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Monday, December 3, 2018

WBB: Cards cage Tigers 107-52 -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Fans who made it to the KFC YUM! Center yesterday afternoon (7762 of them) plus those watching on the ACCNE or listening on radio had to feel good and encouraged by Louisville women's basketball's 107-52 win yesterday over Tennessee State. There was a lot to enjoy. 

A 18-0 run in the third quarter that opened this one wide open. 107 points, the highest scoring total of the season for the Cards. A 58-21 second half advantage. All 11 Cardinals scoring and seeing at least 10 minutes of on-floor action. Forcing 29 turnovers and getting 19 steals. 

Of course, the opponent was the now 0-9 Tigers from Nashville. At least, they never trailed the entire contest...jumping out to a 2-0 lead and being the better squad for 37 seconds. Walz tried every conceivable combination on the court with his players...and, despite a momentary loss of dominance -- where TSU actually climbed back within four, using a 8-0 run before halftime at 29-25 at the 6:45 mark...the Cards were clicking on all cylinders and gave Walz and his staff a lot of game video to go over to see how certain people worked with others when they were on the floor at the same time. 

The Final Four squad from last year had two 50+ wins in 39 games last year. A 115-51 victory over Murray State (Nov 24th.) and 80-26 triumph over Middle Tennessee (Dec 9). Yesterday's win eclipsed the average margin over victory so far this season (17.8 points) by 38. The 2018-19 Cards have been finding the hoop lately also. They've scored 373 points in the last four games. That's a clip of 93.25 a night.

Back to the game.  After the 0-2 start , the Cards responded with an 11-4 run after Bionca Dunham connected in the paint. The 11-6 lead ballooned to 20-10 after Dunham scored again from inside. The largest lead of the first quarter came at 26-14 and 1:24 on the clock...Kylee Shook getting paint points. Paint points came easily for Louisville yesterday...they ended up with 46 of them and allowed just 26.

 26-17 Cards after one quarter. 

The Cards started the second quarter with Sam Fuehring, Lindsey Duvall, Bionca Dunham, Jazmine Jones and Asia Durr on the floor. That combination surrendered eight straight points, though, after a Duvall three started the second quarter scoring. 29-25 and Walz re-shuffled the Cards. With Dana Evans and Arica Carter coming in to replace Duvall and Dunham, Louisville went on a 16-2 run over the next five minutes and held a 45-27 lead. The home squad went into the half with a 49-31 advantage. Durr led all scorers with 11 points and Dunham had contributed 10. Louisville had survived and easily retaliated against the TSU run and...the best was yet to come. 

The visiting Tigers would probably prefer to forget the third quarter from yesterday's contest.

Louisville came out of the break energized and went on a 18-0 run to grab a 65-31 edge in just a little over three minutes. Carter and Jones had the first ten points in the run and the Cards ended the third with a 37-13 advantage over the Ohio Valley Conference and a 86-44 lead. UofL ended the 10-minute session with an exclamation point when Duvall drained a three as the buzzer went off. 

Louisville kept building the lead in the fourth no matter who Walz had on the floor. Jess Laemmle, Seygan Robins and Duvall were on the court to start, along with  Evans and Shook. Louisville reached the 100 - point mark when Robins drained a free throw with 4:16 to play and Laemmle brought the crowd to the feet when she drained a three with 2:45 to go. Louisville largest lead (56) came after two Mykasa Robinson free throws and 46 seconds on the clock. 

Jess for...THREE !!!
Most of the stats are one-sided, as you might expect. The Cards did put four in double figures (Durr 19, Evans 17, Jones and Dunham 14). Duvall added nine (on three threes) and Carter had nine also. Shook ended up with eight points and 14 glorious rebounds -- 11 on the defensive end, plus a cut on her throat that looked like some botched a tracheotomy procedure on her. Robinson produced seven points, Sam provided six points and six boards in just 17 minutes. Laemmle drained the previously mentioned three to end with three and Robins ended up with one point. All played, all scored...all looked good and focused. 

Two stats that stand out before we move to the FRED report. The Cards held a 27-2 points-on-fast-breaks advantage and Kylee Shook set a school record with eight blocks. In 20 minutes. She was a busy tudent-athlete, with the 14 rebounds and eight points. 

Link for post-game presser with Walz, Evans and Shook below: 



A beautiful day in the neighborhood for
Cards WBB and Fred "Mr" Rogers
FREE THROWS -- Coach Walz made a point to point out to me that Louisville was 31-39 from the line (79.5%) and had a "Three is better than two" moment when Arica Carter missed the second of two free throws but the Cards got the ball back on the miss, Carter got fouled and sank two free throws midway through the fourth quarter. YES, I'LL AWARD THE CAPITAL "F" HERE. 

REBOUNDING -- It was a 45-34 board margin in favor of the Cards and Shook was the princess of the paint with her 14. She and Dunham combined for 21 grabs and guard Robinson had seven as well. WE'LL GIVE OUT THE CAPITAL "R" FOR THE GRABBING EDGE.

EFFORT/EXECUTION -- 107 points. 48.6% shooting and just 12 turnovers. 22 assists. LET'S KEEP THE CAPITAL'S ROLLING A CAPITAL "E" IS THE CALL HERE. 

DEFENSE -- With 19 steals, 29 forced turnovers and 34.9% shooting by the's our first "all capital" effort of the season -- A CAPITAL "D" HERE. 


One would expect a huge effort and high win margin over a 0-7 opponent and it's what was delivered yesterday. Plenty of playing time for all and a solid, business-like approach provided in a game that was Sunday afternoon fun. 

