Sara Hammond sinks one of her three field goals during the University of Louisville’s 10-point loss to UConn. Photo copyright (c) 2012, UofLCardGame.

We will know soon enough whether Sara Hammond’s transformation Tuesday was for real or whether she was just playing inspired basketball against a team that had heavily recruited her.

What was certain was that she provided a couple of the elements the University of Louisville women’s basketball team has been missing all season long — leadership and toughness. Only two rebounds under her name on the stat sheet, but she was a force under the basket, not allowing herself to get pushed around by UConn’s bruisers.


Hammond would also contribute 10 points on three of six field goal attempts and four of four free throws. She would foul out late in the 59-49 loss to UConn, having left black and blues all over UConn’s 6-foot-5 Stefanie Dolson.

Her teammates fed off of Sara’s new found determination, clawing their way back from a 21-point deficit in the first half, refusing to go away, a couple of baskets away from sending the UConn bench into full panic mode.

The same couldn’t be said for Cierra Warren, the 6-foot-4 space eater, who rarely applied herself in a meaningful way, enjoying the fun but not the rigors. Warren has quit the team, according to Jeff Walz.

The Lady Cards discovered that they are capable of competing against the best teams despite dismal efforts against more fallible teams the past week. The lingering question is whether the latest performance translates to improved effort the rest of the season.

What say ye, Sara?

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By Charlie Springer

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

3 thoughts on “New Sara Hammond emerges in loss to UConn”
  1. Forgive me, but I brought a Connecticut Yankee to the Card Court last night. We both agree that the officiating was horrible for both teams.

    But, after Sara’s 3rd midrange bucket, he declared that Sara is his new hero!

    I haven’t seen the team play with this much determination since tourney time last season. What a screamin’ delight.

  2. Warren’s departure leaves the Cards with just four legitimate “bigs” to finish the season. Taylor, Vails, Dyer and Hammond.If you’re not willing to do the work, though…it’s a detriment to the whole team. And, it frees up a scholarship for another Walz “wunderkind”.

    Becca Greenwell was in attendance tonight to watch the outing. No commitment out of her yet, though…and she wasn’t wearing a red shirt.

    The Cards battled hard and bravely. The physical paint play, shocking to some…is just what the BIG EAST has become…however. Get us some “beef”, Coach Walz.

  3. 16,483 fans were vocal and rightfully so when the Lady Cards came roaring back in the second half to close within 6. SIX!!! After a dismal first half, we loved it. Go Cards!

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