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Friday, January 29, 2010

Lady Cards make the WVU swing

While Rick Pitino and his men's hoops team look to create some mountain memories in Morgantown Saturday, they'll have the Lady Cards with them in the West Virginia Coliseum to hopefully pull off sweep. Both Cardinal team are scheduled to play on Saturday. Let's hope the weather cooperates.

WVU not a foe to take lightly. Talented and experienced team with one of the best coaches in the Big East in Mike Carey. The #11th ranked Lady Eers (19-2, 6-1)will try to duplicate what they pulled off last year...coming into Freedom Hall and knocking off the #5 Cards 79-70.

For Walz and company, it has been a struggle this year on the road. Early season close losses to Central Michigan and Hartford. Dismantlings at Kentucky and Tennessee. Narrow losses to conference foes DePaul and Georgetown whie travelling.

It looks like the Cards(11-9, 3-4) are beginning to settle into established starters and rotations this year. Probably due to the fact tht Walz has few options when it comes to such matters. Freshman walk on point guard Shelby Harper getting better, more condifent and experienced with each game. Becky Burke delivering solid, 40 minute performances almost every time out. Monique Reid still suffering from the occasional off shooting night, but the "to go" player in crunch times. Steady Keisha Hines, Gwen Rucker and Ashley Rainey manning the front line with Asia Taylor beginning to pick it up and contribute more quality minutes. Rachel Story with the pick up mionutes to spell Harper.

Let's take two Saturday.

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Former Card Angel McCoughtry is making the most out of her Euro basketall experience. She is second in the league in scoring with 21.7 ppg, just behind Diana Tarausi. The EuroLeague is getting ready to go into playoff mode and scanning the rosters of the teams looks like some of the WNBA rosters, with 3 or 4 USA players per squad.

The Euros pay well, too. McCoughtry is making more money in the short Euro season than she did as WNBA Rookie of the Year. Her Slovakian team is 6-4 going into the playoffs, but they were 0-3 before Angel joined them. That's our girl...making improvements and grabbing the headlines no matter what part of the world she's in.

Written by Sonja 1/29/10

1 comment:

  1. Already in Morgantown, might as well play, nothing else to do if weather is bad. I'll be cleaning the snow off here and watching the Cards put it together to get this one done.

    Two and done...then wait for the snow to melt and get home!

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