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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday Cardinal Couple

Basketball Heads to Warmth

The women's basketball team escaped the snow for warmer climes yesterday, heading to Tampa to prepare for tonight's matchup against the Central Florida Knights.

Let's be frank, UCF is not a daunting opponent.  Sporting a 9-12 overall record, and the only worse record in conference is Houston's 0-10.  The only reason we can't say they're 9th in conference is that Cincinnati has an equally bad record at 2-8, so they get to claim "tied for 8th".

That having been said, you can't ever look past an opponent.  We can't forget that Sara Djassi put up 28 points in the KFC Yum! Center on January 15th.  We also must not forget Zykira Lewis, who got 14.  Of course, The Knights lost Briahanna Jackson earlier in the season when she left the team, and that certainly hasn't helped matters in Orlando, but she was already gone in our earlier bout.  About the only thing looking better for UCF this time around is that its on their home floor, a small factor, but something to be considered, for sure.

This should be a good game to build on what went well two days ago when we faced USF here in Louisville.  Shots didn't fall much early on, leading to a bit of a slow start, but perseverance and not getting flustered held things together until shots started falling late in the first half and in the second.  The team played well, picked good shots, moved the ball well, and maintained their composure.  Building some confidence in that play will come in handy when the team travels to face UConn.

The game will be on ESPN3 at 7pm.

Tennis Recruiting Class 16th Ranked announced the results of the voting for the Top 25 recruiting classes in women's tennis and UofL was voted 16th.  Tennis has four women signed for the 2014-15 season, with Ariana Rodriguez and Aleksandra Mally being five star recruits from New York, and Jessie-Lynn Paul being a five star recruit from North Carolina.  Caroline Walker is local, from Sacred Heart Academy here in Louisville rounding out the class.

Future conference opponents in the list include North Carolina at 4th, Notre Dame at 5th, Duke at 10th, Virginia Tech at 14th, and Florida State coming in at 22nd.

Your next chances to see Tennis in action are Thursday afternoon starting at 3pm vs Morehead State, and Saturday starting at noon against Evansville.

1 comment:

  1. Cardinals favored by 29 according to online sports betting websites. That strikes me as way too high, especially since they won by "only" 19 on January 15. This has all the earmarks of a classic "trap" game. I expect a win but by less than 20.

    By the way, UConn is favored over SMU by 45.


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