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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Field Hockey Cards fall to IU 3-2 in overtime


WELCOME TO HUMP DAY @ CARDINAL COUPLE

The Wednesday reports:

-#8 Field Hockey falls to Hoosiers

-Naismeth watch list for NCAAWBB

-Taurasi bares it for ESPN


The good news for UofL Field Hockey fans is that Pam Bustin's team climbed two spots in the national rankings to #8. The not so good news is the loss in Bloomington to IU in overtime...3-2.


Amber Thomas, pictured right, scored both of Louisville's goals...leading the Cards to a 2-1 advantage in the second half. Louisville played the Hoosiers close in the first half, allowing just a penalty corner score by Brenna Moeljadi. The Cardinal offense couldn't find the net in the first 45 minutes, though...despite a 3-2 advantage in shots on goal.


Thomas got her first tally off a penalty corner when Hayley Turner had a shot rejected by IU goalie Alex Mann but Thomas collected the rebound and sent the ball into the net. Just a couple of minutes later, Thomas gave Louisville the lead on a penalty corner...deflecting a Tuli Lim attempt and knocking in into the back of the cage.


IU tied the game with no time remaining in regulation off of a penalty corner play resulting in Moeljadi's second score of the afternoon. Louisville missed two shots on goal in the overtime and took the loss when Corey Brautigam advanced to the circle and got one by Cards goalie Erin Conrad.


Louisville outshot the Hoosiers 19-10 in the match and held a 10-5 advantage in corners. Stepping up big for IU was Mann..who had 10 saves.


The Cards continue the road trip with a BIG EAST match against Rutgers on Oct. 9th. and then #3 Princeton on the 10th.


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30 women's college basketball players have been named to the Naismeth Watch List...which signifies the best in NCAA hoops. Surprisingly, junior UofL wing Monique Reid did not make the list. The Cards will face 12 of the 30 this year, and the BIG EAST has 5 players selected for the honor.


Danielle Adams, a former UofL target now at Texas A&M got selected and UK center Victoria Dunlap appears there also. UofL will face two selections when they begin the regular season in the KFC YUM! Center when Tennessee visits...Angie Bjorklund and Shekinna Strickland. The twin towers of Xavier...Amber Harris and Ta'shia Phillips got picked as well. BIG EAST nominees Maya Moore, Tiffany Hayes (Connecticut), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Deirdre Naughton (DePaul) and Sugar Rodgers (Georgetown) will also face the Cards in the upcoming season.

The list is a good one but I'm still not convinced that Reid isn't one of the top 30 players in the nation. The good thing is that she's a junior and has all season to earn her way on the selection roster for her senior year.

The Lady Cards are busy at work with practice and CARDINAL COUPLE will be on campus Wednesday to watch practice and get a few quotes and photos. No...I'm not going to try and post up Asia Taylor and take her to the hoop. Mama didn't raise no fool....


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ESPN the Magazine hits the newsstands Friday and pictured above left is one of two possible cover photos that are being considered. Yes, it's Diana Taurasi, former Connecticut and current Phoenix WNBA player. Heck of a job there by the stylists and such to make Di look much different that she does when she's advancing the rock on the hardwood. The other cover being considered is a shot of Taurasi standing...holding a basketball that is strategically placed. The photo is by Sheryl Neilds, ESPN..and one would assume that she gets paid quite well for the work she does.

Publicity for the upcoming piece boasts that readers will see Taurasi in "a whole new light" after reading the article. This observer already does...just by seeing the photo. And, no...that isn't a spider crawling up her thigh...it's a tat. At least it isn't a caricature of Geno...

Amazing what can be done with lighting, hairstyling and makeup these days, isn't it?




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