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Friday, March 8, 2024

WBB comeback over BC 58-55 -- SB opens ACC play at Ulmer -- VB opens Spring schedule -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Good Friday morning readers. All I can say is WHEW, I hope Paulie turned off the Cards game in the final minutes of the WBB game because it was a stressful one!!   

But luckily for me, I get to cover another Cardinal victory over Boston College!  

Photo: Jared Anderson


Nyla Harris led the team with 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting and tied the team lead with nine rebounds. Kiki Jefferson had nine points and tied Harris with a team-best nine rebounds. Sydney Taylor also had nine points and four assists. Olivia Cochran also had nine points, seven rebounds and tied a season high with a team-best three steals.

End of 1Q 20-18 Cards
FG %
8-16 50% Cards
7-16 43.8 % BC
Reb. 8-9 BC
3-pt %
4-7 57.1% Cards
1-3 33.3% BC

Both teams came out on a mission with BC winning the jump ball and hitting a second chance 3 pointer to open the game in their favor. The Cards responded by Olivia hitting the jumper and Kiki hitting her first 3 point attempt to make it 5-3.   The Cards finally found some offense from 3 point land as they hit 4 from distance in the quarter.   

End of 2Q 13-11 Cards

FG %
4-11 36.4% Cards
5-18 0% BC
Reb. 13-7 Cards
3-pt %
1-4 25% Cards
1-4 25% BC

Photo: Jared Anderson

HALF 33-29 Cards

End of 3Q 15-9 BC

FG %
4-10 40% Cards
5-15 33.3% BC
Reb. 8-6 BC
3-pt %
1-5 20% Cards
0-5 0% BC

Jayda Curry hits a wild 3 pointer as the clock was winding down to make it 42-33 Cards with about 5 minutes left in the third quarter. BC finished the quarter on an 11-0 run.  The Cards dropped the quarter where they had 7 turnovers.  

End of 4Q 16-11 Cards

FG %
5-17 29.4% Cards
5-12 41.7% BC
Reb. 12-8 Cards
3-pt %
0-4 0% Cards
1-4 25% BC

Cards go on another cold streak, going scoreless for over 2 minutes allowing BC to take the lead.
Cards take the 56-55 lead with 31.5 seconds left. Olivia Cochran with the huge steal to get the possession and put the Cards at the line and Sydney Taylor on the line and finish the game on a 6-0 run with under two minutes left on the clock.   BC had 7 of their 14 turnovers in the 4th quarter.   


Photo: Jared Anderson

Louisville vs Notre Dame (Part 3)

Friday 3/8 at 11am


Right Said Fred

FREE THROWS -- Louisville went 10-16 at the FT line, missing their 6 chances in the final quarter. After making the 4 chances she had at the line in the second quarter, Olivia went 1-6 at the charity stripe in the 4th quarter. The shot attempt just looked too strong each time. This could’ve been the difference maker, luckily this time around, it wasn’t and the Cards survive. 62.5% means... no letter

REBOUNDING – The Cards outrebounded BC 39-32. Dontavia Waggoner fouled out for BC with about a minute and a half left in the game. This helped Nyla Harris get second chance opportunities for the Cards and none bigger than the put back layup by Nyla to put the Cards ahead for good at 56-55 with 32 seconds left. Lower case r

EFFORT/EXECUTION --  The Eagles came out with the energy against Louisville, despite playing less than 24 hour prior.  Both squads took the same number of shots in the first quarter where the Cards managed a 2 point lead, both went 1-4 from 3 point land in the 2nd quarter and made 5 shots in the 4th.  There were 7 lead changes and it was tied 10 times with the Cards leading 24 minutes and at the end.  Louisville committed 20 turnovers.  yikes.   survive and advance indeed.  lower case e 

DEFENSE --  UofL held BC to 19% from 3 point range which was obviously huge in a 3 point win.   It felt like any distance was a big one against the roaring Eagles who held the 55-52 advantage with 3:41 to go.  Teya Sidberry had 22 points on 8-17 shooting from the field and Waggoner fouled out with under 2 minutes left whch helped the Cards get a few big stops and extra rebounds in those final moments.  lower case d

