A fellow Card fan invited me to join him at the Lady Birds’ kickoff luncheon Monday and was I glad. There’s a lot of optimism under new coach Jeff Walz. The pep band and crowd were so revved up you could feel the third floor shaking at the Galt House where 500 fans had gathered.

Seated at our table was a great representative of the team, Brandie Radde, a sophomore guard. She is as charming off court as she as at shooting three-pointers. Brandie says the point of emphasis is speed, meaning fast break offenses and pressing defenses.

The Lady Cards have sold a record 4,000 season tickets thus far. They aim to sell out Freedom Hall on Jan. 12 for the UConn game.

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By Charlie Springer

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