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Friday, January 14, 2011

Basketball heads up busy womens sports weekend


FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE:
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-LADY CARDS face UConn
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-Swimming & Diving host Cincy
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Cards in Kentucky Invitational track meet.
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Barack Obama, pictured right, decides to forego the rest of his presidency and play basketball for Geno at UConn. Although there are plenty of U.S. American citizens that would wholeheartedly approve the move, the picture is actually from when the Hustlin' Huskies visited the White House after winning the 2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. Unconfirmed rumors that Obama put on the Air Jordans, shot around with Geno's gals on his private court and got schooled by former Husky great Tina Charles could not be verified. Maya Moore did go off for 33 against Hillary Clinton, though.
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The "from the fire to the frying pan" road trip continues for Jeff Walz's University of Louisville Lady Cards Saturday with a noon tip off against #2 UConn. Maybe the coach can summons the late, great John Belushi's pep talk from Animal House to motivate his 12-6 tribe. The Huskies are 15-1, 5-0 so far this season...losing to Stanford at Stanford and are coming off a 84-52 dismantling of St. John's in their last court appearance.
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UConn is led by All-American Maya Moore and although she could probably play with two waitresses, Bill the Goat and my aunt Sarah and still be 15-1, the Huskies have several other players that can light opponents up. It's Geno, after all...what else would you expect?
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The Huskies have starters Kelly Faris, Stephanie Dolson, Tiffany Hayes and Loren Dixon to call on if Moore decides to take a night off. Faris, Hayes and Dixon were all key contributors during last year's title grab and freshman Dolson is an impressive rebounder that is learning quickly as she goes for Geno. The second five that sees action for UConn could probably start for most of the other schools in Division I...Samarie Walker, Lauren Engeln, Bria Hartley, Heather Buck and Michala Johnson were all top class recruits coming out off high school and the Huskies' production doesn't suffer too badly when they enter the game. Carolyn Doty is also listed...but not playing due to injury.
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How do the Cards compete against such a worthy opponent? Rhetoric and theory are great things and we could lay out a ton of situational scenario for you to digest, but for Louisville to win...they must play their best game of the year...and then some. A Kentucky type effort might keep Louisville within 12-15 points. In short, no defensive lapses, tentative rebounding, mediocre 3-point shooting or points off turnover squandering. Is it in you, Louisville? We'll know early Saturday afternoon..
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The University of Louisville swimming and diving teams hosts Cincinnati for a dual meet on Saturday in the Ralph Wright Natatorium. Both the men's and women's squads are 2-0 on the year in the BIG EAST after downing WVU and Pitt. Splash away, aquatic heroes!
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Track and Field heads to Lexington this afternoon for a 2 day meet in the Kentucky Invitational in UK's Nutter Field House. On the women's side...14 squads will compete. D'Ana McCarty tries to top her NCAA #2 throw in the Weight Throw and Khadija Abdullah goes for a NCAA best in the shot put. The Cards will also compete in the Pole Vault, Triple Jump, High Jump and Long Jump in the field and seven track events over the 2 day meet. You can follow the results on http://www.ukathletics.com/ or just check back here for the outcomes.
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