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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Whatever happened to...



CARDINAL COUPLE recently received an e-mail from a reader asking whatever happened to former UofL Lady Cards guard Kiara Evans. Ask and ye shall be told...

Evans was one of the highly heraled recruits during Jeff Walz first year at the University of Louisville. She was a playmaking, high scoring guard out of Norcross, GA. Unfortunately, playing time never developed for her during her only year at Louisville and she saw an average of 7.4 minutes in 35 games for the Cards in the 2007-08 season.

Sometimes...freshmen look for opportunities to increase their playing time by transferring to a different school...and this was the case for Evans. She moved her skills to Long Island University and sat out the mandatory transfer year. She returned to the court for the 2009-10 season and saw about 30 minutes a game for the Blackbirds. Evans averaged 9.9 points per game for LIU, dished out 206 assists and nabbed 61 steals for Long Island. She has 2 years of elgibiliy left and is the returning 3rd leading scorer for the Northeast Conference team that went 22-10 last year.

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A furious fourth quarter rally helped the Atlanta Dream improve to 12-4 last night as they got by the Phoenix Mercury 94-88. The Dream defense looked pretty weak in the first half...but they got it together and used a 20-10 scoring advantage in the final stanza to get the "W".

Angel McCoughtry tossed in 18 points for the victors. Phoenix played without Diana Taurasi (back strain) but she still contributed in her own way...drawing a technical foul from the bench in the 3rd quarter for referee baiting.

Taurasi is debating whether to return to the WNBA after this season. She makes probably 10x the money playing in Europe that she does stateside and probably enjoys the thrill and excitement of playing EuroBall in Russia. I know I would...Her complaint is that playing in two leagues wears her and other dual league players down too much and causes injuries.

Way to "man up" and keep a stiff upper lip, "Di". Good luck in the land of borsch and vodka. Maybe you could just transfer your citizenship and play for them in the Olympics as well. It's hammer (and sickle) time...DT. Good luck, comrade...and be careful driving the ice coated roads over there after swilling too much Smirnoff.

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