U of L looks to start 2020 football season with another historic victory over WKU Friday, Sep 11 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The 2020 football season marks another year that the University of Louisville football team begins the season against Western Kentucky University’s Hilltoppers.

U of L comes into this commonwealth matchup ranked 20th in the ESPN preseason rankings. They are pre-ranked third in the Atlantic Coast Conference behind the Clemson Tigers and Virginia Tech Hokies.

The Hilltoppers enter the 2020 season ranked 50th in the ESPN preseason rankings. The Hilltoppers have a 9.5% chance of winning out the Sun Belt Conference and an 11.6% chance of taking home a victory over the Cardinals on Sept. 12.

In 1926, the Cardinal reported on when U of L made the trek to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on Ogden College, now part of WKU.

U of L entered the 1926 match up with high expectations. They took home the victory 79-0 against Ogden. The Cardinals won later that same year 26-10 in a home game against the Hilltoppers.

On Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. the Cardinals will look to repeat history with an impressive win over Western Kentucky. A victory Saturday would give U of L football their 22nd win over the Hilltoppers and extend their winning streak against Western Kentucky to 12 straight games.

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Women’s basketball slams WKU 75-56 Thursday, Nov 7 2019 

By Ben Goldberger–
The women’s basketball lived up to expectations in the first game of the season, beating the unranked Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers 75-56 Tuesday, November 8th at home. Junior Guard Dana Evans led the team with 19 points and played for all but eight minutes of the game.

Sophomore Forward Elizabeth Dixon also had a great showing, recording a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The No. 9 Cards collectively recorded 22 assists, more than three times as many the Hilltoppers recorded seven. This effort was mostly led by Jazmine Jones who recorded 10 assists along with eight points and rebounds. While coming off of the bench, freshman Norika Konno tallied nine points in 26 minutes of play.

First Half
Louisville jumped to a quick lead against WKU in the first quarter, shooting just under 70 percent from the field, including knocking down three of four 3-point shots. This was the best shooting percentage the Cards had the whole game, shooting a measly 33 percent in the second quarter.

Jones was responsible for seven out of the nine baskets made by the Cards in the first quarter, recording six assists and two points. All of the nine first quarter baskets came off of assists.

Sophomore guard Elizabeth Balogun was on fire in the first quarter, hitting all three 3-point shots attempted. She went on to go 4-4 in the first half and 5-6 for the whole game.

Louisville finished the first half with a comfortable nine point lead over WKU at 34-25.

Second Half
The Cards then scored 21 points, yet the Hilltoppers scored 18 points, more than any other quarter. This was mostly related to sloppy defense, forfeiting 10 free throw shot attempts in the third quarter alone. The Hilltoppers capitalized on this by scoring six points off of free throws.

On the contrary, Louisville only got one free throw shot, with Evans knocking down the sole attempt of the quarter.
Evans recorded eight points in the third quarter and 15 in the second half. She made four three-pointers in the second half, elevating the Cards to a comfortable lead.

Konno made her presence felt in the fourth quarter, recording five points and, including an and-1, an assist and a rebound. She had a very productive showing coming off of the bench, outscoring Jazmine Jones by one point.

The Cards host the Central Michigan Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.

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Louisville tops the Hilltoppers Saturday, Sep 14 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

Louisville took the second win of the season, defeating Western Kentucky University 38-21.

After a huge win 42-0 over Eastern Kentucky University, Louisville (2-1) has brought their competition level up significantly since last season.

Against WKU (1-2) Louisville continued to expand their offensive capabilities passing just as much as rushing. The Cardinals had 415 total yards against the Hilltoppers, 205 yards coming from passing and 210 from rushing.

This versatility will come in handy when playing in the first conference game of the season on the road against Florida State next week.

Sophomore Tutu Atwell started off scoring for the Cardinals with a touchdown off of a nine yard pass from sophomore Malik Cunningham. The Hilltoppers did not answer, Louisville had the lead at the end of the first with a score of 7-0.

Scoring opened up for Louisville in the second quarter with 24 points. Attwell scored another touchdown in the beginning of the second off of a long 46 yard pass from Cunningham.

Western then answered with their first touchdown with a huge 72 yard play ripping through Louisville’s defense.

Louisville wrapped up the quarter with two more touchdowns, one from senior Seth Hawkins and the other from junior Rodjay Jones. The Cards also scored a field goal by senior Blanton Creque putting the score 31-7 at the end of the first half.

WKU tried to rally against the Cardinals with a touchdown at the start of the third quarter. Louisville maintained their strength as Atwell then scored his third touchdown of the game leaving the score 38-14.

Western scored another touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Louisville did not answer, leaving the final score 38-21.

Last year the Cardinal’s nearly lost against the Hilltoppers taking a narrow 20-17 win. Satterfield’s revitalized team is gaining ground lost from last year, already putting up just as many wins from last season within three games.

Looking ahead Louisville’s schedule will be starting to pick up with five straight ACC games. While Louisville has proven their competition with in-state competition, they still have to prove conference strength.

Louisville will play Florida State on Saturday Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, Florida.

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