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Monday, January 21, 2019

Louisville women's basketball shakes Wake 73-49 -- MONDAY CARINAL COUPLE


Using a balanced attack and stifling defense, the University of Louisville women's basketball team won every quarter in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and kept Wake Forest winless in the ACC with a 73-49, 24-point win Sunday afternoon. 

The Cards (17-1, 5-1) went on a 12-0 first quarter run to jump out to a 17-5 lead and never looked back against the Demon Deacons...getting early production from Arica Carter, who knocked down three straight three-pointers in the first quarter and ended up as the Cards leading scorer with 12-points. 19-9 after one, and it looked like the Cards might be on their way to a big blowout of the Jen Hoover coached home team. 

Wake Forest (9-9, 0-5) wasn't willing, though, to go away easily. The Deacs battled the Cards closely in the second session. They narrowly lost the quarter 16-15 and did what a lot of schools wish they could duplicate -- keeping All-American Asia Durr scoreless in the first half and limiting Sam Fuehring to just two first half points. Louisville led 35-25 at the halftime break, thanks to Carter's early start and strong play from Bionca Dunham (10 first half points) and Jaz Jones (six points in the first two quarters). 

Neither team was exactly lighting up the scoreboard and Wake held the edge on rebounds 19-15. The Cards were getting it done on the turnover side...forcing 12 while committing just four in the second quarter... and made the most of them, in getting 12 points off the turnovers. The Cards were maintaining the lead with two of their prolific point-scorers strangely silent but you had to wonder if Asia's time was coming after the break. 

Durr did deliver in the third.

She totaled all of her eight points in the ten minutes following halftime and the Cards pulled out another quarter 18-15 to lead 53-39 as the teams headed to the final ten minutes. With two threes and a nice two-point jumper, Durr also had three assists and two steals. 

The Cards have been guilty of less than perfect fourth quarters at times this season but that wasn't the case in the state of North Carolina yesterday. Louisville got a strong effort off the bench and a 7-0 run late in the quarter helped push the lead to 28 before the Cards finished with the win. The Cards held a 20-10 points advantage in the final session and got threes from Seygan Robins, Lindsey Duvall and Dana Evans. Kylee Shook sank a couple of free throws to reach that 28-point edge with about a minute left and the Cards got 18 of their 20 points from the reserves in the fourth quarter against the tired and a bit disillusioned Demons. 

I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the hustle, effort, toughness and grit of freshman Mykasa "Kasa" Robinson. In 20 minutes yesterday, she added three steals and two rebounds to her seven points. Free throws still need work (maybe they'd let her shoot them while running?) but she is a valuable "off the bench" spark for the Cards. Your car won't start this morning? Call "Kasa" she'll provide the spark and jump needed to get it rolling. Vehicle doors frozen and won't open? Have her run around it a few times, that'll heat it up.

Wake was with out their leading scorer and star Elisa Penna, who is out with a knee injury. Without her, guards Ivana Raca and Gina Conti combined for 20-points to lead WFU. Former Card recruiting target Christina Morra played for Wake and the "Canadian sensation" totaled six points and six rebounds in a reserve role in the paint. 

For Louisville, the scoring was nicely distributed. Carter (12) and Dunham (10) were the double figure scorers. Durr and Jones were good for eight points each and Fuehring, Evans and Robinson added seven each. Shook finished with six points, Robins contributed five and Duvall nailed a three for her only points. Our favorite "Attack Yorkie" Jess Laemmle got three minutes in at the end but never got a shot off. 

Cards win, the Cardinals win 73-49. They are 3-0 against the ACC schools in North Carolina this season and have held their last three ACC opponents to less that 50 points  


Free Throws - Louisville went just 11-18 in the foul stripe efforts yesterday. That just 61% and is undeserving of a letter. 

Rebounds - Ouch. Wake was the lead dog in the sled here, gathering a 45-25 advantage over the visitors. Kylee Shook led the way with five. We cannot award a letter here. 

Effort/Execution - The Cards forced (or were handed) 25 turnovers and committed just six. The Cards pilfered 11 steals to Wake's six. 26-22 points in the paint went Louisville's way and 14-4 on fast break points to the visitors as well. That's hustle and a capital "E".

Defense - Wake shot 40% against the Cards and that's borderline for Louisville defensive efficiency. Despite the huge rebound edge for Wake, the Cards took the second chance battle 9-8. The dominating first and fourth quarters, where Wake totaled a mere 19 points, plus the overall total of under "50" points (49) warrant a capital "D". 



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Stay warm today. Although the roads are fine in Louisville (except for some driveways) the temperatures are still brutal. We recommend hanging around the house and binge-watching something and making a pot of soup or chili.  


It is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so the schools are closed and some of you have the day off. As we reflect on the life and works of Martin Luther King, remember and try to follow the example, please, of these words of King: 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that." 


