Angel McCoughtry lying on the floor, woozy and bleeding, being helped to the locker room in front of her stunned teammates. It was the worst possible scenario for the Lady Cards.
The Louisville women’s basketball team is a exceptionally good one when McCoughtry is healthy. Her teammates almost had an opportunity to find how badly they needed her when McCoughtry banged heads with a UK player at the 16:19 mark in the second half, U of L leading by 20 points. Over the next several minutes, the Cards would score only five points while the Lexington team trimmed the deficit to eight points.
U of L players and fans started breathing again when McCoughtry returned with a bandaged forehead and a new jersey number. Her presence was all that was needed to assure the win; well, that, some good defense, and a few more points from their Angel. Final score: 80-65, fourth straight win over UK women.