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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sunday Cardinal Couple - WNBA and Turning Left


The WNBA keeps up its faster-paced schedule, and three Cards were in action.

Angel McCoughtry had a solid night for the Las Vegas Aces, but her biggest contribution wasn't scoring in the Vegas win over the Sue Bird-less Seattle Storm 82-74.  McCoughtry produced 13 points, but her highest stat was the 14 rebounds.  Add in a trio of assists and another trio of blocks, and I'd say that's a pretty good outing.

The Aces are seem to be using a strong rotation of substitutions, keeping Angel's (and others') playing minutes a bit lower and distributing them across the team.  Of the nine players that played, all had at least eight minutes of time on the court.  Angel had 22 minutes.

The rookie laden squad of the New York Liberty was also in action with UofL's Kylee Shook and Jazmine Jones.  Shook's night was pretty forgettable, only contributing part of a block and a rebound in 12 minutes of play.

In 20 minutes of playing time, Jones made her mark again.  11 points, five assists, four rebounds, and a pair of steals, Jones once again demonstrated why legions of Cards fan fell in love with her play.  Clearly the Liberty are enjoying her presence as well, again featuring her in highlight clips on social media.

Kia Nurse was the star of the night for the Liberty, pouring in 17, but it wouldn't be enough with the Connecticut Sun taking the win 82-65.

Indy 500

Today is the delayed running of the Indy 500, with no fans in attendance.  There's no real connection with UofL Sports here, but it is one data point in the ongoing debate of whether and how to hold large sporting events.  With the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Churchill Downs both deciding to run their delayed huge signature events with no fans in attendance, it puts a spotlight on what college athletics will do with fall sports.

This is normally when we would start seeing UofL fall sports starting up their public events.  Women's Soccer would normally kick things off around about this weekend, with Field Hockey close behind.  Volleyball would hold their Red and Black scrimmage and start official play typically the next weekend.

This year, however, we don't even have schedules posted on right now.

Speculation continues to abound, and we continue to wait, hopefully with everyone being masked and safe.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

A great finish to the Cardinal Couple Quiz yesterday on the topic of ACC opponents.  Case, Jared, and myself all had pretty good outings, with Jared and Case finishing in a tie for the win.  As always it was a fun hour(ish) of sports analysis and recaps. Take the quiz and see if you can beat us. 

College eligibility decisions from the NCAA and the WNBA got a lot of the discussion time, but some other topics made it in there as well, including a couple of assistant coaching position announcements in the city.  Check out the fun below.


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