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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lady Cards romp in Jersey 72-49


Despite feeling ill a couple of hours before the game, Becky Burke hits double figures in the romp in Walsh Gym against Seton Hall.

The Lady Cards increase their winning streak to two games last night with a win over Seton Hall. We were at the Charlie Strong reception last night at Churchill Downs (a wonderful time..by the way...Paul does a recap of it that is linked here and also over at www.uoflcardgame.com ). I was following the action on my walkman and stuffing my face with shrimp, mini tacos and the other fine foods they had there for the meet and greet. Life was pretty good last night and it was a great way to wind down an exciting birthday for me.

Although the Cards started slowly and actually trailed 9-1 after 4 minutes of play...they rallied...regained the lead on a Rachel Story jumper and went up ahead at halftime 30-26. I took off the walkman for a bit and went to find my wandering Paul...who had cornered John Asher (no easy job) and was telling him how he would run Churchill Downs. A bad time to leave my pocket tape recorder at home.

The event carried on and I tuned back in for the second half. They were showing racing from Santa Anita up in the Turf Club also and Paul proudly came back to the table displaying winning tickets on the exacta, trifecta and late daily double for the final race. He almost missed his chair trying to sit down...too...and I told him to slow down on the free Woodford Reserve and I went to get him a plate of food.

While I walked the room, the Cards were trudging the hardwood and off to a 39-29 lead in the second half. I got some stares because of the walkman, but also a few inquires if I was listening to the women's game. By the time I returned to the table, Paul and his buddy Arch were considering betting Austrailian racing. They had shook hands with Charlie and both of them were as giddy as schoolkids about the prospects of Cardinal football. As am I.

The Lady Cards had regressed a bit and were only leading by five when the shrimp cocktails started showing up by the tray at our table. Paul...working the room and the waitresses again...Still, we munched happily and I listened anxiously as the Cards went on their own 9-0 run and left the Pirates stuck on a sand reef.

It was time to go right about the time Brandie Radde drilled a three to put Louisville up by 20. The wobbily "Captain Kirk" handed over the keys to the "Enterprise" to me and we headed home after a fun and full birthday...listening to the final minutes and post game wrap up on the radio.

The essentials you need to know about last night's win...

-Monique Reid with a double double. 28 points and 15 boards. Paul has started calling her "Angel-ique" and there's no doubt the Fern Creek sophomore knows her way to the hoop. Maybe someday she'll pick up the rest of #35's all around dominance on the court...plenty to love about her and so much more potential to develop.

-Becky Burke with 16 points despite feeling ill a couple of hours before the game. Starting to play defense like she understands it. She is my favorite out there...next to Asia.

-Keisha Hines with 10 and some big board work. Gotta love the effort and hustle.

Louisville returns to action Saturday...hosting tough USF.

Be there.

Written by Sonja
2/25/10

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