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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Louisville Women's Basketball doubles up SEMO 80 -40 -- Volleyball sweeps Virginia -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Paige, Paulie and the Attack Yorkie's
best friend captured by Jared
The 2017-17 Louisville women's basketball season got off to a rousing in the KFC YUM! Center Friday night...the Cards had no trouble with the Southeastern Missouri Redhawks, pulling away to an 80-40 victory in front of an announced crowd of 6054. 

Give Myisha Hines-Allen Louisville first basket of the season. The Montclair, NJ senior took a nice feed from Asia Durr 43 seconds into the contest and Louisville blew out to a 16-0 first quarter lead before SEMO connected on two free throws with 3:15 left in the initial session. The Cards ruled the first ten minutes and held a 25-5 lead after one. Jaz Jones had seven points for UofL.  

Head UofL coach played 'em all and played them often in the first half. Sam Fuehring's two free throws put Louisville up 28-6 two-an-a-half minutes into second quarter play. SEMO scored the next five points and Walz got a quick time out to discuss it. The conversation worked...the Cards went on a 14-0 run to end the half... Arica Carter nailed a three in the stretch and UofL held a commanding 42-11 advantage at the midway point. 

Louisville held a 20-2 edge in points-in-the-paint, had 24 points off 19 RedHawks turnovers and Dana Evans led UofL in first half scoring with eight points on 1-3 shooting and 6-6 from the free throw line. Louisville was also having their way on missed shots, with a 22-11 rebounding edge. 

Durr got the crowd enthused in the third period when she nailed a three to start action and the Cards held a 49-13 lead when Jones connected on a falling down, off-balance jumper with 7:42 left in the third. Kylee Shook got involved in the three-point scoring when she nailed one with two minutes left in the quarter and Louisville held a convincing 60-26 scoreboard lead with ten minutes to go. We saw a lot of combinations in the third...including Loretta Kakala and Shook in the paint. 

Sydney Zambrotta kept the fans buzzing when she sank two straight threes to begin the final session and the Cards got a trifecta from our favorite attack Yorkie in the fourth quarter as well. Paulie called for a forty-point win and Evans obliged him by bombing a deep three home as the game ended for the 80-40 final. 

All Cards scored in this one and Jones led the way with 12. Evans and Shook added 11, Bionca Dunham went 5-7 from the floor for 10 points to round out the double figure producers. Durr contributed eight in 20 minutes, Myisha went for six and a squad-leading 11 rebounds...Carter and Zambrotta also finished with six. Fuehring added four in 16 did Laemmle and Kakala finished with three in 11 minutes.

A good overall effort by the Cards...Walz would like to see the turnovers drop (19 for the Cards) and the fouls decrease...but was pleased with the opening effort by the squad. We have his comments -- also Myisha Hines-Allen and Jaz Jones' at the end of the basketball segment today. Good to see a freshman (Dana Evans) shoot free throws so well and Myisha ruling the boards in "My-Zilla" fashion again. 


(Our first Fred of the year --
Fred Astaire
(In case you're reading us for the first time or have forgotten from last year, we do a "Fred Report" -- Free throws, Rebounding, Effort/Execution and Defense -- after each game. 

Free Throws -- Louisville shot 14-22 (63.6%) for the game. Kudos to Jaz (4-5) and Dana (6-8). Asia lagged with just 1-3. Our standard to earn a letter here is 70%, so no letter can be awarded here. Coach Walz did point out to me in his post-game comments that two of the misses did turn into Shook rebounds and subsequent baskets. Three is better than two, according to Walz Theorum I but we didn't get a chance to discuss opposing free throw defense...he'll dispute the grade here, I am sure, but the numbers don't lie.

Rebounding -- Louisville took a 44-28 victory in the battle of the boards. Myisha gets kisses for her 11. No other Card has more than five, but no one played more than 24 we'll award a CAPITAL "R" in this category

Effort/Execution -- Louisville was a running bunch Friday night and had 22 assists on 29 made baskets. The third quarter was the only time SEMO stayed fairly close in a 18-15 Louisville quarter edge. The turnovers are problematic, maybe, you throw bad passes and bad things happen and 19 will get Louisville slaughtered by Ohio State Sunday. The fouls need to lessen as well but the hustle is definitely there...I'll be magnanimous and award a CAPITAL "E" here.

