CARDS DOWN #3 TEXAS
I would say it looked like a completely different UofL WBB squad Sunday night that defeated #3 Texas, but, since I resorted to listening to both Saturday and Sunday's game on the radio, let's just say that it sounded like #4/6 Louisville had a lot more enthusiasm, hustle and played better than they did against Gonzaga in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Cards pushed out to an early 5-0 lead but stumbled a bit and allowed the Longhorns to go on a responding 7-0 run to grab the lead. A Van Lith three gave Louisville the lead back about halfway thru the quarter, and the Cards pushed the advantage out to 16-9 late in the quarter en route to a 16-11 first quarter edge.
Louisville was going full tilt and Morgan Jones (seven) and Hailey Van Lith (four) had 11 of the Cards first quarter points.
Texas wasn't going to go away that easily, though, and battled back to take a 20-18 lead with 2-1/2 minutes passed in the second quarter. It was UofL's turn for a run and they put together a 11-0 one, fueled by four points each for Jones and Van Lith and a Carr three, to make it 29-20 UofL. The Cards saw their 31-21 lead get whittled down to 31-28 before another Jones jumper stopped the Longhorn stampede of scoring. Van Lith free throws made it 35-30 with a minute left in the half, but UT closed on a 4-0 run to make it a 35-34, one-point Louisville halftime lead, .
Louisville was shooting 50% but had committed 15 fouls and had 11 turnovers.
Texas kept it close in the third quarter and did grab the lead briefly a couple of times, but, Louisville responded each time and two Josie Williams free throws and one from Chrislyn Carr in the last minute of the third quarter had Louisville ahead 50-47.
Carr poured in nine points for the Cards in the fourth quarter (six from the free throw line) and the Cards made 12-13 as a team in the fourth quarter from the stripe to secure the win late. The big run was UofL's and it was a 10-0 one midway through the final quarter. With the Cards up 53-52
The nearly five-minutes run featured a Cochran free throw, Carr three-pointer, Jones layup, two Carr free-throws and two Van Lith free throws. It was now 63-52 and just three minutes to go. Texas would not recover from that.
|(Fred McMurray would have been proud of "My Three Guards"|
in this one -- Carr, Jones and Van Lith)
THE FRED REPORT
FREE THROWS -- 21 for 28 is 75% and that's over 70% and that's all we ask to bestow a capital "F" in this category. 15-18 from Carr and Van Lith here...all needed...in this battle.
REBOUNDS -- 32 rebounds for each squad "TEAM" led the Cards in rebounds with seven...so there's that, I guess. Van Lith had six. A better performance on the boards than on Saturday, but...No rebounding win, no letter.
EFFORT/EXECUTION -- 43.4% shooting is not bad at all, but it sounded like Louisville was really hustling on both ends on offense and defense and 13 assists on 25 baskets about average. The whistles were ridiculous in this one, four Cards with four fouls each is not so good, and Louisville had 10 fast break points. I'll award a small case "e".
DEFENSE -- Holding the (for now) #3 team in the land to 63 points and forcing them into 19 turnovers worked well for the Cards. They also had eight steals. Cards won, so I'll go with a capital "D" here
FINAL FRED TALLY: F-_-e-D
The Cards end their portion of the "Battle" today when they face South Dakota State at 5 p.m. Radio (93.9 FM or 970 AM) are the options.