Louisville, KY- The Louisville Women’s basketball team came into this year’s tournament as one of the hottest teams in all of college basketball. The Cards had come in winners of 22 of their last 24 ball games. After a tough loss to the Orange in the ACC tournament, the Cards pulled a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
While I assumed our game against Central Arkansas would be non-issue, I had a feeling our 2nd round matchup could be a battle. DePaul was an old foe from our Big East days who always seemed to have a pretty good team. James Madison came into the tournament a 5 loss team, winners of 20 straight. As of the last few years, JMU has been a good basketball team, and I knew the winner of this #6-#11 matchup would give Louisville fits.
Louisville started the 2nd period against Central Arkansas down 3 points, but outscored the Sugar Bears 29-9 in the 2nd which ultimately propelled the Cards to a 87-60 victory. Hines-Allen led the Cards with 25 points, and Mariah Moore added 16 points which was too much for the Sugar Bears to handle. In the other matchup, DePaul completely dominated JMU start to finish in a 97-67 game. DePaul shot over 50% from the floor and from beyond the arc. Louisville needed a good win against a tough DePaul team if they wanted to make the trip to Dallas.
The game against DePaul will forever be remembered for terrible officiating and some really questionable calls. Briahanna Jackson was called for a push with 14 seconds left, sending the Cards highest scorer to the bench with her 5th foul. This also sent DePaul to the free throw line in a tied ball game. Both players were going for the ball, and I didn’t see any contact outside of normal basketball contact. DePaul made one of two from the charity stripe, giving Louisville one final possession. With less than 5 seconds to go, Hines-Allen drove the lane into three DePaul defenders, sending one to the ground. The call was a charge, giving DePaul the ball back with 1.7 seconds. I personally agreed with the call. It sucks, don’t get me wrong. But it was just a few years back when Louisville surrounded Baylor and the nation’s best player all game long and got some calls going in our direction. It’s a tough call, but the defender’s feet were set and Myisha ran right into her.
Hindsight is 20/20, but DePaul should have been given a better seed. They are penalized by a weak Big East conference, but 7 of their 8 losses came to tournament bound teams, including Notre Dame, Baylor, and UConn.
Sitting at 1-4 just five games into the season, not many people predicted the Cards would turn things around and have the season they had. They are a team consisting of no seniors. Star Wars night was just something to do besides senior night. Next year’s team will consist of 7 McDonald’s All Americans. The future is bright for the Louisville Women’s Basketball program.
In the words of pep band director Al Greener, “We’ll be fine.”
What a crazy season for the Louisville Women's Basketball team. Coming into the season, it looked like this team was the main attraction on Main Street. There were high hopes for this team, ranked #8 in the preseason. After opening up the season 1-4, it looked like it was going to take some time to get this team to click. The nation's best recruiting class wasn't playing as well as we had hoped.
Since losing to Dayton on November 30, this Louisville team has won 24 of its last 27 games. Led by ACC Player of the Year, Myisha Hines-Allen and ACC 1st Team player Mariya Moore, Louisville lost just one game in ACC play to earn the #2 seed in the ACC Tournament. After a tough loss to Syracuse in the ACC quarterfinals, Louisville has waited for what seems like an eternity for Selection Monday.
Finishing 8th in the final AP poll, Louisville was poised to grab a 2 or 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Playing in the Lexington Regional would have been a blessing for the Lady Cards, which would have given the Cards the potential of playing virtually four home games.
When Notre Dame was announced as the #1 Seed in the Lexington Region, Louisville's hopes of staying close to home for the tournament vanished. The NCAA doesn't allow for teams in the same conference being in the same region's top 4 seeds together. Louisville was announced as the #3 seed in the Dallas Region. The other top four seeds include #1 Baylor, #2 Oregon State, and $4 Texas A&M.
Lousiville's likely 2nd round opponent will be #6 Depaul, but for now they will focus on their matchup on Friday against #14 Central Arkansas. The 28-3 Sugar Bears won the Southland Conference title. Their only notable game this season came against the Lady Vols of Tennessee in a 102-47 loss. I don't forsee this being a tough game for Louisville.
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A much needed win for the Lady Cards came on Tuesday night at the KFC Yum! Center. It was never close, as Louisville got an easy 94-52 win over Dartmouth. With the win, the Lady Cards are back up to .500 on the season, posting a 5-5 record.
Myisha Hines-Allen recorded a double double, finishing with 13 points and 20 rebounds for the Lady Cards. This is her 2nd double double of the season. Briahanna Jackson had another great shooting night, finishing with 14 points and hitting 4 of her 6 three pointers. Coach Jeff Waltz was able to put a 5 freshman lineup in during the fourth quarter. With those 5 freshman on the floor, it was the first time fans got to see the number 1 recruiting class of 2015 on the floor together.
Dartmouth drops to 2-8 on the year with this loss. They shot a very unimpressive 17-44 (38.6%) from the floor. Fanni Szabo lead the Big Green in scoring, finishing with 14 points. Lakin Roland, a Louisville native, finished with 11 points and also pulled down 7 rebounds in her home town.
The Lady Cards return to action Friday in a road matchup with Tennesse Tech. Tipoff will be at 6:30.
Louisville, KY- The Lady Cardinals took on the IUPUI Jaguars Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center in a game that did not disappoint. The Lady Cards were looking to bounce back from a loss to rival Kentucky in Lexington, one of their 5 losses they have recorded on their record thus far in a very underwhelming season.
IUPUI held a 36-22 lead going into the half, and it looked like another one was going to get away from Louisville. You don’t have to be a basketball genius to realize the halftime message from Jeff Waltz, head coach of the Lady Cardinals, was a reminder of their disappointing start to the season and if they were to make an effort to turn it around, now would be the time to do so.
The Lady Cards must have gotten the message. They outscored IUPIU 48- 25 in the second half on their way to a 70- 61 win. Guard Briahanna Jackson lead the way for Louisville with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Myisha Hines-Allen recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Akilah Sims was the leading scorer for IUPUI, finishing with 15 points. Danielle Lawrence also had 9 points for the Jaguars.
With the win over IUPUI Sunday, the Lady Cards improve to 4-5, 2-1 at home. The Lady Cards return to action Tuesday at the KFC Yum! Center vs Dartmouth. Tipoff is set for 7 PM.