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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Basketball Hosts Syracuse -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Women's Basketball Hosts Syracuse

Louisville WBB returns to action following an eight-day hiatus from the holiday break to face off against ACC foe Syracuse at 7:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center. This is the first game at home since a December 6 victory against SIUE- 23 days ago.

Tonight's game will be aired on ACCNX with Jess Laemmle and Jeff Greer on call. Those in the Louisville area can also tune into 93.9 FM to hear Nick Curran and Cortnee Walton.

Louisville enters the game with a 10-4 record and riding a five-game win streak. They earned their first conference win at Pitt in mid-December to start conference play off 1-0. The Cards have been outscoring opponents 77.6 - 62.4 while shooting 46.7% from the floor this season. Louisville also has a +5.9 rebounding average per game, but has struggled with turnovers, logging two more turnovers than assists on the season this year.

Syracuse comes into tonight carrying a 10-2 record and winners of five straight. Their record is a bit deceiving with the losses coming to Penn State and Purdue. Their best win is against Wake Forest, who is currently 9-4. Three of their wins came against teams that are one game over .500 while the rest of their wins came against opponents sitting below .500.

Felisha Legette-Jack is in her first year as the head coach of Syracuse. She was previously at Buffalo, where Cardinal Forever Becky Burke currently coaches. Legette-Jack was an All-American during her time as a player at Syracuse from 1984-1989. 

Four players average scoring in double figures for the Orange, led by Dyaisha Fair's 19.6 ppg. Dariauna Lewis is averaging close to a double-double with 10.3 ppg and 9.9 rpg. The Orange have a +7.0 rpg average so far this season.


Louisville currently holds a 17-10 advantage in the head-to-head record and have dominated at home against the Orange, 10-1.

Louisville will be raising money for the Dick Vitale Fund for Pediatric Cancer at the V Foundation. The goal is $20,000 and over $1000 had already been raised as of last night. You can make a donation by clicking here.

There will also be the first annual Teddy Bear Toss at halftime of the game tonight. The teddy bears and other stuffed animals will go to Ardi's Bears, who gives them to children in need in the Louisville area. Fans who bring a teddy bear to the game will receive a $5 off voucher for the next home game against Georgia Tech on Jan 5th.


Remember these? What was your favorite rumor of what was 
stored in them? 

-- The Cards have CC -- Chrislyn Carr on their 2022-23 roster. Carr played at Syracuse in the 2021-22 season. You might also remember EE -- Emily Engstler. She ended up at Louisville after playing at Syracuse. 

--Louisville is 25-2 in ACC games at home over the last three seasos and 61-6 since they joined the conference. 

-- The Cards are #26th in the AP and the USA DI WBB polls. 

We will not be having our Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast on Saturday as we celebrate the New Year. We do plan to be back on air for the first Saturday of 2023. Since this is my last post of 2022, I would like to thank everyone for the constant love and support and am glad to have all of you here sharing in the joy and excitement of Louisville women's athletics! Now, time to finish off 2022 with one more Louisville women's basketball win!

Happy Thursday and Go Cards!



  1. Syracuse could be a tough test. Just wonder if Kasa will be back and will we see Konno?

    Nick O.

  2. I see several posts referring a medical issue with Kianna Smith. Any information on what it is?

    1. Ruptured patela tendon, apparently.

    2. A shout out to K. Smith get well soon God bless you.

  3. She has a ruptured knee patella tendon -- probably out six months


  4. ah, the Silos off I-65. That's where Ralston-Purina stored things many years ago. They merged with Nestle around the turn of the century, if I remember right. I had a neighbor who worked there and retired when they merged.

    We already joked the University had rockets equipped with nuclear warheads in them, pointed ay UK.

    Paulie, you might be able to verify this...but the "University of Louisville" letters on them were suggested by Al Parrish. He told me this years ago when I met him at a Parrish House event.

    Blue Lou

    1. IT WAS AL, who came up with the lettering idea We always teased him that the silos were where he stored the beer for the Parrish House. That place could SERIOUSLY go through the brew...the stories I could tell...


  5. Imho I think with Syracuse we have the advantage inside we have to use our post players efficiently big game for Liz Dixon and Olivia Cochran. I just hope both of them can stay out of foul trouble.

    1. Curtis Franklin12/29/2022 4:21 PM

      It'll be a key, winning the battle in the paint. I just don't think Syracuse's guards can keep pace with ours. I'm stuck in Iowa, what else is new...I'll be watching on ACCNX

      Curtis "Bee Kind" Franlin

  6. Well, hello Clemson. (Upsets #7 VT)


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