Saturday, March 28, 2009

Lady Cards Elite Eight Bound

The Lady Cards, like the men, dismantled their sweet sixteen opponent in the #2 seeded Baylor Lady Bears. Louisville dominated the entire game, rolling to a 56-39 win and sending them to the first regional championship game in school history.

Angel McCoughtry may have had a off day shooting the ball (10-28) but still managed 22 points and 12 rebounds. Not bad stats for someone who only went to the free throw line 3 times and was 0-6 from beyond the arc. She hit the shots when they were most needed though, as did fellow Senior Candyce Bingham. She and McCoughtry were the only Cards in double figures for the game. Bingham was Earl Clark like on the boards, grabbing 15 total, 7 of them on the offensive glass and knocked down a pair of critical 3-pointers during Louisville's decisive 12-0 spurt in the final eight minutes. Bingham would finish the game with 15 points and the Lady Cards closed the game and Baylor's season on an 18-2 run.

Baylor scored 39 points as a team. McCoughtry and Bingham combined for 37 by themselves. So it was obvious that the Louisville didn't need a lot of more help on the offensive side of the ball.

Jeff Walz has the Lady Cards playing maybe even better defense then Rick Pitino's men. Frustrating Baylor's guards the entire game. Forcing them (Baylor) to take rushed and challenged shots, if they weren't turning the ball over( Louisville scored 15 points off turnovers). The Lady Bears finished the game shooting just 25.5% (13-51) from the field. I am glad I watched this game cause if I hadn't watched it with my own eyes, I would have a hard time figuring out how a team, men or woman, ranked in the top 8 in the country could be held to just 25.5% for an entire game. Then again Villanova held Duke to 26% (16-60) in their sweet 16 match up.

With the win Louisville now will face the winner of the #1 seed Maryland and #4 Vanderbilt on Monday night.

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