U of L football ends season with loss to UK Monday, Nov 29 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

On Nov. 27, U of L football had their final home game against the Kentucky Wildcats and lost with a final score of 52-21.

At the start of the game, Louisville won the coin toss and deferred to second half. UK received while U of L defended the south goal.

After just three minutes, UK made their first touchdown of the night. However, U of L quickly caught up when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham rushed up the middle for a gain of two yards, scoring a touchdown. This put both teams at a tie of 7-7, but UK scored a touchdown with only 01:18 on the clock.

During the second quarter, UK continued to dominate the field. The Wildcats made two additional touchdowns, and the Cards continued to struggle scoring. U of L went into halftime with a score of 24-7.

After halftime, U of L attempted to catch up to UK. However, UK scored two more touchdowns, putting the score at 38-7 going into the last quarter.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, UK made another touchdown two minutes in. However, U of L pushed back when sophomore quarterback Evan Conley made a complete pass up the middle for eight yards to redshirt senior wide-receiver Josh Johnson, scoring a touchdown for Louisville.

Both teams scored two more touchdowns before the end of the fourth quarter. However, UK ultimately won the Battle of the Bluegrass.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics 

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Louisville football takes home a win against Duke Sunday, Nov 21 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

On Nov. 18, the Louisville football team played an away game against Duke University, and won with a final score of 62-22.

At the start of the game, Duke won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Louisville received, and scored their first touchdown with 10:10 on the clock. Redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham made a complete pass to freshman running back Trevion Cooley of 48 yards, scoring for the Cards.

Before the end of the first quarter, Louisville scored another touchdown. Cunningham made a complete pass to redshirt sophomore tight-end Marshon Ford for 20 yards,  and scored with only 00:58 on the clock.

During the second quarter of the game, Louisville continued to score. Before halftime, they made three more touchdowns, while staying in the lead for the remainder of the quarter. Duke attempted to catch up by making two field goals, but Louisville continued to stay ahead. The Cards went into halftime with a score of 35-9.

After halftime, Duke started to catch up to the Cards when they made a touchdown during the third quarter. However, Louisville continued to score as well. With 7:46 on the clock, Cunningham made a complete pass to freshman wide receiver Jordan Watkins for 19 yards, scoring a touchdown for U of L. It wasn’t long till another touchdown was scored when Cunningham made a complete pass to freshman wide receiver Ahmari Huggins-Bruce for 12 yards.

By the fourth quarter, Duke was able to score a touchdown early on. However, Louisville made two additional touchdowns as well. This gave Louisville the win for the night with a final score of 62-22.

Louisville football will be back on Nov. 27 to play against the Kentucky Wildcats for a battle of the Bluegrass. The game will take place at Cardinal Stadium and will start at 7:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Abell // The Louisville Cardinal

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U of L women’s basketball wins home opener Wednesday, Nov 17 2021 

By: Daniel Rankin–

On Nov. 16, the No. 15 Louisville women’s basketball team won in a dominant 82-25 rout against the Bellarmine University Knights.

Senior Forward Emily Engstler was the standout player of the night with 12 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 4 steals. With the ability to score inside the paint and from the 3 point range, Engstler is a player that many Cards fans should keep an eye on this season.

“I was really pleased with how Emily played,” said head coach Jeff Walz during a post-game interview. “She pursued the ball, she rebounded the ball, she knocked down shots.”

In the first quarter, Engstler and senior guard Kianna Smith made a combined 18 points and pushed the Cards to an early lead. Finishing the quarter strong, Louisville went into the second quarter with a score of 28-10.

Junior guard Norika Konno started the second quarter with a three-pointer, and the game began to fall out of reach for the Knights. With a successful defensive press led by senior guard Mykasa Robinson, the Cards held the Knights to just 2 points in the second quarter. Up 48-14 at halftime, Louisville was in complete control of the game, including Engstler, who already recorded her first double-double of the season.

By the third quarter, Louisville added another 16 points to the board and secured their win by the fourth quarter after a stellar defense done by the Cards.

Although the Cards won comfortably, there were still some struggles, most notable being the lack of three-pointers and the 14 turnovers during the second half.

“We have to be smart enough to stop firing them up when they’re not going in,” said Walz. “They have to make that evaluation themself.”

Walz said the team needs to read each other on the court and know when to make a three-point shot or recover from a turnover.

The Louisville women’s basketball team will be back at the KFC Yum! Center Nov. 17  at 7 p.m. to take on the UT Martin Skyhawks

Photo Courtesy of Taris Smith // U of L Athletics

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Louisville men’s basketball has a new season ticket option Monday, Nov 15 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

After a year of reduced capacity, Louisville men’s basketball is finally back with a new surprise: reduced prices for season tickets.

