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.

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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.

2 thoughts on “16,339 A Record For Big East Conference

  • December 14, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Glad so many showed up for the game. As usual, it is U of L that sets the standards in the state. Go CARDS – oh, that’s right…they DID go didn’t they as in rout of yUK???? Yay.

  • December 15, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Anyone that missed this game missed a GREAT time! My family had a blast watching our U of L women once again spanking those kitty cats and send ’em packing back to Lessington!

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