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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

This Week's Laundry is Mixed Load



TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

( Back from her trip to Bayou Country, Sandy Walker returns today to share her laundry list all things UofL sports relevant. The University of Louisville womens' basketball team plays Rutgers tonight in the KFC YUM! Center at 7 p.m. in BIG EAST action. Both teams are coming off of conference-opening losses, Louisville to DePaul and Rutgers to St. John's. Should be a good one...Rutgers center Monique Oliver coming off a sprained ankle. See you at the YUM! Jenny will have the recap Tuesday night/Wednesday morning)




VOLLEYBALL


Volleyball signee, Maya McClendon, was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA seventh annual Under Armour Girls High School All-America Teams.  Check out details at http://www.gocards.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/121412aaa.html .

 
SOFTBALL

 
This year’s Bullpen Dinner will feature Olympian Danielle Lawrie as the keynote speaker. The annual dinner will be held in the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Saturday January 26 at 7:30 p.m.   You can find out now to be a part of the celebration by checking out http://www.gocards.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/121012aab.html .

 
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LACROSSE

 
By a vote of the players the lacrosse team has again named the trio of Katie Oliverio, Monica Negron and Janaye Dzikewich as this year’s captains.

 
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WOMEN’S HOOPS ON TV


 
THIS WEEK PER NCAA.COM
Rutgers at Louisville
CBS SN
7 p.m.
Detroit at Green Bay
horizonleague.com
8 p.m.
Utah vs. Colorado
Pac-12 Network
8 p.m.
Stanford vs. California
Pac-12 Network
10 p.m.
Wednesday
Texas at West Virginia
WVUSports.com
7 p.m.
Oklahoma at TCU
FSSW Plus
8 p.m.
Cleveland State at Illinois-Chicago
horizonleague.com
5:30 p.m.
Kansas State at Texas Tech
FSSW
8 p.m.
Thursday
Virginia at Georgia Tech
ESPN3
7 p.m.
Wake Forest at Florida State
ESPN3
7 p.m.
North Carolina at North Carolina State
ACCDN/YT
7 p.m.
Eastern Washington at Northern Arizona
NAU-TV
8:35 p.m.
Iowa at Wisconsin
BTN
8:30 p.m.
Illinois at Northwestern
BTN.com
8 p.m.
Nebraska at Indiana
BTN
6:30 p.m.
Wright State at Milwaukee
horizonleague.com
8 p.m.
Central Michigan at Toledo
STO
7 p.m.
Texas A&M at Kentucky
FSN
6 p.m.
Missouri at Tennessee
SPSO
8 p.m.
Florida at Mississippi State
SUN
8 p.m.
Georgia at Alabama
CSS
9 p.m.
A&M-Corpus Christi at McNeese State
ESPN3
6:30 p.m.
Louisiana-Monroe at Troy
Sun Belt Network
1 p.m.
Seattle at New Mexico State
AggieVision
8:30 p.m.
Friday
Washington State vs. Southern California
Pac-12 Network
11 p.m.
Saturday
Villanova at Pittsburgh
BETV
6 p.m.
Portland State at Northern Arizona
NAU-TV
8:35 p.m.
West Virginia at Kansas State
FSN
4 p.m.
TCU at Iowa State
Cyclones TV
7 p.m.
Texas Tech at Oklahoma
SSTV web stream
8 p.m.
Detroit at Cleveland State
horizonleague.com
2 p.m.
Youngstown State at Valparaiso
horizonleague.com
2:35 p.m.
Wright State at Green Bay
horizonleague.com
3 p.m.
Illinois-Chicago at Loyola Chicago
horizonleague.com
3 p.m.
FIU at UALR
Sun Belt Network
2 p.m.
Pepperdine at BYU
BYUtv
4 p.m.
Idaho at New Mexico State
AggieVision
8:30 p.m.
Sunday
Boston College at Clemson
RSN
1 p.m.
Georgia Tech at North Carolina
ESPN3
2 p.m.
Miami (Fla.) at Florida State
RSN
3 p.m.
Fordham at Charlotte
CBS SN
2 p.m.
Rutgers at Notre Dame
ESPNU
3:30 p.m.
Wisconsin at Michigan
BTN
2 p.m.
Michigan State at Illinois
BTN
4 p.m.
Nebraska at Penn State
ESPN2
2 p.m.
Oklahoma State at Texas
FSN
12:30 p.m.
Baylor at Kansas
FSN
2:30 p.m.
Southern Miss at Memphis
FSN
4:30 p.m.
Toledo at Bowling Green
STO
2 p.m.
San Diego State at Colorado State
CBS SN
5 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Arizona State
Pac-12 Network
3 p.m.
Colorado vs. Utah
Pac-12 Network
5 p.m.
Lafayette at Navy
CBS SN
12 p.m.
Tennessee at Florida
ESPNU
11:30 a.m.
South Carolina at Georgia
CSS
1 p.m.
Kentucky at Missouri
ESPNU
1:30 p.m.
Alabama at Ole Miss
SPSO
2:30 p.m.