Over the years, avid Louisville sports fans have been asked to donate money and pay for season tickets to remain part of the Cardinal Athletic Fund. The donations range in prices and the season tickets usually cost about $545 for upper-level corner seats.

However, this year the prices have dropped because of a new season ticket option: CardsPass. CardsPass now allows fans to have access to every home game for only $325. The pass ensures that you will have some of the best seats in the house during every game, and you are able to sit with your friends by “linking” your passes on the CardsMobile app.

To purchase a CardsPass, you can go to the GoCards website under men’s basketball to purchase your tickets today.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech//U of L Athletics 

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U of L football defeats Syracuse Orange Monday, Nov 15 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The Louisville Cardinals football team beat the Syracuse Orange 41-3 at home Nov. 13.

With the celebration of Lamar Jackson’s number 8 being retired, Louisville fans were excited for another day of college football.

At the start of the game, Syracuse won the coin toss and received during the first quarter. Louisville defended the south goal, and scored their first touchdown with 9:13 on the clock.

It wasn’t long after Syracuse attempted to catch up with a field goal from the 43 yard line. However, Louisville was able to keep the lead when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham made a complete pass for 33 yards to Tyler Harrell, scoring another touchdown for the Cardinals.

During the second quarter, Louisville built on its lead by making three touchdowns. Louisville went into halftime with a score of 35-3.

During the third quarter, Louisville continued to stay on top. James Turner was able to make a field goal from the 33 yard line, which brought Louisville’s score up to 38-3.

In the last quarter of the game, Turner made another field goal and brought the final score to 41-3.

Louisville football will head on the road to North Carolina as they face Duke University. The game will be on Nov. 18, and will start at 7:30 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Abell//Louisville Cardinal

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U of L men’s basketball secures a win against Southern U. Thursday, Nov 11 2021 

By Hannah Walker–

On Nov. 9, Louisville men’s basketball won a home game against Southern University with a final score of 72-60.

Throughout the night, the top performers were sophomore forward Samuell Williamson, fifth year forward/center Malik Williams, sophomore forward Matt Cross and senior guard Noah Locke, scoring a total of 51 of the 72 points.

During the first half of the game, Williamson scored the majority of the points. He was successfully able to make three layups and several jumpers before halftime, putting Louisville at a two point lead going into the second half.

During the second half of the game, Locke was able to score the majority of the points while making three rebounds and three drive shots. After scoring 39 points during the second half, U of L was able to take the win for the night with a final score of 72-60.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back Nov. 12 to play against Furman University at KFC Yum! Center.

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U of L field hockey ready for the NCAA Tournament Thursday, Nov 11 2021 

By Daniel Rankin —

On Friday, Nov. 12, The University of Louisville Field Hockey team will face Harvard University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cards recently fell short of winning the ACC Tournament after losing to Virginia in the semifinals. However, the season was still successful. Prior to the loss against the Virginia Cavaliers, U of L was able to take down Syracuse on senior day; allowing them to move on to the ACC Championship. Overall, the Cards finished the season 16-3, an impressive feat given they had one of the nation’s toughest schedules.

“To be the best, you have to play the best,” said ACC Coach of the Year Justine Sowry, “Our ACC and non-conference opponents have stepped up their game which sets us up nicely for the NCAA tournament.”

The season’s most impressive wins included ranked wins against Princeton, North Carolina, Syracuse, Ohio State, Boston College, and Virginia. Louisville will be looking to build off their successful 2020 run, making the final four for the first time in program history and returning nine out of eleven starting players.

“Having great experience over the past couple of years and more depth could be an advantage, but it isn’t automatic,” noted Sowry, “We still have to work hard together to advance.”

Junior Forward Mattie Tabor explained that early exit in the ACC Tournament has given them extra motivation. “It’s now one and done time, and we can’t take any games off,” she stated. “We’re motivated as a team to fight for those 50/50 balls and take the next step forward.”

Should Louisville advance to the quarterfinals, they’ll face the Michigan vs. Maine/Miami (Ohio) winner on Nov. 14. While the Cards have never met Havard before, they’re familiar with potential opponents Michigan, taking a hard-fought 2-1 loss and Miami (Ohio) dominating 4-1 earlier the season.

The semifinals will be on Nov. 19 and the championship match on Nov. 21, with the University of Michigan playing host.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics

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Louisville men’s basketball trounces West Georgia Friday, Nov 5 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

Louisville men’s basketball beat West Georgia 103-51 on Nov. 3 at the KFC Yum! Arena

During the first half of the game, Louisville was able to take the lead. With sophomore guard/forward Dre Davis scoring nine points and senior guard Noah Locke scoring 10 points, U of L was able to have the upper hand when it came to offense.

