LOUISVILLE NOW #4 IN RANKINGS, STILL HEADED TO CHICAGO
Another Monday night, another release of the NCAA DI Women's College basketball rankings. The Cards not falling as far as a few thought they might, checking in at #4 behind Baylor, Oregon and Connecticut. Notre Dame rounding out the top five and Miami, who knocked off the Cards on Sunday ... climbing to #14.
As the Ducks fans were rejoicing in this ranking, they were losing to Oregon State 62-67 in "the Civil War" -- the moniker assigned to the games between these two schools. It was at Oregon State and payback for the Ducks quacking past the Beavers on Friday night in Eugene 77-68.
One bracketology projection for the Cards revealed/updated last night has the Cards as a #2 seed and going there with Connecticut. Another has Louisville still as a #1 seed and going still to Chicago. As Jeff Walz says, and we echo, it doesn't matter where you are in mid-February...being alive in April is pretty important, though.
How will the recent loss to Miami affect the WBB squad on Floyd Street? One would think that it motivate them (along with a few tough practices) to rebound at Virginia on Thursday and come out motivated and firing. Asia and Sam have come out publicly and said they knew it wasn't their finest hour.
It's been suggested that the Cards needed this loss, to show them that you have to bring it every night, every game. I'm unsold on that theory. You don't want conference losses that directly affect your seedings and opponents in the tournament.
We'll see how the Cards respond on Thursday at a Virginia team's lair where they are 7-8 overall and 3-4 in conference. At 10-15, they're probably not a team that will be inn the Big Dance, unless they pull off a major miracle in the ACC Tournament.
LOUISVILLE WOMEN'S GOLF LEADS MOON GOLF INVITATIONAL
And, Louisville leads the way at -7, tied with UCF.
They played 36 holes yesterday and Lauren Hartlage emerged on top of the list with an -8 under performance. They'll finished it up with 18 holes today.
HOORAY FOR ASIA!
This is a segment about a different Asia that "nite-nite". You remember Asia Taylor, right?
She continues to find unqualified success in "the land down under". Now in Perth, on the western side of Australia, "A-Tayy", she's been named to the WNBL's "Super Five" list for the third straight year. She joins Lindsay Allen (Las Vegas Aces, Notre Dame, Melbourne), Kelsey Griffin (Nebraska, Canberra), Nia Coffey (Las Vegas Aces, Northwestern, Adelaide) and Bec Cole (Australian Inst. of Sport, Dandenong).
The Cardinal great has shown that she can continue to excel no matter which Aussie squad she plays for.
Asia is back from her season down under and here in the states, preparing for another WNBA season and working with her Hoops With A Purpose organization. She has not yet decided to return to the WNBL next year yet nor undergone contract negotiations with anyone "over there" yet.
Sonya's favorite player in women's basketball continues to shine brightly.
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