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday Cardinal Couple - WBB Gameday

Wake Forest in Basketball

We frequently say you can't take a day off in the ACC in many sports, including WBB.  If you were going to take a day off, today might be the one you would pick.  The Demon Deacons are sitting at 0-4 in conference along with Pitt, VA Tech, and Duke.  (I'm still reveling that Clemson is tied for 3rd with us, and Boston College is mid-pack.  Definitely not the norm in ACC, but I'm here for it.)  Overall they're at 9-8.

This isn't a great team, but it is the ACC, so let's hope the team doesn't take my suggestion above to take the day off.

Wake does have a few mediocre wins under their belt, against the likes of Towson, Mercer, Richmond, St. Johns, and Charlotte.  None are a earth shattering wins, but there are some decent mid-majors in that list.  Several of their losses also are reasonable, with out of conference drops against VCU, Xavier, East Carolina, and Indiana.  Again, we're not talking world beater teams, here, but they're not totally embarrassing losses.

The 4 losses in conference so far are against Miami, the aforementioned Boston College, Notre Dame, and UNC.  None of those losses are particularly embarrassing, but add all of this up, and you have to come to the conclusion that this is mostly an also-ran team.

Look for the offense to mostly come from Elisa Penna, Ivana Raca, and Ona Udoh.  Watch out for Udoh in shot blocking, as well, with 30 blocks on the year, which is good enough to get her on the overall NCAA blocked shots stats leaderboard.  (For comparison, Kylee Shook has the highest blocked shots tally for UofL, at 20).

Penna, Raca, and Gina Conti will also look to be jumping passing lanes with 22, 19, and 26 steals respectively.  (Asia Durr has 27, Dana Evans has 30, and Jaz Jones has 24).

The takeaway is that UofL should be able to walk away from this one with a win without too much trouble.  Stay in the game, remember to block out on rebounding (a recent emphasis given rebounding woes of past games), and play the game plan that you've been given.

As a side note, head WBB Demon Deacon coach Jen Hoover played at Wake and was a roommate and on the same squad as Cardinal ACCNE color analyst Sara White. Jen is still the school's leading scorer and rebounder.

This is a 1 p.m. start, and is available on the ACC Network Extra.

Track and Field

It was a good day for Louisville Track and Field Cardinals in South Bend yesterday.  The Cardinal women won outright with 20+ points over 2nd place team finisher, hosting Notre Dame.  On the men's side, the Irish and Cardinals tied for first with 126 points.  Illinois, Central Michigan, and Loyola were also in competition.

The Cards got a number of top finishes, including, and stop me if you've heard this name before, Dorcas Wasike setting a personal best in the mile run.  Gabriela Leon won the pole vault event, setting a school record in the process at 4.31m

Also in Action Today

Women's Tennis has a double-header at the Bass-Rudd today, playing against Bowling Green at 11 a.m., and Miami at 5 p.m..  Their counterparts on the men's team are in Charlottesville playing against Virginia, also with an 11 a.m. start.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour

Daryl Foust now has official walk-up music for the CCRH, which was debuted on yesterday's show.

She selected Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet", a jam that always gets the "This one goes to 11." treatment in my car.

She was also gifted with a bottle of Black Velvet Whiskey (yes, the caramel flavored variety), which makes me think I should maybe change my walk-up music to George Thorogood's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer".

A good time was had, and we did get a chance to talk about some UofL women's sports, mostly basketball.

You can check out the replay, at:


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Upcoming Women's Events -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

While we're still in the semi-lull that is mid-winter, when only women's basketball games get us through the cold, dark days, there are signs of life from the other programs as spring seasons look to get started. While basketball is back in action tomorrow, let's take a look at some of the other upcoming events this weekend.

Track and Field at Notre Dame

Indoor Track and Field got their season started last weekend at the Gene Edmonds Open hosted by Purdue. Louisville came away with wins in 9 events, which is not a bad way to start the year. Today, they'll see some familiar faces as they participate in the Notre Dame Invitational. Notre Dame also competed at Purdue last weekend, meaning quite a few athletes will be seeing if they can get revenge for defeats from last weekend.

Louisville's women won the 2018 event overall, so we shall see if the Cards can repeat last year's successes and improve on last weekend's performances. The event starts at 11 a.m. and results should be available via Notre Dame's site.

Women's Tennis Set to Start Spring Season

Two teams from the state of Ohio will come into town tomorrow during the winter storm, potentially even on the same bus (I jest). Bowling Green and Miami (OH) will head to the Bass Rudd Center to take on the Louisville women's tennis team in the Cards' first matches of the season. The Cards were 13-13 last season and GoCards notes that the record included two 6 match winning streaks. (Nobody point out that if you win 6 matches straight twice in a season you went 13-13, you probably had some significant losing streaks as well.) Louisville will look to improve upon a season that saw them get their first ever win over Notre Dame and their first road win in ACC play since joining the conference. Bowling Green gets the first shot at the Cards at 11 a.m. and Miami will round out the evening at 5 p.m. If you're the type that likes to get out in a snowstorm, head on over and show your support. The matches will be indoors.

