Lady Cards Draw St. John’s in Big East

Yeah, yeah, we know. The Big East Women’s Tournament will be another cakewalk for Connecticut and Rutgers. Nobody else presents a serious threat to the old guard. Yet.

Still, the Lady Cards, winners of eight of their last nine games, could possibly make some noise. They seemed to play with more poise and purpose during the last half of the season. Or were they just becoming more comfortable with Jeff Walz’ offensive schemes, his coaching style? Some would say it was because UConn and Rutgers had already had their way with the Cards.

All questions should be answered soon. Here are the tournament pairings, thanks to HoyaSaxa:

Saturday, March 8 – First Round (BETV & BIGEAST.tv)

Noon……………. No. 5 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 Villanova

2 p.m…………… No. 8 Marquette vs. No. 9 DePaul

6 p.m…………… No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10 St. John’s

8 p.m…………… No. 6 Syracuse vs. No. 11 USF

Sunday, March 9 – Quarterfinals (ESPNU)

Noon……………. No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 5/No. 12 winner

2 p.m…………… No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 8/No. 9 winner

6 p.m…………… No. 2 Rutgers vs. No. 7/No. 10 winner

8 p.m…………… No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 6/No. 11 winner

Monday, March 10 – Semifinals (ESPNU)

6 p.m…………… Quarterfinal afternoon winners

8 p.m…………… Quarterfinal evening winners

Tuesday, March 11 – Championship (ESPN2)

7 p.m…………… Championship game (semifinal winners)

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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.