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Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Cardinal Couple -- W.Soccer falls to Illinois...Angel soars over Sky


- Angel's 39 lead Dream past Sky

- W. Soccer shut down in Champaign

It was the Angel McCoughtry of old. The feisty, emotional, unwilling-to-lose, ever-present #35. 

Atlanta is headed home for Game 3 of the WNBA Eastern Division SemiFinals. They are flying there on Angel's wings. 

 Angel McCoughtry was determined to make sure the Atlanta Dream weren't done in the WNBA playoffs.

McCoughtry scored 39 points, and the Dream beat the Chicago Sky 92-83 on Sunday night to even their Eastern Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.
Game 3 is Tuesday in Atlanta, with the winner moving into the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana.
''I just wanted to will the team to win,'' McCoughtry said. ''I wanted the ball in my hands and I wanted to take over the game. Luckily I hit a good percentage (65 percent) of my shots and my teammates gave me the ball and trusted me with it.''
Tiffany Hayes added 15 points for top-seeded Dream, and Jasmine Thomas had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Elena Delle Donne scored 22 points for the Sky, who won 80-77 in the series opener at Atlanta on Friday. Allie Quigley had 20 points, and Epiphanny Prince finished with 19.
Chicago closed to 68-65 on Tamera Young's driving layup, but Atlanta responded with an 8-1 spurt. Hayes' 3-pointer with 6:50 left gave the Dream a 76-66 lead.
The Sky pulled within six with 36.5 seconds to go, but their rally fizzled from there.
Sylvia Fowles added 14 points for Chicago, which had a 39-36 rebounding edge.
''(McCoughtry) set the tone early and put her team on her back and you can't have that,'' Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. ''We have to regroup, watch the video. I don't think there's a lot of adjustments we have to make as a matter of Xs and Os. It's a matter of making sure from the beginning we set the tone.''
McCoughtry was 13 for 20 from the field and made 13 of 14 foul shots. She had 19 points in the first half, helping Atlanta to a 44-43 lead at the break. She also helped limit Delle Donne to 0-for-5 shooting from the field in the second half.

Fellow Louisvillian Shoni Schimmel saw 23 minutes after sitting out the first quarter and tallied nine point, five assists
and three steals. The Dream were without starting guard Ceci Dumeric for the game. 


Louisville women's soccer fell to Illinois 2-0 yesterday in Champaign, IL. Late first half and early second half scores by the Fighting Illini put the Cards in a stall they could not kick out of...despite taking more shots (13-8) and shots on goal (6-3) than their BIG10 opponent. 

The Cards (1-1) return home to open Lynn Stadium Friday night against Ole Miss. 



  1. Shoni had two very efficient games with high assists and low turnovers. She did get substituted for late in yesterday's game whenever Dream were on defense.

    Paulie, did you happen to see where our favorite Vol, Mercedes Russell, will redshirt this year due to chronic foot problems?

    1. With how deep Tennessee's rosters is this year, Russell's absence may not matter much. For Tennessee's long-term health, Russell's long-term health is a huge deal. IF she had chosen to be a Cardinal, we'd all be biting our shoulders right now...



  2. See that Pistol Pete to Angel from Shoni? Nothing new to us but still cray cray the plays she does in games lol. I really think they do better with out Celine Dumerc, she is a good guard but points along with assists helped in the recent rotation and not just assists Dumerc puts out.


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