's number was unacceptable.
Myisha Hines-Allen and Jazmine Jones had impressive efforts with 17 points and 10 rebounds each. Myisha pointed out in the post-game presser that she has four assists, one more than Jazz. Asia "Durr-ific" was the only other Card to crack double figure scoring with 14 points. She made a trio of threes tonight to improve her season total to 13 on the year. Averaging just over four per game will definitely get this ACC Preseason Player of the Year in triple digits for the season again.
We've seen the F-R-E-D and C-A-S-E reports this year and Paulie challenged me to create my own report -- so buckle up and hang on for a wild ride.
A - Assists: 18 assists for the Cards. They shared the wealth among each other Tuesday night. One play that showcases this was when Myisha (who now goes by Du-Blay -- for her double-double prowess) was driving along the baseline for a layup but found stellar junior Arica Carter for a wide-open three. The Cards earn a capital "A" here.
R - Rebounds. Louisville out-rebounded the Rockets by 30. 57-27. UofL had 19 offensive boards and 38 defensive grabs. Those 19 offensive rebounds led to 25 second chance points. Capital "R" no doubt about it.
E - Efficiency/Effort. 11 players saw action for Louisville tonight and all played double-digit minutes. They spent their court-time hustling up and down the court. By the end of the contest they even employed a suffocating defense. Struggling to make jump shots and layups, the Cards strongly relied on free throws to create points. The 25 made "free ones" are enough to earn them a capital "E".
|Is Paulie napping or battling Spellcheck?
THE INAUGURAL JARED REPORT: j-A-R-E-d. Not too shabby at all. Maybe Paulie will provide a FRED report later today in the comments section.
Attendance last night was disappointing. Announced at 5444, that might be accurate if you include media, pep band, cheerleaders, security, concession stand employees and the stat crew but there were way too many seats empty Tuesday night.
Coach was seemingly displeased with the turnout as was I. He has every right to be. This is the #5 team in the nation. It is one of the top women's basketball programs in the nation. The competition is tough but attendance numbers have been decreasing over the years. The fans that were there Tuesday night get a capital "A" from me but more people need to get their butts in the seats. Is it time for Coach to "buy a round of beer or soft drinks" for attendees again?
Yes, there were four top 25 teams on TV last night in MBB. That shouldn't be a reason for the KFC YUM! to be more than 3/4th empty, though.
Congratulations to Volleyball for finally receiving some recognition. They are in the "receiving votes" category in the national polls. Not a top 25 ranking, but it's a start. They have a chance to prove themselves more in an ACC first-place showdown Friday night at Cardinal Arena. Join them.
Softball announced the signing of five newcomers for the 2018-19 season. Two are from Kentucky. I'm not a big fan of the recruitment news and excitement for any sport -- for fear of the highly anticipated players disappointing me or me not giving the lesser-recognized recruits attention or credit. Softball head coach Sandy Pearsall seems thrilled about the signing of all five. ( Has anyone else noticed the striking resemblance between her and asst. strength and conditioning coach Beth Burns?) Of course, we still have the 2017-18 season to focus on and cheer for comong up very soon.
Rowing's fall schedule concluded over the weekend and the Stroke Girls had a successful outing in the Rivanna Romp. The varsity eight grabbed second place.
Referring back to my Christmas music mention, I know we don't all agree that Christmas music should start in November....even though Coah Walz is probably humming "Let It Go" from Frozen today. I do know that we all agree that November is donation month at CARDINAL COUPLE. The donations so far have been generous and outstanding. We cannot thank our donors enough for the money we've received so far. Since we're halfway through the month, can we double the current numbers?
POST GAME WALZ: WALZ DISCUSSES TOLEDO WIN AND CHRISTMAS MUSIC
POST GAME MYISHA AND ASIA: DOO-BLAY AND 50 PIECE DISCUSS THE WIN AND NICKNAMES
( Not only did Jared write today's article, but he also took the basketball photos you see today. A double-double for him, also. Maybe we should start calling him DOO-BLAY along with MyZilla)
TOMORROW: Paulie is travelling to Mercer County today to interview future Card Seygan Robins and head coach Chris Souder. Hear it and read it here tomorrow.