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.
While the majority of Cardinal Nation will be glued to the four-letter network watching the UofL football team against Rutgers Thursday night, another big battle will be taking place in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Lady Cards basketball team will play Middle Tennessee State University (5-1).
Another Sun Belt pushover for the Cards? In no way, shape or form.
Preseason picks to win the league; the Lady Blue Raiders have knocked off Indiana, Arizona and LSU this year, and suffered their only loss to Oklahoma in Norman. Junior forward Alysha Clark, back-to-back Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, who averages 24.8 a game, leads them.
WKRD Radio 790 will have the action, and I’ll recap it in detail here on Card Game.
The University of Louisville Lady Cards lost a close one Saturday in Reno, falling to Nevada 85-82, despite 34 points fron Angel McCoughtry in a foul-plagued basketball game. Louisville was whistled for 23 fouls, with Angel, Keisha Hines and Dez Byrd receiving four each, while the Wolf Pack amazingly had only 12.
McCoughtry sat about half of the first twenty minutes, and the Cardinal lead went from 24-13 to 36-33 at the half while she was out. The game was a see saw match in the second stanza, but Nevada gained control late and UofL couldn’t muster a rally.Â Nevada went 23-28 from the charity stripe, while the Cards connected on 14 of their 16 tries.
Dez Byrd tossed in 15 points for the Cards in 36 minutes and Keisha Hines added 12 in 29 minutes. Freshman Monique Reid drew her first collegiate start, as Coach Jeff Walz moved Angel to the two-guard slot. Brandie Radde came in off the bench.
It seemed to be a lazy whistle when the Wolf Pack was involved…from what I could gather of the play by play and commentary of Jim Kelch and Adrienne Johnson. Apparently “over the back” is only a foul when a Cardinal player commits it, and Lady Wolf Pack players simply do not charge. Nevertheless, the Cards had opportunities to get back into the game late and couldn’t convert or grab missed Nevada shots.
Tough loss for the gang, but maybe some things learned from the loss. Angel needs to play with a little more control in the early going, especially on the road…and the Cards still need to find a zone buster from outside. The good thing is that it’s early in the year, and these things should work themselves out as the season progresses.
Some good news on the Laura Terry front…she could be back by Big East conference play. With her and the volleyball occupied Gwen Rucker on the court to back up Keisha, the post won’t be nearly as vulnerable as it was tonight. The Cards return to action December 4th against MTSU in Murfreesboro.
A lifesize version of Angel McCoughtry is now on display at Kroger stores throughout the metropolitan area. The University of Louisville All-American already owns the all-time records in both scoring and rebounding for the Lady Cards.
Sometimes, it’s good to have an Angel looking over your shoulder. So it was for the Lady Cards Friday night, who used the senior wing to defeat Alabama 73-56. Angel also became the leading rebounder in Lady Cards’ history, grabbing nine boards to go with her 28 points.
“It’s a great honor to have both those records,” said McCoughtry, who set the all-time career scoring mark earlier this season. “I guess it shows that hard work pays off. It means a lot to me. I just try to go out and be the best I can be.”
The final score was a little misleading. Alabama kept it close in the first 20 minutes, and the Cards only led by seven, at 35-28.
In his post game interview, Walz related that he preached the need for the Cards to concentrate on proper execution in the second half. But it backfired early and Bama trimmed the lead to 37-33 early in the final 20 minutes.
Just when you thought the Cards were on the ropes, Louisville’s senior All-American took flight. The Tide forced the Louisville into an out-of-bounds possession with one second on the clock, but a quick pass to McCoughtry led to a deep desperation three that beat the buzzer and swished the nets. Louisville used it to go on a 19-3 run over the next seven minutes and led 56-36 with 10 minutes to go.
The Lady Cards play Nevada at 11 o’clock tonight
Candyce Bingham joined Angel in double figures, dropping 12 points and 10 boards on the Tide.Â Laura Terry, who injured a knee Tuesday night against Utah did not play for the Cards. How long she’ll be out isn’t certain yet.
With Terry out, Coach Jeff Walz made extensive use of the five freshmen on the roster. Monique Reid gave the Cards eight points and four rebounds in 20 minutes. Janae Howard and Becky Burke added six points each to the Cards effort. Sophomore Dez Byrd logged 33 minutes of playing time for the Cards but managed only two points.
The Cards play Nevada, winner over Northern Iowa, in the final of the Nugget Classic tonight at 11 o’clock.