by Paul Sykes

With three starters out of action …

The University of Louisville women spent the first four minutes of the game against Texas A&M trying to figure out what to do with the round thing called a basketball.

The Lady Cards couldn’t shoot it,  couldn’t pass it, catch it and, at times, seemed to want nothing to do with it. On national TV (at times, great coverage between all the commercials, ESPN-U).

Between all the flubs, a few signs of hope:

  • Bria Smith, with 20 points, will be a super star at Louisville. Just a freshman but plays with senior type skills and a warrior’s attitude.
  • Cierra Warren can battle the paint with any center in women’s college basketball. She needs a little more conditioning and doesn’t need a fade-away shot two feet from the hoop. Just stick it back in, big girl.
  • Jude Schimmel showing some of the skills and trickery that her older sister displays on the court. Quick as a cat, deceptive as a politician.
  • Becky Burke still the dangerous outside threat. Allow her to set, square and fire…and you’ll be writing another three points in her stat line.

No disgrace to lose to the defending national champs, on their home court, with your best three players sidelined. This Lady Cards team will be fine once all the pieces of the puzzle get back on the table. Those that played, played hard till the end.

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By Paul Sykes

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