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Monday, December 29, 2014

Louisville WBB returns to action -- Monday Cardinal Couple

5-5 Evansville visits the KFC YUM! Center

Jeff Walz's 2014-15 women's basketball squad has returned to campus after the Christmas break and hopes to continue the merriment and joy of the holiday season with a win over the Evansville Purple Aces WBB squad tonight in a 7 p.m. square-off tonight in the KFC YUM! Center. 

An interesting nickname, indeed for tonight's opponent. 

The Aces monicker came into play in 1926 after Louisville
lost to the Evansville College Pioneers. The Pioneers head coach, John Harmon told sports writer Dan Scism that Cardinal coach Tom King commented that Evansville didn't have four aces up their sleeve, they had five.

A mascot was created by Evansville Press artist Larry Hill. "Ace Purple"  was a rough, mean-looking riverboat gambler since Evansville is on the Ohio River. In 1977, a fan submitted a revised version of "Ace"...a smiling, friendly looking figure...that was adopted and remains popular with the fan base today. A more modern logo is also associated with University of Evansville sports also. 

The Purple Aces will need a whole deck of Aces to trump the 12 Cards that will take the court this evening. At 5-5 on the season, they hold wins over Austin Peay, Miami (OH), Murray State, Oakland City and Troy. Losses have come to Southern Indiana, Ball State, IPFW (and Don the Mastadon), IUPUI and a 83-39 drubbing by West Virginia. 

Sara Dickey (a preseason all-Missouri Valley Conference selection) leads the way for UE with 18.7 PPG. Mallory Ladd averages 16.4 per contest and Kat Taylor adds 13 a game.

The Aces got 16 from Taylor last time out in a 62-50 loss to IUPUI on Dec. 21st. Evansville is 1-5 on the road this season. They return four starters from a squad that went 15-16 last year. 

In the series, the Cards hold a commanding 10-2 advantage...but lost the last time they face E-Ville...60-58 in Evansville on November 24, 2002. Freshman Connie Neal led Louisville with 15 points in Martin Clapp's final season as Louisville head coach.

The Cards led until 3:20 left in the game at Roberts Stadium. Two Sara Nord free throws tied it late but the Aces got a basket with three seconds left and Louisville mishandled the in-bounds pass trying to send it to overtime. 

Tonight's game shouldn't be nearly as close. The Cards
looked to be back in sync last time out with a 70-57 win over California and Walz will use this one as a tune up for the start of ACC play...Louisville will host Georgia Tech on Friday, Jan 2nd. at 7 p.m.

This one will be available on CARDS TV at well as GameDay Live mobile application. Matt Andrews and Adrienne Johnson will handle the radio duties at WKRD 790 AM. 

Ring out the old year with us tonight down at the KFC YUM! Center as the Cards say goodbye to the non-conference schedule and move on to ACC action! 

(Funny...but we didn't hear Coach Walz say anything about $2 Champagne for this one)


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1 comment:

  1. Interesting background on their nickname. Pretty cool you dug all the way back to 1926 for the details. It looks like Evansville has maybe three fans in the stands in that home court game pic. Pretty sad.

    Three top 25 teams got beat yesterday; (14) Georgia, (20) Michigan State & (24) Green Bay, so hopefully our ballers understand the risk of their first contest coming off a holiday.

    This should give the Cards a chance to get their game legs back under them and get a bit of momentum going in preparation for the ACC wars.


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