16,339 A Record For Big East Conference

The Lady Cards set State and Big East Conference records for paid attendance for a women’s basketball game with 16,339 people at Freedom Hall. Should have been at least a couple of thousand more people there. Kentucky fans were few and far between, must have missed the bandwagon on Hal Mumme Drive.

— The only bad thing about packing the house is the danger of a 6-foot-6 guy sitting in the seat in front of you. Oh well, thank goodness for the just-in-time invitation of a fellow fan to move to seats behind the Louisville bench. That’s more like it.

— Lady Cards were either too tight and over enthusiastic at the beginning with Angel McCoughtry missing her first five shots. She would still collect 31 points, nine rebounds and six steals.

— Angel may be the star but Deseree Byrd is the absolute inspiration on this team, not allowing a couple of nights in the hospital a week ago affect her availability the last two games. She gets some difficult points at crucial times. Fun to watch her charging down the court. She may not be in perfect shape, but she takes a backseat to no one on gamesmanship.

— Candyce Bingham seems to be an ultra nice person. Not to the opposition, however, not with 12 rebounds and 14 points.

— Monique Reid is going to be a force on the boards. Just ask McCoughtry who somehow managed to avoid Reid’s elbows when they both went up for the same rebound. The look on Angel’s face: priceless.

Angel’s Muggers Coming To Town

Pack The House — Sunday is Pack The House day and the University of Kentucky is the opponent for the University of Louisville Lady Cards basketball team. Game time is 2 p.m., and tickets are $5 each ($2 each if you buy 10 or more).

The Lady Wildcats were not ladylike last season at Rupp Arena. Coach Matthew Mitchell’s Hell Cats physically abused Angel McCoughtry, sending her to the dressing room for almost 20 minutes. But she returned with stitches on her forehead in the second half to nail down a 80-65 win for UofL.

If you want the University of Kentucky to know which university owns Louisville, you need to be there to send a message to the Lexingtonians. Carly Ormerod, a Wildcat who haughtily snubbed the Cards, played at Sacred Heart Academy in the confused St. Matthews area where there are entirely too many Cat fans.

A few Cat fans is a few too many.

Get In Now

The crowd of 18,000 – the largest in college women’s basketball – that saw the Lady Cards challenge UConn last season was just a preview of things to come for University of Louisville women’s basketball.

Jeff Walz has a dynamite class of recruits joining Angel McCoughtry and some seasoned veterans next season. This program has already achieved under Walz and will only get better.

June 30th is the deadline to purchase season tickets for $50 each for next season. They will be going up after that, like everything else.

Buying women’s basketball tickets may well be the best option for some fans to gain entry into the new downtown basketball arena, scheduled to open in 2010.

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