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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Lady Cards 73-64


-Lady Cards win 73-64 against Missouri State.

-Volleyball sweeps Georgetown in final BIG EAST regular season action

Cierra Warren with 16 second half points as the Cards overcome a shaky first half and defeat the Bears by nine. Warren was a perfect 8-8 from the floor for UofL and Becky Burke had three threes in the win.

MSU had a one point lead at the half. 41% shooting in the second half for Louisville and 25 forced turnovers for the game by the Bears. Sara Hammond with a double-double 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Hammond with a double-double tonight
in her first collegiate game.
The Cards started Shelby Harper, Shawnta Dyer, Bria Smith, Tia Gibbs and Sherrone Vails...but Louisville hardly looked like the #9 team in the nation in the first half..falling behind early to the inspired Bears 8-1 to start the game. The Lady Cards obviously missed the presence of Shoni Schimmel at point, who sat out the first of her two game suspension for playing in an NCAA un-sanctioned tournament this summer. Down by seven after three minutes, the Cards did rally to tie the contest at 8-8, getting two scores from Monique Reid. Louisville never led in the first half and actually trailed 25-16 with seven minutes to go before going on a late 16-8 first half run to climb with one at halftime at 33-32. Two Becky Burke threes helped cut the margin and the Cards held Missouri State two just two points in the final four minutes of the half. Sara Hammond led the Cards with seven points in the first half and Burke had six. The Cards needed to pick up the defensive pressure and capitalize on the height advantage they held over the Bears in the second half.

Louisville grabbed their first lead of the game to start the second half on a Bria Smith steal and layup but couldn't maintain it and found themselves down 49-42 with 11:47 remaining in the game. That's when Cierra Warren took over the contest for Louisville and scored eight points in a 12-2 run that had the Lady Cards on top 54-51 with 8:53 remaining. They never trailed after that and Warren would add eight more points the rest of the way to increase the lead and win by nine.

Bria Smith had six steals
against the Bears.
Louisville displayed a lot more energy over the final twelve minutes than the Bears did and Bria Smith and Jude Schimmel were effective in getting the ball into the paint for Warren to create and score.

Sara Hammond joined Warren in double figures, recording a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards. Bria Smith added 10, Becky Burke 9 and Asia Taylor 7. All 12 Cards available for the contest played and only Shelby Harper failed to score.  

Tia Gibbs sustained a right shoulder injury early in the first half and did not return to action. She is listed as doubtful for Texas A&M on Tuesday night. Monique Reid was slowed by an arch injury she suffered in the closed scrimmage last week against Illinois and did not practice all week. She finished with four points, all in the first five minutes of the game.


Jeff Walz had the following observations about the contest in post-game comments:

-He felt Missouri State did a very good job defensively against the Cards and shut down any long-range shooting...Burke being the only Cardinal to score from behind the arc.

-He wasn't pleased with the Cardinal assist total tonight. Eight total, five of them from Jude Schimmel.

-Although Cierra Warren played well to end the game, she was a defensive liability in the first half and he had to sit her down and get her refocused.

-Very unhappy with the Cards 15 for 27 free throw shooting, especially Bria Smith's 2 for 8 charity stripe performance...but was pleased with her six steals. 

-Indicated he put Shoni back at point when she returns after the Texas A&M game.

All in all, a good - if late in coming - Cardinal win against a fired up opponent and loud and rowdy crowd in Springfield, MO. Louisville will need more scoring out of the guard position to fare well against Texas A&M Tuesday...but got outstanding play inside from Warren, Vails, Dyer, Taylor and Hammond...who accounted for 44 of the Cards 73 points.


The Volleyball Cards downed Georgetown 25-19, 25-14, 25-23 on the final day of BIG EAST regular season volleyball action yesterday in Washington, D.C. Louisville will be the #1 seed in the BIG EAST tournament, starting Friday at Villanova and will face #8 seed Pittsburgh at 12:30 p.m.

Louisville (21-7, 13-1) started out Sunday unable to shake the Hoyas and the match was close until three straight serving aces by Caitlin Welch pushed Louisville to a 17-12 advantage. The Cards withstood a late Georgetown rally to win by six. 

Game two was all Louisville early, the Cards jumping out to a 9-4 advantage and going on a 9-1 run to lead 22-13. Emily Juhl  had five of her nine kills in the second contest and also served four of the five final points for the Cards in the win.

Georgetown put up a battle in the final game, roaring out to a 8-2 lead, but Louisville rallied back to tie it at 18. It remained tied at 23 until Lola Arslanbekova scored the final two points of the match on a kill and then a serving ace to give the Cards a hard fought win. Lola led the Cards with 11 kills in the match.