First of Three Women's Soccer ID Camps on Monday

Women's soccer has three "Winter Elite ID Camps" scheduled in the next couple of weeks. The first is on Monday, the second (for goalkeepers) is on February 2nd, and the final camp is on February 3rd. These camps are a single day for players from ages 13-18 to come and get the real experience of a college athletics atmosphere and are great for young players to get training from top coaches.

 These types of camps are also particularly useful for college athletics (especially in soccer). Talent in a sport can usually be parsed at a young age, and that can be even more true for soccer than for other sports. Academies all over the world seek to home-grow players from ages under 10. If you've got talent in soccer, it isn't likely to go away, and it isn't nearly as affected by natural growth over time as sports like basketball and football can be. An extremely talented youth football player may be outgrown by all of his peers and be left behind, while a small soccer player is not really a big deal. For that reason, these ID camps are a great chance for the Louisville coaching staff to get an early look at young players in the area.

It is unlikely that scouts will have missed players in their late teens that are from around here, but it is possible, while the Cards will specifically be looking at players to keep an eye on as they grow into the more mature club scene. It is safe to assume many of the players on Louisville's team from the Louisville area took part in at least one of these camps growing up. Louisville may find the next great homegrown talent in the coming month.

Minor Irrelevance

After Jeff Walz's errant shot Thursday night, plenty of jokes have been making the rounds. I would imagine Coach Walz didn't expect some heat from inside his own staff, though. Lamont Russell, video coordinator for the Cards, added this stat sheet to his Instagram story yesterday, poking fun at Coach.

While the joke is great, and well worth the time taken to make the graphic, I will point out that a three point field goal attempt also counts as a general field goal attempt, so he should be 0-1 in both stats. Use that in your rebuttal, Coach!

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour

It's Saturday, so you know that means that we're coming to you live from the magnificent media mansion on Mellwood Avenue with the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour. Join myself, Jeff, Paulie, and Daryl (while Jared makes change and salts the parking lot) as we bring you the joy and excitement of Louisville women's athletics.

Daryl's "walk up" song makes its debut this morning. What do you think it is?

We'll talk the dominating win over Virginia, I'll assuredly be chided for my tough scoring in the CASE Report (though it's all statistics based), and we'll talk a bit about tomorrow's matchup against Wake Forest. Plus, we'll get to all of the other exciting things going on around campus. Tune in to WCHQ at 100.9 FM, the WCHQ App, or watch us on Facebook Live at 11 a.m.

Until next time, Go Cards!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Cards Blow Out Virginia -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Cards Crush Virginia on Thursday Night

The best games are the games where everybody scores.  That's what happened last night as the Louisville women's basketball team overpowered Virginia, 91-43.

Asia Durr scored the first points of the game just six seconds after tip-off and a Lindsey Duvall bucket ended the scoring for the Cards, although the Cavaliers snuck in a basket at the tail end.  Durr led all scorers with 20 points.

Louisville (16-1) showed how good their defense is when things are clicking.  Granted, Virginia isn't a great offensive team, but, still -- holding an opponent to 43 points is impressive.

Props to Virginia (7-11) for fighting down to the final seconds even though this game became out of reach before halftime.  First year coach Tina Thompson has her players playing hard and with heart.  Give her a couple of years and she could have a team that will make an impact in the ACC.

The first quarter was fairly close with the Cards holding a 15-11 edge.  Louisville had a chance to pull ahead by a large margin early but some missed UofL lay-ups helped Virginia stay in it.  The presence down low by Kylee Shook, Bionca Dunham, and Sam Fuehring was the difference.  Despite the final numbers UofL started off 1-6 from three-point range.

Quarter number two swayed heavily in the Cards' favor.

Louisville claimed the quarter 31-9.  The Cards posted 16 points in the paint, tallied 11 points off turnovers, and the offensive rebounds led to 13 second chance points.  Transitions were also strong as they added six fast break points.  Virginia had goose eggs in all of those categories for the quarter.  Louisville's bench (Shook, Dana Evans, and Mykasa Robinson at this point in the game) shot a perfect 5-5 for 11 points to go along with three rebounds, four assists, and two steals.  Arica Carter and Durr combined to go 6-9 from three-point range.

Coming out of halftime Louisville stayed hot as they won the quarter 25-10.  The Cards shot an impressive 11-17 from the floor in the quarter.  They also doubled up Virginia on rebounds 12-6.  Louisville's involvement down low in the post remained a strong spot.  With the lead continuing to grow for the Cards Jeff Walz began subbing some of his reserves in.  Both Seygan Robins and Lindsey Duvall saw a fair amount of minutes in just the third quarter alone.

Walz toyed with different lineups in the final quarter.

Still, Louisville won it 20-13.  Attack Yorkie Jess Laemmle played the entire period without a break.  Duvall, Robins, and Robinson all tallied seven minutes.  The new and rather small lineup of the previously listed four plus Shook gave Virginia an advantage at nearly every position.

