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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Girls LIT results and Rutgers Game Day


-Quarterfinal LIT RESULTS

-Swimming splits dual meet

-Rutgers Game Day...David Watson checks in

-Lora Brown gets a PANERA Card!

The University of Louisville women's swimming and diving squad competed against Virginia Tech and Indiana University in a dual meet Friday at the Ralph Wright Natorium. The Cards downed the Hokies 205-95, but fell to the Hoosiers 181-119. Winners for the "Ville" were Therese Bergstrom (pictured above) in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and Aileen Cole (also pictured above) in the 50 and 100 freestyle. The 200 medley relay team also hit the finish line first...Raine Thompson, Krissie Brandenburg, Cole and Bergstrom getting the win.


Quarterfinal results from the Republic Bank LIT at Bellarmine:

MERCY knocks off MARION COUNTY with a last second shot 52-20. Bre Edler had 18 for the visitors from Lebanon, KY. Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Makayla Epps also hit double figures for MARION COUNTY.

BOONE COUNTY slipped by BUTLER 71-69. Sydney Moss had a huge game for the Northern Kentucky visitors in one that also went to the wire.

SACRED HEART skipped by SCOTT COUNTY 72-50 after leading by just two at halftime. Another big game for SHA's Monica McGreal.

MANUAL had no trouble in defeating OWENSBORO CATHOLIC 66-44. Stacy Pendleton's Mechael Guess and Leasia Wright led the Manual charge over the Western Kentucky visitors.

Semifinal action faces MERCY vs. BOONE COUNTY and MANUAL and SACRED HEART do battle. Final tonight at 8 p.m.


(Special correspondent David Watson takes a look at Rutgers vs. Louisville...who will square off Saturday 6 p.m. in the KFC YUM ARENA. Neither team may ever be the same...)

First of all, I am not a C. Vivian Stringer fan today. Before you dump me in the Don Imus category or Sonja comes after me with attack yorkies and her old field hockey stick. let me explain. It has nothing to do with race, creed, color or 'nappy hoes'. I just don't like her coaching style. Rutgers beats opponents up on every possession. It is not fast break transition hoops. Some people dislike John Calipari or Bob Huggins (I happen to be O.K. with both) but C. Vivian Stringer is the enemy, the foe, the competition today.

Even though Louisville holds a narrow 4-3 margin in lifetime wins over the Scarlet Knights since the series began in 2006 and Jeff Walz 3-2 vs. Stringer, you cannot take the Scarlet Knights lightly. I suspect that there may be a few of these moments tonight. Remember the classic staredown between Kia Vaughn and Gwen Rucker two years ago? Godzilla, meet King Kong.

C. Vivian Stringer is one of the most successful coaches in women's college basketball. She poses an immediate threat to the success of my University of Louisville Lady Cards this evening and, therefore, I do not like her today.

I will make the drive down I-65 to watch tonight's game in the KFC YUM! CENTER tonight with my wife and two of my children. We'll arrive early, dine at Impelliazari's and go watch warmups. I hope to see and say "Hi" to Paul and Sonja there. I will not say "Hi" to C. Vivian Stringer today, though. Not even if she comes up to the seats, buys me a beer and wants to discuss crappie fishing trips this spring. She is the enemy, it's game day and we cannot be ebony and ivory, Whoopie and Patrick Swayze or Oprah and Dr. Phil.
I will probably cheer for Rutgers later on this year. I like Monique Oliver. I like April Sykes and even the goofy Rutgers mascot. I am a reasonable man but I have some priorities.

I do not like C.Vivian Stringer today. Maybe, probably tomorrow I will. It depends on the outcome of the game. Time to make her sad. She can rejoice, celebrate and do the happy dance the remaining eight BIG EAST games for her after this one today. I don't want her happy today.
(David Watson does not like broccoli or artichokes either. We'll bring him Rutgers pom-poms and a Scarlet Knight hoodie to tonight's game...he won't wear or wave them but he'll be okay with the Rutgers head coach come Monday.)

David, chill out. It's a classic women's college basketball game between two of the best programs out there. I fully expect a good game, no fights and certainly no tiff between Walz and Stringer. The two are good friends. Two years ago, the joy and pleasure on C.Viv's face when she held and talked to Jeff's two children before the game was priceless. I rather lose to Rugters than anyone else in the BIG EAST.

A class program, class coach and great rivalry. Good luck to both teams.


Congratulations to Lora Brown for the winning e-mail for $10 in Panera Gift Cards. Lora likes the Elizabethtown, KY. location and all the friendly servers and counter people there. "They always are glad to see me and very friendly." she writes. "I like Panera's breakfast sandwiches and their coffee." She also mentions that the manager and Archie are always nice to her when she sees them.
Want some? Send your e-mail here to us at and get some. Who doesn't want $10? WE'll draw again next Saturday...


  1. Girl LIT has been really interesting watching some of the state's talented girls.

    Becca Greenwell(OwensBoro Cath.)& Sydney Moss(Boone Co.) to me showed an all around game and both players seems to know how to score with or without the ball in their hand. Sydney however appears kinda awkward, but that's only an appearance,she's got some agility in those feet!

    Tonites game: MERCY, who almost lost to Boone Co. this morning and is in the LIT Finals again. They play a team inwhich they have won & lost to already...MANUAL! These two teams seems to love beating each other, especially in tournaments. This game can go either way. But I believe because Manual doesn't seem to handle the zone defense effectively or shoot the FT's like Mercy. Manual will lose by SIX!
    Go Cards!!

  2. Manual showed great team work and defense in the LIT Championship game. Moss is on just about every D1 coaches wish list. She's a player. Reminds this fan of Jazz Covington.


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