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Friday, January 4, 2019

WBB Holds on Against UNC -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Cards Survive Scary Sloppy Second Half to Win


In a tale of two halves, the Louisville women's basketball team defeated visiting North Carolina, 73-66.  The reigning ACC champs start conference play with a victory.

Louisville started the game fast-paced and raced out to an early lead, scoring the first five points of the game.  They outscored the Tar Heels 21-11 in the first quarter, shooting 44% from the field.  More importantly, the defense halted North Carolina's advances, limiting the scoring to just two players and forced UNC to shoot 25%.

Things continued going in the right direction in the second quarter as the Cards pushed the lead to 40-23 at the half.  Louisville's largest lead of 19 points came late in the second half following a Jaz Jones jumper.  Louisville shot nearly 47% from the field during the period while holding the Tar Heels to 21% and silenced them from deep- 0-for-6.

It appeared the Cards got too comfortable with the lead as UNC went on a 22-13 run in the third quarter after Louisville had pushed the lead back to 19.  The shots were still falling for the Cards, but the turnovers became more frequent and the defense stayed in the locker room.  North Carolina won the quarter 24-17 and pulled within 10 at 57-47.  Paris Kea started to find her rhythm and seemingly could not miss.

The fourth quarter turned sour early on.  North Carolina pulled things within one score on four separate occasions up to about a minute left in the game.  Panic struck the Cards and the Tar Heels capitalized on it, putting the pressure on late in the game.  Louisville settled down as they found their way to the line on four different possessions in the final 43 seconds.  The experience of the three seniors and veterans Kylee Shook, Dana Evans and Jazmine Jones helped Louisville grind out the game in the final minutes.

Jaz tied her career-high of 17 points that featured a pair of highlight reel alley-oops.  Jones also pulled in eight rebounds and had three steals in 31:41 while limiting herself to two turnovers and three fouls.  I can only give her credit for one turnover seeing that her second travel was called on a rebound before she even had full possession.


Kylee Shook had a big game for the Cards and recorded a double-double.  She was one of three players with 10 points and her 11 rebounds were a team best.  She added a steal and a block with two turnovers and four fouls.

Dana Evans got the start over Arica Carter (Walz discussed that in post game, stating that AC missed her flight back to Louisville and was late to the team regroup after having six days off) and made the most of it.  She posted 10 points, three boards, two assists, and one steal to go with four turnovers and a foul in 29:49 played.  Evans was all over the floor and disrupted the North Carolina offense during the second half.  Her quickness caused frustration for the UNC post players for much of the half.

In the final two minutes, it was A.C. who had six of the Cards final ten points, on a three and three free throws.

Contemplating taking the shot
Louisville looked great in certain aspects of the game such as free throws and rebounds, which I will cover in the F-R-E-D report.  Their first half defense was strong and the way they handled things down the stretch to hang onto win was a plus.  Louisville's 34 points in the paint against the size and strength of the UNC post players was a major win.

The lackluster second half was not good.  The offense was poor and the defense was nearly non-existent.  16 turnovers was a bad mark and was a heavy point made by Walz during post game.  The turnovers greatly contributed to the run North Carolina used to pull the game within a score.


F-R-E-D Report


Freddy Kruger is today's Fred, the
Cards survived the almost "Night-mare"
on Main Street. 



F - Free Throws: 14-17 with at least one offensive rebound (maybe two) added into the mix.  82.4% alone is enough for a high grade an the rebounds are the icing on the cake.  Capital "F".

R - Rebounds: UofL has struggled with rebounding this season and 45 is a leap up above average.  They won the rebounding battle 45-30 and even if UNC isn't a strong rebounding team that differential is impressive.  Capital "R".