FINAL FRED TALLY:      _r_e_d

So, the Cards advance to Friday action and will open today's play at 11 a.m. against Notre Dame. LET'S HOPE THE CARDS PLAY LIKE THE TEAM THAT BEAT ND BACK ON FEB 8TH, and not the quad that fell to them to end the regular season. Case will have the write up and we'll cover it tomorrow on The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast.  We have bracket standings below,  Nick O leads the charge with a 6-1 record. 

6-1: Nick
O 5-2: Jared, Katy, Jason, Vivian
4-3: Blue Lou, Paul, Daryl, Thomas, Karen, Emily, Arthur, Bea, Jeff, Kenneth Stark Sr, Mike D, Chimps
3-4: Sonya, Kenny Schneider, Case, Cindy
2-5: Clemson Cuz, Joe Hill

Picks to win title Virginia Tech 6
NC State 5
Notre Dame 4
Louisville 3
Syracuse 2
Florida State 1
Duke 1
North Carolina 1



**** Update as of 7am 3/8****

Fridays Softball match has been moved to a 2pm start due to the forecast in the area **********

Softball opens ACC play by welcoming Virginia Tech to town for a 3 game series. 6pm Friday, 1 pm Saturday will be on the ACCN Extra and a 4:30pm Sunday on the ACC... barring no weather changes to the scheduling.
The Cards are coming off a big win over a ranked opponent while the Hokies are coming off a series sweep over Notre Dame last weekend and a canceled midweek matchup against EKU.    

Louisville is 15-5 while VT is 15-3-1.

VT leads the all-time series against the Cards 15-8 and have also won the last five matchups.   The Hokies and Cardinals last met in the ACC tournament last season, where Tech won 10-8.   

Louisville is hitting .304 as a team with five players carrying an average of .300 or better.
The Cards have outscored opponents 120--57 with 13 home runs on the season. Paige Geraghty is on a seven-game hitting streak and leads the team with seven multi-hit games


Spring Schedule kicks off when the VolleyCards welcome Dayton to L&N Arena at 5pm.   Its the first of 4 this season.  You can bet Jeff will be out there to cheer on the squad while Jared may pop in between L&N and Ulmer Stadium for softball.  
Louisville is coming off a 27-5 season in which the Cards reached their third straight Elite Eight.

Louisville is returning the majority of their production from last season, including outside hitters Anna DeBeer and Charitie Luper, setter Elle Glock, libero Elena Scott, middle blockers Cara Cresse and Phekran Kong.  Head coach Dani Busboom Kelly is headed into her eighth season leading the Cardinals.

Dayton is coming off another impressive season going 32-3 last year, finishing as Atlantic 10 champions and getting knocked out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Washington State. 

Dayton is one of those squads that the Cards usually battle a full 5 sets with.  That was the case last year when the two met in Ohio and the Cards coming home with the victory.   The Flyers are led by head coach Tim Horsmon in his second stint and 16th season at the helm, and outside hitters Brooke Smith and Lexie Almodovar are set to lead Dayton on the court in their senior seasons. Additionally, Abbie Cresse, Cara Cresse's sister, is joining the Flyers this upcoming fall.

The Cardinals' other three matches this spring are at Purdue on March 29, at Kentucky on April 5, and vs. Tennessee on April 13.

I might pop over to Ulmer as well to catch the Cardinals in ACC action at some point this weekend!!!  I heard the local ice cream shops are opening back up :D

As always
Go Cards!




  1. It was O and Nyla, down the stretch, who showed what "play like Louisville" means...leave it ALL on the floor, IMO.

  2. Go Cards Beat Notre Dame
    Let's see this Cards team pull it together Sdy's three's falling Jayda & Nina attacking Kiki scoring Nyla crashing the boards and O attacking the glass.
    A complete game clicking on all cylinders. Go Cards !


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