Louisville In The Title Game

by Categorized: 2013 NCAA Tournament, Jeff Walz, Louisville women's basketball Date:

The basketball teams at Louisville adopted a fashion trend for the NCAA Tournament.

Both men’s and women’s teams are wearing red tee-shirts that say “Rise To The Occasion.” It’s a pledge to defeat the odds a win a national championship simultaneously – something done only once, by UConn in 2004.

The women did just that, reaching its second Final Four, chopping done two of the game’s sequoias, Baylor and Tennessee, within three days at the Oklahoma City Regional.

The Louisville men play for the national championship against Michigan on Monday in Atlanta.

But in the most important game of the season, the Cardinals’ women encountered California, as determined as they about their destiny.

And again, the Cardinals rose. Coming back from a 10-point deficit at the half, they beat California, 64-57, in the first national semifinal at the New Orleans Arena.

The only other time Louisville in the semifinal, in 2009, it trailed Oklahoma by 12 at the half.

Louisville (29-8) will play the winner of tonight’s Notre-Dame-UConn game for the national title on Tuesday.

The Cardinals were led by Antonia Slaughter, who scored 18. Bria Smith added 17. Shoni Schimmel scored 10.

The Golden Bears (32-4) were led by Layshia Clarendon, who scored 17.

Coached by Lindsay Gottlieb, the Golden Bears, co-champions of the Pac-12, emerged from the Spokane Regional with wins over LSU and Georgia.

What the Bears supposedly lack in offense, they compensated for in rebounding. But both skills were in full bloom.

Louisville opened an 8-2 lead in the opening minutes before the Golden Bears began to assert themselves.

They tied the game at 10 with 14:45 to play in the half and soon their lead was 18-11 when Clarendon, the blue and gold Mohawk, scored again.

Most significant over the first 10 minutes of the game was the way Cal shut down Shoni Schimmel, Louisville keg of dynamite. She did not score, the bulk of Louisville production falling to Smith and junior Slaughter.

Smith and Slaughter combined for 18 of Louisville’s first 19 points and Cal’s lead was 25-19 with 9:15 to play in the half.

Jude Schimmel, Shoni’s little sister, actually scored before she did, bring the Cardinals within 25-22 with 8:00 to play in the half.

Shoni’s first basket came on a layup with 3:49 to go and she would score the final five points in a half Cal emerged from with a 37-27 lead.

 

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35 thoughts on “Louisville In The Title Game

  1. UCONNFB

    Watch KML warm up is like watching an overweight blob rolling across the floor.

    1. Kevin Cavanaugh

      just curious, are you talking about the same KML that helped DESTROY the Irish?

    2. UconnPhann

      18 point win over Notre Dame!!!!! So Much for John Altavilla being a Basketball expert. Remember John predicted a Notre Dame victory by 5 points. Uconn he said couldn’t win. When Uconn fans said Uconn would win with the new KID’s –he dismissed it.
      Yet Uconn won by 18 points.
      Notre Dame he said had too much talent, were too experienced , had to many people who could score.
      ASK JOHN ABOUT BASEBALL OR FOOTBALL OR EVEN PASTA AND GRAVY, BUT DON’T ASK HIM ABOUT WOMEN’S BASKETBALL!!!

      UCONN BEAT NOTRE DAME BY 18 POINTS!!!! UCONN WON!!!

    3. Sal and Irene

      UCONNFB – Very macho remark. What is your waist size? Charles Barkley was no slim jim, neither is Shaq. If you want skinny women, subscribe to “Elle” magazine.

    1. Kevin Cavanaugh

      Lobo has class and was an awesome player as well. She is great as a commentator and the real ugliness is UCONNFB. In fact, you are disgusting to bring up looks and weight and other stuff. You must be quite insecure that you have to attack others. Shame on you UCONNFB.

      1. Bracchus

        Lobo is also very smart having I believe a 4.0 GPA when she graduated. A great player, student and person who should not be demeaned by anonymous posters lacking the courage to personally identify themselves.

    2. SOUTHWICK NATIVE

      If ever there was a woman who was beautiful inside and out it’s BECCA LOBO!!!
      I LOVE LOBO. SHE’S UCONN THRU AND THRU. SOUTHWICK NAMED THE STREET HER HIGH SCHOOL IS ON REBECCA LOBO AVE. THAT’S HOW MUCH SOUTHWICK AND UCONN FANS THINK OF THIS LADY.

  2. UCONNFB

    I use to think Kara Wolters was fat then I saw KML. KML outweighs Wolters by 60 pounds.

    1. Kevin Cavanaugh

      KML might be solid physically but to me that is not a problem. But the good thing is that she is even more solid as a basketball player.

      All of the “Three to watch” are done.

      The ones to watch all have “UCONN” on their uniforms.

    2. VILLAGE IDIOT

      Uconn players current and former may be not beautiful and with a weight problem. They can fix that.

