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Friday, August 8, 2014

Saturday Cardinal Couple -- USA completes FIBA Americas pool play with win over Canada


- USA survives early scare...downs Canada 107-76 in FIBA U-18 WBB Americas


The first 10 minutes may have not gone the way USA FIBA U 18 coaches Dawn Staley, Jeff Walz and Kim Barnes Arico wanted but after trailing 23-21 at the end of the first quarter to Canada...they roared out to a 54-41 halftime lead.

Mariya Moore and crew pushed the lead to 83-59 in the third quarter and won their third straight game. USA will be the top seed in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas tournament...facing Argentina tomorrow night at 7:30 EDT.

Moore saw her highest amount of court time so far in the tournament and made the most of it...totaling 10 points on 2-4 shooting and a 6-7 free throw performance. least from an internet viewer's observation...for these events has been sparse in terms of filling up the bleachers in the first three days. Maybe Colorado Springs just isn't into the FIBA Americas WBB events or the price of admission is exorbitant. 

I bet we could get 5,000 plus in the KFC YUM! Center for an event like this...

In any event, the semifinals today will feature an Argentina team that squeaked by Puerto Rico 47-44 to gain admission and a USA team that has had three straight wins by over 30 points. 

The winner gets the victor of the Brazil vs. Canada game. 

All four teams will advance to the FIBA World Championships next summer. 


We're diverting fully off course with today's CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO today...but offering a fun-filled full hour of two Louisville comedians at 11 a.m. in John Maupin and Bryan Cohen. 

It's an idea I've been debating for quite some time as an occasional diversion from UofL women's sports and since the season is a bit slow seems like a good time to give these two local funny guys ( and UofL women's sports fans ) some air time.

It could get crazy. Be sure to tune in at 11 a.m.

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  1. If by exorbitant you mean free, then yes, you would be correct.

  2. Welll...if ALL these FIBA games are free....Colorado Springs has the worst WBB fans in the nation.



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