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Friday, March 5, 2010

Basketball and Softball top Friday agenda




Both the women's softball and basketball teams face the opposition today as women's athletics at UofL starts off the busy sports weekend.

For Jeff Walz and the Lady Cards, a tough opening match in the Big East Tournament against the Pitt Panthers in Hartford. Although Louisville lost to Pitt on Valentine's Day in Pittsburgh, the #12 vs #13 matchup should be a photo finish on a neutral court. For the Cards, it is very simple...win five in a row and you're in post season play. So far this season, Louisville hasn't put together a five game winning streak and the prospects of doing it are astronomical when faced with the aspect of doing it on five consecutive days. Especially with the certain factor of UConn waiting for the Cards if they can get by Pitt, Notre Dame and St.John. Let's hope Reid is on her "A" game, Burke's bombs are dropping and the late season improved play of freshmen Asia Taylor and Rachel Story continues to blossom. Tip off is at noon and 790 WKRD and Big East TV will carry the action. Time for the Cards to just go out and dance like no one is watching, play loose and have a little fun with it.

A "well done" to Monique Reid who received a couple of honors Thursday from the Big East. Mo was selected to the 1st team All Big East squad and also named Most Improved Player of the Year in the Big East. She leads the Big East in scoring at 19.7 ppg. and is second in rebounding with 10.1 a game. Remember, folks...she is just a sophomore and will be an important building catalyst for Walz's 2010-11 team.

Shortly after the ball is done bouncing on the hardwood, out in Oklahoma City the softball Cards face Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. to kickoff the first of four games in the Sooner State. They'll go up against Nevada and have a return match against the Cowboys on Saturday and then travel to Norman, OK. to bat against Oklahoma on Sunday. #14/15 ranked Louisville is 13-2 on the season.

This year, the Cards have three talented pitchers to hurl the stone at opposing batters. Senior Kristen Wadwell leads the trio and sophomore Tori Collins and freshman Chelsea Leonard complete the rotation. Melissa Roth continues to hit almost everything tossed at her safely...batting .581 on the season.

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Tough way for former UofL women's basketball coach Tom Collen to end the season last night. His #12th seeded Arkansas Razorback squad had battled back against #5 Vanderbilt in the first round of the SEC women's tournament and forced overtime. The Hogs had a great chance to force a second extra session, but standout Charity Ford forgot how much time was left on the clock and turned her back on the basket instead of taking the rock to the rim. Screaming coaches and players on the sidelines got her turned around eventually but her last second desperation three fell short. You gotta always know how much time is left.

Collen has had three rough seasons since in Fayetteville since leaving the UofL sidelines. Former Fairdale standout Ceria Ricketts still runs the show at point guard for Collen's squad and assistant coach Greg Collins has opted for the shaved head, Yul Brenner look. Tim Eatman is still the defensive guru for Collen on the sidelines and in the huddle. Lady Razorback fans are pretty passionate about their hoops and won't tolerate their team dwelling in the SEC basement for much longer, though.

Written by Sonja
3/5/10

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