 Their 6'9 player Felicia Aiyeotan clogged the lane and forced the Cards to look elsewhere for points.  The Cavaliers also forced several turnovers that lead to easy points.  Duvall nailed a pair of threes, Robins knocked one down, and Laemmle hit two free throws.  Shook scored seven points in the fourth as the offense revolved around her, and she doubled her prior total for the game.

In the post game presser, Asia Durr was asked about the intimidation factor of facing 6'9" on the court. She immediately advised that, as a player, you cannot let anyone intimidate you
on the hardwood, but she did acknowledge some of the difficulties involved in planning an offense and defense around her, especially driving the lane.

F-R-E-D Report

Soccer played simply known as
Plot twist: Before I break down the F-R-E-D Report I ought to let you know we have a perfect score.

Everything went right, other than a missed long ball by Walz, in the victory.

F - free throws: Louisville was 7-7 from the line for a long time before Robinson missed two down the stretch.  Shook hauled in the rebound for an opportunity at some second chance points.  The Cards missed a lay-up but the chance was there.  Still 7-9 is a solid 78% and deserving of a capital "F".

R - rebounds: It appears Louisville focused heavily on this lately.  The Cards won the rebounding battle 42-27.  The 14 offensive rebounds turned into 21 second chance points.  Everyone besides Duvall recorded a rebound in the game, at least two for each player in fact.  This category has seen a lot of blanks this year but today is a capital "R".

E - effort/efficiency:  36-63 from the field for 57% is a good mark.  The 12-24 in threes for a 50% is impressive.  Seven Cards attempted a three and six made one  Durr led the way with four made.  19 assists on 36 made shots is also impressive seeing that many of the 21 second chance points and 13 fast break points didn't have need for an extra pass.  Even the bench players played hard down the stretch to the final buzzer.  Louisville was hungry for a win and they made sure that happened.  Capital "E".

D - defense: Holding an opponent to 43 points is grounds for some type of letter as is.  Virginia was held to 19-60 (31.7%) and shot 4-21 (19%) from deep.  The Cavaliers are not a strong offensive team, but Louisville pressed hard and did not give up easy shots.  During the second quarter, the Cavaliers were held to single-digits.  The Cards forced 20 turnovers.  It's easy to award a capital "D".

Bingo! We have a winner! F-R-E-D! is the final tally!


Last night was also Jeff Walz bobble-head night.  The first 1000 fans received a bobble-head, which led to a high amount of UofL fans arriving early.  Sadly, that meant 6834 fans were left empty-handed.  Perhaps we will see more get released at some point, or after the missed three by Walz -- fans might be returning them.  You can catch the reference in the postgame press conference.

Walz brought his A-game to the presser.  Of course, a blowout victory makes it easier, but he was all smiles and laughs from the moment he sat down.  At the 2:49 mark in the video you can see Walz's face give the "Dammit, Paulie, I knew you were going to ask that" expression.  His response was classic. Click the pic to hear the Walz comments !

Asia and Dana were the players that joined us in the media room and it seems Walz rubbed off on them as they were cracking jokes ranging from Walz missed shots to freebie bobble-heads. compliance rules. Their comments are available by clicking their picture.Cardinal staffer favorite from a few years back, Jimmy Yu, is now the assistant operation director for the Cavaliers WBB squad and made the trip form Charlottesville with the squad. It was good to see him again in the YUM! and he and Paulie had a nice chat at halftime. 

****You can catch the Cards, who are now 16-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play at Wake Forest on Sunday at 1:00. They'll be on the ACCNE. The Demon Deacons are 9-8 on the season and are in search of their first ACC victory after starting 0-4. ****



You know you want to.

Jared caught this picture (but failed to catch Jeff Walz attempting a shot in the fourth quarter).

Sound off in the comments section on your caption for this one. Curtis Franklin captured the last "caption crown" and is probably wearing it proudly over in the mean streets of New Albany.

Happy Friday and Go Cards!

- Jared -


"Are you not entertained?" 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Louisville women's basketball vs. Virginia tonight -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


The University of Louisville women's basketball squad plays the Virginia Cavaliers tonight at 7 p.m. in the KFC YUM! Center.

A Cavalier squad that is 7-10 overall, 1-3 in ACC play  under first year coach Tina Thompson. You might remember Tina if you follow the WNBA. 

Tina was the first pick in the inaugural WNBA draft back in 1997. She ended up with the (now defunct) Houston Comets and won four straight WNBA titles alongside Sheryl Swoopes and Cynthia Cooper. After a career that included stops at the Los Angeles Sparks and Seattle Storm...she retired after the 2012 season after 17 years in the league.

Tina was the all-time leading scorer in the WNBA until Diana Taurasi passed her in 2017. 

After a stint as an assistant at Texas, she became the Cavs head coach for the 2018-19 season, replacing JoAnne Boyle. Her college alma mater is USC, where she played with Lisa Leslie.

So, what kind of team does she bring tonight to the YUM? 

It's a tale of two teams. A team that knocked off Virginia Tech by four two games back in the Battle of the Commonwealth. After being down 19 points in the third quarter. It's also a team that was drubbed by Michigan St. by 25 points, Mississippi St. by 28 points, NC State by 28 and Central Michigan by 13.

