Speed dial Emmonnie Henderson if UofL-UK women’s game gets physical

Emmonnie Henderson

Louisville is ranked seventh, Kentucky 13th in the latest Associated Press poll, and these teams don’t like each other.

If the basketball game between UofL and UK gets a little chippy, that’s okay with UofL’s Emmonnie Henderson. She’s never been known to back down from a challenge.

During her freshman season, the powerfully built 6-foot-1 sophomore from Edwardsville, Ill., often resembled an enforcer on defense and a runaway truck on offense. Henderson would foul often and rarely pass up a shot.

Fun to watch, intense, aggressive, never giving an inch.

This year Henderson has added passing to her repertoire, and actually has six assists to her credit in the first eight games. She’s averaging 8.8 points per game, having scored double figures in the past four outings, including a high of 14 points against Western Kentucky University.

Henderson is the all-time leading scorer at Edwardville High School with 1,806 points, leading her team to a 30-1 won-lost record during her senior year. Equally impressive, she was a three-time state champion in the shot put and won the discus state title twice.

Watch Emmonnie do her thing Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.com. Better still, see her in person at “Pack The House” day at the KFC Yum! Center.

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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.