The Cards entertain UT-Martin tomorrow night and Worldwide "Jeff" McAdams will get you ready for that one -- plus some Volleyball season thoughts tomorrow in the Tuesday CARDINAL COUPLE edition. 

( Great photos today from our guy behind the lenses -- Jared Anderson) 


Louisville women's track and cross country shining star DORCAS WASIKE broke the Louisville record for 5000 meters yesterday in the BU Invitational Season Opener with a time of 15:25:35 for the distance. 

This time could have been even better. She fell at the 4000 meter mark but recovered and sprinted to the wire to finish sixth in a highly competitive field.  


i apologize for not covering our Saturday broadcast yesterday, but, with so much going
OUR TWO FAVORITE GALS (BESIDE SONYA) ON PRESS ROW plain escaped my thought process. 

The show featured Daryl Foust and Paige Sherrard in studio with Case and I and we caught up with Worldwide in Champaign via cell phone. A rollicking, fast-paced and fun show...which is what you can expect when we are graced with the dynamic duo of those two joining us for the broadcast and the Facebook Live Saturday sojurn. 

Special thanks to the "Monk" for coming in and dusting off her skills and running the board. This broadcast goes into one of the "best of" Cardinal Couple broadcasts category and we proudly provide the link below for the replay so you can also join in the merriment if you missed the live feed Saturday. Hot dogs for everyone! 

Listen to us weekly on 100.9 WCHQ FM or catch the weekly Facebook Live Saturday's at 11 a.m. from the magnificent, majestic Media mansion on Mellwood. 



Here's the "Caption This Picture" offering from the photo efforts of Jared Anderson for the Tenn. State game. 

Jared has a knack for capturing the most interesting pictures that make us all wonder what the thought process consists of from the guys who rolls quarters and has discussions with the branches' ITM. 

He offered several today and it was hard to come up with just one for the captioning today...but, I decided on this one. 

Leave your caption comments in the comments section below, e-mail them to me at, text them to me or just go running madly into the streets clutching the picture and screaming incoherently. 




  1. Great win yesterday over a squad that tried but had nowhere near the talent level of the Cards!

    If you didn't have a good time in the YUM yesterday, you either weren't there or were a TSU fan. Props to Alvin Sims daughter Asia. Alvin and family were there and his daughter played a gutsy, hard-nosed 30-some minutes.

    On the caption: Walz is wondering just who he has out there and if the Steelers can get a win later in the day.

    Curtis "GO Jess GO!" Franklin

  2. My caption comment:

    "Hmmm. did I remember to turn the stove off this morning?"


  3. Dave, break that down in English for me.

    Shook is becoming a big threat. I like the way the three posts are improving. Can they do it against the Cats, Huskies and Irish is my question.

    Caption: "I wonder if Paulie or Sonya would like some 4th quarter floor time?"

    Blue Lou

  4. I said before, Kylee is the "x" factor on how well this team will be this season. That was an impressive 8 blocks and 14 boards in only 21 minutes.
    Great game all around from everyone.
    Love that all players had at least 10 minutes. And not all end of the game bench clearing minutes. Hope to see more of the same tomorrow.

  5. There were only a few of us at postgame yesterday... maybe 8 if you take away Al Greener, Nick Evans, and security. I typically don’t ask questions and if I do I pass the onto Paulie or Mike Gilpatrick as I go through photos. Glad our captain kept postgame moving away from the awkward silences.

    If Bionca can make the layups she’d be a huge force down low. As Walz mentioned, she is fast with her hands and getting the shot up so she just needs to turn her head and find the basket to resolve that.

    Huge game by Kylee. If only she has two more points and blocks for a triple-double.

    Caption: Why haven’t they passed me the ball yet?

  6. A nice win over maybe the worst team in D1 WBB currently. The 295th place RPI ranking is a joke. They'd fall to most of them ranked beneath them.

    Walz needs to get this team focused on preventing mental break downs, like the one they suffered midway through the second quarter. That wasn't five bench players out there. Three starters and two reserves.

    I still think Asia is not where she needs to be.

    Her assists and rebounds have been a plus but the three point attempts from her seem worse than last year.

    I like the radio show when you have the two ladies on, Paulie. Good to have a women's sports show with actual women participating.

    Caption this. Walz wondering if he could coach both women's basketball and football and how he would use Jones and Evans as kickoff returners.

    I have said all season long that Notre Dame DID NOT deserve to be #1 and they got it handed to them by a UConn team, in the Notre Dame gym and by a bunch of freshmen.

    Sit on that tuffet, little Miss Muffet !

    Nick O.

  7. What are you thinking about, Jeff Walz? "I wonder how welll I could do at shot put."

    1. You remember he had Emmonnie Henderson for a couple of years, Charlie, and she's the best shot-putter Louisville ever had. And, he takes full credit for that. She probably honed those "putter"skills practicing full-court passes on out-of-bounds plays...just sayin'


  8. walz sayin bout time for a shave ain't it.

    dunham going to be a beast by acc tournament time

  9. I've been reminded that I never posted a winner for the "Caption this" submissions from Friday's picture.

    We'll go with Blue Lou's "Land of a Thousand Dances" quip.


  10. Some great comments here! Your winner? I think we have to go with Jared's "I wonder why they haven't passed me the ball yet"

    (Quite frankly, with Walz passing up his last two opportunities to shoot...the offense has lost confidence in him and defenses are laying off him. I think he needs to try a dribble drive.)


  11. Satterfield to Louisville! Guy is 51-24 at App. State. Won the SunBelt. Recruits well down south (Fla, Ga, etc).

    I like it! Go get that "natti" Satti!

    -- The Real Joe Hill --


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