FRIDAYS WITH DARYL
Good fall morning to all, we have another beautiful day in the 'Ville in the forecast. Hope you get the chance to step outside and smell the leaves! That is, until its time to get over to L&NFCU Arena for the NCAA Tournament match(es) as the VolleyCards are hosting the first round on the Cardinal's campus Friday evening.
We will cover the tournament match later as we have the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to cover from last night... so let's get to it!
Cardinals show out for the ACC in Annual Conference Challenge
WBB wins vs Michigan 70-48The Cards put on a show for the crowd of more than 7,300 on Thursday night. UofL got the victory 70-48 over Michigan.
End of 1Q 15-9 Cards
6-14 42.9% Cards
4-12 33.3% Michigan
Reb. 11-6 Cards
2-4 50% Cards
1-6 16.7% Michigan
**Both teams had 5 turnovers
Kianna Smith lead the opening quarter with 7 points and Engstler grabbed 6 rebounds. The two, along with Hailey Van Lith spent 9 minutes on the floor establishing the pace of the game for Louisville. Olivia Cochran and Liz Dixon anchored the Cardinal front court while Mykasa Robinson and Chelsie Hall provided the experience.
Photo: Jared Anderson
End of 2Q 24-6 Cards
7-16 43.8% Cards
2-10 20% Michigan
Reb. 11-4 Cards
4-5 80% Cards
1-5 20% Michigan
End of 3Q 19-17 Michigan
7-19 36.8% Cards
6-13 20% Michigan
Reb. 10-10 All
2-4 50% Cards
1-3 20% Michigan
Photo: Jared Anderson
End of 4Q 18-5 Cards
5-14 35.7% Cards
5-10 50% Michigan
Reb. 7-6 Cards
3-7 42.9% Cards
0-3 0% Michigan
|"we beat Michigan by how much, Fred?"|
FREE THROWS -- The Cards were 3-5 from the free throw line, good for 60% but doesn't meet our 70% efficiency we prefer... Kianna Smith and Norika Konno both made and missed one of their opportunities and Olivia Cochran made her extra point. We will give a lower case f
REBOUNDING -- UofL outrebounded the Wolverines 39-26. Engstler chewed up the backboards all evening for the Cards leading with 14. Olivia Cochran, Liz Dixon and Mykasa Robinson grabbed 5 of their own. that qualifies for a CAPITAL R
EFFORT/EXECUTION -- A second consecutive game of too many turnovers to our comfort, 5 in the 1Q, 19 times for the entire game while also turning Um over 24 times. The Cards had 32 points off turnovers and 16 second chance points. They also connected for 13 assists on 29 made shots. I'll award the CAPITAL E
DEFENSE -- The Michigan senior Naz Hillmon who averaged about 24 points a game this season was held to 12 points on 5-9 shooting and went 2-4 at the FT line. She also had 8 rebounds, an assist, 2 blocks and 2 steals but turned it over 5 times. As a team, UM had 24 turnovers. UofL had 15 steals, 3 blocks and 24 defensive rebounds. CAPITAL D -fence!
FINAL FRED TALLY: f-R-E-D
The winners will play Saturday 12/4 at 8:00 p.m.
Cards vs UIC
The Flames did alot of their losing earlier in the season.. They're 20-11 on the year, winning 12 of their last 13 matches. UIC has one of the highest-powered offenses in the country, ranking fifth nationally in total assists (1,548) and sixth in total kills (1,663) and rank 18th nationally with 202 aces on the year. The Flames' 12.69 assists per set this year rank second in the League and 34th nationally. UIC has tallied 4,401 total attacks this season, second in the Horizon League and 15th nationally.
Paola Santiago named Horizon League Tournament MVP and All-Tournament Team along with teammates Martina Delucchi and Sohila Wafeek. UIC's offense features six players with 120-plus kills, highlighted by two with more than 400. Santiago leads all hitters with 459 kills on the season and is hitting .212 with 56 blocks, 310 digs and 34 aces. Delucchi is second on the team with 410 kills, hitting .209 with 49 blocks, 357 digs and a team-high 41 aces. Wafeek has tallied 1,033 assists on the year with 246 sigs, 20 blocks and 32 aces.
We have covered the Card's accomplishments and accolades extensively this season, so you know what a historical squad we have coming into this year's dance. They will likely watch the opening match to scout a potential next foe, but will not overlook the Flames as it would not be possible to do so.. UIC has a 6-10 freshman on the right side who is impossible to miss. Her name is Salma Abdelhady and she was named to the All-Freshman Team in the Horizon League.
Tickets are sold out to Friday's match and only available to watch on ESPN+
NCAA Tournament results so far...
- Miami (FL) beat South Alabama 3-1
- Florida swept Florida A&M 3-0
Miami (FL) will face off with Florida this evening at 7 p.m.
- Purdue swept Illinois St. 3-0
- Dayton beat Marquette 3-1
Purdue will face Dayton at 5 p.m.
- Kansas swept Oregon 3-0
- Creighton swept Ole Miss 3-0
Creighton and Kansas will start at 8 p.m.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour
I am still on radio hiatus likely through the new year. The gang are, as far as I know, on regularly scheduled programming for Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
As always, Go Cards!