Defense -- It was a decent effort against an undersized and over-matched Ohio Valley Conference foe. SEMO went 14-47 from the floor (29.8%) and had 28 turnovers. They were 1-10 from "three" range. Louisville also got 10 steals. Holding anyone to 40 points in 40 minutes will always get you a CAPITAL "D" and that's what we'll award here. 


A pleasing time getting to see everyone perform and, for the most part, perform well. 

Things get rockier Sunday in Columbus vs. Ohio State. The Buckeyes put it on Stanford 85-64 last night. Kelsey Mitchell had 30 points and Stephanie Mavunga 17 points and 26 rebounds for OSU...but, for now, UofL is undefeated.






Worldwide descends the step in
Cardinal Arena
Meanwhile, back on the UofL campus in Cardinal Arena, the UofL Volleyball team was dispatching of Virginia in straight sets 25-9, 25-13, 25-19. 

Tess Clark with 15 kills for Louisville (20-6, 13-2) and Dani Busboom Kelly's boomers impressed her. 

"I thought the offense was crisp tonight and we changed up a few things in transition and you saw that tonight. Tess had an awesome game. It's great when you work on something all week and see it performed." 

Molly Sauer scored on six straight serves in the first game and Louisville hit an incredible .536 in the first game. 

Throw the heater! 
The Cards jumped out big in the second game and led 14-4...Clark getting five kills in this set. 

Gabby Wiley served for five straight points in the final game but the Cavs closed it to six at 19-13. They would get no closer. 

The VolleyCards face Virginia Tech on Sunday in Cardinal Arena. Top of the ACC, it's a nice thing, right?  




Louisville Field Hockey plays their first game in the NCAA Tournament at Ann Arbor, MI today against Northwestern. The Cards have their work cut out for them...Northwestern took UofL 2-0 in the regular season in Evanston. 

Louisville finished second in the recent ACC Tournament at Trager and will hopefully be ready to battle the Wildcats and the rather cool conditions this one will be played in. Justine Sowry, Minnie Mink and Nicole Woods preview the journey below: 


Louisville is #8 in the nation and Northwestern #10. A 2 p.m. start and live scoring will be available at

Football hosts Virginia today at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Louisville will try to get back on the winning path after a bye week and loss last time out. The Cards edged by the Cavs last year on a late Lamar Jackson to Jaylen Smith touchdown and today's 3:30 p.m. contest could prove to be just as exciting. 

The Cards are 5-4 on the season. You can catch this one on ESPNU or listen tom Paul Rogers always excellent call on 790 WKRD. 



WE take to the airwaves tomorrow at 11 a.m. for another edition of The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour. It's the "A" team in studio...Paulie, Jared, Case and Jared. 

We'll talk hoops, we'll talk Volleyball, we'll talk Field Hockey and play clips. Expect the usual banter and shenanigans to ensue. 


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  1. That was a good but certainly not awe-inspiring start last night. Nineteen turnovers against OSU and we get beat like Stanford did.

    I've felt all off-season that in order for the Cardinals to compete against good teams they will need rebounding and interior defense from Fuehring and Shook. Based on last night, with the undersized opposition and all of the substitutions, the jury's still out on that question - we will find out tomorrow.

    My three buddies and I will be there - we're also doing an up-and-back. Section 106 Row R.

    1. The Bird Lady11/11/2017 10:12 AM

      We are also doing a day trip. And in 106 row R. I will be the one in the UofL bucket hat. Stop by and say hi

    2. We'll be there too. 106 row R. In Columbus now. Go CARDS!

  2. Go Cards great game last night it was nice to see a girls get involved in the first game! And to our friend Stan who was confused or concerned with rebounding..What was that MHA had 11?! You go girls and she could have had a season opener with a double double but hey 6pts and 11 rebounds in just 15minutes of playing she ROCKED it! Good game girls and Sunday can't come fast enough!

  3. I'll be there as well on Media Row for both games. Stop by and say HI!!!!


  4. Nice to get the W. Still need to firm up the point and kill the turnovers. Jury is out big time on Carter. Seems like she's been around for years but she really needs to step up at the One and run it. If not it's on to Plan B. Ohio State will tell the tale.

    1. Oh AC will be on point in Columbus.

  5. Glad to see plenty of playing time for some who may not be getting as much tomorrow, lots of different combinations, be interesting to see how different tomorrow's game will be as far as who gets minutes, gonna be a much tougher challenge. Think we're gonna be ok as the season goes.


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