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Thursday, December 21, 2023

WBB hounds the Huskies 59-51 -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Hello readers and Happy Thursday to ya. It's Daryl covering the Cardinal coverage this morning as Jared and I switched days this week.

He's got us covered on the photos for today's recap and I'll break down the game.


photos: Jared Anderson

The three amigos Paul, Jared and myself got to hang for this holiday matchup at the Yum Center in front of about 8,000 fans.  

Louisville secured another top 25 victory and handed Washington their first loss of the season to move to 11-2 on the season heading into the Christmas break.  

Against the Huskies, Olivia Cochran led the effort with 14 points and seven rebounds, shooting 5-8 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line, and Nyla Harris joined her in double digits with 11 points and four rebounds. Kiki Jefferson and Sydney Taylor totaled eight points each, Jefferson adding eight rebounds and two steals and the latter adding five rebounds and two assists.

Starters for the Cards included Sydney Taylor, Kiki Jefferson, Nina Rickards, Nyla Harris and Olivia Cochran.

End of 1Q 13 all

FG %
6-19 31.6% Cards
6-15 40% Huskies
Reb. 11-10 Cards
3-pt %
1-4 25% Cards
1-5 20% Huskies

After starting 0-2 on shooting, Rickards put the Cards on the board first to even the score.  The Huskies scored first but then the Cards went on a 10-0 run and Washington called timeout.

Washington was finally able to find some offense making the score 10-6 Cards but both squads went cold... missing their next several shots.  This was the only quarter the Cards had a three-point basket.  

End of 2Q 18-13 Cards

FG %
9-15 60% Cards
5-13 38.5% Huskies
Reb. 10-4 Cards
3-pt %
0-0 0% Cards
3-6 50% Huskies

Rickards started the scoring for the Cards again in the 2Q putting them up 17-15. Eylia Love came in and made her presence known with a couple big rebounds and put backs.

Taylor went 3-3 for 6 points and 2 rebounds in the quarter. The Huskies had 5 assists on 5 made buckets including 3 made threes, 2 of them from Sayvia Sellers. The Cards out rebounded Washington 10-4 in the quarter. The Huskies had 11 of their 26 points scored come from the bench.

photo: Jared Anderson

HALF 31-26 Cards

End of 3Q 13-12 Cards

FG %
6-18 33.3% Cards
3-11 27.3% Huskies
Reb. 12-8 Cards
3-pt %
0-2 0% Cards
3-7 42.9% Huskies

Washington got another couple threes from Sellers in the 3Q while the Nyla Harris went 4-5 from the field for 9 points and 3 rebounds in the quarter.

End of 4Q 15-13 Cards

FG %
5-8 62.5% Cards

5-13 38.5% Huskies
Reb. 7-4 Cards
3-pt %
0-0 0% Cards
0-5 0% Huskies

The Huskies would not go away quietly. The #23 rankled squad in the country wanted to give the 100 some-odd Huskie fans (maybe some of them were in disguise) in attendance something to cheer about so they did their best attempt at an offensive run before the Cards stifled each attempt. 

FINAL 59-51

photo: Jared Anderson

Nyla Harris and Olivia Cochran after win over Washington


Cochran and Harris:

Thoughts on Washington squad:  Nyla said Washington give the veteran vibe as a team like they've played together for a while.

Second half the team was able to find better ways to execute to offense. 

What they want to improve on:  Make sure this team isn't committing silly turnovers.

Olivia Cochran talking about loss to UCONN and asks for forgiveness in the effort in Storrs.  Nyla reflected the apology. They just feel like that wasn't what Louisville basketball is about.  

Nyla strong game able to put the ball back up and in and personally believes those wouldn't have gone in last year.


Walz says the players will go home today the 21st & come back on the 26th. They will be sent film to study.

Cards are now 3-1 against ranked opponents. Walz says 'I'll take that' for his team to be 11-2 heading into the break


Louisville at Miami


4 p.m. on ACCN


Fred Flintstone is ready for the Cards game!

FREE THROWS -- The Cards were 6-8 at the charity stripe good enough for 75%.  The Huskies only managed 6-7 attempts too so this was a pretty clean called game.   Capital F

Louisville dominated the boards 40-26. Olivia Cochran and KiKi Jefferson lead the rebound effort with 7 and 8 respectively.  The really turned it on in the 2Q which is when the Cards started to created some space between the two teams.  Capital R

EFFORT/EXECUTION -- The Washington defense held the Cards to under 60 points, their lowest point total this season.  The Cards average about 20 FTs a game and managed just 8 in this one.   Coach Walz said he liked how the game was called overall though...until the fourth quarter lower case e 

DEFENSE -- Washington had 3 players score in double figures and 1 with double digit rebounding.   Both teams kept the other about 20 points below their average scoring per games, both teams only had 6 points from free throws and 14 turnovers each.   The Cards ground out a solid victory despite not having the best night offensively.   Capital D


If I don't get to say it before then have a wonderful Christmas and 

As always
Go Cards!



  1. I thought the officiating was "interesting" and unlike much of what we normally see.

  2. Did they have referees last night lol

    1. Shout out Nyla Harris way to 💪 for the rebounds. Go Cards🏀🏀💯Hang in there Olivia 🔥

  3. Hello Friends!
    Arthur Here !

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to You, Cardinal Couple readers...from Bea and I. I am happy for the successes of my two favorite basketball squads in the ACC -- Louisville and Clemson. I was tickled to see us beat a pretty good Duke squad. We are 6-1 at home, too. makes for a pleasant aatmosphere in Littlejohn for the most part.

    Paulie, be brave and go forward with comfidence. My buddy Cuz had a triple bypass back in 2010 and he's doing fine, so, listen to the doctors and stay positive.

    Amari Robinson and Harris make us fairly dangerous. I remain surprised...

    Your Friend
    #1 Clemson Fan
    Greer, SC


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