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Friday, February 22, 2019

Cards Use Second Half Run to Down Virginia 71-49 -- Weekend Preview -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

A Tale of Two Halves; Cards Defeat Cavaliers

Despite trailing at halftime Louisville used a big second half to roll past Virginia, 71-49.  Dana Evans led the Cards with 13 points, although five Cards were in the double-digits for points.  Evans also finished with a team-high six assists.

Louisville was down three at halftime but outscored the Cavaliers 46-21 in the second half for a blowout victory.

Asia Durr scored 12 points with most of her damage coming in the second half.  Sam Fuehring (or Firing, if you heard the ACCNE broadcast) went for 11 points and eight rebounds.  Kylee Shook and Bionca Dunham each added 10 points.  Dunham joined Mykasa Robinson with five rebounds apiece.

The two teams were tied at 14 apiece at the end of the first quarter and Asia Durr had a goose egg in the points column.  Bionca Dunham scored early for the Cards and Dana Evans finished out the quarter as the duo contributed most of the points in the period.

The Wahoos took the second quarter 14-11 and their efforts resulted in a 28-25 halftime lead.  The Cards took three minutes into the period to score and went on a four minute scoring drought later on...allowing the Hoos to go up by 10 at one point.  Luckily, Virginia struggled equally as much neat the end of the half because of the UofL defense and the score remained close going into the break.

Louisville looked like a new team coming out of the locker room at halftime.  The won the third quarter 23-9.  A 10-0 run started the quarter for Louisville and they never surrendered the lead after.  Jaz Jones and Sam Fuehring led the charge in the period and Louisville's three-pointers began to fall.

A 23-12 fourth quarter sealed the deal in the win.  Five three-pointers and an old-fashioned three-point play was the theme for the final period.  It was part of a second half where the Cards shot 63.6% from three-point range.

A win that took awhile to develop but was eventually worth the wait. Hats off to a Virginia team that threw a scare into #4 for 20 minutes last night.

F-R-E-D Report

Free Throws- Louisville shot 7-9 from the line, all in the second half.  The 77.8% is enough to earn a"F".
capital version.

Rebounds- Virginia won the overall rebounding battle 38-27, 24-11 in the first half.  The Cards won the second half rebounds 16-14.  The Cards got four second chance points, as opposed to UVA's 15 on the night.  No letter here.

Effort/Efficiency- The bench provided a spark with 25 points and 32 points came in the paint.  Of the Cavaliers' 18 turnovers Louisville scored 20 points.  They also only turned the ball over six times on the night, three in each half.  The Cards shot 45% from the field and 37% from downtown.  Of the 27 made buckets 18 were assisted.  There are some really nice numbers in there, including many of those getting a big boost in the second half and well deserving of a capital "E".

Defense- At halftime, it appeared that Virginia was on the verge of scoring close to 60.  They wound up being held under 50.  The Cavaliers shot just below 39% from the field and went 3-10 from three-point range.  UofL forced 18 turnovers on the game including 11 steals that helped lead to 12 fast break points.  The second half turned what would have been a lowercase letter into a capital "D".

F-_-E-D for a score of 75%, not too shabby, but could be better.  The rebounding was rather disappointing.

Louisville's record improves to 24-2 and they are now 11-2 in the conference and sitting at a 2-seed in the ACC Tournament if it were to begin today.  Their 1-seed for the NCAA Tournament should remain intact.

In other women's basketball news around the country there were a few games worth mentioning.

Georgia Tech put a thumping on Clemson 75-53. Tech is trying to play their way into NCAA Tournament position and may have put Clemson on that NCAA fence with their win.

#16 Kentucky went to #13 South Carolina and pulled off a win 65-57.

Virginia Tech earned their first home ACC victory by upsetting #14 Miami 73-65.

#8 Maryland managed to snag a win at home in the final seconds against Minnesota 71-69.

A Look at the Weekend

Friday, Feb. 22

Track and field continues their trip in Greensboro in the ACC Championships.

Women's swimming and diving continues their stint in the ACC Championships and are coming off an incredible Day Two! The big highlight was a first place and new school record in the 500m freestyle by Mallory Comerford.  We'll report more on this following the conclusion of the multi-day event.

Women's tennis has a big home match against Syracuse at 4:00 p.m.

Baseball will have a double-header against Brown starting at 2:00 p.m.  The second game takes the place of the originally-scheduled Saturday game.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Track and field continues competing in the ACC Championships.

Women's swimming and diving also continues the ACC Championships.

Men;s golf heads to Tallahassee for the FSU Seminole Intercollegiate.

Rowing has a scrimmage in Orlando against Tennessee and UCF.

Softball will play two games in the Tennessee Classic, facing Kansas at 9:30 a.m., and Bradley at 2:30 p.m.

