Humble and hungry.
Another embarrassing loss to UConn for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team, the third this season, this time a 72-52 beating. No contest from the start.
Another lesson in humility for the best team in the program’s history, UofL ranked third in the country going into the game. The Cardinals would emerge with a 30-4 won-lost record, thankful only for a few days to regain their composure.
Have to wonder about the hungry part at times, those times when UConn is the opponent, UofL being reduced to a subservient role once again, offering little resistance.
UConn does has a way of exposing lack of execution and weaknesses, taking full advantage of almost every miscue. Fear and uncertainly play right into their hands. Failing to execute plays results in shooting too quickly, hence all the blocked shots, rim bangers and air balls. Not protecting the ball leads to all those turnovers and steals.
Four seniors on this team probably missed out on any opportunity for UofL to end the losing string against the Connecticut team this year … or any time in the near future. Louisville faces a rebuild next season and moves to another conference. UConn loses only two seniors from this team. Breanna Stewart isn’t one of them.
The odds of meeting UConn again in a national championship game are remote, the only higher odds those of UofL having a prayer of beating UConn in another rematch.
There’s humble and hungry, and then there’s reality.