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Thursday, September 13, 2018

WNBA -- Storm surges past Mytics for title -- Give For Good Louisville Day -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


It wasn't so magical or mystical in Washington's arena last night. In maybe a foreboding predecessor to what's coming next week to the east coast in Hurricane Florence, the Seattle Storm surged into Fairfax, VA and George Mason University's Eagle Bank Arena and washed out the Mystics 98-82. 

It wasn't really that close for a lot of the contest. "Stewie" Brianna Stewart and Natasha Howard combined for 59 points (30 and 29 respectively) to solve the mystery of the Mystics in a three-game sweep. 

Sue Bird, notorious for one broken nose and four-letter expletive fame, added 10 for the victorious west coast squad. The Storm used just eight players, two of which saw 10 minutes or less, to take control of the third game and weathered a Washington run that cut a 47-30 halftime deficit to 72-67 with 6:49 to play. Seattle countered with eight straight points to quell the last-ditch effort and secure the win. 

Myisha Hines-Allen saw a fair amount of action for the Mystics last night and had a nice effort on court with six points of three for four shooting. She also gathered four rebounds in her 20:38 minutes on the hardwood. Elena Della Donne led the Mystics with 23 points and Kristi Tolliver contributed 22. Della Donne may have also had the most interesting post-game remarks as well when she offered: 

"There's been a huge transformation with the culture of this team. Last year we were brand new. I didn't know Kristi's favorite beer. That's a pretty important thing to know about "Panda" (Tolliver's nickname). Now I can go to the bar and order everything she needs." 

Tolliver countered with: 

"I'm gonna need a lot tonight".

No word on what Myisha drinks or if Della Donne is picking up her tab as well. In attendance, but probably not knocking back cold, frosty ones were UConn coaches Geno Auriemma and Chris Dailey...on hand for the Stewie coronation. There wasn't a Jeff Walz sighting in the arena but his old boss Brenda Frese was there. 

There was no Donald Trump sighting either.

So, the WNBA season comes to an end.

Our Cardinals "in the show" had a few "ups" and some major "downs" this season. Asia survived life in Indy (after the Mystics dumped her) on a squad that finished 6-28...the worst record in the league by one over the New York Liberty...where Shoni made a cameo appearance before drifting out to Las Vegas. Angel played with passion and fire for the Dream before blowing her knee out at the end of the season. Myisha watched a lot of basketball for "Theo" bald's squad before getting a chance late in the season to be a contributor. 

One would expect at least three of the four will get a chance on WNBA rosters next year...maybe even Shoni, too. Several Cards from the 2018-19 squad could get the chance to play WNBA next year. There is European and Australian hoops ahead for Myisha and Asia Taylor. We'll see how they do across the seas. 

Last night, Della Donne also spoke post-game about even though things may have not gone their way at the end of the season....there was still room for improvement and how she felt that they hadn't peaked yet. How it wasn't the end for them. 

Unfortunately, it is the end... for 2018, at least. 

Maybe the Mystics will come back and make another run for the title next season. Maybe Myisha is on that team. Hopefully, Asia Taylor gets a return call to play for someone and Angel heals and comes back stronger than ever. We hope Shoni gets chance to lace 'em up and fire threes. We expect Asia Durr to be running the courts in a WNBA jersey next year and maybe even a couple of more from the 2018-19 Cardinals. 

We'll be waiting. Maybe Elena Della Donne will even buy us a beer while we wait. 


Today is Thursday, September 13th and it is Give For Good Louisville Day. It started at midnight and it is a day where you can help out any of 500+ local participating non-profits with your donation.

We've got a suggestion for you on one you can give to...and that's radio station WCHQ 100.9 FM. It's where we bring you The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour each Saturday and also Paulie's weekly dive in to horse racing with the Handicapping Heroes show.  

We're very grateful for the opportunity presented us on non-profit, community WCHQ FM. A chance to talk about Louisville and other women's sports for a full hour each week. We're the only ones doing a full hour about Louisville women's athletics live on the radio for an hour that we know of. We've been told that our concept is also unique across the station. No one does what we do the way we do it. 

We'd like to ask you to consider a donation to WCHQ FM. The station will be broadcasting live all day with many of the musical acts and personalities on air for you. Although none of the Cardinal Couple nor Handicapping Heroes crew will be manning microphones today in the magnificent and majestic media mansion on Mellwood, we strongly urge you to  "Give For Good". Pick whichever organization you want and maybe include WCHQ as well.

If you're a womens' sports fan, UofL fan, radio fan, horse racing fan or even a "Louisville First" fan...please consider a donation. 

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  1. I remember when there were no Louisville Cardinal women playing in the WNBA. Our program has come a long way and has yet to see the peak. I am looking forward to a great women's basketball season this year.

  2. Yeah, Paulie. Figure Asia Durr, probably Diop?, maybe Fuehring and Carter.

    Glad to see Myisha get some time. Shame the Mystics girl went out with the bad ankle but it gave Myisha some time and she performed well, I thought.

    I'll support WCHQ. Beside you guys, they have A LOT OF GREAT programming late at night I listen to while at work. Very good Blues hour. Weekend with Tez and One Night Only just to name a couple.

    Curtis ""Give For Good" Franklin

  3. i would let della donne buy me a beer anytime

  4. Thinking Sam Fuehring, along with Asia Durr have the best shot at WNBA after they graduate. Hoping Arica does get a tryout and Yacine, too.

    Give for Good Louisville and support WCHQ 100.9 FM!

    -- The Real Joe Hill --

  5. Seeing a vacant Myrtle Beach reminds me of when Louisville was down in that area two years ago for the ACC WBB Tournament at Coastal Carolina in Conway. Streets sure look a lot different.

    We stayed in Myrtle Beach. Traffic was always bumper-to-bumper. Not today. Stay safe down there residents.


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