Dec. 2, 2010
Mississippi Valley State became the 177th different opponent in Louisville history and the 56th under head coach Jeff Walz. The Cardinals are now 122-55 (.689) all-time in inaugural meetings with opponents, while Walz is 44-12 (.786) when facing an opponent for the first time as Cardinal head coach.
The Cardinals have now outscored their opponents 75-22 in the first four minutes of games this season. U of L led 6-3 at the 16:00 mark on Thursday, making MVSU the seventh Louisville opponent (out of eight) to fail to put up more than four points in the first four minutes. Only Old Dominion (9-6 lead at that point) has managed to grab a head start on the Cardinals this season.
Score at 16:00 mark, first halfIn four home games, Louisville has outscored its foes 40-7 in the first four minutes.
The Cards broke a 6-6 tie early on with a 15-0 run covering 6:36, Louisville's ninth run of 13 or more unanswered points this season. Louisville then held the Delta Devilettes scoreless for the first 8:03 of the second half (19-0 stretch for the Cards).
6-2 - Tennessee (11.12)
8-2 - Ohio (11.14)
16-2 - Houston Baptist (11.17)
12-0 - Southeast Missouri State (11.19)
7-4 - Xavier (11.23)
6-9 - Old Dominion (11.26)
14-0 - IPFW (11.29)
6-3 - Mississippi Valley State (12.2)
Louisville runs in 2010-11The Delta Devilettes' 15 first-half points were the fewest for a U of L opponent since Rutgers had 14 on Jan. 11, 2009, in a 64-59 Cardinal victory. It was the ninth time in the past 11 seasons the Cards have held the opposition to at most 15 points in the first period.
26-0 (covering 7:34) - Houston Baptist
21-0 (8:00) - Ohio
20-0 (8:52) - Houston Baptist
19-0 (8:03) - Mississippi Valley State
16-0 (4:27) - IPFW
16-0 (5:12) - Southeast Missouri State
16-0 (6:24) - Houston Baptist
15-0 (6:36) - Mississippi Valley State
14-0 (6:55) - Ohio
13-0 (5:01) - Southeast Missouri State
Fewest opponent first-half points, since 2000-01Louisville notched 22 steals in the game (including 13 in the first half), the most by a Cardinal club since at least the 1999-2000 season. The school record for steals in a game is 29, set on Jan. 10, 1983, against National College.
MVSU's 35 turnovers were four shy of the school record for opponent turnovers and were also the most by a U of L opponent since at least the 1999-2000 season.
The Cards also notched 27 assists in the game, their highest output since Nov. 12, 2006 (33 against Memphis) and their second-highest total in the last 11 seasons.
1. 13 - Austin Peay - 11.17.08
1. 13 - Morehead State - 1.3.04
3. 14 - Rutgers - 1.11.09
3. 14 - Cincinnati - 1.15.08
3. 14 - West Virginia - 3.4.07
3. 14 - Winthrop - 11.11.06
3. 14 - Murray State - 12.19.04
8. 15 - Mississippi Valley State - 12.2.10
8. 15 - Notre Dame - 1.14.06
Most assists in a game, since 2000-01The 59-point win goes down as the fifth largest in Cardinal history and Louisville's third win by at least 54 points this year. The 2010-11 team is the first in school history with three 45-point wins in the same season. No other Louisville squad has even had two 50-point wins in one year.
Louisville knocked down 10 three-pointers in the game, its highest total since Jan. 3, 2007 (12-for-36 at Providence).
The Cards went 14-for-16 (.875) from the line in the game and made their final eight tries. Louisville entered the game shooting just 60.9 percent from the line for the year.
1. 33 - Memphis - 11.12.06
2. 27 - Mississippi Valley State - 12.2.10
2. 27 - Georgetown U. - 1.18.06
2. 27 - Murray State - 12.19.04
Junior Becky Burke set a new career best with four steals in the game, besting her career mark of three, which she had achieved five times.
Burke had made nine straight free throws entering the game, but missed her first try of the evening. She has converted on 10+ consecutive free throw attempts four separate times during her career.
Burke also entered the game having made five consecutive shots from the floor and four straight from behind the arc and extended the streaks to six and five, respectively, before misfiring on her second three-point attempt of the game.
After putting up 12 points against the Delta Devilettes, junior Monique Reid has now scored at least a dozen points in 17 consecutive games dating back to last season. For some comparison, Cardinal great Angel McCoughtry's career-long streak of consecutive 12-point games was 34, extending from Jan. 8-Dec. 28, 2008.
Reid's four assists tied her career high.
Sophomore Tia Gibbs (career high-tying four steals, including three in the first 6:46 of the game) is in the midst of a rather remarkable string of seven straight multi-steal games, including four with four steals and five with at least three. She is averaging 3.3 thefts per game over that stretch.
Freshman Charmaine Tay grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in the game, joining Gibbs as Louisville guards to notch double-digit rebounding games this year (Gibbs had 10 at Xavier). Tay also had six assists--a career best--and no turnovers in the game.
Sophomore Shelby Harper tied her career high with three steals in the game. All told, seven Cardinal players picked up at least two steals in the contest, including five by halftime.
Freshman Shoni Schimmel dished out seven assists, the fourth straight game in which she has had at least six dimes. She also hit three treys for the fifth time in the first eight games of her career.
The four-game streak with 6+ assists is the longest for a Cardinal player since Patrika Barlow put together a six-game streak to open the 2007-08 season, during which she averaged an absurd 9.2 dimes per game (55 total, including a school-record 16 in the opener).