CARDS WBB ROMP NOTRE DAME 86-64
Louisville women's basketball jumped out to a 31-3 first quarter lead (and, no Micale Cunningham was NOT on the court) and had Notre Dame totally dismantled by halftime 54-15 in Purcell Pavilion Sunday afternoon.
The Cards were hot and Notre Dame was not in the first twenty. Forget the fact that Notre Dame won the second half 49-32. The Irish were never a challenge to the Cards, missing 15 of the first 16 shots and falling behind 18-1 in the first quarter. Louisville hit their first seven threes en route to handing Notre Dame their first home loss of the season.
Hailey Van Lith and Kianna Smith had 20 points each for the Cards and were joined in double figures by Emily Engstler (17 points) and Chelsie Hall (13 points)
The Cards shot 80% in that sizzling first quarter and 58.5% for the game.
Notre Dame couldn't stop the Cards in a zone, went to man-to-man and fared no better and faced a 71-34 deficit at the end of the third quarter.
Olivia Miles led the Irish with 13 points. She also got a bit chippy with 2:49 left in the first half and shoved Kasa Robinson after a layup that made it 48-10 Cards. After an official review, four players were assessed intentional fouls -- Miles, Robinson, Hailey Van Lith and Dara Mabrey. It may have been the stupidest move of the season for Miles -- woofing when down by 38.
Norika Konno returned to the court for the Cards in this one and played eight minutes, hitting her only shot, getting a foul and committing two turnovers.
" We could play them 50 times and I wouldn't expect a first quarter to be 31-3. It was one of those days for them, but, defensively -- I felt we caused a lot of it." -- Jeff Walz.
For sure, Cards fans won't forget this beatdown of masive proportions for quite awhile.
THE FRED REPORT
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"Nightmare in Purcell" for Notre Dame.
FREE THROWS: The Cards went to the line four times and hit two of them. Seriously. (Notre Dame had 24 attempts). Any time Eric Brewton calls a UofL WBB game, the opponent never fouls. 50% won't get a letter, but, the disparity is glaring.... the striped crew called five fouls on Verhulst in just 11 minutes. Almost laughable.
REBOUNDS: The Cards dominated the boards 40-22. Engstler led the way with 10 for UofL. 30 defensive and 10 offensive grabs. No problem with a CAPITAL "R" here.
EFFORT/EXECUTION: That first 20 minutes may have been the best I have seen a Cards team play against a top 25 team in the Walz era. 19 assists on 38 made baskets and just 14 turnovers. The Cards were unstoppable in the first three quarters. Crisp passing and excellent execution in the half court. A definite CAPITAL "E" here.
DEFENSE: A complete shutdown of anything Notre Dame wanted to do in the first half. The Cards had six steals and, if the fourth quarter was a bit sloppy for UofL, when you're up 42 in a game, your concentration tends to maybe waiver a bit, focusing on the ineptitude of your foe. I'll go lower case "d" here -- for three outstanding quarters defensively and one that wasn't so defensive.
FINAL FRED TALLY: -_R-E-d
Two massive beat-downs of the Irish this year, and no one else I'd rather see the Cards administer them to. Dana Evans was on hand to watch the romp. it didn't change where the Cards would be seeded in the ACC Tournament (at #2) and Notre Dame still goes in as a #3 seed. The Cards play Friday at 6 p.m.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ahlana Smith, who was not at the game. A death in her family and she was with them.
SOTBALL FALLS 8-5 TO ARKANSAS
In the restructured Wooo Pig Classic in Fayetteville, Louisville played Arkansas Sunday and jumped out to an early 4-0 lead,
It didn't last, though, and the Pigs came back with two runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth for the win.
All five Louisville runs came on three home runs -- Smith,.Otis and Miller going fence. Taylor Roby went four innings in the circle for UofL. The loss went to Gabby Holloway..
The two squads are scheduled to play two games Monday. Maybe...with the rest of the teams originally slated to play in the classic back home already, it seems like a plan.
In opening Wednesday action:
Game One -- Syracuse and Clemson Game Two -- Duke and Pitt Game Three -- Wake Forest and Virginia
I got my bracket copy HERE but there are plenty places to download it. Just do a Google search . (Make sure you have the 2022 ACC one, I nearly posted the 2020 !)
Good luck to all in the Cardinal Couple Pick Em Challenge !! Rules on "The right side of the site" Entries are open, may the best one win ! Jared's e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org and Paulie's is: email@example.com Or ,you can leave your picks in any comments section up to Wednesday noon. (Don't forget the total score...)
Syracuse, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Miami, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, Louisville, Georgia Tech, NC State, Louisville, Louisville Points: 141