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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lady Cards face Pitt tonight...Louisville chosen for 2013 NCAA WBB 1st and second round sites...Angel one of 21 being considered for Olympic Team


-Lady Cards head to Pitt for Tuesday night clash with Panthers

-Louisville chosen for 2013 NCAA WBB 1st. and 2nd. round

-Angel one of 21 being considered for Olympic Team.

-Tori Collins named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week

The University of Louisville women's basketball team travels to Pittsburgh for a Tuesday night game with the Lady Panthers. Pitt hasn't exactly been setting the BIG EAST on fire this year...0-11 in conference games and 8-16 overall. Louisville (18-7, 7-5) looks to add a BIG EAST win to their record and stay within sight of a possible top four finish in the BIG EAST.

Rebound well against
the Panthers, Asia!
(Photo from Charlie
Springer- Card game)
The Panthers are led in scoring by freshman Brianna Kiesel. She produces 12.8 p.p.g. for Agnus Berenato. Redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson is also in double figures for the Panthers...with 10.8 a contest. Freshman Chyna Golden has been playing well off the bench lately for UofP. A youth movement going on in the Petersen and those can take awhile sometimes...

The Panthers have lost 10 in a row...getting their last win back on Dec. 31st. against Lafayette 74-69 in overtime. Last two out for the Panthers have produced losses at Marquette (72-48) and at Cincinnati (62-57). 

Hard to find a lot of positives in their play...but they are ninth in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounding and tenth in blocked shots. They play their home games in the Petersen Event Center and average about 2000 a home game, one of only seven BIG EAST teams that average close to or over 2000 fans in attendance for home games. At least the fans are staying behind this team despite the dismal season...

Pitt is coached by Agnus Berenato. She's in her ninth season as the Panther skipper and has complied a 161-137 record there. Overall, she's in her 28th. season of coaching and is 444-401 lifetime. Agnus is a class act. A shame she's having such a rough year. We hope she can turn it around in the final four games this year after they play Louisville...they go to USF, host Connecticut and Seton and finish at West Virginia.

We'll have a full recap of the action for you later tonight. Only TV we know of is on Comcast Pittsburgh. Matty and A.J. have the radio call for Louisville on 790 WKRD.  It's a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Reppin' the ladies !
How about those Lady Card fans? With over 12,000 in attendance for the last two home games...they lead the BIG EAST in home game attendance and are #2 in the nation with a 10,473 average. With DePaul and Notre Dame remaining on the home schedule...that number will go up. We salute you!

Besides Louisville vs. Pitt, there are three other games on this Valentine's Day. Providence goes to Notre Dame, Marquette hosts USF and Georgetown travels to Villanova. All are 7 p.m. starts.

Only one game involving a BIG EAST WBB team for Monday night...UConn pulled away late to beat homestanding Oklahoma 73-55.

Finally, if anyone watched the men's game on TV last night and saw the #L1-C4 banners in front of the scorers table, that stands for:

Louisville first. Cards forever.

Whatever...we guess it will grow on us. We've been told we'll see a lot more of it, so get ready.


Louisville has been chosen as a first and second round site for the 2013 NCAA Women's College Basketball Tournament. Games will be played at the KFC YUM! Center. First round games will be either March 23rd. or 24th. and second round games on the 25th. or 26th. 

Besides Louisville, other first round sites are:

Baton Rouge, LA                 Boulder, CO            College Park, MD
College Station, TX              Columbus, OH         Durham, NC
Iowa City, IA                       Knoxville, TN          Lubbock, TX
Delaware, DE.                      Queens, NY             Spokane, WA
Stanford, CA                        Storrs, CT                 Waco, TX

Regional sites are Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Spokane and Trenton

Once again, the NCAA showing a lot of love to Gonzaga...they could stay home again until the final four if they can keep winning. I know, two seperate arenas for the First and Second Round and the Regional. Doesn't matter. They're like five minutes apart and Gonzaga play in both during the season.

The KFC YUM! Center
Gotta love the selection of Louisville! This 2012-13 Louisville team should be one of the strongest and most talented in Lady Cards history and it would be fun to watch them play the first two rounds here. 

Last time the city of Louisville hosted the first two rounds was in 2010. Kentucky came into Freedom Hall and defeated Liberty and Michigan State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. We went to those games...wanted to see how Victoria Dunlap did against the tall Alyssa DeHaun of MSU and the huge Liberty front line.

She did just fine. And, no...we weren't cheering. Official media representatives for the two contests...

Adia wasn't so happy after getting TKO'ed in the
second half last night at UT. That had to hurt...
 Speaking of Kentucky WBB...they got absolutely handled by the Lady Vols last night in Knoxville. Two losses in a row for Matthew Mitchell's girls. Hope Adia Mathies is OK. She took a strong forearm shiver from one of Pat's front liners in the second half. Cats still lead the SEC by a game...but trending downward. Any talk of UK WBB getting a #1 seed for the Big Dance can now officially "pipe down". Mattie Mitchell with the perfect post-game comment:

"It only counts as one loss. It probably should count for more than that...but one's all we're getting in the loss column."

91-54. Awkward. Another round of "Rocky Top" please, pep band.


Congratulations to Angel McCoughtry, one of 2 finalists chosen to compete for 12 spots on the 2012 USA Olympic Team. The list of 21 is impressive...looks like an WNBA All-Star game roster...with Brittany Griner the only college player listed.

Geno probably won't get this agitated in the Olympics.
Geno Auriemma is the head coach of the team. He always raved about Angel when she played for Louisville, so we're pretty confident she'll make the cut. The team will be competing right in the heart of the WNBA schedule, tryouts and competition are going to be next to impossible. You can probably expect Geno to load it up with UConn get ready for  Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Renee Montgomery to be issued jerseys.  I probably missed a few ex-Huskies big long as USA wins the gold we don't care if he takes the current UConn team over there (with Angel, of course.)


Torrid Tori Collins sends them back to the
dugout muttering...
Senior Louisville softball pitcher Tori Collins was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week for her outstanding performances in the FIU Combat Classic last weekend in Miami. Here's how she did in three starts and one relief apperance:

-Record:        3-0
-Strikeouts     30
-Innings pitched  20.1
-Hits allowed 15
-ERA             1.72
-Opp. team batting avg.   .195

Very impressive for Sandy Pearsall's circle dweller! Louisville's Taner Fowler was named to the BIG EAST Softball Honor Roll for her play in Miami also. She had five great games, batting .500 (8-16), scoring three times and getting five RBI's.

How they left Maggie Ruckenbrod off the honor roll is a mystery...she was tearing it up at the plate in the Combat Classic.
She played in four games...sitting out the UMass game...and had seven RBI's, five runs scored and five hits at 12 apperances at the plate. That's a batting average of .416.

Louisville is 5-0 and heads to Greenville, NC for tournament action at East Carolina this weekend. OOH-RAH, Lady Cards !

1 comment:

  1. Beware the trap game Lady Cards. Pittsburgh has nothing to lose here and a chance to get a huge upset win over a top 20 team.

    Be ready and play well.


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