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BASKETBALL
RUTGERS AHEAD

 
The women will host Rutgers at home tonight at 7:00
Tonight one of my favorite coaches comes to town bringing with her a Rutgers University squad which represents one of 3 distinct schools which she has brought to NCAA final 4 contests.    At times I think Vivian Stringer is one of the lesser known still active women's basketball  "foundation" and coaches.    Any lack of notoriety is due not to a lack of accomplishments or caring but instead to her more quiet and stoic outward appearance under which radiates the fire of a competitor and champion.  To it we are truly privileged to have such a remaining active icon of the sport coming to our arena.

Through life she has faced and overcome multiple personal challenges and tragedies in the same way she teaches her players to handle and overcome issues.     Her addressing of challenges began as far back as 1955 when she legally fought and defeated her high school which had refused her as a cheerleader because she was black.     Adversity has continued to arise through severe medical issues of a child, the unexpected death of a husband and a media firestorm as late as 2007 when Don Imus, on his radio show, made derogatory racial remarks about her successful Rutgers team.   


She is currently the 3rd most winning coaches in women's basketball history and is leading all active NCAA women's basketball coaches.   While achieving this level of success her quiet but powerful on and off the court demeanor causes her to also be known and thought of by her players as their 2nd, and for a few their first, mom for their lifetimes.

With this history no one should under estimate any team she brings to town.  While this year’s team may not appear to be one of her strongest threats it would be foolish to take them lightly.  They come to tonight's nationally broadcast game, on the CBS sports network, with a Sunday 4 point loss to St John's in a contest similar to Louisville's Saturday loss to DePaul where they fought back from a major point deficit only to come up a bit short in the end.   This makes both teams hungry and eager for a contest which would restore their credibility.   The ending story in the Rutgers loss is a particularly sore point as after battling back to a 2 point game with less than a minute left, a referee mistakingly indicated the St John's player had a 2 shot foul where a 1& 1 was correct.  After a missed first shot, the error was discovered and the player was given a chance, and was successful, in hitting the 1 & 1 in a do-over which sealed the win for St John's.   I think this unfortunate situation, which ended their 9 game home winning streak, might create a greater than normal desire for a comeback win.  
The Scarlet Knights high scoring threats in Big East play have been Sophomore Betnijah Laney  and Senior Erica Wheeler while 6'2" F/C Monique Oliver's 11.1 ppg. average leads the team in scoring for the season. This could provide an exciting match-up with Louisville's Sara Hammond.      See you at the pre-game warm ups.   

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BIG EAST BASKETBALL NEWS
 
There is hope for all as on Saturday Notre Dame showed a national television audience that currently top-ranked Connecticut could be defeated as a 73-72 score took the Huskies down at their home arena in Storrs.

Sandy W.



 

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