CARDS 77 - BUCKNELL 44
An appreciative crowd of 7400 watched top 20 Louisville defeat the Bucknell Bison by 31 points Sunday afternoon in the KFC YUM! Center.
It was "all Louisville" for the first 90 seconds of this one, four points from Olivia Cochran, and a three by Sydney Taylor sprung the Cards out to a 7-0 lead. Visions of the Cards vs. Bellarmine may have started to spring up in some fans thought- processes.
Bucknell's Isabella King would not have any part of it, though, and her five-point run made it 9-5 Cards four minutes into the first quarter, The lead bounced from three to seven in the first ten minues, until Blake Matthews nailed a three for the visitors to trim UofL's lead to 20-18 with 1:20 to go in the quarter. Nina Rickards dropped in a nice jumper in the paint off a Elif Istanbulluoglu feed to set the Cards up 22-18 and that's the way the first quarter ended, Cochran had six points in those first ten minutes, Sydney Taylor five and Nyla Harris tallied five also, and the Cards shot 43.8%. Bucknell was even hotter, making seven of their 11 shots (58.3%) and King had 11 points for the Bison in those first ten minutes.
Bucknell was giving the Cards a game...playing good, solid fundamental basketball and shooting well. How long would that last?
The Cards began the second quarter on a 9-0 run over the first five minutes.
Four Eylia Love free throws aided that splurge, and the 31-18 lead ballooed out to 37-20 over the next four minutes, thanks to made jumpers by Love, Rickards and Istanbulluoglu doing the trick. The Bison did manage to go on a 4-0 run to close the half (Caroline Dingler providing the ammunition) for a 37-24 halftime Cardinals lead.
A 15-6 Cardinal edge in tthe second quarter and Bucknell's shooting had cooled off to 33%. The Bison still had not attempted a free throw...while Louisville was 12-12 with "the free ones".
The Cards started to steadily pull away even more in the third quarter. Taylor, Harris and Jefferson jumpers increased the Cards edge to 44-26. A 5-0 run UofL over the next two minutes after that had Louisville prevailing 49-26. Taylor went on a five-point run and a Alexis Mobley free throw put the home squad up 55-29. Love sank a couple of charity tosses to make it 57-31 after 30 minutes of play.
A 20-7 quarter for the Cards, and 43% from the floor for Louie's gang.
We got treated to the Hennie Van Schaik three-point skills early in the fourth quarter, she sank two of them in the first three minutes of the quarter. That made it 66-36 and she led all scorers in the quarter with seven points. The largest Louisville lead occured with 26 seconds left in the game, following a Cochran jumper in the paint that made it 77-42 and the Cards ended up with the 77-44 victory
PHOTOS BY JARED ANDERSON
THE FRED REPORT
|( A beautiful day in the Cardinals hood , sing it Fred "Mr" Rogers! )|
FREE THROWS -- yOU GOTTA LOVE 18-21 MARKSMANSHIP FROM THE LINE (85.7%). Eylia Love made all eight of her attempts and Olivia Cochran was 5-5. Yes, chalk up a CAPITAL "F" in the category
REBOUNDING -- 40-19 in favor of Louisville. Cochran had eight and Harris six to lead the way for the Cards and every Card that played (10 of them) had at least two. We'll bestow a CAPITAL "R" for the board work --- Bucknell did not have any offensive rebounds in 40 minutes.
EFFORT/EXECUTION -- Louisville had 16 assists on 27 made baskets and had 15 turnovers. The 45% shooting is impressive, as is the 34-6 advantage in points off turnovers, 20-0 second chance points edge and 26-2 bench points win. Everyone is getting involved in the play execution and the effort doesn not drop off as the lead grows...with this group of Birds. That certainly is worthy of a CAPITAL "E".
DEFENSE -- 17 steals, 26 forced turnovers, just 10 fouls and turning in two quarters where Bucknell was 33% (or worse) in shooting. The defense is improving each game. They did allow King to go off on them early, but the key here is they adjusted and held her to just four points in the final three quarters. I'll complete the Fred report with a CAPITAL "D"...a 33-point win deserves that.
FINAL FRED TALLY: F-R-E-D
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