Blindsided Lady Cards Sent To Baton Rouge

By Paul Sykes

Not long into the NCAA Women’s Selection show, the capacity crowd in Cardinal Arena knew the destination of the University of Louisville women’s basketball team for the first two rounds of the tournament. The ranking and the location weren’t the most desirable or popular with the attendees or players.

Lady Cards may have been blindsided by a committee that includes reps from Western Kentucky and LSU.
Lady Cards may have been blindsided by a selection committee that included reps from Western Kentucky and LSU.

Jeff Walz and the Lady Cards were placed in Baton Rouge as the #3 seed in the Raleigh Region and drew #14 Liberty as their first assignment. They’ll play on Sunday and could meet #6 LSU Tuesday in their backyard if both advance to the second round.

If the Selection Committee is the same as the Women’s Basketball Committee (at right), one would have to question the influence of Western Kentucky’s Wood Selig and LSU’s Judy Southard in squelching the Lady Cards’ ambitions of going to Bowling Green.

When the bracket appeared, a lusty roar came from the crowd but quickly subsided when the Cards were steered away from desirable Bowling Green and an expected #2 seed.

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I had the distinct pleasure of sitting next to Lady Cards color commentator Adrienne Johnson’s mother for the event and she, as well as everyone sitting around me were in shock that Louisville had slipped to a #3 and was going to Baton Rouge.

“I can’t make that one … not with my dialysis schedule” she sadly lamented, “But I know the girls will go down there and take care of business.”

The players showed little emotion as the announcement was made and I heard sophomore center Keisha Hines comment after the show that “It was a bad break for us and the fans…but you have to win them all regardless of where you go…so we’ll just go do what we have to do.” Baylor, who received the #2 seed in the region and won the Big 12 Conference Tournament, wasn’t getting much love from the fans either.

“I hope they (Baylor) last long enough for us to meet them..we’ll whip them good!” emphasized Danny Brock, in attendance with his two daughters.

Maryland received the #1 seed in the region. Jeff Walz was an assistant at Maryland before joining the Cards two years ago.

A tough break for the ladies and their fervent fans with the distance and apparent “home cooking” distributed to LSU, but the Lady Cards have been a good road team this year and should advance to the regional finals in Raleigh to give Walz his chance at the Bears and Maryland…if all goes well.

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Paul Sykes owns Paul Sykes Advertising and does contract work for other advertising and publishing firms. The proud husband of Sonja, he has a fascination with bears, bars and Cardinal sports. He's also the moderator of CardinalCouple.blogspot.com

6 thoughts on “Blindsided Lady Cards Sent To Baton Rouge

  • March 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm
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    You all do realize that it was Bowling Green Ohio, not Kentucky? right? Which is way up north close to Cleveland.

  • March 16, 2009 at 9:02 pm
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    Hello? Bowling Green, Ky, is the site of first round games.

  • March 16, 2009 at 9:24 pm
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    #5 Tennessee will meet #12 Ball State and #4 Iowa State faces off against #13 E. Tenn State in E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, KY.

    Cards fans, it appears…may have lost out to the draw of the Vols.

  • March 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm
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    Takes more than a good team to get seeded close to home in women’s college basketball I guess, especially with a Wood Selig on the committee. Louisville would have packed that place unless it were opposite the U of L men. But there’s no excuse for a team that was ranked fifth 10 days ago to be sent so far from its region.

    • March 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm
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      I love our Lady Cards but that’s what happens when you are blown off the floor (39 points) in your Conference Championship game. If they could have stayed within 10 of UConn, they may have gotten some respect. Sure hope UConn gets knocked off but I don’t believe that is going to happen. I think our Cards can go far IF they avoid a crash like they had against UConn. Go CARDS!

  • March 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm
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    according to the ESPN bracket last night the games were in Bowling Green Ohio. Not KY. Not my mistake, it was theirs.

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