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Friday, March 1, 2024

WBB dominates the Seminoles 70-55 -- Softball plays in USF tourney -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Gooood Friday morning and HELLO March???!

Theres a little bit of madness in the Ville this year...we are hoping for another long post season run for WBB this year!  

We've got some basketball from last night to cover, some Softball today!


The Cards had 4 starters finish scoring in double figures with Nyla Harris and Olivia Cochran finishing with double doubles,  Olivia's 4th and Nyla's 6th time this season.  Louisville was able to pull away from FSU after a dominant 2nd quarter where they outscored the Noles 25-10.   It was a night where the 3 pointer wasn't exactly falling and the only 3's were made by Sydney Taylor and they came in that 2nd quarter.  

It was also senior night for some newer Cards!  The program recognized Nina Rickards, Kiki Jefferson and Sydney Taylor and their families for their efforts this season for the Louisville program. 

Pictures: Jared Anderson

End of 1Q 18-16 Cards
FG %
8-18 44.4% Cards
8-19 42.1% FSU
Reb. 10 all
3-pt %
0-3 0% Cards
0-4 0% FSU

Cards won the tip and Olivia hit the jumper after getting two defenders off their feet to start the game.  Cards started the game 4-4 from the field.  Cochran, Taylor and Nyla Harris all put up strong shots under the basket and started the game on an 8-0 run...just 75 seconds into the game, FSU caled a timeout.  The Cards then went on a 2 min scoring drought.   FSU tied it up at 12 with 3:30 to go in the 1st quarter.   Nina Rickards then blew by the defense a couple times to put the Cards ahead but the Seminoles kept responding.  There was under 2 min left in the quarter before a foul was called.  Jayda Curry took a shot in the chest/neck area from FSUs #2 Tucker. The refs called it intentional and Walz put Kiki Jefferson at the line.  

End of 2Q 25-10 Cards

FG %
10-20 50% Cards

4-15 26.7% FSU
Reb. 18-5 Cards
3-pt %
3-7 42.9% Cards
1-6 16.7% FSU

Cards started the quarter with a turnover...   FSU started the second quarter hitting a 3 and then another bucket under the basket and got fouled so they converted the 3 point play and made it 22-18 FSU before Olivia and Kiki took over to put the Cards back on top with a 6-0 run.  With 5 min left in the half, the Cards were up 29-24 at the media timeout.  Sydney Taylor hit the first 3 of the game for the Cards out of the TO.  Then she hit another three to put the Cards ahead 35-24.  Then she hit another.... UofL on 19-2 run over the final 6 min of the half.

HALF 43-26 Cards

End of 3Q 16-11 Cards

FG %
7-18 38.9% Cards
3-17 17.6% FSU
Reb. 17-8 Cards
3-pt %
0-3 0% Cards
0-6 0% FSU

Cards started the half with a turnover and a blocking foul called on them.  But FSU went on a scoring drought themselves for about 3 minutes. Jefferson hit her 10th point of the game on a wild chuck up at the basket with about 5 min on the clock to make it 51-30. The defense did not collapse and they outscored the Seminoles by 5 in the quarter.

End of 4Q 18-11 FSU

FG %
3-12 25% Cards
7-17 41.2% FSU
Reb. 12-9 Cards
3-pt %
0-1 0% Cards
1-4 25% FSU

FSU opened the 4th quarter 11-4 as the Cards went scoreless from the field for about 3 minutes and had 3 turnovers in the quarter.  FSU struggled for a period of time too, not scoring a FG for almost 4 minutes will make it difficult to come back on a team that's up by 20 even if they aren't scoring either. With 1 min left in the game, Olivia, Nyla, Sydney, Rickards and Jefferson were on the floor before getting an standing O as they went to the bench and the Cards dribbled it out.
Curry, HVS, Mobley, Russell and Love finished out the final minute on the floor.

