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Friday, December 18, 2015

Louisville women's basketball pulls away late to down Tennessee Tech 76-54 -- Saturday Cardinal Couple


It wasn't a thing of beauty...especially in regards to Louisville's first half defensive effort...but the Cards embellished upon a five point halftime lead to put away Tennessee Tech 76-54 Friday night in Cookeville, TN.

Myisha Hines-Allen led the Cards with 20 points...equally split between both halves and Louisville outscored the Golden Eagles 19-8 in the pivotal final period to improve to 6-5 on the season. 

Jeff Walz wasn't overly thrilled over the Cards performance
against TTU:

"We played better in the second half but our defense is still an issue. When you give a guard like [ Samaria] Howard that much confidence early on, she's going to punish you from the floor. Plus, we missed nine layups. I promise you, we work on them every day. I'm at a loss to explain it. We hit some of them and it's a 30 point plus win." 

Howard had 20 points for the Golden Eagles...but only three in the final 20 minutes. She had three of the seven made threes for TTU. 

The Cards got good early play from Hines-Allen and Erin DeGrate early in the contest and led 10-5 halfway through before ending the first period ahead 23-17. Both posts had six points each for Louisville...who had a decided advantage inside the entire game. Louisville had a 42-10 scoring edge in the paint with 3:50 remaining in the game. 

The second stanza featured a run by each squad. The Cards put together a 9-0 run to lead 37-23 with 3:21 left until halftime. Tenn. Tech battled back with a 11-2 run to close the half and trailed only 39-34 after twenty minutes. 

Howard was on fire for the Golden Eagles with 17 points. Louisville was shooting 49% but allowing the home team a 46% shooting accuracy. 

Louisville picked up four fouls in the first three minutes of the third period but held TTU scoreless for the first 3:14 of the session. The Cards got the contest back to a double-digit lead at 45-34 with 5:50 to play and ended the quarter with a 57-46 advantage.

It was 62-48 after two minutes of final period play and the Cards continued to increase the margin. A Briahanna Jackson three set the margin to 67-52 with 3:32 to play...part of a 9-0 run that put Louisville in the driver's seat 71-52 after Hines-Allen sank two free throws. 

Walz turned the final minutes over to four freshmen and Dakota Weatherford and she nailed a three with a minute to play to put the Cards up by 20 at 74-54. 

Final...76-54 Louisville. 

Louisville did force 27 Golden Eagle turnovers and held the home team to a total of 20 second half points. Joining MHA in double digit scoring was Jackson and Moore with 11 each. Arica Carter played a very solid game for the Cards and finished with nine points. All 11 Louisville players that saw action scored and the Cards were 6-6 from the free throw line for the game. Syd Brackemyre watched in her warm-ups after undergoing surgery two days ago on her knee.

Redemption Train rolls to South Carolina next for a Sunday afternoon contest against College of Charleston. 

It wasn't a convincing win or over-powering one but the Cards never trailed in this one after the first four minutes and were never in any danger of losing it. It counts in the win column. Moore had three of UofL's six threes...but no second half points. 

The total attendance was announced at 943 but maybe 200 were in attendance for the majority of the contest...the TTU men were scheduled to play Miami (OH) after the women's game...maybe the Cookeville crowd has to pace themselves in basketball endurance...or hoops just isn't that big a deal in that part of Tennessee. Regardless...the victory is Louisville's fourth in the last five games and Myisha Hines-Allen continues to shine bright for Cardinal WBB. 

One game at a day at a time. The wins may not be eye-popping...but they are wins...and that beats the alternative. 



We'll discuss the three Louisville WBB wins this week and other UofL women's sports on our Saturday radio show today at 11 a.m. on 100.9 WCHQ-FM. The CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR is also available at:

As far as I know...Worldwide and I will be in studio. Sam the Intern will be M.I.A. due to the death of his grandfather and our condolences go out to him and the family. Paige Sherrard was uncertain on an appearance...based on family holiday plans. Regardless, we have a great show lined up for you.




  1. Walz sums up these games perfectly. I've been a Cards fan 3 yrs now and we always screw up on easy shots. I attended the UCLA Sac State game tonight and both teams did a great converting points and making lay ups. It was fabulous basketball except for Sac State shooting 0-11 in the 2nd half from 3 point land but they still scored 76.

    1. The Cards got great play out of DeGrate in the first and then Walz stopped calling her number because she's still a step slow defensively. Carter had a good overall game for a Louisville team that controlled the paint despite the defensive lapses. 44-12 was the points in paint margin. Louisville also capitalized on the turnovers and fast breaks with 44-16 points scored off turnovers and 16-0 on fast break points. A win that could have been a real blowout if the Cards could just make layups.

  2. Give my Golden Eagles a little credit here. Tennessee Tech hung tough through the third quarter but Louisville took advantage of a deep bench, effective ball-control and a defense that converted every Golden Eagle mistake into points it seemed. Paulie, the Tech crowd was slow arriving but there were close to 1000 in the seats by the time the game ended. There isn't a lot of faith among some of us regulars that Jim Davis is the answer here for Tech women's basketball. The team does great academically but the guy was retired. When Sylvia split for Georgia Tech the administration should have taken more time to select a successor.

    Jerry B.

    1. Hi, Jerry! Thanks for reading the site and commenting! Samaria Howard is the real deal and if Davis can find a way to keep her involved for 40 minutes...the Golden Eagles could make some noise in the OVC this season. It can take a coach a few years to get things straightened out...but if Davis isn't the guy, best of luck in finding a new leader there at Cookeville.


  3. I have to tell you, that, for the first time, I beat my son. Worldwide Jeff McAdams, in the quiz. I must also admit that it was no great accomplishment, in this case. But a win's a win, right? Smile.

    1. I think I need to get him in with Walz for some instruction on stepping it up. He was missing layups and was nonchalant about his dismal effort.


  4. Paulie, would Samaria Howard be one of the better players on our roster?

    1. The juco transfer has definite skills but we are chock-full of small guards this season. She might have a Tia Gibbs like role if she was a guard at Louisville...coming in off the bench, providing an offensive spark and creating a bit of momentum and excitement. Whether she would beat out BJ or Mariya is unlikely but she possibly could be one of the point guards with Arica and Taja. Louisville did shut her down in the final twenty minutes...and with the current state of our defense...other opponents would probably do the same.



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