Other first round matchups in the BIG EAST Tournament:

#4 Syracuse vs. #5 Notre Dame 10 a.m.
#2 Cincinnati vs. #7 Villanova 3:30 p.m.
#3 Marquette vs. #6 Seton Hall 6 p.m.

All games will be shown on BIG EAST TV. The Cards must be wary of Pitt, who came into the KFC YUM! Center and defeated Louisville 3-1 during regular season play.



  1. My starting line up against Texas A&M:
    J. Schimmel (assuming Gibbs is injured)
    Hammond (high post)
    Vails (assuming Reid is injured)
    Sorry, but Burke's 3 3's (on 3/13 shooting) are not worth the minutes she took from Vails and Warren, and Harper doesn't produce the assists or steals of J. Schimmel.
    -PDX Phil

  2. Wow. Three new players for Louisville lead the way. Impressive.

  3. Louisville will need to find another long range threat until Shoni gets back in the lineup. Burke carried the entire load tonight deep. Texas A and M has the tools to pack it in the paint and force the Cards to hit from outside.

  4. The good news is we eeked out a win, and that our newbies are the one's who made that happen. I am sure they gained a lot of experience and confidence with this win, given they carried the load.

    Cierra and Sara are going to be a ton of fun to watch this season. Bria and Jude as well. Though, Bria has to hit those free throws. That dribble drive of hers is great, but, she has to take advantage of the charity stripe.
    I am excited to see only 2 turn overs for Jude. The assists need to go up, though.

    We are going to have to do much, much better if we are going to pull off a win against aTm, though. Mo needs to be healthy and on, and Becky needs to find that sweet spot. Becky is not going to win playing minutes with her defensive effort so she better find a way to put up more numbers when she is in the game.

    Looks like Tia is doubtful for Tuesday, but if she makes it in, we need a strong defensive effort as well as some outside shooting.


  5. You put both Jude and Shoni together on the court you will see a difference. Just like at PDX Franklin, Jude carried them while Shoni was injured, put shoni back in and they dominated. I just hope they keep playing Jude, she is a missing link in my mind as far as chemistry goes she will not keep the ball away from Shoni and she can score.... ;-) --U23

  6. I enjoy these discussions among friends, so here's a comment on the two preceding posts.
    Jenny - Jude had 5 assists in 19 minutes. Harper and Burke combined had 2 assists in 55 minutes. That's why I would play Jude in front of either Harper or Burke.
    U23 - Although I, too, am a big fan of the Schimmels, Jude goes back to the bench when either Shoni or Tia come back. When Walz has his full roster available, it looks like he may go with three guards - Shoni, Bria, and Tia. I wouldn't start all three, but I wouldn't put Jude ahead of any of them either.
    PDX Phil

  7. Don't get me wrong, I am a HUGE Jude (well Schimmel) fan.
    I did overlook the fact she only played 19 minutes. Thanks for pointing that out. It was a strong showing for her, and I am thrilled.
    Coach has warned the fans that Jude was turnover prone, so, I am ecstatic with her effort yesterday, especially since I now see how many minutes she played.

    I think all of our guards will see a good rotation of time, atleast early season. Whoever plays the hardest and fulfills their job the best, will get the minutes when BEast play starts.

    With our pressure defense, having a deep bench at each position, allows for rested legs as games wind down and can be on the line. I expect minutes for a lot of players just to give rest when needed.

    It's gonna be FUN!!

  8. Walz will eventually go with a lineup of Shoni, Bria, Mo, Asia and Cierra in my opinion. The beauty here is looking down the bench and seeing u got Sara, Jude, Tia, Shwanta and Sherrone sll ready and willing to serve. And if Tay comes back for the second half of the season, I'd wager UofL had the deepest bench in College WBB.

    David Watson

  9. I agree with you 80%, Dr. Watson, but I think that Hammond is going to be starting instead of Taylor. In any event, I hope that Walz goes with 2 guards and 3 bigs instead of the other way around. Louisville needs more scoring and defense (including rebounding) inside in order to compete with the elite teams in the country.
    -PDX Phil

  10. So, with Shoni, Mo and Tia out for today's aTm game, who starts?
    I predict Shelby, Bria, Becky, Sara and Cierra.

    A guard(Jude) will be first off the bench if it looks like we are having trouble getting the ball down court. If we are moving the ball well, I expect Shawnta or Asia to be first in for Becky.

  11. Aggies guards will be a load to handle. Would expect Jude (because of defense) sees plenty of time and maybe the start.



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