Sunday, January 3, 2016
Louisville women's basketball must avoid getting stung by Yellow Jackets today -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
CARDS NEED TO STAY ON THE TRACKS AGAINST GA. TECH
Redemption train...ACC line...got off to a great start Friday with a 79-69 win over #15 FSU Friday in the KFC YUM! Center. The Louisville WBB squad now rolls into Atlanta to face a dangerous Georgia Tech squad today at 2 p.m. in the McCamish Pavillion on the GT campus.
It'll be a homecoming for Asia Durr, who played her high school hoops at Douglasville St. Pius X and for assistant coach Sam Purcell...a Georgia native who spent six years as an assistant at Georgia Tech.
For both, and the Cardinals, to walk away with a "W" today...they'll need to take the sting out of several Tech players. Aaliyah Whiteside averages 19.9 ppg and 7.6 grabs per contest...both figures tops for the Yellow Jackets. She had 17 points in Ga.Tech's most recent outing...a 85-76 loss at Notre Dame. Roddreka Rogers also tallied 17 against the Irish and adds 13.2 per outing. Ciana Cryor notched 19 against Muffet McGraw's squad and comes off the bench. Antonia Peresson is a legitimate threat from the deep with 27 threes in the books.
Have the security on heightened alert as well for today's game also...Georgia Tech is 10th. in the nation in steals per game...averaging 12.3 pilfers per game.
The Yellow Jackets (10-4) are a perfect 8-0 at home. Losses have come at South Bend, Georgia, Indiana and in Cancun to Northern Iowa. Quality wins are hard to find in the Tech schedule so far...but they did beat Alabama by 12 and IUPUI...who gave Louisville fits...by 10.
Keys for a Louisville (9-5) victory will center on the continued good play of "the dependables"...Mariya Moore (13.6 ppg), Myisha Hines-Allen (15.1 ppg), Briahanna Jackson (14.7 ppg) and Cortnee Walton. We'd love to see a excellent hometown performance and extended minutes from Durr and the continued inspiring play from Arica Carter.
Coach Walz would no doubt also like to get some playing opportunities today for the freshmen Taja Cole, Sam Fuehring, Brianna Jones and Erin DeGrate if the statistics allow....plus attack Yorkie Dakota Weatherford.
We discuss FRED here on the site a lot and if the Cards can convert free throws, control the rebounding, make the easy shots and pay stellar defense...FRED should enjoy his jaunt down to pecan and peach country.
The broadcast will be on ESPN 3 for viewing and we'll be back later today with a recap of the action.
THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR
If you missed yesterday's live broadcast of The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour, you missed a great show with me, Worldwide, Sam Draut and Paige Sherrard discussing UofL women's basketball.
Fear not, however...the rebroadcast is available on the Soundcloud over at Crescent Hill Radio and at the link below:
THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR 01/02/16
If you're a fan of UofL women's basketball, you definitely want to hear our latest broadcast!