Lady Cards Send Off

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University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz and his young son enter Fourth Street Live to thunderous applause at a special sendoff honoring the Lady Cards for their historic first appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in St. Louis. More photos click here.

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Lady Cards Fans Pack Fourth Street Live

No getting there late if you expected to get up close for the city’s special event honoring the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. Fans jammed both levels of the Fourth Street Live atrium, more than 2, 500 of them wanting to get close their team.

The event was more of a sendoff than a celebration because this team has work to do, or as Angel McCoughtry told the cheering crowd, “We’re happy to be going to St. Louis, but we’re not going there as sightseers. Our goal is to win a national championship.”

Her teammate Candyce Bingham was choked up with emotion, between tears telling the crowd, “This is a dream come true. I’ve never been so happy in my life.”

Deseree Byrd said a turning point came after a second 30-point loss to UConn. “We said we’re going home, and we’re going to get our **** together. And we have busted our tails to do just that. We still have some work to do, and we want you to be there to see the results.”

The Final Four games will be at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, and it’s a four-hour trip on I-64. Ticket packages are $162 each and include the semifinals and championship game.

Be there. Something even more special could happen.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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  • April 2, 2009 at 8:23 am
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    Love the site, very enjoyable. I just wanted to make a quick comment on your Maryland article. Actually, according to Las Vegas odds, the Lady Cards were 2 point favorites in the matchup. I was surprised myself after hearing ESPN act as if Maryland would win the game.

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