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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Louisville WBB- Notre Dame Comparison, Field Hockey Coaching addition... Wednesday Cardinal Couple

FIELD HOCKEY ADDS ASSISTANT


The sticks have added a new assistant coach for next season. Field hockey alumna Erin Schneidtmiller returns home, but this time as a coach. The former forward spent four seasons from 2010-2013 with the Cards.

After graduating from Louisville, Schneidtmiller went on to coach at Mercy Academy and spent time in Berlin playing professionally. She then went on to spend three seasons as an assistant at American University wearing red and blue (it only makes sense a school called “American” would rep those colors) and helping the Eagles to 39 wins and a conference championship.

Let’s see what Sowry, Schneidtmiller and the Louisville field hockey team have in store for us next season. Long time associate coach Lucas Piccioli remains on the staff. 

WBB PREPARES FOR IRISH BATTLE

Irish pep band from ACC Tournament two years ago.
Not sure what instrument the big head played...
The WBB Cardinals of the court are gearing up for their biggest game of the season thus far. Our third-ranked Cardinals face second-ranked Notre Dame tomorrow night. The game is so big that the lower bowl has sold out and tickets for the upper bowl are going fast. Athletics has marked it as a “RED OUT”.

Julie JC Sullivan gave us some interesting facts about the 18-0 start and a preview of what to expect tomorrow night during her Tuesday write-up. Case and Paulie gave us a VT recap and a small preview of the game during Monday’s write-up.

Instead of previewing the match-up even more we’re going to dive into Notre Dame and what the Irish look like.

UConn’s fourth quarter comeback is the only blemish on the Irish’s record. Their quality wins include victories over ranked opponents South Carolina and Michigan. Syracuse and Marquette are in the receiving votes category and Notre Dame defeated both as well.

The Irish have an average margin of victory of 22 in their 15 wins. Their closest win was by five at Oregon State, or you could argue their six-point victory in overtime against Marquette could be their closest as well. Their largest margin of victory came in the season opener win when they walloped Indiana University at Pennsylvania by 68.

Coming to squat on the Denny Crum Court...Miss Muffet
Not sure if red-headed Ray has any tuffets to sit on
at the YUM! 
Junior guard Arike Ogunbowale leads their team in scoring, averaging 20.8 points per game. She has some help on offense with three other players averaging double figures: Jessica Shepard (14.8), Jackie Young (14.8) and Marina Mabrey (12.5). Compared to Louisville, the Cards have Asia Durr (20.2) and Myisha Hines-Allen (13.4) as the only players in double-digits.

Ogunbowale and Mabrey are their three-point threats, having made 23 and 26 this season, respectively. ‘Night-night’ has made 56 on the year while three other Cards have made at least 11.

Down low, Shepard is hauling in just over eight rebounds per game while Young is pulling in 7.3 each game. ‘DOO-BLAY’ Is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game. No other Cardinals are even at five.


"Aw, jeez...Meathead. You got me and Edith tickets for
the women's game? She'll be screaming all night now." 
What we consider negative aspects of the game Notre Dame has excelled in.  No player averages more than two fouls per game while only one player averages more than two and a half fouls a game. Jaz Jones is on pace with 2.5 turnovers per game, but the rest of Louisville is in the 1.5-2 range currently, still enough to see more than 15 turnovers per game. The Cards have had some trouble with committing nearly 18 fouls per game, an easy way to give the opponent free throws.


This game is a competition between two similar teams. Both squads have the up-tempo pace to put up big numbers and can have a defense that can shut down any team. Will the Cards find an answer to Notre Dame’s recent dominance or will the home court advantage and the hot start be enough to propel Louisville to a win? Get involved tomorrow night to find out- 1 Arena Plaza, Louisville, KY, 40202, or ESPN for those who cannot make it.

Jared Anderson

12 comments:

  1. Just a quick clarification...the IU-PA came the Irish won was actually an exhibition and does not count in the standings. IU-PA is no slouch mind you. They beat Pittsburgh (ACC) in their other exhibition game and are 13-0 on the season so far.

    Paulie

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  2. Classic Walz on his radio show last night. When asked the most important factor in beating Notre Dame Thursday night, he deadpans "Scoring more points than them".

    Coach Obvious. I think he may hjust be on to something here.

    Curtis "Never could score much" Franklin

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    1. LOL. I heard that. Walz works under the wise philosophy that humor and sarcasm can alleviate any tense situation. Years ago, I asked him about a close overtime loss at DePaul. He didn't bat an eye when he replied. "Doug (Bruno) and I flipped a coin before the game and he won. I just didn't have the heart to tell the kids the decision had already been made."

      Classic!


      Paulie

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  3. I forgot that IU-PA was just an exhibition. They beat Mount St Mary’s pretty soundly 121-65 to start the regular season.

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  4. Has anyone heard if they might open the doors at the Yum! a little earlier than 6:00 PM for this one?

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    1. 5:30 for this one. Enjoy.

      Paulie

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    2. Thanks, we plan on it! Go Cards!

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  5. Arica Carter and Jazmine Jones have to step up there scoring efforts.For Carter she has to make her open looks & for Jones she has to be under control and not turn the ball over.
    Both players are good sound Defender.
    Go Card's beat the Irish ������ESPN
    MLW

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    1. Louisville has three solid scorers in Durr, Hines-Allen and Fuehring and the potential is certainly there for both Jazz and Arica.

      The thing I see being as important as starter scoring is bench contribution. Dunham, Shook, Evans and Syd all have defined roles off the bench. The fulfillment of these is so beneficial to the Cards success. Kylee needs to step up her aggressiveness in the paint to a new level. Bionca has to stop with the silly fouls. Dana needs to be an effective point or "two" guard when she's on the court and the FBI needs to step up their efforts in helping Syd find her "three ball". Fulfilling your role. It's the key to the team's success. when blended properly, this is a Final Four team.

      Paulie

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  6. Excited in New Jersey!!I couldn't even concentrate at work today and I am sooooo looking forward to tomorrow night! These girls didn't come this far to loose at home! No how no way! The fight in MHA is unbelievable and she ain't about to loose in front of her fans! I believe she really wants this for not only herself but mostly for her Coach and teammates! T
    All of these ladies have great potential and with everyone playing at there best....I know they will prevail!

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  7. Wow UofL mens basketball wins in Florida st. Ryan McMahon is is clutch on the road.
    PS good coaching from David Padgett earning his stripes.
    Go Cards!!!
    MLW

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  8. The Bird Lady1/11/2018 12:53 AM

    Syd was hitting in practice today. I hope that holds tomorrow night. I thought the team looked dialed in and ready. The way these coaches can breakdown a game is part mad scientist part artist.

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