E - Effort/Efficiency: This is where we see a tale of two halves.  The first half would be a high mark and the second half would be a failing grade.  Overall, the Cards shot well from the field despite a rough performance from deep.  If you take away Asia Durr's 3-for-13 and 0-for-7 from three the rest of the team did rather well.  AC and Jaz really stepped up.  16 assists on 27 made field goals isn't a bad ratio even though it could be better.  The 16 turnovers are a whopper.  You won't win too many games with a number like that and teams like Notre Dame and UConn will tear the Cards apart with that.  Overall, they pull off a lowercase "e".

D - Defense: Once again, two different halves.  23 points allowed in the first half.  43 in the second half.  Louisville forced 12 turnovers and recorded four blocks.  The Tar Heels managed just four fast break points and were limited to 24 points in the paint.  The first half would be a near-perfect score and the second half score should be shredded and burned.  Averaging everything out Louisville still gets the lowercase "d".

F-R-e-d isn't too bad following almost three weeks of break and an ACC opener.

LINK: Jeff Walz Presser (His concession stand comment had us all trying not to laugh)

LINK: AC and Jaz Presser (listen closely for Paulie's sly technical foul question)


Other Basketball News




Usually the outcome of other games isn't of a major concern when we post articles on here and is more often discussed in the comments section but there were a few games that need some attention.

No. 10 Baylor 68, No. 1 UConn 57

Number one no more.  The Huskies go down on the road to Kim Mulkey's team.  It shows that UConn is not invincible but it makes trying to beat UConn that much harder for everyone else.  We will find out Jan. 31.  For now, how far will they drop?  Notre Dame will surely claim the top spot but the question lingers if Geno and his team drop just one spot or will the Cards pass them?

No. 2 Notre Dame 100, Pittsburgh 44

This one was over after the first quarter.  The Panthers were then held to four (FOUR!) points in the second quarter.  Muffet McGraw's team has earned themselves the top spot in the rankings and now are even more of a front-runner for the ACC title.

Miami 68, Virginia Tech 61

Another unbeaten has fallen.  The Hokies, who have high potential this year, were stunned on the road in their ACC opener down in Florida despite a double-double by Taylor Emery.

After a little bit of research it appears Louisville is one of four schools remaining that are undefeated.  They are accompanied by NC State (14-0), Utah (12-0), and Ohio (11-0).

Caption This

Caption this photo of Jeff Walz and Paulie will select the winner Saturday morning!



I believe the full "A-team" is set to be in studio on Saturday- a first for 2019 ;)

Happy Friday and Go (Hopefully now No. 2) Cards!

- Jared -

19 comments:

  1. A good day for Paulie in ACC predictions, going seven for seven. FSU barely escaping Virginia 63-61, Miami knocking off previously undefeated Va. Tech, Notre Dame with no trouble against Pitt 100-44, NC State win a 63-51 win, Syracuse surviving at Clemson 84-75 and Georgia Tech 81-76 over the BC Eagles. Plus Louisville's win.

    The Cards 13-0 in surviving a bit of a scary fourth quarter rally by UNC.

    All hail, UofL !

    Paulie

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  2. Not really for Cardinal Couple but for the WBB program and general conversation. We always stay in the arena for the coaches comments (and to let the garage clear out a bit) but often we can't hear because the sound on his mike is too low and due to other noise throughout the arena. Please turn up the sound. Secondly, I have long ceased to be a fan of "Thirsty Thursday" and wonder if anyone really believes fans just come to the game for cheap beer. Although the limit is two per trip, think about the guy behind me who makes a couple of trips before the game starts, another between quarters, again at half and toward the end of the third quarter...oh, and he drinks his wife's as well. Agree that is not responsible drinking and I suspect he is not the only one in the arena. Last night the usher wasn't too happy either after they spilled a full cup of beer - twice! The obnoxious level increases as the evening goes on. So, if you are part of the WBB program, please consider other promotions before I end up with a cup of beer down my back. Thanks - rant over.

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    1. We have a lot of UofL personnel read us, Viv. Maybe your message will get through to one of them.

      Responsible drinking at sporting events, I fear, ceased to exist from some years ago.

