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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Louisville women's basketball -- Cards wreck Ga. Tech 91-51...THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Louisville women's basketball hit seven first quarter threes and held Georgia Tech to two second quarter points in their 91-51 win Wednesday night in the KFC YUM! Center. Mariya Moore and Asia Durr combined for six of the trifectas (three each) and the visitors went scoreless for a 7:40 stretch in the second quarter where the Cards stretched a 33-15 lead to a 50-15 halftime total. 

This was undoubtedly Louisville's best defensive effort of their ACC campaign so far and the Cards backed it up with a sizzling 62.1% shooting effort in the first twenty minutes (18-29) to blow this one wide open. 

Jeff Walz agreed about the defense: 

"We came out defensively and really followed the game plan. What's nice is you've got about 17-18 games now you can watch on an opponent and that really helps you prepare on how to stop them." 

Louisville took a 6-4 lead and pushed that out to a 22-8 advantage over a four minute stretch in the opening quarter. Durr had two threes in that sequence and Kylee Shook and Mariya Moore added one each. The period ended with the Cards comfortably ahead 27-13 and the crowd was buzzing about Louisville's 7 for 10 beyond the arc marksmanship. 

If Tech was discouraged by the Cards opening efforts, the second frame probably sent then into a deep depression and sense of hopelessness. After getting a jumper from Chelsea Guimaraes to make it 33-15 with 7:40 until half-time, the visitors from Atlanta went 0 for 12 the rest of the way as the Cards finished the second stanza action on a 17-0 run.

'Rambling wreck' pretty well described the state of the "techsters" and the Cards were the body-shop technicians providing the dismantling. 

A 50-15 halftime score. Louisville had backed off the three attempts in the second period...making and taking just one...but held a 18-4 points-in-the-paint advantage and 25-15 rebounding edge. Durr had 17 points and Moore contributed 10. 

Georgia Tech didn't completely fold in the tent...they scored the first four points of the third quarter and managed 21 points in the ensuing ten minutes...but Myisha Hines-Allen was getting heavily involved with eight third-period points...including a six point run in the final two minutes and Walz was going deep into the reserves by the end of the quarter. It was 75-36 after three and the only question that remained was if the Cards would reach the century mark on the scoreboard to match their 100th win in the KFC YUM! Center. 

The Louisville starters sat out the final period and Bionca Dunham turned in a nice seven minutes with five points, three rebounds and two blocks. Sydney Zambrotta nailed the Cards final three and the Joneses and the Johnson's looked good along with Sam Fuehring's solid ten minutes. Jessica Laemmle did not enter the game...she was feeling light-headed and kept herself out of the action. Maybe it was because all of the first-half excitement...we were pretty giddy on press row...

Louisville won the final session 16-15 and ended up a forty-point winner 91-51.

A larger than expected win, for sure, against a squad that was 13-4 and 2-2 prior to the contest. That long sought-out, pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow named consistency had been realized and found on a night where Louisville scored 40 more points than the opponent and took seven less shots...


-- Free Throws. 10 Cards attempted them and three made four each (Hines-Allen, Moore and Taylor Johnson) The final numbers were 20-34 which is an unsatisfactory 58.8% and won't get a letter. Maybe the only disappointing factor in Louisville's performance tonight. 

-- Rebounding.  A huge effort on the glass tonight with 48 grabs...compared to Georgia Tech's 30. No double digit grabbers...but no one played more than 26 minutes tonight except Moore and she had eight. A definite capital "R" here. Rebounding was a pre-game key and accomplished.

-- Effort/Execution.  A very good effort against a decent team. Just 10 turnovers, seven blocks, 57.4% shooting and 20 assists on 31 made baskets. The 14-8 edge on points off turnovers, and 37 bench points make it easy to award a capital "E" on a job well done by all.  

-- Defense.  As mentioned earlier, this was the best defensive effort the Cards have turned in against ACC competition and maybe of the season. A no-brainer here, we bestow a capital "D" for the defense.



Congratulations Cortnee! The red-shirt senior had two attempts from the floor tonight in the paint and made them both. Nice assists from B.J. both times...she took her time, used the backboard and converted. 

B.J. bustin' it!  Check out her stat line from last night. 2-5 from the floor, eight rebounds and seven assists in 23 minutes. It's what you like to see from a point-guard and she performed the role well Wednesday. 

Front line frenzy. The reserve front-liners...Ciera Johnson, Sam Fuehring, Bionca Dunham and Kylee Shook had 23 points tonight and no turnovers in 45 total minutes of play. An excellent effort. 

Durr-ability.  7 of 11 shooting (4 for 8 from three range) for #25. Showing why leaving her unguarded is a real bad idea if you're playing the Cards. 


We won't harp on it too much but free throws weren't that great. Asia's 2 for 6 and Jazmine's 1 for 4 efforts need to improve. When you have 10 players attempting them in a game that had 49 fouls...maybe a drop in production should be expected. In any event, 58.8% is below our suggested 70%. 


A great way to end the home stretch and hit the road for three games...this convincing, a bit surprising and thoroughly entertaining win over a decent ACC foe in Georgia Tech. The incredible long-range bombing in the first quarter, the shut-down defense in the second quarter and getting to see extended period of playing time for all made it a wonderful and memorable night in the KFC YUM! Center. 

The Cards (17-4, 5-2) step out of conference for a game at USF next in what feels like it should be a conference match...given the frequency these two have met over the years. Georgia Tech (13-5, 2-3) will try to regroup and re-gather for an arduous task at surprising and capable Wake Forest. 

If the Cards can keep this intensity and consistency up the remainder of the could be a delightful final 1/3rd of the regular season. The road is tough, no doubt, but the stops at USF, Clemson and Pitt are definitely winnable and would put Louisville at 20 wins on the season and a team to be feared by all.

