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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

McCoughtry's 42 lead Dream to Finals

-McCoughtry & Dream defeat New York
-Field Hockey Tonight!
-Simmons selected for Big East award
-Recruitng visit "went well" for Walz
She has never won a championship. That might be about to change for Louisville's Angel McCoughtry as her Atlanta Dream WNBA team rolled past the New York Liberty last night in Atlanta to win the Eastern Conference finals and set up a showdown with the Seattle Storm for the WNBA title. McCoughtry was brilliant in the 105-93 win, scoring 42 points and setting a WNBA record for most points scored in a playoff game.
The victory didn't come easy. Atlanta watched a 14 point first half lead disintegrate into a 73-73 tie as action began in the fourth quarter. Aided by reborn Coco Miller, though...Angel and the Dream regained the lead and steadily pulled away from the Liberty in the final 10 minutes to get the win in front of a wild and appreciative crowd in the Phillips Arena.
At times, it seemed Angel was going one on one against a Rutgers All-Star team...with Cappie Pondexter tallying 36 points and former C. Vivian Stringer stars Kia Vaughn and Essence Carson keeping the Liberty close. The Dream, aided by a lineup shuffle that emphasized speed and quickness and brought reserve Coco Miller off the bench to start dominated play early and Atlanta fast broke their way to an early double digit lead that they never surrendered throughout the first 20 minutes.
New York battled back, though...and behind Carson and Pondexter, began the second half with a 14-4 run to cut the Dream advantage to one. Things got messy with 5:53 remaining in the third quarter...a hard foul on Dream post Erika DeSouza got a unfavorable reaction from the Brazilian center and she received a technical foul.
Miller started the fourth quarter for Atlanta by burying a three and the Liberty never fully recovered after that. Atlanta travels to Seattle to begin the best out of five Finals on Sunday. They'll play the first two up there and return to Atlanta for games 3 and 4.
#11 Louisville Field Hockey hosts #12 Ohio State tonight in stick action at Trager Field. The Cards (3-1) finally return home after sweeping over the weekend in Virginia...downing James Madison and American University by identical scores of 2-1. Nicole Youman leads the way for the Flock with five goals this season. Seven different Cardinals have scored this year in Pam Bustin's balanced attack and Louisville has outscored their opponents 15-5 so far this season.
Ohio State comes into the contest 2-1 with wins over Ohio University and Kent State. The Buckeyes lost to BIG EAST power Syracuse in overtime. Thanks to the tidy goalkeeping of Ally Tunitis, Ohio State has allowed only three goals this season.
Game time is 6 p.m.
Senior Amanda Simmons has been selected for the BIG EAST Volleyball Honor Roll for the week of Sept. 5th. Amanda recently tied the Louisville record for block assists in a game against Kentucky with 12 and also had 8 kills against the Big Blue. She was named to the All-Tournament Team in the Wildcat Classic in Arizona.
Jeff Walz and the Lady Cards hosted a very special recruit over the Labor Day weekend on campus. According to reports we are getting...things went "very well" and Louisville is still in the running for her services in 2011. The Cards did recently lose one to UCLA, though...Sheila Boykin, a 6'2" forward out of Long Beach Poly who had Louisville on her short list, recently committed to the Bruins.

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