      Hey, you could always have Jeff "step up" on the offender and defend Mom's. Not too many gonna argue with him. Even fewer going to win an argument with him.

      Serenity now!

      Paulie

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  3. Tough being out of the YUM for this one last night but ACCNE got me through. Good job by Don, Sara and Cortnee with the coverage.

    Like how the Cards didn't completely crumble when UNC came a' calling in the fourth. AC, I love you!

    Curtis "Just survive somehow" Franklin

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  4. Bad news from last night - Durr was limited by foul trouble and also had as bad a shooting game as she will ever have, and (no real surprise here) it demonstrated that without her Cardinals are a good (but not good enough to beat good teams) offensive team.


    Good news from last night - Jones showed star potential in one of her best games ever, Carter looked confident and hit a couple big shots late, and Shook showed some toughness.

    Question - has Fuehring always had the full-length tattoo on her left arm? I can't remember if she has ever played without long sleeves before.

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    1. Good to see her stipend being put to such good use.

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  5. Tough game against a formidable team. Welcome to the ACC meat grinder schedule. Any and every win is a good win.
    I'll say this again, Kylee is our x factor. Entirely capable of averaging a double double, or very close to one. Capable of hitting a 15 - 18 footer consistently. Jazz, also, has a very good pull up jumper, she should shoot more of them.
    We're going to have to be able to score from other positions, which we showed again last night that we can, when Asia is off.

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  6. To answer Mike, she has had the full sleeve tat for quite some time. It had been a work in progress her early seasons and I think she completed it during the summer or early fall. She always wore a sleeve over it that matched the jersey. Not sure what was up last night.

    My new top ten:
    Notre Dame
    Louisville
    UConn
    Oregon
    Stanford
    Mississippi State
    Baylor
    Maryland
    NC State
    Tennessee

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    1. gotta think baylor goes up higher than seven with the beat of uconn two sounds about right for cards and oregon better than most realize

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  7. In caption photo, ref is thinking "Why isn't it me talking to the lady instead of Walz?"

    Nick O.

    Cards won despite poor second half/ Without much from Asia. Good experience if it happens again this year. Go Jaz!

    Nick O.

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  8. ref wonder why no one likes him and walz hears from Norman they got $3 beers. cards will be ok. unc tougher than most think.

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  9. LOL. I'll go with Bryan the ref wishing he'd got the UConn/Baylor game and Walz reacting to Norman's news that the government is still closed.

    Paulie

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  10. Agree about not being able to hear post game interview inside the arena. I stopped trying to listen long ago and just go ahwad and leave.
    Such a minor problem to solve - can't believe folks controlling the post game volume level have not figured out that no one can hear.

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    1. Yup. We have decided at the end of the game to move toward the exit and away from the drinkers/talkers that linger behind us.

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  11. Mya Moore had 14 points for USC in a losing effort with UCLA

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  12. Lots of WBB games on TV this week but no UL - not even apparently the Duke game.

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  13. From UNC's locker room about game against UofL:

    Sometimes it pays off to keep it simple. A lot of Carolina's offense this season has run through Janelle Bailey, a strong inside force for the Tar Heels. When Bailey scored four quick points Thursday, Louisville adjusted and denied her opportunities as the first half went along. With Bailey out of the mix, the Tar Heels seemed flummoxed, leading to a halftime conversation.

    "Second half we made the call to spread it out, four-on-one, and set screens so they couldn't predict where the double would come from," Crawley said.


    The move to a more free-flowing offense paid off immediately, as Carolina scored 24 third quarter points, one more than the entire first half.

    "The other adjustment we made, and I thought was brilliant by Coach Hatchell, was she moved Paris to the one, we kept Watts at the two, and we put Shayla (Bennett) at the three," Crawley said.

    Interesting stuff.

    Paulie

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  14. Good Afternoon cards Nation & Paulie, Wow no one mentioned (AC) Arica Carter SMH love that Young Lady from LA. Good win GO CARDS!!

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