Beside CMU, the Cavs and Cards have Kentucky as a common opponent. UVA fell to the Cats by 12 in Lexington. 

The Wahoos looked like they might be turning the corner on the season with the win over Virginia Rech, but three days later they got hammered by NC State. In Charlottesville. 

A couple of starters of note for the Cavs are Jocelyn Willoughby, who leads them in scoring with 12.8 points per game and is the leading rebounder at 7.8 a night. Dominique Toussaint has also started all 17 games and is good for 11.3 a night. Mone Jones has 7.5 points while performing in all 17 "Wahoo" games and Brianna Tinsley tickles the nets for 9.1 a night. Willoughby is a definite three-point threat, her 35-69 accuracy (.507) is one of the best percentages in DI WBB. 

Then, there's Felicia. 

At 6'9", she's the tallest women's basketball player you'll see in the Downtown Arena this season. Back from some recent knee issues, she's a defensive stopper but not much on the offensive end. In six games, she's averaging about 20 minutes a game and five points a night. She does have 17 blocks on the season, though and averages 7.2 rebounds a night. 

Against the Cards last year, she had eight points, seven grabs and a block in Charlottesville in a Cavs 77-41 loss and two points and three rebounds in a UVA 51-39 defeat at the YUM! Center.


-- Tonight's official are Luis Gonzales (the bald guy), Jeffrey Smith and one of the Enterline brothers -- Bob. They are a pretty good crew, all things considered. 

-- It is "Bobblehead Night" and the first 1000 who claim them get Jeff Walz. It's not a bad replica of Coach, although he commented that he could put four of them in his house and ward off any bug problems. Be sure to catch the Walz presser from yesterday at the bottom of today's column. 

-- ACCNE has the viewing, with Don Russel and Sara White, plus Cortnee Walton on the sidelines and the Cardinals illustrious radio crew in Nick Curran and Adrienne Johnson on Cards Radio 790 WKRD AM. Thirsty Thursday is also in force, so $3 beverages will be available.. 

-- The Cards are 7-2 lifetime vs. UVA and 4-0 at home. 

How do I see it? The Cavs like a lower scoring type of contest, they allow just 64 points a night while tallying 59. They did give up 91 to Mich. State, though and Mississippi State, Kentucky and Central Michigan got it into the 70's against them in wins. I expect the Cards to try and run, run, run against UVA and they have been working hard on rebounding and eliminating silly fouls. Let's go with a Louisville 82-61 win. Let's hope Tina doesn't decide to suit up and play...


Coach has been holding a Wednesday presser over the last several weeks and did so yesterday. Not much in the way of UVA analysis but it was one of the more entertaining and fun pressers I can remember with Walz. Will he wear a matching outfit that the bobble-head is dressed in? Coach wouldn't spill the beans on that one. 

Listen and watch for yourself below. Thanks to Daryl Foust, frequent CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR guest and girl of many occupations and diversions,  for the video and audio feed! 



Regular reader Sandy Walker found this article about the probable top two picks in the upcoming WNBA draft. It's an interesting read and it is linked up below: 

LINK: Asia and Arike

See you at the YUM! tonight! 


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What's Happening Outside of Women's Basketball -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Around the Campus

With the focus being centered on Louisville women's basketball and how they are doing in the midst of their season we have neglected to give other sports the attention they deserve.  We do still cover all women's sports at UofL, don't worry.  We'll take a step away from the realm of women's basketball for one day before diving right back into it tomorrow.

(EDITOR'S NOTE - He couldn't do it. Knew it. See bottom of today's column for WBB news.) 

Track and Field

The guy the meet is named after.
The men and women combined for nine victories in their indoor season opener for 2019 at the Gene Edmonds Invitational in West Lafayette.  Three of the wins came in track events while the other six wins were in the field.

Sophomore Makenli Forrest claimed the weight throw with a throw of 21.50m/70-6.50.

Senior Morgan Zacharias took the pole vault crown with a personal best of 4.15m/13-7.25.

Junior-transfer Rashida Harris made her first appearance a a Cardinal.  She won the shot put with a throw of 15.15m/49-8.50.

Junior Renate van Tonder made her first appearance repping the Red and Black.  Although her previous college experience is not listed, the South African native won the long jump with a jump of 6.11m/20-0.50.  Alexis Gibbons and Gabriela Leon took second and third as Louisville swept the long jump.

Sophomore Brooke Raglin won the 60m with a time of 6.59.

Senior Aurilla Wilson ran a personal best on the 3000m with a time of 10:00.26.  The time was fast enough to take gold.

They travel to South Bend over the holiday weekend.

Women's Tennis

Coach Beckham has experience returning. 
The women's tennis team kicks off their 2019 season this coming weekend at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.  Based off the forecast for the next few days it's safe to assume all matches will be held indoors.  However, I think it would be cool to watch them play in the snow.

