55- POINT WIN LARGEST OF THE SEASON FOR CARDS
Fans who made it to the KFC YUM! Center yesterday afternoon (7762 of them) plus those watching on the ACCNE or listening on radio had to feel good and encouraged by Louisville women's basketball's 107-52 win yesterday over Tennessee State. There was a lot to enjoy.
A 18-0 run in the third quarter that opened this one wide open. 107 points, the highest scoring total of the season for the Cards. A 58-21 second half advantage. All 11 Cardinals scoring and seeing at least 10 minutes of on-floor action. Forcing 29 turnovers and getting 19 steals.
Of course, the opponent was the now 0-9 Tigers from Nashville. At least, they never trailed the entire contest...jumping out to a 2-0 lead and being the better squad for 37 seconds. Walz tried every conceivable combination on the court with his players...and, despite a momentary loss of dominance -- where TSU actually climbed back within four, using a 8-0 run before halftime at 29-25 at the 6:45 mark...the Cards were clicking on all cylinders and gave Walz and his staff a lot of game video to go over to see how certain people worked with others when they were on the floor at the same time.
The Final Four squad from last year had two 50+ wins in 39 games last year. A 115-51 victory over Murray State (Nov 24th.) and 80-26 triumph over Middle Tennessee (Dec 9). Yesterday's win eclipsed the average margin over victory so far this season (17.8 points) by 38. The 2018-19 Cards have been finding the hoop lately also. They've scored 373 points in the last four games. That's a clip of 93.25 a night.
Back to the game. After the 0-2 start , the Cards responded with an 11-4 run after Bionca Dunham connected in the paint. The 11-6 lead ballooned to 20-10 after Dunham scored again from inside. The largest lead of the first quarter came at 26-14 and 1:24 on the clock...Kylee Shook getting paint points. Paint points came easily for Louisville yesterday...they ended up with 46 of them and allowed just 26.
26-17 Cards after one quarter.
The Cards started the second quarter with Sam Fuehring, Lindsey Duvall, Bionca Dunham, Jazmine Jones and Asia Durr on the floor. That combination surrendered eight straight points, though, after a Duvall three started the second quarter scoring. 29-25 and Walz re-shuffled the Cards. With Dana Evans and Arica Carter coming in to replace Duvall and Dunham, Louisville went on a 16-2 run over the next five minutes and held a 45-27 lead. The home squad went into the half with a 49-31 advantage. Durr led all scorers with 11 points and Dunham had contributed 10. Louisville had survived and easily retaliated against the TSU run and...the best was yet to come.
The visiting Tigers would probably prefer to forget the third quarter from yesterday's contest.
Louisville came out of the break energized and went on a 18-0 run to grab a 65-31 edge in just a little over three minutes. Carter and Jones had the first ten points in the run and the Cards ended the third with a 37-13 advantage over the Ohio Valley Conference and a 86-44 lead. UofL ended the 10-minute session with an exclamation point when Duvall drained a three as the buzzer went off.
Louisville kept building the lead in the fourth no matter who Walz had on the floor. Jess Laemmle, Seygan Robins and Duvall were on the court to start, along with Evans and Shook. Louisville reached the 100 - point mark when Robins drained a free throw with 4:16 to play and Laemmle brought the crowd to the feet when she drained a three with 2:45 to go. Louisville largest lead (56) came after two Mykasa Robinson free throws and 46 seconds on the clock.
|Jess for...THREE !!!|
Two stats that stand out before we move to the FRED report. The Cards held a 27-2 points-on-fast-breaks advantage and Kylee Shook set a school record with eight blocks. In 20 minutes. She was a busy tudent-athlete, with the 14 rebounds and eight points.
Link for post-game presser with Walz, Evans and Shook below:
LINK: POST GAME PRESSER FOR CARDS V. TENN. STATE 12/2/18
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Cards WBB and Fred "Mr" Rogers
REBOUNDING -- It was a 45-34 board margin in favor of the Cards and Shook was the princess of the paint with her 14. She and Dunham combined for 21 grabs and guard Robinson had seven as well. WE'LL GIVE OUT THE CAPITAL "R" FOR THE GRABBING EDGE.
EFFORT/EXECUTION -- 107 points. 48.6% shooting and just 12 turnovers. 22 assists. LET'S KEEP THE CAPITAL'S ROLLING A CAPITAL "E" IS THE CALL HERE.
DEFENSE -- With 19 steals, 29 forced turnovers and 34.9% shooting by the Tigers...it's our first "all capital" effort of the season -- A CAPITAL "D" HERE.
FRED TOTALS: F-R-E-D
One would expect a huge effort and high win margin over a 0-7 opponent and it's what was delivered yesterday. Plenty of playing time for all and a solid, business-like approach provided in a game that was Sunday afternoon fun.
The Cards entertain UT-Martin tomorrow night and Worldwide "Jeff" McAdams will get you ready for that one -- plus some Volleyball season thoughts tomorrow in the Tuesday CARDINAL COUPLE edition.
( Great photos today from our guy behind the lenses -- Jared Anderson)
RUN DORCAS RUN!
Louisville women's track and cross country shining star DORCAS WASIKE broke the Louisville record for 5000 meters yesterday in the BU Invitational Season Opener with a time of 15:25:35 for the distance.
This time could have been even better. She fell at the 4000 meter mark but recovered and sprinted to the wire to finish sixth in a highly competitive field.
CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR
i apologize for not covering our Saturday broadcast yesterday, but, with so much going
|OUR TWO FAVORITE GALS (BESIDE SONYA) ON PRESS ROW|
The show featured Daryl Foust and Paige Sherrard in studio with Case and I and we caught up with Worldwide in Champaign via cell phone. A rollicking, fast-paced and fun show...which is what you can expect when we are graced with the dynamic duo of those two joining us for the broadcast and the Facebook Live Saturday sojurn.
Special thanks to the "Monk" for coming in and dusting off her skills and running the board. This broadcast goes into one of the "best of" Cardinal Couple broadcasts category and we proudly provide the link below for the replay so you can also join in the merriment if you missed the live feed Saturday. Hot dogs for everyone!
Listen to us weekly on 100.9 WCHQ FM or catch the weekly Facebook Live Saturday's at 11 a.m. from the magnificent, majestic Media mansion on Mellwood.
LINK: THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR 12/1/18
CAPTION THIS PICTURE
Here's the "Caption This Picture" offering from the photo efforts of Jared Anderson for the Tenn. State game.
Jared has a knack for capturing the most interesting pictures that make us all wonder what the thought process consists of from the guys who rolls quarters and has discussions with the branches' ITM.
He offered several today and it was hard to come up with just one for the captioning today...but, I decided on this one.
Leave your caption comments in the comments section below, e-mail them to me at email@example.com, text them to me or just go running madly into the streets clutching the picture and screaming incoherently.