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Monday, May 21, 2018

Women's Golf "sneaks" into Fourth Round of NCAA Tournament Play -- Opening WNBA Weekend --MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


It took winning a non-sudden death tiebreaker over Auburn and then waiting five hours until play was completed on Sunday by all 24 teams, but Louisville claims the 15th and final spot in the NCAA Women's Golf Championships "Sweet Fifteen". The top 15 teams with the lowest 54 hole scores move into Monday play, where the field will be further cut to eight teams after 18 more holes on Stillwater. OK's Karsten Creek Golf Club. 

Head UofL women's golf coach Courtney Trimble was "on pins and needles": 

"We're really excited to have to have the opportunity to advance. We were waiting on pins and needles and even went to see a movie during that (waiting) time. We needed a distraction since it was out of our hands, but we couldn't be more excited." 

One has to wonder, what did they go view? CADDYSHACK? . Maybe HAPPY GILMORE? .

The Cards will have some work to do to get to the top eight. The UofL squad is +39 after 54 holes of golf. Alabama leads the way at -2. UCLA follows at +6. In eighth, where the Cards will try to get to today is Kent State with a +27.

Freshman Kristen Engle's score of 73 yesterday helped propel Louisville to "quarter-final action". She finished the day with birdies on two of the final three holes. Lauren Hartlage was not far behind with a 74 and Molly Skapik kept the Cards in contention with a three-over-par 75 that included an "eagle" (her second of the tournament) on a par 5. Qlso participating for UofL were Delaney Shah (80) and Olivia Cason (83)

No, she didn't bring America's proud symbol to the course. For the golfing terminology "eagle" is 2 under so she shot a three. Tee time for Louisville today is 12:30 p.m. and the "chip and putt" Cards will have Texas and Washington (13th and 14th place respectively) accompany them on today's 18 holes of "stroke" play. 

Good luck extended from all of us at Cardinal Couple to these student-athletes! It's in the cup! 


The WNBA opened their season over the weekend and three UofL WBB stars were part of the actions. 

-- The Washington Mystics start the season perfect with a 82-75 win over the Indiana Fever. Myisha Hines-Allen saw 11 minutes of court-time in a reserve role and ended up with six points on 3-5 shooting. She also grabbed two rebounds. 

-- Angel McCoughtry's Atlanta Dream didn't fare so well against the Dallas Wings. They were on the short end of a 101-78 final score. Angel started the game and got in 24 minutes. She tallied 13 points on 6-13 shooting that included a three. She also gathered three rebounds in the loss. 

-- In Uncasville, CT...the Las Vegas Aces were blinded by the Connecticut Sun 101-65. Shoni Schimmel came off the bench for 8 minutes and got off two shots, one a "three", but ended up with no points and no assists. 

Everyone have a marvelous Monday and join me in celebrating Victoria Day (in Canada). If you know a "Victoria"...or I guess Vicki or maybe even a Vic would suffice here, wish them a "Happy Day" and then wait for the blank look you get back. The only Vic's I can come up with are former UofL Field Hockey star Vic Stratton, ex-Dallas actress Victoria Principal and the Victoria's Secret shoppes. 

Victoria Day actually celebrates the birth-date of Queen Victoria, who passed away in 1901 and was actually born on the 24th of May. The holiday is traditionally moved to the closest Monday each year. 

And, now you know. 



  1. MHA also had 2 steals and took a charge during her 11 minutes of play. This is particularly important as their coach has made it clear that he highly values defense. Her play came earlier in the game rather than during the end as mop up minutes.

  2. Sneaks is a good word to use. They went backwards in the standings sadly, but were good enough to qualify!

  3. More power to MHA. She seems to be a good fit for the Mystics so far. Golf seems to be up against it but you never know. In other news, Curtis Franklin (New Albany prospect) hit a eyes-almost-closed, hand-in face from defender and game-winner three point attempt yesterday in pick-up basketball.

    (disappointed in CC's lack of coverage on this historic shot. Where was Jared with the camera? Worldwide's snarky comments? Paulie's play-by-play or Case's in-depth breakdown of the "swish"?)

    Curtis "THREEEEE FRANKLIN!" Franklin

  4. That beatdown of the Aces by the Sun is the largest ever margin in a WNBA opening day game, according to FiveThirtyEight, so that's a rough one for the new team.

    1. Shooting 1-7 from three point range isn't going to help your chances either in Vegas'case. A'ja Wilson (South Carolina) had a good start for Las Vegas with a double-double but it looks like Bad Boy Bill has a lot of work to do with the Aces. He got dealt "deuces" yesterday.


  5. I blame Sam Purcell again.


  6. Those "tips" you claim you got from the FSU gold team earlier in the week must half been "golf" tips instead of quarters and nickles for carrying baggage.

    Seriously, I've never putted so bad in years. Otherwise, you'd been toast.

    -- The Real Joe Hill --


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