The Cards will face Bowling Green Sunday morning at 11:00 before turning around to face Miami (Ohio) at 5:00.  It's a stretch of five straight matches held at home over the next two weekends.

Five of the eight players on Mark Beckham's roster are junior status or higher so he has a good amount of experience this year.

Swimming and Diving

This was mentioned briefly recently, but the men's and women's swimming and diving teams took down Missouri in a rare one vs. one meet.  The women won 163-137.  The men won 178-122.  When it comes to meets such as this they typically have a total score of 300 so often times we know the victor before the final events ever take place.

Sophie Cattermole won the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:03.45, eight seconds faster than the runner-up.

To no surprise, Mallory Comerford found herself taking gold in a freestyle event.  She won the 200 free with a time of 1:47.48.  Arina Openysheva took third with a time of 1:50.32.

Alina (not to be confused with Arina) Kendzior won the 100 backstroke in a nail-biter, finishing with a time of 55.01.  Maria Sumida took third with a time of 56.59.

Mariia Astashkina took the crown in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.88.  Kaylee Wheeler came in third with a time of 1:03.80.

All of the previously named swimmers also went on to later take first in their respective strokes in the longer distances.

Grace Oglesby also recorded a win and a couple second place finishes, one of them being a medley relay.

On the diving side Molly Fears led the charge.  She won the platform with a score of 268.88 and was the top Card in the one meter with a score of 258.83.

They're home Friday, Jan 25 against Northwestern for Senior Day before heading to Kentucky and Indiana later in the month.  The Louisville Invitational is set for mid-February.


Scott Teeter is less than a month out from beginning his second season as head coach.  Louisville will open up the 2019 season on the road with three games (Northwestern, Marquette, Denver) before they make their first visit home (vs. Mercer) on February 24th.

The Cards will have eight home games and play nine on the road.  Sadly, it appears there are quite a few midweek midday games and most of their weekend games run into conflicts with other sports including women's basketball.  We will do our best to have a representative out at as many home games as possible.


Holly Aprile's squad began practices recently, including outdoor practices in some freezing temperatures.  Let's hope that we see (MUCH) warmer weather before they play a game at Ulmer.  For now, they gear up for trips to warmer places such as California, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

They open up home play the first day of March and have 22 home games this year.  We'll see a lot of the Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule like in years past.  However, the Florida State series in town this year will begin on Saturday and conclude on Monday night.  It is following suit from past years.  I attended the first two games of the series in Tallahassee last year with Katy.  The previous year was held in Ulmer with that schedule.

Kentucky is on the home schedule this year and will probably be the only ticketed game of the regular season.  I made the trip to Lexington last year to witness a slaughter in 40 degree weather so let's hope for revenge this year.

The Cards do not face Pittsburgh this year so we will not get to see Coach Aprile take on her former team until at least 2020.

I did talk to a few people recently to find out that there is not a big kickoff banquet this year, although there is a small luncheon gathering for players, families, and a handful of fans.


Louisville commit Shannon Shields was recently named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Arizona.  The 5'10 setter has a strong year with 974 assists, 401 digs, 143 kills, and 49 service aces.  Shields led her team to a 33-win season and a 6A championship.  Shields is a candidate for the starting setter role with Wilma Rivera having graduated.

Head coach Dani Busboom-Kelly was spotted at the latest UofL WBB home game by a couple of our eagle-eyed writers. Maybe eyeing the facility for a return to action there for a future meet or so?

Recently transferred to the Cards from TCU, Tori Dilfer is another that will try and fill the gap created by the graduation and departure of Molly Sauer, Wilma Rivera, Jasmine Bennett and Amanda Green.

Tori is a setter as well, so there will most likely be a bit of competition for the spot, along with returning sophomore Anaya Martin

Back to Basketball

OK, you knew I couldn't resist adding just a little WBB hoops in today's write.

Felicia Aiyotan is 6'9" and will be here
Thursday with Virginia. 
Tomorrow we will bring you back to your regularly scheduled program of women's basketball.  The #4 Cards host a 7-10 Virginia team. Including Thursday's game, there are seven home games remaining in the regular season.  Of course, we may see a couple more home games in the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament, pending no bizarre incidents between now and then.

Jeff Walz is holding what is becoming a regular Wednesday presser today at the Planet Fitness Kueber Center media room. No, this isn't a new venue -- it's the old Little YUM! on Floyd Street with a new name. 12:45 is the tee time and we expect Coach will slice into upcoming Virginia and Wake Forest plus putt out on the win over Georgia Tech. Paulie will cover it and have it here for you in tomorrow's Cardinal Couple article.

The Caption Contest

(Paulie sends this following message to the Cardinal Couple news room) 

The Cardinal Couple Caption Committee has decided that Curtis Franklin's caption about the two-headed, three armed Georgia Tech defender is the winner.

