By Sonja Sykes
The floor in the living room, hallway to the kitchen, back porch…I worked as hard as any of the Lady Cards tonight pacing and fretting this one to the finish. I must admit. I don’t do games on the radio well. Especially when the signal keeps fading in and out. Nevertheless, the Lady Cards win one on the road tonight 59-48 over Utah. Here are the ugly details.
Louisville fell behind early in this one, trailing 8-2 at the 15:58 mark. A rally, led by Candyce Bingham got the Cards up 12-8, but the Utes struggled back, and led several times late in the first half before a Cardinal blitz with Angel and Keisha Hines on the bench ended the first half with the Cards up 31-23. During that same 20 minutes of basketball action, I covered four rooms, stubbed one toe, chased Paul out of the kitchen twice and got one call from a six year old. I needed the 15-minute rest also at the break. .
The newspaper showed an 11-point win. With Dez Byrd getting 17 points, Candyce with 12 and Angel adding 11. There was no mention, however, of the numerous whistles the refs blew in the second half. Announcers Jim Kelch and Adrienne Johnson put it politely by referring to it as a “tight” game. It was, in fact, a referees dream. It was ugly as the faces Paul kept making at me during my rants.
Give the Utes credit. They cut the lead to three points late and made the Cards earn it from the stripe over the final four minutes. Give me a couple of assists as well. I know I grabbed four or five rebounds in the second half and almost took out the two Yorkies guarding me. Laura Terry hurt her knee in the second half. I’m not sure it wasn’t me who caused it, trying to push her into a defensive stance.
Please, girls. Come back to town. These radio games are wearing me out. Paul locked himself in the bedroom. Cards win, and I may get the couch tonight. The price of victory…