Lacrosse has a noon game against Mercer for their home opener.  Paulie and I will attempt to venture that way following the conclusion of the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour, weather pending.

Men's basketball has a noon tip-off against a projected 1-seeded Virginia Cavaliers.  Remember last year's... er... last second loss?

Sunday, Feb. 24

Men's golf continues their event in warm, sunny Tallahassee.

Women's tennis faces Clemson at noon, which I will try to make the first few minutes of.

Women's basketball returns home to take on Boston College at 2:00 p.m.  It's their final home Sunday game and leaves one home game remaining after this.

Softball will take on Bradley for a second time in Knoxville at 5:00 p.m.

On a Personal Note

This evening, I will accompany my colleagues in the semi-professional community ensemble I play in for a recording session.  We are applying to play at the prestigious Midwest Clinic held in Chicago every December.

 It is one of the "don't-miss" events for musicians worldwide and features guests from all 50 states and over 30 countries.

We will be one of over a thousand ensembles auditioning for one of approximately 30 spots.  Please wish us the best of luck and fingers crossed we get accepted!

Happy Friday and Go Cards!



  1. Thank goodness for the final twenty minutes because the first twenty stunk. Admiitedly, I didn't watch the internet feed, I was called into work to "pull a double" and listened to the radio feed.

    I am tired, but happy and taking today off. 24-2. Miami goes down. That'll help me go to sleep. Nite-nite!

    Happy birthday, Paulie! Surprised your boy didn't mention it in his article but I knew. He too hung up on himself and his music I guess.

    Curtis "One half bad, one half great -- just like the Cards" Franklin

  2. Cards have now scored 70+ plus in eight of their last nine and had 68 in the one they didn't

  3. Forgot to put the happy birthday in the article! Paulie is celebrating his 29th birthday today!!!

  4. Hey, Paulie. Happy Birthday, my friend!

    UofL WBB did what they had to, win on the road in the ACC. I didn't expect a huge win, Virginia has grown, re-tooled and showed a lot of fight.

    The more I watch Dana Evans, the more I am convinced she'll be the Cards leader her last two years. She has no fear.

    Nick O.

  5. Have a great day Paulie ! I remember years ago when you and Sonya spent the birthday/anniversary sequence down in Gatlinburg and we had my bar manager haul both of you back to the chalet in your car and I followed her to get back home.

    Good times, buddy. Yes, those Irish Car Bombs will get ya. Ha, ha.

    Louisville underestimated the Cavs last night but made the correct adjustments, wore them out with defense and ran, ran, ran. Those five made threes in the fourth didn't hurt either.

    Virginia is an improved team since UofL played them the first time and that reserve Caldwell had a career night against Louisville.

    Anytime four of your players go 32+ minutes, you're going to get tired, especially with the defensive pressure the Cards apply.

    On to B.C. Someone please beat Notre Dame, OK?

    -- The Real Joe Hill --

  6. Happy Birthday Paulie!
    Pisces rule😁

    A tale of two halves, second half they

  7. Happy Birthday Paulie!
    Another dog fight in ACC good road win for the lady cards.
    Jazmine Jones the X Factor getting into the pass lane.
    Note: Kylee Shook moving her feet better on Defense and Bionca attacking the Basket more on Offence there getting better.
    A shout to Mykasa with the hard nose defensive pressure.
    Last but not least (Dana Burger Girl Evans) becoming a Leader, the next star on this team.
    love that young lady from LA AC AC!!!

  8. Thanks all for the birthday wishes. Friday was a good day. WEnt out to breakfast, had a great steak for dinner and had some quality time with Sonya.


  9. Mykasa went to the locker room at the end of the 3rd quarter and did not come back. Any info? I didn't hear the post game interview.

    1. Had to go to the replay to see that. Didn't see anything happen while she was on the court injury wise, but, it looked like she may have been feeling sick. Not that usual all out Energizer Bunny energy.

    2. Concussion protocol.


  10. Fromlast night. A couple of quite interesting tidbits in the PAC 12:

    Oregon loses again, at home, to a UCLA team that is playing really well right now. UCLA erases a 22 point deficit. Oregon is again without Ruthy Hebard, who injured her knee early in the loss to Oregon State.

    Oregon State beats USC. The interesting stat is that the Moore sisters played a combined 78 minutes and scored a combined six points, going 3-17 from the field.

    I don't think UofL misses Mariya at all.


  11. Mariya who?
    JK, once a card, always a card.

  12. I have no proof that any of this is true, but in addition to the “homesick” story we got about Mariya’s departure, I always thought she left in part to improve her WNBA chances. Playing with her sister who knows her game and they have a good chemistry with each other I think they may have thought would help elevate her status and she would have been the third option at best her senior year. I don’t say this in any way to disparage. Just an observation. I enjoyed her contributions to the program while she was here.


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