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Thursday, December 1, 2022

UofL Names New President -- WBB run out of gas vs Buckeyes -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Good Thursday morning readers and Happy first of December !! 

Daryl checking in a day early this week. It worked out for Jared and I to switch since we would both be out at the Yum! Center Wednesday night for the ACC/Big 10 matchup for WBB.

I'm still getting acclimated in my new role with UofL and actually passed Payton Verhulst, Kasa Robinson and Josie Williams on Monday in the SAC (student activities center) and wished them good luck in the contest. It was probably 11 or so in the morning and they had probably fit in a morning workout and or practice as well as attending class.

I'm just thrilled and inspired to be back on campus!  Speaking of campus....

UofL names its new President!

In some OTHER administrative news, the University announced Wednesday that it has found its new leader to serve as President of the University. There was some buzz around campus that it could be coming this week..

Dr. Kim Schatzel has been named the 19th president of the University of Louisville. The current president of Towson University will officially assume the UofL presidency on Feb. 1, 2023. Schatzel, 66, has served as president of Towson since 2016. She is also a professor of marketing.

In some reports of the hire, it was indicated that when the hiring search was on, the board was looking for someone to fill the role for at least 7 years. If my math is correct, Schatzel will have served Towson for 7 years before being hired at UofL. The first knucklehead with the microphone in the press conference decided to comment on Kim’s age if she does happen to stick around that long. I found her response to be amusing as she clapped back with the fact that she signed up for the KY Derby half marathon next spring and continues to move around just fine these days. What Shatzel probably meant was that 66 is the new 45 and don’t ask stupid questions. She also said this….

“The University of Louisville is a historic university with rich traditions that provides leadership to Kentucky as the premier metropolitan research university for the Commonwealth,” Schatzel said. “I am incredibly honored to be chosen to lead such a remarkable institution and look forward to working together with our campus and community partners to advance UofL’s reputation as a preeminent institution nationally recognized for its excellence in research and scholarly work, education, inclusive student success, innovation, the arts and athletics – all aimed to establish the University of Louisville and the City of Louisville as a nexus for transformative solutions that advance the public good.

“My husband Trevor and I are thrilled to be joining the UofL community and look forward to embracing the university community, the City of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky as our new home. And we look forward to joining the more than 169,000 UofL alumni from around the globe in cheering on our Cardinals.”

Welcome to Louisville and UofL, Madame President! This marks the second female President in the university’s history! Good Luck and Go Cards!!

Schatzel was introduced to the Louisville WBB crowd on Wednesday night. 


Cards 77 - OSU 96

I wish I had good news to report and a signature win on the Cards resume, alas... it was not meant to be against the Buckeyes on Wednesday night. The second half "scaries" came to haunt the Cards and would not go away. Louisville took an 8 point lead into the half and watched it diminshed quickly after the break as Ohio State outscored UofL 59-32 in the second half. HVL lead in scoring for the Cards with 20 points, 5 coming from the free throw line. OSU had 3 players score more than 20 lead by Taylor Mikesell with 26 points going 10-16 from the field, 4 from beyond 3. Louisville moves to 5-3 on the season with only 3 matchups scheduled in Louisville for 2022.

End of 1Q 25-18 CARDS

FG %
9-17 52.9% Cards
8-14 57.1% OSU
Reb. 10-5 Cards
3-pt %
1-7 14.3% Cards
1-3 33.3% OSU

Starters for the Cardinals against the Buckeyes were Chrislyn Carr, Mykasa Robinson, Hailey Van Lith, Morgan Jones and Olivia Cochran. Louisville committed two turnovers to start the game while Ohio State drew a foul and showed 1 point for it the first couple minutes. UofL proceeded to go on 6-0 run over the next 2 minutes while the defense began to turn up the heat. The Buckeyes committed 5 turnovers of their own with just 3:45 off the clock & the Cards extended their lead 11-3.. 6 of the points came off turnovers. HVL somewhat struggled with the ball in her return to the court. She committed 3 turnovers just 5 minutes into the game.

OSU turned up the pressure and went on a run of their own going 7-0 over 1:06 to make it 12-10. UofL continued to struggled to hold onto the ball and turned it over on another couple of possessions allowing the Buckeyes to tie it up 12-12. Walz calls in the big guns as Payton Verhulst drains a three to puts cards back up 15-12. Hailey decided to take it to the Buckeyes and drive the basket and see if anyone would stop her... they did not stop her that time. OSU began to rack up the fouls as the Cards found themselves in the bonus with more than 2 min left in the first quarter - HVL got to the line a handful of times and went 5-5.

