SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
TIA'S THREES START CARDS TO 26 POINT WIN
MARYLAND SURPRISES TENNESSEE TO ADVANCE
For the first 7 1/2 minutes of Sunday afternoon's game between LSU and Louisville, it looked like the 'eye of the Tiger' was going to hang close with the Louisville Cardinals in the KFC YUM! Center. Up 12-9 after a Danielle Ballard jumper..her 10th point of the game, LSU was getting a All-American performance out of the sophomore guard.
Then, two things happened. A media timeout and the insertion of Tia Gibbs into the game. Shoni started the Louisville run with two free throws to put the Cards up 13-12. 16 seconds later...Tia buries a three. 35 seconds later... she nails another one.
Make it 19-14 Louisville. Make it ballgame over. A Shoni jumper and Jude three (off a nifty A-Tayy assist) and with eight minutes left...score it Louisville 24-LSU 14.
The Cards would push that advantage to 17 a couple of times in the final eight minutes of the first half and take a 41-23 halftime lead into the locker room.
|Holly Rowe tries to explain to Sonja and I why she is|
dressed in blue. Excuse denied!
- The Cards made seven first half threes...LSU none.
- Louisville was shooting 43% from the floor...LSU 30%
- The Cards had a 12-0 bench advantage in scoring.
- Louisville held a 9-2 points off turnovers edge.
|The LSU fans seated behind us were an obnoxious bunch|
LSU would make a last-gap attempt to rally, cutting the Louisville lead to 42-29 with 17:23 to go in the game when Ballard hit a jumper. It just served to get Louisville fired up and the Cards went on a 16-6 spurt which featured two Gibbs threes...the second one making it 58-35 with ten minutes left to play.
At that point, Louisville was 10-26 from trifecta range. LSU was 0-4.
Coach Walz started to rest the starters at that point. He had a lineup of Walton, Henderson, Breedlove, Deines and Smith in the game after Slaughter drained a three to make it 66-40 Cards with 5:35 remaining.
|Louie and Mike the Tiger in a dance off. Mike narrowly won.|
Ballard had 24 points for LSU. She also had 24 in the LSU win over WVU.
|Tia sinking another three (just out of camera range).|
You could sense it was not the Vols afternoon...Thomas seemed to be able to score whenever she wanted against the pourous Tennessee defense and when she was stopped Lexie Brown and Laurin Mincy were there to pick up points. The trio will make Louisville's attempt to gain Final Four status difficult.
The party was over when Maryland was still double-digiting the Vols 67-53 and 4:00 showing on the KFC YUM! Center scoreboard.
|The Vols cheerleaders were pretty good...the WBB squad...not so much|
As for Mercedes Russell and Jordan Reynolds...two Vols players that Jeff Walz went after very strongly for the 2013 class...a combined four points in 31 minutes of play. Russell did have a couple of impressive blocked shots. Based on yesterday's performance...which is probably unfair given that Reynolds played huge down the stretch in conference play for UT...Louisville isn't missing a whole lot in not getting the two to sign as Cardinals.
Tennessee is going home. So is LSU. It was a rough day for the SEC Sunday...South Carolina lost also...to North Carolina. Only Texas A&M remains for the SEC.
On a day where fans attending Regional womens' basketball action in Louisville saw three incredible individual performances...it was the team that got solid performances from multiple players that looked the most impressive.
Walz vs. Frese. Former head coach and assistant go to battle to take I-65 South and dance. It should be a great one Tuesday night.
BE there if you can...
Another successful sale on the Unfinished Business trip. The Party-Crashers 2 get a step closer to a return trip to Final Four frenzy.
The CARDINAL COUPLE Pick 'Em contest standings:
Curtis F 43-13
Kenny S 41-15
Willie Cat Fan 40-16
Card Chimp 35-21
Jennifer B 34-22
Matt M 27-29
The Other One 26-30