Life On The Road

The challenges of playing on the road are many for athletes. Not only are players competing in unfamiliar venues but they are facing hostile crowds, which can be intimidating not only to the players but to the officials calling the games.candyce

Then there are situations like those described by Lady Card Candyce Bingham in her University of Louisville blog about the recent trip to play Georgetown in Washington, D.C.:

“When we arrived at our hotel and went to our rooms there was only one bed and a pull out couch along with a kitchen. I lucked out and had my own room while many had to flip a coin about who was going to sleep on the bed the first night and who would end up on the couch.

“We then went to practice and were supposed to go to Outback Steakhouse to eat dinner. Our bus driver wasn’t even from around area and had no idea where he was going. We literally drove around for an hour because he couldn’t find the Outback and ended up at Don Pablo’s, which was just down the street from our hotel.

“After the game on our way to the hotel we seemed to get into a fender bender. Our bus driver was going to make a right turn at a light but I guess the person to the right of us grew impatient and decided that they wanted to keep creeping up. Which meant the bus was hitting the side of the car and for a while he didn’t know that. We had no idea until Brandie Radde said the bus had just hit this car next to us.”

Life on the road. One has to wonder whether some bus drivers are aware of  GPS technology.

Brandie Radde Missing

Brandie Radde has apparently left the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. Coach Jeff Walz has yet to make an official announcement but the conclusion is inescapable.

Brandie Radde takes her three-point shooting with her.
Brandie Radde's shooting will be missed.

The 5-foot-11 junior guard never made the trip for the Providence game, and she is no longer listed on the Lady Cards’ official roster. Radde’s departure came days after she started for the Lady Cards against UConn. She played 12 minutes in that game while being held scoreless.

Radde started in six of the Lady Cards’ 21 games this season, averaging 3.8 points per game. She also was averaging 19 minutes of playing time.

The Niles, Michigan native was considered a three-point shooting specialist, hitting five of nine attempts and collecting 19 points in a recent 76-60 win over South Florida. She was second only to Angel McCoughtry in three-point attempts.

Thanks to Sonja for the heads up.

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The Lady Cards climbed to No. 5 in the Associated Press poll this week, their highest ranking ever. They play Syracuse at 7 tonight at Freedom Hall. See Sonja’s pre-game report here.

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The UofL baseball team held its first official full-squad practice Sunday at the Trager Center. The 2009 season-opener is at SEC foe Florida on Friday, Feb. 20, the first in a three-game series in Gainesville.  The home-opener is Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Angel McCoughtry: Another Living Legend

Angel McCoughtry would have been remembered as the all-time best female player at the University of Louisville even without her record-setting 43-point game in an 81-49 win over Providence on Saturday. She also earned the distinction as U of L’s all-time leading scorer, raising her point total to 2,373. The Lady Cards are now 20-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big East, and face Syracuse Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall. More Lady Card photos available at SportsPageMagazine.

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Disparity: A Schooling For Lady Cards

If there was anything to be gained from the 93-65 beating the University of Louisville women suffered at the hands of top-ranked UConn on Monday, it is the realization that the Lady Cards have lots of room for improvement … and this is valuable knowledge for three sophomores and six promising freshmen.

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No moral victories to be gained from a 28-point loss, even if it is to the No. 1 ranked team. Despite the obvious disparity in talent (Angel McCoughtry the exception), Sonja prefers an optimistic approach in her perspective on the game.

Angel Takes Flight, Again

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Angel McCoughtry soars for an uncontested layup in leading the University of Louisville women’s basketball team to a 66-50 win over Cincinnati at Freedom Hall on Tuesday. She had 23 points, nine rebounds and eight steals as the Lady Cards improved their won-lost record to 19-1. Next stop is at No. 1 UConn (18-0) on ESPN’s Big Monday at 7:30 p.m. Sonja’s report here. (Card Game photo)