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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

WBB Downs Bellarmine 82-25 -- UTM vs. Cards tonight -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


It was a fun, feel-good evening in the KFC YUM Center Tuesday night, as the Louisville Cardinals rolled by Bellarmine University in the Cards regular season home opener in front of a crowd of 7014. 

Walz played all 13 on the roster at least five minutes and 12 scored in the romp. Louisville had four in double figures, getting a 12 point, 14 rebound night out of senior transfer Emily Engstler. Emily did her all her scoring in the first half, and had 10 rebounds at the break. 

The Cards jumped out to an early 20-7 lead in the first quarter and were getting it done offensively and defensively against the Knights. Walz had already gone ten deep in the roster on the court in the first ten minutes against the overmatched Knights The Cards shot 50% in the first ten minutes (12-24) while holding Bellarmine to 3-10 shooting. UofL held a comfortable 28-10 lead after the first quarter, and held an 18-2 points-in-the-paint edge. 

The Cards used their quickness to build that lead in the second quarter and Bellarmine's shooting woes continued. Engstler, Chelsie Hall and Norika Konno kept the defensive pressure on Bellarmine's guards and the Cards turned in a sparkling 20-4 second quarter effort to coast into halftime up 48-14. It was rebound missed shots or deflect BU passes, run and score in the paint for UofL. The Knights had committed 16 turnovers and head coach Chancellor Dugan had gone deep into her bench by halftime,  getting her reserves some valuable, on-court playing time and learning experience against a top 10 foe. 

The third quarter saw a continuance of UofL defensive pressure and working the offense. A slow start to the third, the squads combined for just six points in the first 5:24 of the third, but UofL held a 64-18 lead by the end of the quarter. A 16-4 quarter advantage for UofL and the only real question left was how many minutes reserves Payton Verhulst, Sydni Schetnan, Ramani Parker, Merissah Russell and Ahlana Smith would see in the final ten minutes. The starters were done for the night and had done their work. 

(Hailey Van Lith made an impromptu visit to see me last night...) 

The Cards held a reserve Bellarmine squad to just seven fourth quarter points and Ahlana Smith wowed the crowd with her skills on offense, getting eight of her10 points in the final eight minutes. Walz had Kasa Robinson (who came in for Norika Konno), Schetnan, Verhulst, Parker and Russell on the floor for the final two minutes and a Parker basket in the paint closed out the 82-25 final score.

(We feature Fred Flintstone as today's Fred. Yabba Dabba Cards ! )


Free Throws -- The_ Cards only went to the line seven times in a lightly-whistled contest and Verhulst went 3-4 in her attempts. She was the only Card to make a free throw. 3-7 is 42.9% and may be the only thing one could point out as a Cards defect in the contest. No letter. 

Rebounds -- A  huge 54-24 edge for Louisville, that featured a 32-14 defensive edge. Engstler's 14 led the way, everyone who played for Louisville had at least one and Robinson showed again that she likes to go to the boards with six. She's 5'7", folks -- providing that positioning and hustle is a major key in coming up with missed shots. I award the CAPITAL "R" FOR REBOUNDING. 

Effort/Execution -- A 21 assist but 20 turnover night for the Cards, Louisville did come up with 15 steals, though, and totally dominated the fast break points (20-0), 2nd chance points (24-2) and points in the paint (52-10). Nothing but defense and run on the fast break for the Cards... I'LL GO WITH A CAPITAL "E" HERE. 

Defense -- Bellarmine shot just 7-47 for the night (14,9%) and committed 29 turnovers. Engstler had three of the Cards five blocked shots and four of the Cards 15 steals. The effort defensively was there, the Knights just made two baskets in the final 20 minutes. LET'S CLOSE IT OUT WITH A CAPITAL "D" FOR THE DEFENSIVE EFFORT. 


(Hailey and I pleased to be one of Jared's photos !) 

Louisville was, no doubt, still hurting a bit from the Arizona loss, and Bellarmine was unfortunate enough to be "next up" for the Cards. I do believe this BU squad has some high points, and talented personnel. Guards Claire Knies, Kathleen Scott and forward Lauren Deel will prove to be a handful for the rest of the opponents on the BU schedule.

They just ran into a Cardinals squad that wanted to perform well after the Arizona loss. 



Jess Laemmle was on the ACCNX broadcast and, from all accounts I've heard, did a great job. I enjoyed catching up with her before the game. If anyone knows Walz or Cardinals women's basketball, it would be Jess. 




(My media placard from my last trip to Martin...) 


The Cards return to the court tonight to face UT-Martin in the KFC YUM! CENTER. The Skyhawks are 2-1 on the season, falling to Kansas State 44-30 and defeating North Carolina A&T 58-40 and WKU 63-57. 

All their results come from the WNIT Preseason Classic, held at Kansas State in Manhattan KS. Ex-Card Seygan Robins is still on the UTM roster and the Skyhawks are led in scoring by Holly Forbes (14.0 ppg) and Hayley Harrison (10.0 ppg).  


Have a Wonderful Wednesday !



  1. Random side note. You probably wouldn't think about it since Scott is a pretty common last name, but Bellarmine's Kathleen Scott is 1st cousin to UofL Volleyball's Libero Elena Scott.

    1. Only Jeff could figure out a way to get Volleyball into a basketball article. It's like herding kittens, y'all.

      K. Scott's former high school coach, Chris Stallings, told me that Katherine is always on the go and never stops hustling.

      Another great kid out of the Bullitt East program!


  2. Fun, blowout win! UTM tonight and Seygan returns.

    I'm so impressed with Emily Engstler! And, Paulie, you have to stop getting in Hailey's way!

    Nick O

  3. Midseason form, just too many turnovers and missed layups from what I saw on the rebroadcast.

    I love this offense! Get it and go! Look out, UTM and ACC!

    Curtis " Be Kind " Franklin

  4. I know this one will help us down the road, but our shooting stank and we were intimidated.

    Congrats to the Cards. They shut up down early and we never recovered. Nice write up!


  5. Walz is right when he talks about stop going for the home run and just get a single. I will venture that this offense will have games down the road where the three is going in and the fast breaks conclude with two points, not a missed layup.

    This is already a very good team. They have the chance to be historic. Engstler is a powerful player who has no fear. Ahlana Smith runs on eight cylinders nonstop. And Hailey? She's the straw that stirs the drink.

    Blue Lou

  6. Hello Friends!
    Arthur Here !

    That was a fun romp for the Cards last night. Poor Bellarmine had the ol' deer in the headlights look.

    Engstler and Hall have come in and really made a mark with their skills and leadership.

    I'm glad Walz gave them all plenty of playing time. Bellarmine could end up being pretty good, that Scott is a baller who has some great moves..

    Your Friend
    #1 Clemson Fan


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