      BUT YOU’LL NEVER FIX YOU EXTEMELY POOR SELF ESTEEM OR POOR EGO. OR THAT UCONN DESTROYED NOTRE DAME IN THE FINAL FOUR.
      UCONN WILL BE IN THE FINAL 4 NEXT YEAR AND THE YEARS BUT IT WILL TAKE 10 YEARS OR MORE BEFORE YOUR TEAM IS ANYWHERE NEAR THE FINAL FOUR.
      LOVE OUR KALEENA M. LEWIS, REBECCA LOBO, KARA WOLTERS, STEWIE, MO JO, TUCK, DOLSON, FARIS, HARTLEY, STOKES, BUCK,DOTY ETC. THEY ARE THE WINNERS OF THE UCONN/NOTRE DAME SHOWDOWN AND THEY DID IT BY 18 POINTS. HIT EVERY FREE THROW DOWN THE LINE.
      NOTRE DAME OUT REBOUNDED UCONN IN THE FIRST HALF–YET UCONN LED BY 10. ND HAD MORE OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS THAN UCONN HAD REBOUND–YET THEY SHOT 23 PERCENT TO UCONNS 50 PERCENT..
      SO YOU DISGRUNTLED NOTRE DAME, DUKE, TENN FANS TAKE YOUR HATE AND GO HOME–YOU LOST.

    3. Sal and Irene

      UCONNFB – It appears you are a soreheaded supporter of one of the teams no longer in the tournament. Go home and beat your spouse and kick the family dog. Your remarks sound like the Hutu’s working up hatred toward the Tutsis in Rowanda

  3. Steve Gee

    Hey John A.
    How about removing some of the more idiotic and purposely hateful comments trolled here?
    Can we start with those above?

    1. The Decipherer

      “Diggins might be easier to look at’ is what you said in an earlier post concerning McBride.

      Also, where are your judgements when Uconn “fans” say hurtful things about Diggins. You are a hypocrite.

      1. Maryanne Hartley

        Hey DECiph—This is a UConn Women’s basketball site, not a love Notre Dame or love Diddy babe site.
        If you want love for Diddy go to a Notre Dame site.
        I bet the Notre Dame site had as many negative comments about KML/Faris/Dolson/Stewie and worst, than you have found on this site about Diggy.

        I suggest if you don’t like the unfriendly diggins comments you find a notre dame site and stop TRoLLing this one.

      2. Steve Gee

        Why I wonder are you so offended at me calling-out the above obvious, purposely hateful comments toward KML?

        You are now going to try and play the moral equivalency game comparing my comment as somehow being insulting?
        “Diggins might be easier to look at, but I find McBride easier to like”

        Good luck with that.

        More likely, is that the comments I noted came from you, under one of your many names.
        I’ll be just fine leaving that for the rest of the readers to “decipher” on their own.

        1. The Decipherer

          Looking in the Mirror First – Matthew 7:3-5

          “Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your brother’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood that is in your own eye? Why do you say to your brother, ‘Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye’? Look at yourself first! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye.” You are a hypocrite. First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your brother’s eye. (ERV) Full Text

          1. Steve Gee

            Yeah, likewise I’m sure.

            Interesting that you apparently found took no offense to the “fat,ugly” comments above, but were deeply effected by my innocuous one from another entry.
            For as you would say: where are your judgements when ND “fans” say hurtful things about UConn?
            “You are a hypocrite”

            But again, I didn’t say anything “hurtful” about ND to begin with.

            Enjoy your f aux-outrage.

            And GO HUSKIES!

            Yeah, they won. And that must really chap your rear.

    2. Kevin Cavanaugh

      That would be nice Steve, but after the resounding victory, it just makes them look even more ridiculous and idiotic.

      Go UCONN. Go “STEWIE” Also, Tuck has arrived as well. KML did her thing and Dolson, she is a trooper. Faris ROCKS. Hartley contributed in a big way but unfortunately, Diggins had her number on layups – I guess Hartley is to predictable when going in. No a problem though because she did well on a couple of layups when Diggins could not even find her to cover her.

      and Faris, the kid from Indiana stole the ball and hustled all night.

      1. Bracchus

        Great win for UCONN and Stewart was the difference as you predicted. Even McGraw thought Lewis would be the difference. Lewis played well, but with Stewart playing exceptional they were unbeatable as a team.

        ND seemed in characteristically tight. I counted 12 or do shots right under the basket that Breaker and Anochowa just flat out blew.

        The key to the win though was the defensive pressure on Diggins. She sets the tone for ND and could not get her stuff going. I think that took the steam out of them and at points they seemed to give up out of frustration.

        Anyway, big win for UCONN. It will be interesting to see what Louisville can do Tuesday night. UCONN has far more weapons, but I still would not take them for granted. It is amazing what people can do when they believe in themselves.

        Having said that, if they won it would be the second biggest upset of the tournament. We probably saw the championship game tonight.

        This has been a great season for womens college basketball. I can only hope that next year will bring us just as much excitement.

        Finally, lets face it. Maybe EDD going to Delaware was the best thing that could have happened to womens basketball. Has she come to UCONN, there is no way anyone would have ever beaten them.

        I like the rivalries and good competition. Frankly, watching 40 point routs is a bit boring.