FINAL 70-55

Nyla Harris (And myself and Paulie)


Louisville vs Notre Dame

Sunday 3/3

2 p.m. on ESPN


(Fred Jones....from ScoobyDoo seems happy about the Cards win)

FREE THROWS -- This game was not a free throw heavy game... which is nice sometimes as long as it's called the same both ways. The team went 11-15 which is good for 73.3% with Sydney Taylor leading going 5-6.  CAPITAL F

REBOUNDING -- Louisville outrebounded the Seminoles 57-36. You read that correctly.... 57 rebounds against a top tier ACC squad. 18 & 17 in the 2nd and 3rd quarter respectively.   Harris had 15 of them.  CAPITAL R 

EFFORT/EXECUTION -- The effort on Thursday evening was night and day from Sunday against Virginia. Walz complimented that the squad played well for 37 minutes in the game.  The first couple minutes of the 4th quarter were suspect but they put several stops together to end all hopes for the Seminoles.  CAPITAL E

DEFENSE --  Florida State came into this one averaging almost 80 points per game.   The Cardinals held FSU to 52 points for the majority of the game before they hit a 3 to close the game.  They also started the game on an 8-0 run.  FSU went 2-20 from 3 point land.  CAPITAL D



Around the ACC - WBB

Boston College upsets UNC  78-74

Clemson beat Wake Forest 68-64

Notre Dame dominated VT  71-58

NC state beat Syracuse  75-71




The Cardinals have a pair of games today, starting with a 10:30am first pitch against the Villanova Wildcats and a 3:30pm start against the hosting USF Bulls. The Cards are coming off a win over WKU and looking to continue the best start in program history since 2012.

Louisville vs Villanova 10:30am

Louisville vs USF 3:30pm ESPN+

Opponent: Wildcats

Villanova is struggling to find some victories as they sport a 4-9 record, going 1-4 last weekend in the Duke Invitational where the only win came against Michigan State, 2-1. In their last outing, the Blue Devils got the win in 6 innings 11-5. Tess Cites and Ava Franz both went yard in the game for Villanova. Kelsey White received the loss after surrendering four earned runs in four innings, while Kat Gallant tossed one-plus stanzas in the circle for VU. Alyssa Seidler leads the team in strikeouts at 25 and pitched a complete game in their only win last weekend vs the Spartans.

Louisville leads 16-2. Many of these matchups came from Louisville's time in the Big East conference (2006-13).

The last time the two met was 2/20/2022.  The Cardinals scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Villanova 3-2 in the final game of the T-Mobile Classic in Gainesville, Fla.

Opponent: Bulls

The South Florida Bulls are on a 5 game winning streak coming off a pair of victories over Stetson in a double header on Wednesday evening, 4-0 and 7-2. Payton Dixon set a new career-high of 13 strikeouts in the first game of the double header.  USF scored 5 runs in the 3rd inning of the second game.

USF is coming into their home tournament with a 10-5 record and are coming off a 3-2 showing last weekend. Alexa Galligani leads the Bulls in hits at 14 and is currently batting .359. Payton Dixon leads the team with a .095 ERA and has only allowed 5 runs this season.

Louisville leads the series 27-17. The majority of these matchups also came from Louisville's days in the Big East, but last matchup came from when Louisville was a member of the American conference. May 9, 2014. Louisville defeated USF 8-0 in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.

Once the temperatures start to warm up, I will be out at some softball games to catch the Cards in action!!  Also looking forward to another season down at the Bats this year.  My 10TH season down there.   

It was great to be back out on press row with Paulie for the Senior night finale!!! We got to catch a big Cards win to close out the 2023/24 season. 

As Always,
Go Cards



  1. A huge win an incredible defense. It is hard being the visitors team at another team 's senior day. We'll find out at Notre Dame.

    Nick O

  2. Night and day is this team. That was a "day" game for sure 😁

    One BAD call from being 13-4 in ACC play and SOLIDLY in second place and finishing no less than fourth, and it would be Syracuse looking for help to finish top 4.
    One call with heavy implications 😡

    1. Yes I agree 💯🏀& the Virginia game didn't help.


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