After meeting for several hours and discussing the picture, amidst many objections, delays, filibusters and one messy incident involving sliced prosciutto, a sailor on shore leave and a edgy squirrel, the decision was released late last night scrawled on the back of the game score-sheet from the Georgia Tech game...which featured a picture of Attack Yorkie Jessica Laemmle. Three staff chimps brought the decision to Paulie, who yawned, looked at it, nodded sagely and went back to sleep.

Great. Now we have to deal with that inflated Curtis ego for a few days. Hey, who wants to go hear some surf music?


Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!

- Jared -

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Louisville WBB #4 in AP poll -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


As most expected and surmised, the University of Louisville women's basketball squad slid from #2 to #4 in the latest AP poll, released yesterday. The Cards went 1-1 in the past week, but the pollsters dropped Louisville two spots, because of the loss to Notre Dame at Notre Dame on Thursday. Louisville received 652 points. Notre Dame retained the #1 ranking (23 first place votes and 736 points) and UConn climbed back into a tie for second place with one first place vote and 706 points. 

The Baylor Bears are tied with UConn in second with (6) first place votes and 706 points also. After Louisville, Oregon fills out the top five with 621 points. 

The top 12 remains the same as last week, just a little shuffling of the deck occurred at the top. Stanford retained sixth spot and Mississippi State checked in at seventh again. Keeping their spots also from last week were #8 NC State, #9 Maryland, #10 Oregon State, #11 Texas and #12 Syracuse. There was only one newcomer in the top 25, that being Rutgers -- tied for #20 with Tennessee. Florida State dropped out of the top 25 but is the leader in others receiving votes with 54. Indiana stays at #25 with 56 votes. 

Some interesting developments in the week that ended January 13th.  Kentucky fell to Ole Miss but remained at #16 in the AP poll. Clemson downed Florida State and knocked them out of the top 25. Tennessee has lost three games in a row now but retains a tie for #20. No climbing for NC State, despite them being the lone undefeated team in DI WBB.

Clemson actually got (3) votes in the "others receiving votes" category. How long has it been since we've seen their name mentioned there? 

By conference, the Big 12 has five teams in the top 25. Four conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 10 and the Pac 12 have four schools representing. the Big East checks in with two, the AAC and WAC have one team on the list.  

The Cards have faced three of the top 25 so far (Notre Dame, Kentucky and Arizona State). They have three to face, based on the current rankings , in Connecticut, Syracuse and NC State.  

According to ESPN's Charlie Creme's "Bracketology" , the Cards are getting placed as the #1 seed in the Greensboro region of the NCAA Tournament. Plenty of river to row, though, before we get there. 

Coming up? The Cards host Virginia in two days and travel to Wake Forest this week on Sunday. 


Here's five fast facts for you.

--  The top nine in the RPI rankings stayed the same? Louisville has a #6 RPI. The top five are Notre Dame (16-1), Stanford (14-1), Baylor (13-1), Syracuse (14-1) and Oregon (15-1). 
UConn checks in at #7. 

-- Louisville WBB has a +18.5 scoring margin over their opponents this season? The Cards largest win (55 points) came against Tennessee State and closest victory was over #19 Arizona State ( two points). 

-- Louisville is #10 in the nation in scoring offense with an average of 81.4 points per game. Louisville has scored 1303 points this season and allowed just 1009. 

--UofL is actually shooting threes better on the road? They connect for 40.9% away from the KFC YUM! Center and 32.1% in the downtown arena. 

-- The Cards are averaging 8791 per home game? Last year UofL averaged 7836 at home.


Caption Me !! 
Our illustrious photographer here at CARDINAL COUPLE is Jared Anderson. We share him with River City Cards and after each home game, he sends me a multitude of pictures to peruse for articles. Monday morning was no different. Here's one from the Georgia Tech game. Feel free to apply a caption to it. 

No prize or award (I'm trying to conserve the contents of the prize drawer for later on this season...after all, we still have ACC and NCAA Tournaments contests to take part in and the total UofL ACC WBB record is in progress). 

Every picture tells a story. I think Rod Stewart wrote a song about that. Tell us your story about the picture in this segment. 

Have a terrific Tuesday.  Today is the late Ronnie Van Zant's birthday. We recommend you crank up a little "Free Bird" or the Lynyrd Skynyrd song of your choice in remembrance of one of the greatest rock and roll singers of all time. Gone too soon, a victim of a plane crash on October 20, 1977.  Good lord, has it really been 41 years? I suddenly feel very old.

We got some Skynyrd linked up for you below.

A Paulie favorite here, indeed, that goes back to the days of singing with Robbie Bartlett's band at UofL Football tailgate parties over at the Parrish House. Show me that back door...



Monday, January 14, 2019

Cards take sting out of Yellow Jackets 61-44 -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


They say the best way to avoid being stung is to avoid the source. Georgia Tech didn't bother the Cards offensively, never let Georgia Tech get close to them, thanks to a strong Cardinal defense, and UofL goes to 15-1 on the season with the 61-44 win Sunday afternoon in the KFC YUM! Center. 

