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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bingham takes Fern Creek job...Atlanta Dream gets jobbed by Minnesota Lynx

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THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE COMIN' AT YA !!!

-Bingham to lead Tigers in girls' basketball

-Despite Angel's record breaking effort...Dream loses 101-95

-Any given Sunday

Former Lady Card great Candyce Bingham has been named the girls' basketball coach
at Fern Creek High School. She was instrumental, along with Angel McCoughtry, in leading
the 2009 Lady Cards to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament final game. Up to a
couple of weeks ago, Bingham was having a spectacular season for the San German team
in Puerto Rican basketball...third in the league in scoring and rebounding.

Candyce graduated from DuPont Manual High School in 2004 and started her college
hoops at Xavier University. After two years, though, and limited playing time...she transferred to the University of Louisville and teamed up with Angel McCoughtry to
become the best duo in the history of UofL women's basketball. Bingham averaged

C.B. in Puerto Rico
 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds on the 2008-09 Cardinal team that faced Connecticut in the NCAA Championship in St.Louis.

Bingham was drafted in the third round of the 2009 WNBA Draft by San Antonio but was the final cut by the Silver Stars. She has played for various teams overseas since then...in addition to working with UofL's Fastbreak Club and the UofL Marketing department.

She replaces Michelle Fries, who posted a 94-76 record in six seasons at Fern Creek.


Bingham's knowledge of the game and her special ability to relate to and teach younger basketball players will serve her well in her new position. Doesn't hurt to have her mentor and UofL head coach Jeff Walz twenty minutes away, either.

Jeff Walz weighs in on the announcement:

"I am very excited for Candyce and Fern Creek High School. They are not only getting a very good basketball coach, they are getting an even better person. This is an outstanding opportunity for her. I have no doubt you will see Fern Creek at the top of their district and region soon."

Good luck, Candyce. Make the Tigers roar.

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Different night, same result for the Atlanta Dream in their quest to capture the WNBA title. Great first half, big night from Angel McCoughtry and then...boom! Here come the Lynx... In the 4th quarter, the Minnesota Lynx went on a 20-10 run to end the game... overcoming a 85-81 deficit with five minutes remaining to bury Atlanta and take a 101-95 win to go up 2-0 in the best out of five series.

Angel and Seimone Augustus battle it out.
Once again, McCoughtry was brilliant in defeat. Her 38 points set a new record for points in a WNBA finals game - a record Angel had set last year. She had 24 points at halftime but was visibly upset at the foul disparity. The Dream was whistled for 33 infractions, compared to 23 for the Lynx.

"Let us battle it out. Let us scratch and claw to the end. It's entertainment. That's what people want to see." McCoughtry pleaded after the contest.

"I just don't really understand a lot of the things being called." Atlanta head coach Marynell Meadows added.

Hitting their free throws would have helped Atlanta. They went 21 for 32 at the line. Seimone Augustus turned in a big effort for the Lynx...with 36 points on 11 of 14 shooting from the floor and 13 for 16 from the line. Despite the commanding series lead, Augustus wasn't taking anything for granted:

"The legacy isn't complete until you're holding the trophy." she insisted.

Augustus shouldered the load for Minnesota late, with center Taj McWilliams-Franklin on the bench with a sprained knee and Maya Moore saddled with foul trouble for most the game. Jessica Adair came off the bench to help spark the Lynx with 13 points.

The teams head to Atlanta for game three...which will tip Friday night and be shown on ESPN 2.
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Congratulations to the UofL men's soccer team...a 3-2 winner in overtime against Indiana University. Kenney Walker had two goals for the Cards, including the winner.

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Cards still lead the tally over UK when it comes to current players in the NFL. 19 to 12...advantage Cardinals. 16 teams represented...not bad.

UOFL


Brock Bolen still bowling over people.

Brock Bolen           Jacksonville
Michael Bush          Oakland
Deion Branch         New England
Harry Douglas         Atlanta
David Akers           San Francisco
Breno Giacomini    Seattle
Chris Redman        Atlanta
Hunter Cantwell     Baltimore
Elvis Dumervil       Denver
Amobi Okoye        Chicago
Brandon Johnson    Cincinnati

Michael Bush running through the Wildcats

William Gay          Pittsburgh
Chris Johnson        Oakland
Kerry Rhodes        Arizona
Jason Spitz           Jacksonville
Eric Wood            Buffalo
Bilal Powell           New York Jets
Cameron Graham   Tennessee
Gary Barnidge        Carolina
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1 comment:

  1. I am so happy for Candyce! She was my favorite player on that NC runner up team. Steady and consistent. I can see her being a very good coach. I am excited to follow this next phase of her basketball career.
    Jenny

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