CARDS FALL SHORT AGAINST BLUE DEMONS
It's always hard to write about the last game of the year...unless it is about a championship. The Louisville women's basketball team isn't anywhere near ready to be considered for that description but could be the hard-luck title contenders of the year with a heart-breaking, frustrating loss to DePaul Sunday afternoon.
Louisville gets a layup with a degree difficulty factor of 10+ from Briahanna Jackson with 15 seconds left in the game to tie it at 72-72. After a DePaul time out, Jackson is called for a foul trying to intercept the in-bounds pass. Both players were in pursuit. There probably was argument for either a no-all or whistle on DePaul's Jessica January. The Cards get the whistle. I went back and looked at this decision quite a few times. I still disagree with the foul call on Jackson.
Fast forward 13 seconds. The Cards are working toward getting the game winning basket on what would be their final possession.
Myisha Hines-Allen is maneuvering through a group of DePaul players in the lane but never gets the shot up. Bodies crashing, arms flailing...the call goes against Hines-Allen for a charge. After looking at more than several replays of that sequence, I'm still not convinced she did.
Two 50/50 calls at the end of a game that was full of questionable whistles go against Louisville.
And that ends your season.
|A special thanks to my crack team of bodyguards that kept|
me safe from harm during the season.
Credit Doug Bruno for employing an offense that is extremely difficult to guard and getting his squad settled down and focused after falling behind 7-0 in the first two minutes. Credit Jeff Walz for finding a way to get the Cards to having a chance to win it at the end. Give extra credit to the 7515 that showed up today and the fans that supported the Louisville and DePaul teams throughout the season.
But give no credit to the officials who called this one today. It was a pitiful, sub-par job of refereeing. How a crew this bad can be selected for a game of this importance is baffling.
The Cards need to give this loss a long, hard and critical review and consideration. It can hopefully serve as a motivation to become better in the areas that led to today's loss. I would expect the opportunity to grow for the future out of defeat scenario would be a good strategy and main job focus over the next six months.
Each of us have our own ideas on where the Louisville women's basketball team needs to improve. The opinions that really count the most, though, are the coaches and the players who will do the work to enact them.
This one is going to take a while for me to get over.
And it should for the women that will make up next year's team, too...