SOPHOMORE AVERAGING 21 POINTS FOR CARDS
|(Thanks to Charlie Springer for the picture)|
In two games, the Cards WBB squad (2-0) has amassed 173 points. Of those, Durr is responsible for scoring 42 of them. That's roughly 25% of the Cardinal point total. For those who like stats (avert your eyes, Justine Sowry and Worldwide) consider the numbers below. Keep in mind that they are for just two games...but also against two teams picked to finish 1-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Two teams that I can see playing in the NCAA Tournament.
-- Durr is shooting 53% from the floor. The Cards are shooting 55%.
-- Durr is 15 for 28 from three-point range. That's 54%.
-- Only three Cards have successfully sunk treys this season. Besides Durr, Mariya Moore has two and Sydney Zambrotta one. All told, eight Cards have attempted them...the other five are 0 for 10. Overall the Cards are 36% from the deep.
Consider that Durr was 44 for 122 from the deep last year and at .361...she had the highest percentage on the team. If she keeps the current pace, and it's way too early to suggest that, she'd end up with 225 successfully made. The all-time high made came from Shoni Schimmel at 118 in 2013-14...and Shoni is the only Cardinal to ever make more than 100 in a season. Mariya Moore knocked down 77 last year...which comes in at seventh for a season. Credit goes to Asia's teammates for getting her the looks, finding her when she's open and encouraging her to take the shots.
Howie Lindsey asked the question this morning...is Durr one of the top five three-point shooters in Cardinal WBB history? Again, it is too early to tell...comparing her to Shoni, Jude, Kristin Mattox, Becky Burke, Sara Nord, Nita Slaughter or even Brandie Raddie at this point in time is an unsubstantial argument. It is entirely possible, though that she and Mariya Moore could end up in the top five by the time their careers are over.
While we smile about Durr's early stats...let's not forget that in two games so far...Moore is shooting 80% from the floor, Ciera Johnson 66%, Briahanna Jackson 60%, and Myisha Hines-Allen 50%. Myisha had the highest shooting percentage at 54% last year.
OK, enough of the numbers...
With a sweep of the OVC so far, Louisville takes their road show to Middle Tennessee and Conference USA tomorrow night. We'll get much more in-depth on that one tomorrow...it is interesting to note, though, that the Cards lead the series 4-1. Louisville will face two C-USA members this season...WKU being the other.
Two in the books and at least 30 to go. We'll have something to say about all of them here at Cardinal Couple.
NOVEMBER IS DONATION MONTH
We're halfway through November and we're excited about the rest of the month, year and beyond. We've had an OK response to our requests for donations...and appreciate the ones we have received immensely...but we're far short of what we were hoping to be.
That said, maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe we aren't providing you what you want to read. Maybe the interest in UofL women's athletics...which is our focal point...isn't as great as we perceive it to be. Maybe we aren't trying hard enough..
We made a bold move earlier in the year and added football and a couple of other men's sports to the fold. I'm pleased as I can be about this addition and don't plan on changing that one bit...but maybe it isn't what you want to read. I can only tell you that our "hit" count and site reads is very high when we run men's sports columns. It's not that we are trying to compete head-to-head with the other sites out there that focus their attention on men's sports. We felt, and have been told that there are a lot of women's sports fans who also get excited about our football, men's soccer, basketball and baseball programs.
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