End of 2Q 20-19 CARDS

FG %
9-19 47.4% Cards
7-15 46.7% OSU
Reb. 9 All
3-pt %
2-4 50% Cards
3-7 42.9% OSU

'The Carr' got started (as Paulie so poetically put it) with a 3 to make it 32-23 with 7:50 on the clock. Louisville went on a 10-0 run over 2 minute period. Mikulasikova for OSU exits at about the 7 minute mark due to cramps that began in the quarter break. UofL goes on another run, 12-2 run over 2:30 minutes followed by a 2:30 minute scoring drought where OSU put 6 quick points on the board to make it 39-31 Cards. Once again, Verhulst cleans it up underneath for Louisville to put Cards back up by 10 but OSU responds with another 3 pointer 41-34. The Buckeyes were 3-7 from 3 point land in the quarter. UofL won the quarter by just 1 point.


End of 3Q 28-18 OSU

FG %
6-12 50% Cards
11-18 61.1% OSU
Reb. 6-11 OSU
3-pt %
1-2 50% Cards
2-2 100% OSU

Carr drains two buckets to open the second half to put cards up 50-37 but then things start to dwindle for Louisville.. With Mikulasikova back in the game the Buckeyes went on 11-0 run over a 1:28 period while the Cards continue to turn the ball over 4 more times. If you ask "Coach Paul", a not-soon-enough Nyla Harris sighting with 6:46 on clock is a positive sign for UofL as she ends the scoring drought making the only two buckets in next 2 minutes-ish. Ohio St would take the lead into the fourth quarter.

End of 4Q  31-14

FG %
6-21 28.6% Cards
11-15 73.3% OSU
Reb. 12-9 Cards
3-pt %
2-8 25% Cards
2-3 66.7% OSU

There's not much more I can say on behalf of Louisville's offense or defense for this quarter.   They were able to tie it at 65 with 9 minutes to go but as you can see in the stat report above, OSU won the 4Q 31-14.  OSU Jacy Sheldon went 4-4 for from the field and had 11 points, leading the quarter.  An 18-3 run by OSU over several minutes confirmed what we didn't want to believe we were seeing, the Cards ran out of gas.   The Buckeyes shot 67% in the second half.  They had 33 points off 24 Louisville turnovers in the game. 


Louisville at Middle Tennessee
Sunday 5 PM


(It was "nightmare on Main Street" in the fourth quarter)

Louisville went 11-13 at the free throw line good enough for 84.6% as a team.  HVL went 5-5.   The Cards were successful when they got to the line, it just wasn't enough.  Capital F for a basic evening at the charity stripe.  

REBOUNDING --  UofL somehow managed to out-rebound the Buckeyes 37-34 lead by HVL with 10.  She again spent the most amount of minutes on the floor.  This was a game where Walz went with a small lineup to defend the perimeters and admitted he didn't see an opportunity to get Josie Williams or Liz Dixon on the floor more.  Capital R 

EFFORT/EXECUTION --  The Cards struggled to hold onto the ball against the Buckeyes.   They opened the game with several turnovers and had a few other stints of mishandlings throughout the contest but it was mostly bone-head mistakes that lead to more and more chances for OSU to score like travels, passes that go out of bounds and missed open layups.  Walz also mentioned that he could tell the mistakes lead to frustration for the team and they could not recover.  Also, the squad had just 13 assists on 30 made buckets lead by Robinson with 4.  no letter 

DEFENSE --  This one is obvious as the team had an epic second half meltdown on defense.  The Cards scored 77 points which is good enough to win games but not if you cannot stop the other team from scoring.   On brand, Kasa's efforts do not tend to show on the stat sheet but she fought hard.  She took a claw to the face with no foul called on her behalf.  She's got the marks to prove it too.  But unfortunately no letter for defense today


Coach Walz believes these mistakes are coachable and the team itself is coachable.   He mentioned in the post game press conference that it is not time to panic with this squad or season and that it is a tough schedule so far.  

With the likes of Kentucky and ACC conference play on our horizon, this team will have to stop tripping over their own feet pretty quickly.  But I believe!  

(Photos by Jared Anderson)

As Always 
Go Cards! 



  1. This year's team the defense is taking a real big hit missing two key players that went to the draft. Defense has to communicate more and learn how to play together last year's team was a great team this year team is a work and progress.
    On a bright note I love the way Nyla Harris hustles I think she's going to be a real good player.

  2. First, I agree, not panic time just yet.
    Main thing I've noticed, didn't wanna say it at first, but, looking at the Longwood game, WITHOUT Hailey, the ball MOVED offensively.
    Much more than I've seen it move WITH Hailey.
    2nd half, not sure why they stopped attacking the press to score, halfcourt offense was a struggle AGAIN, way too much dribble dribble one on one crap.
    Silly turnovers, fixable.
    Defense, yep, fixable.
    Just not used to having the team not playing up to their potential this many games into the season 🤷

  3. Hello friends !
    Arthur here !

    Hey, a tough loss. I watched that fourth quarter in horror. This UofL team has talent but I honestly believe that your coach hasn't found the right combinations to use it in yet.

    He will, though and your defense will pick up. You'll be feared then.

    Your friend
    #1 Clemson Fan
    Greer, SC


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