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Thursday, November 30, 2023



Louisville WBB used a second half surge to roll past Ole Miss and then hung on for dear life in the ACC vs. SEC contest Wednesdy Evening on the Ole Miss campus. Kiki Jefferson led the Cards in scoring for the second staight game with 16 points and Nina Rick"Cards" added 15. 

The late start (9:15 p.m.) was even further exacerbated by "the network" not showing the game until halfway through the first quarter, because of a earlier scheduled event. The Cards held a 12-6 lead when we finally got to see the action on ESPNU, but would shut down after that and end the first quarter trailing the Rebs 16-14. Thank goodness for the UofL radio feed...What I saw was a UofL team having a hard time getting out ofthe gate and not responding well to the UM pressure. 

"Back and forth" was pretty much the way the second quarter went. Both teams started very slowly in the second quarter, with no one scoring for the first three minutes. The half featured no thrilling offenses sequences and both teams struggled to get 14 points each on the board  This was a heavyweight fight with two sluggers exchangng thumps...Ole Miss held a tenacious 30-28 halftime lead...each team had 11 turnovers already. The Cards major bright spot was the play of Kiki Jefferson, who had 11 first half points. 

The Cards finally grabbed the lead early in the third qurter and were able to hold onto it the rest of the way. Ole Miss would cut deeply into it, but the Cards managed to find a way to extend it back out to semi-comfortable margins each time. Louisville held a 50-44 lead after three quarters and Jefferson was getting offensive support from Nina Rickards and Jadya Curry. 

The fourth quarter had Louisville leading the entire way, but the Cards got a major scare with two minutes to go. Up 62-54, the Rebs hit a couple of free throws to cut the UofL lead to six. A Cards turnover gave it back to Ole Miss and they scored with a minutes lefft to make it 62-58 Then, the Cards turned it over again, and Ole Miss had the opportunity to cut the Cards lead to 1 or 2, maybe even take the lead... but they missed two shots and two attempts from the free throw line. Finally, Rickards sank two clutch free throws for the Cards and neither team scored the rest of the way...Louisville winning 64-58. 


(We bring favorite Fred G. Sanford back for today's Fred.).
"Turn off the TV Lamont..these Cards are raising my blood pressure!".

FREE THROWS -- The normally good crew of Joe Vasiliy and Puhlani Spurlock must have decided to accept commision pay for this contest, 50 fouls were called. Coach "Yo" for Miss. got so incensed by one, she looked like she was doing a remake of THE EXORCIST movie and drew a technical. The shooting of the free ones was abysmal...The Cards were 25-36 for 69.4% and Ole Miss went 13-28. NO LETTER AWARDED HERE. 

REBOUNDS -- Louisville narrowly lost the boards battle 36-33. Louisville only managed to graab nine on the offensive end. You lose the rebounding GET NO LETTER.

EFFORT/EXECUTION -- 18 TURNOVERS a bit high for this Cardinals bunch and oly eight assists on 18 made baskets not  gret thing wither. Louisville did hit 3-6 from three-point range and took the second chance battle 12-4. It's a win, the Cards didn't look great in getting it, but this wasn't meant to be a beauty pagents, it was a back alley, bare knuckled fist fight. I'll give a sm

all "e"

DEFENSE -- 43% hooting by the foe isn't a great defensive performance, neither is the 28-22 advantage to Ole Miss in points-in-the-paint. Louisville did enough to win, and I would imagine there are a lot of teachable moments that'll come out of this game film. Ole Miss did go 1-11 from three=point range, I'll attribute that to stellar UofL defense and not poor Ole Miss shooting and shot selection. It's a "W", I'll hand out a small case "d".



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Sorry about the quality here, had to pull it off an antiquated (my) cell phone...



  1. Good Morning Cards Nation
    An ugly scrap Fest .
    Ole Miss surely knows how to disrupt the game flow. They play good defense also very physical ๐Ÿฅbrand of basketball.

    Old Miss also trap very well like I said a defensive oriented team lucky they didn't hit their free throw shots, but a great road win from a ranked opponent. Cards still learning on the job training.
    Go Cards L1C4

    Ps Olivia is Playing hard nose basketball giving everything she's has emptying the tank ,Kiki Jefferson๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ becoming A Big Dog๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€

  2. Add a 9:15 start time to so many whistles...WAY past my normal bedtime.
    Thought BOTH teams played great defense.
    Showed me we can win slug outs, on an opposing teams home court, with that game circled on their calendar.
    This team is getting it quicker than last year's did.

  3. Nice win ove a bunch of Mississippi thugs for you all last night. They are a brusing bunch and that probably won't get them fara in SEC play. 50 fouls and that was probably 20 less than actually happened. You fight fire with fire, but, from what I saw, they were the more physical bunch and walz had the better basketball playing bunch. Coach Yo may be loved down there, but, she wouldn't last two months at a really good, high profile program

    We got Auburn tonight. That could be a win for us, believe it or not...

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  4. Do I sense a bit of (east) southeastern state contempt for a (west) southeastern state Arthur? LOLOL. Mississippi plays an *interesting* brand of basketball, to say the least.



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