    3. Maryanne Hartley

      Steve Gee/John Altavilla—Next year fix this site so that inappropriate comments can be reported and removed. Also, when someone writes nothing but negatives over and over about anything and everything Uconn–remove them. this is a UCONN WOMEN/s site–not a vent your poison site.

      1. The Decipherer

        Looking in the Mirror First – Matthew 7:3-5

        “Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your brother’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood that is in your own eye? Why do you say to your brother, ‘Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye’? Look at yourself first! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye.” You are a hypocrite. First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your brother’s eye.

  4. UConn Husky Fan

    Hey UCONNFB,

    Word has it that in reality you’re a Notre Dame Fan. Well as of about 10 minutes ago the Irish’ season ended at the hands of UConn who pulled away to win by 18 points! Skylar Diggins career is over without an NCAA championship. For a third straight year, Muffitt McGraw is going to be denied a chance to bring home that 2nd NCAA banner. UCONNFB stick that in your pipe and smoke it, fool! I have to give Skylar some credit though in the classy way that she handled her interview with ESPN’s Holly Rowe moments after the game ended. Fighting until the bitter end, Skylar always represented her University well, that’s something that one can’t take away from this young lady. For the UConn Huskies it’s on to the championship game on Tuesday! Way to go UConn!! While the announcers keep saying that Louisville is suddenly a different team, so aren’t the Lady Huskies since the beginning of the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal will learn that up close and personal; just as did Maryland, a supposedly dangerous Kentucky team and tonight Notre Dame. Go Huskies!!!!! Bring home an 8th NCAA championship!!!!

    And to UConnFB – while in your demented state of mind you make childish remarks against KML in particular, understand one thing, that is if you’re capable reading. Kaleena would kick your ass should you ever get out on the court with her in a one-on-one game! As a matter of fact, so wouldn’t every single member of the UConn team, loser. Crawl back into the sewer where you came from!

    1. JR

      I’m assuming now that the princess is done without any title we won’t hear from some of these people ever again. Two birds/one stone with that graduation.

    2. JR

      I’m assuming now that the princess is done without any titles we won’t hear from some of these people ever again. Two birds/one stone with that graduation.

  5. Cliff

    UCONNFB>> All of us at UCONN would love to have a battle of wits with you, but our mothers taught us never to fight with an unarmed man.

    Good luck with your approach. No doubt you already know it leads you to the bottom of the pile.

  6. UconnFan

    Great game tonight by Stewie, but cudo’s to the whole team with their great defense. Geno gets a lot of flak from his detractors but his teams are one of the best defensive teams every year and that comes from the coaches because these guys do not come in as great defensive players and leave ready to play at a high level in the WNBA.

  7. F.I.X.

    ESPN and the NCAA setup the ultimate David versus Goliath. Louisville versus UConn. Walz verus Aureema. Watch your Huskies go down. ESPN and the NCAA will then say parity is here.

    1. Steve Gee

      fix,
      Are you the same (under a totally DIFFERENT name of course) that was posting here how Geno sucks and ND would “crush” UConn by 13 points?

      It’s OK, I think we know the answer.

  8. Lynne

    Hey F.I.X:

    WRONG! The ultimate David vs. Goliath was Baylor v. Louisville. The Huskies will NOT take Louisville for granted…COUNT ON IT!

    As for UCONNFB..what a pathetic loser! Obviously he is one of those shallow imbeciles who is obsessed with looks (in HIS opinion, which we know to disregard). Obviously he’s an ND fan who cannot gloat about a win today, which means he has to go to other means of expressing his displeasure with the ND loss. Too bad jackasses like him cannot be edited out of our blogs.

    Go troll your venom somewhere else…LOSER!!

  9. FLORIDAFAN

    ” Top 3″ players don`t make it to the finals. A different perspective on the WNBA DRAFT: #1 EDD, #2 Griner, I wouldn`t put Diggins any higher than #4.

  10. Steve Gee

    Diggins was quite upset, and rightfully so at the end of the 1st half. She was getting shut down.

    Did anyone else notice “Holly” asking Diggins to stop for her interview as the team left the court, and Diggins just waving her off with one hand, and running away?

  11. Eric

    The readers’ personal remarks about the writer, players, and other readers degrade the quality of this blog. It is most unfortunate that we cannot seem to be civil.

  12. Husky Dave

    Why put any energy into jerks? Just savor the decisive win and the not coincidental emergence of Breanna Stewart. Whoever won last night’s game was going to be the national champion. Let’s look forward to pasting the Cardinals and salvaging an incredible season. There were “Three to Watch”;now there are none.

  13. matt

    I’m a huge Louisville fan living here in Denver, and can’t WAIT to catch the action when I get home tonight. I’ll be working my shift at DISH for the first half (of the Men’s game), but I have the DVR set and ready to go. I got the DISH Hopper, and found it is PERFECT for fans of sports like basketball, baseball etc. with a lot of games on a nightly basis. The Hopper has up to 2,000 hours of storage space, so I can record practically any game I want and not have to worry about the DVR being full!

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