U of L  also had great defense against West Georgia with the help of freshman forward/center Roosevelt Wheeler, who made a key defensive rebound early in the game. This led Louisville to a score of 54-28 going into halftime.

During the second half, Louisville continued to play at their best. Wheeler was able to make eight points during the second half, as well as junior forward Samuell Williamson who made six points. Louisville continued to do well with both their turnovers and their layups throughout the night, and this ultimately gave them the win.

Louisville men’s basketball will play again on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 9:00p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech// U of L Athletics 

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Louisville football loses to NC State Monday, Nov 1 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

Louisville football traveled to North Carolina Oct. 30 to play against NC State,  losing 28-13.

At the start of the game, Louisville won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. NC State received.

During the first half, both teams were neck and neck. With only 0:48 seconds on the clock, NC State made their first touchdown of the night. Then, before the first quarter ended, redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham made a complete pass to freshman wide-receiver Jordan Watkins. This gave Louisville their first touchdown of the night as well.

During the second quarter of the game, neither team was able to score a touchdown. This led both teams going into halftime with a tied score of 7-7.

After halftime, Louisville took the lead when sophomore kicker James Turner made a field goal from the 42 yard line. This put Louisville at a score of 10-7.

During the last quarter of the game, NC State caught up significantly. With only 14:26 on the clock, they were able to make their second touchdown of the night.

Before the quarter ended, NC State scored two more touchdowns. Louisville was only able to make a field goal from the 31 yard line during the final quarter. This led Louisville to a loss with a final score of 28-13.

Louisville will be back on their home field on Nov. 6 to play against the Clemson Tigers. The game will start at 7:30 p.m, and student tickets will be available for purchase for as low as $15.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics 

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U of L Pride’s keynote speaker Sherry Cola talks AAPI representation and her queer experience Wednesday, Oct 20 2021 

By Tate Luckey 

“When I found out that Sherry Cola was going to be our Pride keynote speaker, I felt overwhelming excited, and starstruck. Representation matters,” Savanna White said.

And that cannot be more true.

In an era where it can be to be confident in yourself, there is none more true to themselves than actor Sherry Cola. Cola, who is queer, Asian-American, a comedian/actor and star on Good Trouble, spoke at the 2021 Belknap Pride Keynote on topics ranging from her life experiences, professional work, and even which co-star was the best to kiss.

Jaison Gardner

The moderator of this event, Jaison Gardner (co-host of NPR’s “Strange Fruit: Musings On Politics, Culture, and Black Gay Life“), started off by asking Cola (who joined via Zoom) about the #StopAAPIHate movement, and what she’s dealt with in terms of any anti-Asian sentiments.

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“[The Asian community] was so undefined by people, and it didn’t help that society brainwashed us into these people that didn’t want to ‘rock the boat’. It’s why the Atlanta shooting was so heartbreaking. It’s a constant reminder that we’re not silent. To be honest, we owe a lot to the black community,’ she said. She noted that the protests from last summer, combined with the ongoing efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement helped others in the AAPI find their voice.

“I think at the end of the day it’s about recognizing that while the experiences aren’t exactly the same, they’re worth fighting for. The things that we touch on [Good Trouble] from trans rights to equal pay… it’s really just taught me to show up,” she said. “Speak up for your AAPI friends, check in with them. Asian people are not represented nearly as much as they should be [in media].”

Representation Matters

Cola, who was born in China and immigrated to the Americas as a young teen, noted her idols growing up included Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Lucy Liu.

“That’s pretty much it in terms of Asian role models in media. It was so discouraging as someone who wanted to be a performer of some sort; it felt like a gamble, especially as in immigrant,” Cola said.

Margaret Cho, who shares the screen with Cola on Good Trouble, was huge in helping her overcome her limitations and recognizing what she’s capable of.

Cola identifies as bisexual and explained that being on Good Trouble helped her with her queerness. “I was so passionate about the character and about the representation that was happening,” she said.

She never really addressed her feelings about her sexuality until 2010, when she remembers she first had feelings for a woman. “I was so confused, to be honest. I remember telling my best friend and I was shook by this. It was the first time I admitted this version of myself.” Despite how supportive and proud she is, Cola didn’t have the conversation with her mom until after she got the part in Good Trouble.

She elaborated, saying that, “queerness wasn’t a conversation topic growing up. But we’re out here living our life despite no one rooting for us. It’s really special.”

Sherry Cola’s experiences are one of many being shared during U of L’s Month, which kicked off on October 6th. On Thursday, October 21st, the LGBT Center is hosting Chance Krempasky, an APRN. If you’d like to know more, you can click here.

Photos by Anthony Riley // The Louisville Cardinal

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