Angel would be angry.
Not a pretty sight in Lexington with the University of Louisville women’s basketball team watching Kentucky breeze to a 74-54 win Sunday. Suddenly, the future doesn’t look so bright for a program with back-to-back top five recruiting classes.
To put it politely, the Lady Cards were lethargic, stiff, weak and timid.
Even the coach, the man charged with lighting the fire, was uncharacteristically subdued, the most laid back we’ve seen him in a while. Maintaining his composure, letting many of the questionable calls go unchallenged. Maybe we’re seeing a new Jeff Walz. No technical foul, not even close. He’s usually good for at least one warning under the circumstances he was confronted with on UK’s home court.
It’s a rivalry game, folks, gotta bring it.
- Shoni Schimmel apparently thinking the game was going to be as easy as it was last season at the KFC Yum! Center. What’s with some of those shots anyway? She’s the leader, whether she accepts it or not, and needs to project leadership, this is not tea time.
- Cierrra Warren, all six feet, four inches of her, getting pushed around, disappearing in the middle, so much for having an intimidating presence under the basket. One basket, one rebound?
- Monique Reid providing more documentation of why she’s not starting, a senior with an uncertain, bewildering look in her eyes against decent opposition. Senior year has arrived, hello?
- Sara Hammond getting caught in the headlights, geez, is this really Memorial Coliseum? One basket, four rebounds.
- Asia Taylor living up to expectations, still needing to acclimate to the college game. Out of control w-a-a-y too often. Dizzying.
- Sherrone Vails, as usual avoiding as much contact as possible. Zero rebounds.
- Shawnta Dyer, taking her cue from Vails.
- Becky Burke, into the game, making shots, but her teammates can’t seem to find her.
- Bria Smith shouldn’t be pulled from a game under any circumstances. Her continuous development is critical.
Some might describe the loss as a wake-up call. Shouldn’t have needed one. Give Kentucky credit? Not here.
Too many reasons for alarm and lowering expectations.