Tech managed just 26.2% shooting (17-65) on a cold and cloudy day by the Ohio River and couldn't pester Louisville from the the free throw line either with just nine attempts and six makes. The Cards drove the swarm away early, with an opening 15-2 salvo in the first
4 -1/2 minutes and was never seriously bother the entire game by the 12-5 Jackets. 

That early UofL run featured Asia Durr, who led all scorers with 21 points, 10 of those in the first session of the afternoon, and "#Nite-nite" went 8-16 from the floor -- including three threes in her body of work in the Cards fourth ACC contest of the season. 

Showing her strength and skills, as well for Louisville, was Sam Fuehring. Her 13 points and 14 rebounds gave her a double-double for the afternoon. The feat was the sixth  of her career and first of the season. On an afternoon where Louisville lost the rebounding battle for the second straight time 46-32...almost the same numbers we saw in the Notre Dame game  (48-32), Sam and her sleeveless arm had the most time on the quarter for the Cards (37:20) and 44% of the Cards grabs. 

The girls Duv and Kasa
Arica Carter with another steady performance, 10 points that included two threes and 50% shooting. She also, maybe for the first time in her career, led Louisville in blocks with two.  A strong 14 minutes off the bench for Kylee Shook yesterday as well, getting six of her eight points in the fourth quarter to keep a Georgia Tech team,that had trimmed the lead to 11, at bay. 

The Cards took that 24-14 first quarter lead and turned it into a 36-23 halftime advantage. Jazmine Jones and Dana Evans took their turns at dismantling the Rambling Wreck with five points each in a 12-point quarter for Louisville...the Cards getting eight of those off turnovers. 

Georgia Tech would pare that Cardinal lead down to 44-33 at the end of the third quarter. Freshmen point guard Lotta-Maj Lahtinen (from Helsinki, Finlandsparking Buzz's Ballers with four of her eight points in the ten-minute segment. 

Kylee Shook took over the offense for Louisville early in the fourth quarter, though and made the Cards first two baskets to create a 48-33 advantage that had Cardinal fans breathing a bit easier and Louisville actually won a fourth quarter for once, outscoring the Atlanta school 17-11. 

"Gimme that s--t" 
105-point games aren't exactly as exciting as they get. But, a win is a win and Louisville's defense was a thing of beauty. Coach Walz will tell you he wants his team to get up shots but it was the Techsters who held the 65-53 shot attempt edge. Fortunately, the Cards led in "makes" (23-17) and that's the stat that makes the biggest difference. 

The Ramblin' Wreck never could get started against UofL WBB yesterday. Call AAA. 


The late, great Fred Wiche would have
approved of this elimination of a
F- Free Throws. Louisville didn't take many (10) but converted eight of those. Just three players had the privilege of toeing the line (Fuehring 4-4, Shook  2-2 and Durr 2-4). We universally accept 80% as capital letter material here at Cardinal Couple...we bestow the capital "F" for the job done.  

R - Rebounding. Besides Sam, the Cards sent in a few absentee ballots on the boards Sunday afternoon. Jaz had the misfortune of being in the wrong place all night with zero grabs in 21 minutes. The offensive grabs were particularly embarrassing for UofL, Tech taking that stat 21-4. No letter awarded

E - Effort/Execution. Points off turnovers was a bright spot, 23-24 in favor of the Ville. Fast break points solidly in the Cardinal camp at 10-0. Nineteen assists on 23 made hoops shows a bit of team unity and effectiveness as well. Unfortunately, the hustle involved in getting second chance points wasn't present...GT taking that category 15-2. I'll offer the lower case "e" here. IT was a win, UofL didn't stink the place up and the hustle was there

D- Defense. The Cards came out hawkish, hungry and harassed the Tech squad into 21 turnovers. Credit the Cards for six steals, too. Holding an opponent to 26.2% shooting can mean two excellent defensive presence or an opponent that isn't very good at shooting. Besides three-time freshman of the week Elizabeth Balogun's 13 points,t here weren't many offensive threats in yellow and white uniforms. Hand out the capital "D". 



On a day where there was one surprising result in ACC play (Clemson taking down #22 Florida State 57-45) the Cards did what was expected and what they needed to do with the win over Georgia Tech. You need to pile up the wins in the ACC when you're expected to, even if they aren't exactly masterpieces, and the Cards added another one to their resume. 

Virginia comes in Thursday night, sufficiently humbled by still-undefeated NC State 66-38 yesterday. The Cards feature the Jeff Walz bobble-head as a promo, so get there early to grab yours...even though we got several reports that fans were getting "bobble-heads" yesterday afternoon.

On "spirit" and Speed School Day, yesterday....Louisville exhibited plenty of "get up and go" early on Sunday afternoon and constructed a needed and earned win over "a hell of an engineer" school. 

"I've got spirit, how about you, Tom?" 
The defense rests. They deserve that rest, after a strong performance on National Rubber Ducky Day...the Cards put the squeeze on Georgia Tech. 

Links for Walz's, Asia's and Sam's post game presser below. 



(Photos by Jared Anderson, except for Fred. Check out his other photography work at  or )