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Thursday, November 1, 2018

WBB Media Day -- FH ACC Tournament -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

UofL Hosts Women's Basketball Media Day

In just a few short days the women's basketball team will begin their 2018-19 season.  They head to Bowling Green to face Western Kentucky to open the year on Tuesday.  Before that, we must have our annual media day. An event that traditionally start with Coach Walz making a "state of the Cards" presentation and then opening the floor to the assembled media.

After that, it's to the floor where breakout interviews with the individual players are available on the Denny Crum court floor. In past years this event has taken place at the S.A.C. building and on the Cardinal Arena court and also in the "Little Yum" practice facility on Floyd St.

Paulie will head downtown to 2nd and Main to cover the event for Cardinal Couple.  His much-anticipated interviews with co-host Arica Carter are sure to steal the show again.


Their will be interviews with the coaches and players as well as a chance to observe just a little bit of practice.  This is one of the rare times pictures and videos are allowed at a WBB gathering like this and having it downtown at the KFC YUM! Center this year, instead of on campus, makes it more of a gala-type and important event. Team pictures will be taken as well today, so we'll see what Paulie might have for us.  Tune in tomorrow to read and hear all about it!

Field Hockey Prepares for the ACC Tournament

Postseason play has started for a second fall sport.  The field hockey team hopes to build off of last year's postseason success as they face Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Game time is 4 p.m. on UNC's field. #3 seed vs. #6 seed. The RSN Network has the feed.

These 3-seeded Cards finished 3-3 in conference play after defeating Boston College, Syracuse, and Virginia.  This is the second straight year the Cards claimed the 3-seed after going 4-2 last year.

Earlier in the season Louisville fell at Wake Forest 4-2.  The loss was one of two on the year that the Cards fell by more than one goal (lost to UNC 3-1).  Louisville went into the half tied 1-1 with the Demon Deacons before being outscored 3-1 in the second half.  Wake Forest scored three goals in the span of 11 minutes.

Louisville is 2-4 in the ACC Tournament all-time with both wins coming in last year's run at Trager
Stadium.  They ended up falling in the final to North Carolina.  Every game Louisville has played in the ACC Tournament has resulted in a one goal differential whether they won or loss.

This game is a revenge game but is also trying to strengthen their argument to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament.  At this point, with their 13-5 record, No. 12 coaches poll ranking, and No. 17 rpi ranking should be enough to get them in the 18-team tournament, but a victory over No. 20 Wake Forest should seal the deal.  Let's hope this UofL-Wake Forest match-up is a bit better than what we witnessed by the football team last week.

Four Cards Earn All-ACC Honors

Besides gearing up for the ACC Tournament UofL field hockey also had some good news as four players were announced to All-ACC teams.

Ayeisha McFerran and Mercedes Pastor were named to the All-ACC First Team.  This is third straight year earning conference honors for the senior goalkeeper.  Her 1.14 goals against average was second in the ACC and ninth in the country.  She has over 50 career victories and ranks high in wins, shutouts, and goals against average in Louisville history.

Pastor scored four goals and added two assists in a season where she started every game.  Besides her stat sheet accolades Pastor was the player the rest of the team looked to when needing someone to bring the ball up field or just for ball control purposes.  She should move into a bigger role next year as a junior.

Taylor Stone and Bethany Russ were named to the All-ACC Second Team.  Taylor, a senior midfielder also made the second team last year.  She's third on the team with four goals.  The co-captain played a crucial role on defense, helping the Cards record five shutouts and nine one-goal games.

Russ leads the team with 11 goals and a total of 24 points.  Six of those 11 goals were game-winners, ranking second in the conference.  Her scoring picked up in the second half of the season, providing an offensive spark when the Cards needed it most.

UNC swept the individual honors this year.


Donation Month


November is more than a month for Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving- it's the big month for Cardinal Couple.  Donation month is the one month of the year where we actively seek donations (although they are welcome year round!) to help us do what we do best- bring you everything in the realm of UofL women's sports.

The donations go toward keeping the website running, radio station costs, and travel and food for road trips for games.  Remember, all four of us are doing this for free just because of our love for what we do.Licensing, fees,...so many things to pay each year, but we do it in the aspect of bringing the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports.

As we progress through the month you will hear from all four of us about Donation Month, what it means to us, and some personal experiences and stories during our time here at Cardinal Couple.

Whether you have a dollar or a thousand dollars, or if the lottery winner is an active CC reader, we will gladly accept any donation you are willing to give.



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Happy Thursday and Go Cards!

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2 comments:

  1. And, our A-Tayy has been killing it in Aussie land. Check out the link below

    https://thewest.com.au/sport/basketball/perth-lynx-star-asia-taylor-earns-wnbl-player-of-the-week-award-ng-b881006719z

    Paulie

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  2. Good stuff today again, Mr. Anderson! I'll be sending a check and believe in what you do here. Quite willing to help support the fun, news and entertainment I receive from this site. Go CARDS!

    Curtis "Count Me In!" Franklin

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