Louisville Defeats DePaul
Louisville battled the incoming frigid temperatures by countering with a hot start at DePaul before relying on free throws down the stretch to secure the win 81-67. The win extends Louisville's win streak to five with the last four coming away from home.
Chrislyn Carr- all 5'5 of her- posted a double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Carr contributed to almost half of the Cards' rebounds. Hailey Van Lith relied on a hot fourth quarter to finish with 17 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Morgan Jones added 10 points, five assists, and four rebounds.
Darrione Rogers led DePaul with 23 points. Aneesah Morrows scored 17 and Anaya Peoples added 16. The Blue Demons kept a small lineup going with seven players (one saw one minute) seeing action and five of them scoring.
The Cards found themselves up 22-9 midway through the first quarter as everything seemed to be going right. The offense was shooting lights out and the defense had already forced four turnovers. The Cards would end the quarter up 25-14.
Louisville's lead would grow in the second quarter as the Cards outscored DePaul by six. The Blue Demons would bring the Louisville lead down to nine before the Cards kicked it up a notch and would extend their lead to 20 with one minute before halftime.
DePaul wouldn't go down without a fight and held a 20-12 advantage in the third quarter. The Blue Demons closed the quarter on a 15-4 run to bring Louisville's lead to nine.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Louisville's lead was cut to four. CC Carr and HVL came up with some clutch baskets and the Cards made 9-10 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
|("Lamont, the Cards 'bout to give me a heart-attack the|
way they played in that fourth quarter!")
Free Throws- Up until about the final two and a half minutes of the game, Louisville was 1-1 from the free throw line. They shot 9-10 down the stretch to finish 10-11 (90.9%). Well deserving of a capital "F".
Rebounds- Go ahead and give CC Carr her own capital letter in this category. A standard NCAA WBB basketball is approximately 9.2 inches in diameter. If you stack up all of Carr's rebounds it would stand at 156.4 inches. It would take roughly two and a half CC's to match that height. The Cards won the rebounding battle 39-34. Capital "R".
Effort/Execution- The first quarter felt like Louisville was going to have a capital "E" taller than the Willis Tower. Then, the Cards hit a few rough patches that were lowlighted by 15 turnovers and DePaul scoring 18 points off those turnovers. But the Cards held their own, topped 80 points, shot 54.2% from the field, and managed a win against a road crowd. They earned a lowercase "e".
Defense- DePaul went into the game averaging about 80 points per game and Louisville held them well under that. DePaul shot 34.8% from the field and struggled to shoot from three-point range. The Blue Demons only had 12 turnovers, but those turnovers were key for Louisville. Capital "D".
Close, but no cigar as we see a F-R-e-D score.
Louisville improves to 10-4 on the season and finish their non-conference slate at 9-4. The Cards now have a break for Christmas before resuming play when they host Syracuse at the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday, Dec. 29.
THE REST OF THE BUMS IN THE CONFERENCE...
The ACC was busy yesterday with games running from noon and ending about 10:30 p.m. Here's how the rest of the conference played out yesterday:
Duke 70, Virginia 56
Georgia Tech 82, Furman 41
Pittsburgh 85, North Alabama 83
Florida State 92, Miami 85
Virginia Tech 86, High Point 66
Notre Dame 85, Western Michigan 57
With Christmas Eve being on Saturday, the status of the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast is uncertain. We will hopefully have a decision by tomorrow and will pass that along.
We also urge everyone take extreme caution as severe weather rolls into the area. Single digits and negative temperatures are not ideal and adding a little bit of precipitation to that creates hazardous conditions on the road. Christmastime causes an influx in travel so please travel safely and smartly.
Happy Thursday, Happy Holidays, and Go Cards!