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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday Cardinal Couple -- Softball splits in Orlando...Lynx no lock for A-Tayy



SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

- Softball Cards split with UCF on Friday

- Lacrosse faces Rutgers today at LAX Stadium

- Minnesota Lynx -- just another challenge for Taylor

- Radio today


Louisville Softball won the opening game against UCF Friday but...in almost predictable fashion...dropped the nightcap against the Golden Knights. Louisville (28-16, 9-5) has had a habit of winning the first and falling in the second game of double headers this season.

The Cards have played two games in one day fifteen times this season. They've lost the second game ten of those times. The loss to UCF in the second game today also snapped the UofL eight-game winning streak.

LOUISVILLE 1 - UCF 0

The opener was a pitcher's duel...Maryssa Becker holding UCF scoreless and allowing just one hit in 4.1 innings as the starter. Rachel LeCoq provided the relief...tossing the final 2.2 innings and allowing just one hit.

The Cards finally put the scoreboard operator to work in the top of the seventh. Becker singled to right and advanced to third on a Taner Fowler double to center that barely missed leaving the ballpark. Maggie Ruckenbrod lifted a sacrifice fly to left that got Becker home for the lone score of the game.

UCF 3 - LOUISVILLE 2

Louisville took the early lead in the second contest when Becker powered an a bases-empty shot out of the facility in the second. It was her second home run of the season.

UCF used runs in the third and fourth inning to retake the lead off of LeCoq...and tallied an insurance run in the fifth.

The Cards tried to rally back in the sixth when Becker singled home pinch runner Jordan McNary to make it 3-2...but Louisville could not get Becker around the bases.

They'll play the finale of the series today at noon.

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The Louisville Lacrosse team looks to remain undefeated in BIG EAST play when they host Rutgers at 1 p.m. in the Lacrosse Stadium.

It's Senior Day and CAF Appreciation Day...so get out to the field early and sign up for stuff and watch the goodbye ceremonies for eight seniors.

The departing:

Hillary Bushway   M    Norfolk, VA
Jamie Redding     A    Victor, NY
Nikki Boltja         A     Medina, OH
Kelsey Garrity     D     Ridley Park, PA
Ashley Herbst      G    Pittsford, NY
Monica Negron    M     Bel Air, MD
Leslee Hefner      D     Hatboro, PA
Coleen O'Malley   M     Malvern, PA

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We're excited that A-Tayy (Asia Taylor) got drafted by the WNBA. As she said...just to have one's name in the discussion is pretty awesome. To hear it called on Draft Night ( even though it was on ESPNU) is even more awesome.

She's headed to the Minnesota Lynx. Yeah, the 2013 WNBA Champs. the Lynx that have 10 players returning from that team.

As least she won't have to worry about having to beat out Sugar Rodgers ( ex-Georgetown) for a spot. The second year Lynx guard was dealt to the New York Liberty Wednesday.

Here's the current 15 listed under the Lynx roster:

**   Seimone Augustus        8th year       LSU
**   Rebekkah Brunson       10th year      Georgetown
(R) Asya Bussie                  ( rookie)      West Virginia
(R) Christina Foggie           ( rookie)      Vanderbilt
**   Amber Harris               3rd year       Xavier
**   Rachel Jerry                1st year        - - - - - - - -
(R) Tricia Liston                ( rookie)       Duke
**   Janet McCarville          7th year       Minnesota
**   Lindsey Moore              1st year       Nebraska
**   Maya Moore                 3rd year       Connecticut
**   Devereaux Peters         2nd year       Notre Dame
(R) Asia Taylor                   ( rookie)       LOUISVILLE
**   Lindsay Whelan            10th year      Minnesota
--   Tan White                    9th year        Mississippi St.
**   Monica Wright              4th year        Virginia

**  =  returning player


A difficult task ahead for Taylor to grab one of these 11 or 12 jerseys for the 2014 season...but not impossible. She's one of seven front liners that will battle for a spot. One of four rookies that will be at the preseason games and practices.

The WNBA is all about salary caps. Teams are not required to carry a full 12 players. Whether Minnesota chooses to retain the roster that has gotten them two WNBA titles in the last three years or cut some costs and fill the bench with rookies remains to be seen.

In any event, A-Tayy will get her chance to make the team. We hope she shines...


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Cardinal Couple Radio Hour on Crescent Hill Radio is back on the air again this week. We learned the passcode to the studio door...so they can't stop us now!

We'll discuss softball, lacrosse, golf, hoops, fiscal responsibility and comparative political systems on today's show.

(OK maybe not the latter two...but it should be a good hour chalked full of exciting UofL women's sports news).

Join us, won't you?

LINK BELOW:

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paulie

1 comment:

  1. I think that all 3 of them need to absolutely understand that all of them are in situation of flux. Hopefully they are l out there every day busting hind ends staying sharp during this week. Don't think this is issue with Nita or Asia but I have bit of concern that Shoni will be so busy with additional side issues that she does not stay or get in best condition possible. It would be tragic for her to get this far and then miss the opportunity that she has. Fans in the seats only take them so far as Skylar Diggins came to realize last year when no longer starting.

    It is good for Asia that Sugar was traded, as you said. I think that all 3 of them need to absolutely understand that all of them are in situation of flux. Hopefully they are l out there every day busting hind ends staying sharp during this week. Don't think this is issue with Nita or Asia but I have bit of concern that Shoni will be so busy with additional side issues that she does not stay or get in best condition possible. It would be tragic for her to get this far and then miss the opportunity that she has. Fans in the seats only take them so far as Skylar Diggins came to realize last year when no longer starting.

    It is good for Asia that Sugar was traded, as you said.
    What position or who do you or any of the readers see each of them needing to outshine in order to make their teams?
    What position or who do you or any of the readers see each of them needing to outshine in order to make their teams?

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