Walz remarked during his presser that the only win streak he wants to see would begin March 11th and go for six games (The NCAA Tournament). That led to a Paulie lesson provided by Coach that seven wouldn't be possible. Once again, I remain baffled by the brilliance and amused at the alacrity. 


The insidious Insell. Why is he pointing at the
referee's hand? C'mon Rick...give her "five". 
Be sure to listen to Jeff Walz's impassioned and correct plea for Paul Sanderford's long-needed, but un-fulfilled inclusion to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in the audio clip below. Jeff is 'dead-on' in his comments and and Paul deserves that honor.

Rick Insell (MTSU) before Paul? Let's keep in mind that the committee is possibly Knoxville based...the Hall of Fame is on the U.T. campus. Rick was great friends with Pat Summit. Sure, let's put a guy associated with abuse to Tennessee Walking Horses in the Hall of Fame...I love it. 

Jeff Walz is 3-1 lifetime against Insell at MTSU. He's never been associated with animal cruelty that I'm aware of, except for "beating-a-dead-horse" in his post-game remarks on occasion, and I think he should be in the next class, along with his mentor Sanderford. 

A comment about the association with the mistreatment: 

As an alum of MTSU and a horse person, these incidents dishearten me terribly. As the potion states: It’s now time for MTSU to sever all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty, by banning the Big Lick TWH from being exhibited on its property, and to no longer allow its salaried employees to be associated with the Animal Cruelty in any way.

And it’s also time for MTSU employee Mr. Rick Insell, to either immediately resign from the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Board, or to resign as the MTSU Blue Raiders Basketball coach.

Soring is a technique used to induce horses to perform a style of walking in which they raise and lower their fore-feet faster and in a more exaggerated manner than they would normally. The horses are induced to do this by attaching a weighted "stack" of pads under the front hooves using a strap, or the application of chemicals. This high-stepping action of the front legs is called "big lick" movement in show ring Tennessee Walking Horses.

Soring has been declared "cruel" and inhumane" by the United States Congress[1] Similarly, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has described it as "inhumane"[2] and "unethical"[3]
If you would like to see Paul Sanderford in the WBB Hall of Fame, please e-mail Dana Hart...who is the president of the organization.


The post game presser: 



put Paul Sanderford in the Hall of Fame


  1. Nice recap, Paulie! Watched the first half and switched to radio for the rest. Nick and AJ kill me. Best entertainment on radio. It is truly a shame on Paul Sanderford not being in the Hall of Fame. It is also truly disgusting on how that farm handles horses as well. Horses in chains? Seriously?

    Looking forward to the Cards coming to USF Sunday. I'll be there.

    -- The Real Joe Hill --

    1. Have a big time in Tampa, Joe and shoot us a report on the game if you will.


  2. The UofL defense was spectacular last night and Georgia Tech never knew what hit them. What an exciting first half! Bionca Dunham needs more time on the court.

    Curtis "33 looking good to me" Franklin

    1. Yes she can play the 4 & 5 good rebounder and can take it right back up!

  3. #PutPaulintheHall

  4. Insell is a slimy old cooter that looks like he should be peddling used cars at a shady side of town buy-here, pay-here lot. In other words, a great fit for Murfreesboro and MTSU. He and the HOF deserve each other. He and Matthew Mitchell need to do one of those cheesy car sales infomercials. Maybe they could recruit Tammy Coats.

  5. Good game for Captain Cortnee and her mate's!
    Cortnee is great passing and sound defender.

  6. Nice Win. Shook looks to have an unlimited upside. BJ is starting to fit into the Point. She can't buy a jumper right now but if she can run the crew it may work out. Free throws are a joke and we need to fix it if we want to make it past the round of sixteen.

    My Dad was partners in a Montana ranch that raised registered quarter horses back in the day. You could always tell the bad guys by how they treated the stock because it reflected what they thought they could get away with if the World. Graciousness and Kindness is universal. The guys that beat the stock ended up deserving a beating on a personal level. Not that I would have ever have done that...

    1. I agree poor free throws shootING you have to correct that come march.

  7. Some blowouts in ACC WBB tonight. Duke handled Va. Tech pretty easily. FSU put one on Syracuse. Wake Forest handled North Carolina. Notre Dame struggled a bit with Boston College but got the win. Virginia kept Clemson winless in conference. And, how about the guys taking Clemson by 32! Looks like you had a good week with your predictions Paulie. The Deb Factor.

    1. Yeah! A 6-0 success rate over the Weds-Thurs slate. That bumps me up to 33-8 on the season (80.4%). I was surprised about the margin Duke won over Virginia Tech (I almost picked Virginia Tech) and Wake going to UNC and winning (again, came close to picking UNC here)

      Even a blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally...


  8. Yes, ACC season and my Clemson Tigers fall back to the ground in both men's and women's hoops. At least we have a football championship to get us through the winter. What a smack-down Rick Pitino and company put on our MBB squad last night!

    I continue to be impressed with Asia Durr for your WBB Cards. That beating over Ga. Tech was wicked. Louisville definitely a team to fear. I'll be at the Cards WBB vs. Clemson game next Thursday. I may have Paulie send me a Cardinal Couple shirt to wear.

    Your Clemson friend
    Greer, SC

    1. Arthur, I'd do it in a heartbeat on the shirt-sending but we are out of stock on them! I do like Nelly Perry and Aliyah Collier on the Clemson WBB squad and would like to see the Tigers put one on NC State Sunday...but I'm probably going to pick the Wolf Pack over you. Prove me wrong.


  9. Any surprise that UNC is falling apart this year? Maybe it's time for Sylvia to step down. The talent is there with Watts, Cherry and Walker.


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