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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Basketball in Bangkok - Sunday Cardinal Couple

Basketball in Bangkok

We have been covering the U19 Women's Basketball World Cup being held in Bangkok Thailand, both to follow the accomplishments of Coach Jeff Walz with the USA team, as well as giving a little bit of attention to UofL signee Norika Konno.

The Japanese lost to Spain in their last outing, 79-65, with Norika starting and contributing 7 points with a pair of field goals and 3 free throws, shooting 40% from the field, and 75% from the stripe.

The US beat South Korea 89-67, with the top scorers being Fran Belibi with 18, Rhyne Howard with 17, and Queen Egbo with 14.  Rhyne Howard, who the Cards with face in the Governor's Cup game with Kentucky a just ridiculous 5 of 7 from three point range while Belibi and Egbo took care of the close-in game, each with 8 shots, Belibi dropping all 8 of hers, and Egbo draining 6.  The US shot, overall, 57.9% from the charity stripe, which definitely won't be getting them an F in the Fred Report, Norika will be taking that one home for the day.  They will get the R in the report, though, by out-rebounding the Koreans 55-23.

The US currently sits atop Group C with 2 wins, with South Korea still looking for their first win, leaving Hungary and Australia both at 1-1.  The US still has to face Hungary, who downed South Korea 92-68, and lost to Australia 81-71, on Tuesday.


Last night I discovered that Aiko Jones, who will be a red-shirt freshman with the volleyball team in the fall, has been semi-regularly updating a YouTube channel with Vlogs of her experiences here in the US.  Aiko hails from Kingston, Jamaica, so she has an unusual perspective on American mid-west culture.  I've had the opportunity to chat with Aiko a few times and have found her to be an intelligent and insightful young woman.  She's got a great head on her shoulders and has a great attitude on life.

Jones started the Vlog entries late in her senior year of high school in Kingston and has periodically updated it throughout the year, with the most recent being from a trip she took over the 4th of July holiday to Sun Prairie, WI with Claire Chaussee to her home for a visit.  You can see her skill, both at being in front of the camera, and filming herself, as well as with editing and putting together a story, develop as the Vlog progresses.  Some of Aiko's skills as a presenter come naturally, with her mother hosting a morning drive-time radio show in Kingston. (maybe "Mom" could assist the woeful Cardinal Couple Radio knuckleheads).

As someone born and raised here in Louisville, I find some fascination in the perspectives and experiences of someone from another country, climate, and culture, to come to Louisville and the midwest and experience life as we do.

Cardinal Couple plans extensive Volleyball coverage, as we do every we'll be following all of Dani Busboom Kelly's wide-netters all season.

You can check out her Vlogs on her YouTube channel at:

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour

They still haven't changed the door and alarm codes at WCHQ, so the knuckleheads were back on the
air again, yesterday.

We covered the US U19 FIBA play, you can her me say, "Leggo my Egbo", so check out what that's all about.  Case brought us up to date on some UofL golfer outings, a brief bit about Case's extended family, sports equipment, and had a mascot edition of the Cardinal Couple Quiz.

Good fun was had as always, check it out on Facebook Live at:


1 comment:

  1. Just watched the latest of Aiko's blog entries. Well done and interesting insight into Claire's background as well.


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