Lady Cards exposed at Lexington

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.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

4 thoughts on “Lady Cards exposed at Lexington

  • December 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm
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    I hate losing to UK as much as anyone, but we need to calm down. Today was a bad game. This team will be fine and develop into a team that will be hard to beat come February/March.

  • December 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm
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    It was a very disappointing performance. Did the atmosphere have an effect, or was it UK’s defense or Adia Mathies hitting everything? Our Cards dug themselves a hole early, and then panicked while trying to catch up. Jeff’s unusual demeanor was most probably trying to calm the girls so they could get their emotions back under control. But they are used to having him yelling, so his “quiet” may have backfired and unnerved them even more. I didn’t hear his post-game comments. What did he have to say?

  • December 5, 2011 at 8:07 am
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    No need to call out the militia yet. Plenty of games left and chances for redemption. Give the Cats credit where credit is due…they out-hustled Louisville and shot better. Opportunity out of defeat, Observer. This Lady Cards team hasn’t wriiten the final chapter in the 2011-12 book yet. Who figured a 2-4 football team would tie for the BIG EAST title? Gotta believe and be supportive…

    • December 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm
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      An attempt at constructive criticism, following an embarrassing half-hearted effort in Lexington. Not the time to be going south.

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