Louisville women's basketball is back in action tonight with a 7 p.m. tip when they host cross-town foe Bellarmine in the Cardinal Couple named "Battle of Eastern Parkway". The Cards are 2-0 with wins against Cincinnati and DePaul while the Knights are 0-2 after losing to San Jose State and UCLA.
This is the second straight season that Louisville has started 2-0. Besides the 2021-2022 season, when the Cards opened the season in an overtime loss to Arizona and would later go onto the Final Four, the last time prior to that in which UofL was not 2-0 dates all the way back to the 2015-2016 season. They finished that season 26-8 after a 1-4 start.
In their two wins, the Cards are averaging 79 points per game while allowing 66.5 points per game. They've outscored opponents in five of eight quarters this season, tied in one quarter, and were outscored in the other two quarters by a combined three points.
Last season, Bellarmine went 9-22. Louisville won last year's match-up in Freedom Hall 73-43. The Knights finished 12th of 14 teams in the ASUN Conference and did not qualify for the conference's 10-team tournament.
Bellarmine is averaging 64.5 points per game while shooting .351 from the field. They've been outrebounded 101-58 in two games. Claire Knies (17,5 points per game) and Hayley Harrison 15,51 points per game) have led the offense so far.
Local high school talent is present on Bellarmine's roster with Mercy, Sacred Heart, Male, and Bullitt East all represented. And, Cardinals great Monique Reid is a first-year assistant coah for the Knighs and Chance Dugan.
Tip-off is set for 7:00pm ET and will be aired on ACCNX. Jody Demling and Jessica Laemmle McDaniel will be on call. It will also be on 93.9-FM with Nick Curran and Cortnee Walton.
Paulie, Daryl and I plan to be in attendance.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!