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Sunday, March 2, 2014

SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE - WBB, Lacrosse get Saturday wins.


-Balanced scoring, nine threes lead Louisville to win

-Lacrosse knocks off #18 Denver 12-7

The University of Louisville  women's basketball team recorded their 28th. win of the season in Cincinnati Saturdday afternoon..dispensing of the Bearcats 75-51 in Fifth Third Arena.

Tia Gibbs led the UofL scorers with 17 points and four Cards hit for double figures in the game.

The Cards jumped out to an early 6-0 lead over UC thanks to a couple of threes from Shoni Schimmel and Nita Slaughter and built a 14-5 lead after Slaughter drained her third three of the half at the 13:06 mark.

Playing on senior day...UC wasn't ready to let go of the contest just yet. The Bearcats erupted on a 16-5 run over the next five minutes and grabbed a 21-19 advantage when senior forward Jeanise Randolph connected on a jumper with 9:42 to go in the half.

Louisville had seen enough of any upset attempts. The Cards responded with a 13-3 run to grab a 32-24 edge after Tia Gibbs sank a couple of free throws with five minutes remaining in the first half. Louisville's largest lead of the first twenty minutes came when Shoni Schimmel drilled two free throws to put Louisville up 37-26 with 78 seconds to play in the first half.

The Cards took a 37-29 lead into the half...Slaughter's four threes paced the Cards for 12 first half points, Gibbs had 11 points and two threes in the books and Shoni added seven for Louisville. 

The Cards were having trouble stopping Randolph (14 pts.) and Alyesha Lovett (11 points). Chelsea Jamison had UC's other four points of the half. Jamison was also whistled for a technical foul early in the first half for going after Asia Taylor after a battle for a loose ball.

UofL steadily pulled away from UC in the final stanza, getting their first 10 points from Asia and Sara Hammond to go up 47-38 with four minutes gone in action. That lead jumped to 54-40 after a Gibbs three at the 13:15 mark .

Emmonnie Henderson pushed Louisville to a 61-42 margin after scoring inside and hitting a free throw with 9:20 to play. By then, Walz was substituting liberally...getting Denies, Breedlove and "E" extensive playing time. A-Tayy connected on a nice inside feed from Jude to make it 66-44 Cards with 7:18 showing on the clock.

Shoni's second three of the contest gave Louisville a 71-49 advantage with four minutes left in the game.  Bria Smith's jumper and two "E" free throws closed out the Cardinal scoring for the 24-point win.

Louisville was led by Tia's 17 points. Nita finished with 14, Asia scored ten second half points to end up with 12 and Shoni added 10 points to complete the double-figure Cards. Sara Hammond was good for eight, "E" and Bria had five each and Jude rounded out the scoring with four. Deines, Breedlove and Walton also played but did not score.

Randolph led all scorers with 22 points.

It was a good, if not spectacular win for Louisville in front of a fan base that was almost equally divided between UofL and UC fans. A tune-up for the business that lies ahead Monday night in the KFC YUM! Center at 7 p.m. A chance for Louisville to get quite a few different combinations on the floor and test different defenses and offensive sets. A brief, light-hearted comedy before the feature film.

Be there.


Louisville Lacrosse pulls off the home win over #18 Denver at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium Saturday afternoon 12-7. Junior forward Faye Brust led Kellie Young's squad with four goals while handing the Pioneers their first loss of the season.

Kellie Young was impressed with the Cardinal defense:

"Our defense played awesomely. They were great on ball. We had great doubling, great sliding and great covering of the cutters. Denver had a hard time finding open people."

(Wait a sec...was that Young or Walz describing the action?)

After Denver opened with a score, Kaylin Morissette tossed home two in a row and Brust got her first to put Louisville put 3-1. Scores from Nikki Boltja and Brust kept Louisville in the lead 5-3 and Cortnee Daley scored close-in to give the Cards a 6-3 first half advantage.

Denver opened up the final 30 minutes with a score but Brust countered to keep the Cardinal lead at three. Two Denver scores within a 30 second time-frame had it close at 7-6 with 20 minutes remaining.

The Pioneers would get no closer. Four unanswered UofL scores from Carissa Corbett, Boltja, Morissette and Jamie Redding put it out of reach at 11-6. The Pioneers would score for the final time with eight minutes left. Brust's fourth goal made the final score 12-7 with less than a minute remaining.

Louisville (4-1) heads to Columbus, OH for action against The Ohio State University on Tuesday at 3 p.m.


Softball's Saturday games in California were cancelled.


  1. Good win. We're as ready for UConn as we'll ever be.

  2. I was real proud to be a cardinal fan yesterday. We easily had more than 2 times the fans in the seats ( including Dr Raymsey and his wife) and when I travel it always reminds me of how fortunate we are to have such a fantastic facility with parking that is not at least 1/2 mile away. The Louisville fans represented UL well as they participated in the honoring of Cincinnati's seniors by being attentive to the presentations and by clapping for each senior as they and their family were presented.

    There was one way where Cincinnati out shined us was where in the pre-game activities they rolled out a "cart" at each foul line where a number of fire works were detonated. It was quite an impressive display for inside a facility. I miss the fireworks display I saw at Louisville at the opening of the new arena when we played TN. Perhaps we can find a few extras laying around from last year's thunder show.

  3. Good game UofL. Our seniors were pumped and fought hard but that is another great team you have there. Will miss the rivalry, in all sports. We need to be going to the ACC with you.

    Mt Adams Micki

    1. Appreciate the graciousness and sportsmanship. Good Luck next year.

  4. Another good, workmanlike win. Team will need that outside shooting from Gibbs and Slaughter.if they hope to stay close to UConn, because UConn will not let Shoni beat them. They will also need to rebound, especially at the defensive end (please avoid the two quick fouls, Sara) and will need to limit turnovers to 10 or below.

    Even at that....UConn 72-35 over Rutgers yesterday. Mosqueda-Lewis is back.

    Hoping to see 20,000+ of my closest friends at the Yum! tomorrow!

  5. Softball rained out again in California. They didn't get a single game in during the three days.

  6. Tennessee defeats South Carolina convincingly, Baylor falls to WVU at Waco (did Mulkey keep her clothes on?) and UNC beats Duke easily. That fourth #1 seed is totally up for grabs.

    By the way, Odyssey Sims took 30(!!) shots for the Fighting Kims today.

    1. The Fighting Kims? I LOVE IT! Got to wonder just what that mascot looks like...chortle, chortle


  7. We have some Reps from the Umatilla Indian Reservation who will be at the big game. Our tribes photographer will be on hand, a bushy headed Indian with braids name Dallas Dick who I believe has a press pass. Can you guys get a pic taking with Dallas? I hear 30 plus Native Tribes will be on hand for the big game. I am tearing up as I type lol jk Proud of Shoni, watching her grow up before my eyes is amazing.--Umatilla23

    1. I will look for him Umatilla and introduce myself. Photos are always fun. I'll try and round up Jeff and Jenny for it as well.



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