Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Lady Cards Make History

One day after Louisville's men's team watched their final four dreams crash like pookie when the crack was all gone. The Lady Cards kept the schools final four and championship dreams alive beating the #1 seed Maryland to advance to the final four in St. Louis for the first time in school history.

Louisville wasn't intimidated by Maryland's top seed as the Lady Cards came out firing on the Terps and never looked back. Superstar and all everything Angel McCoughtry led the Cards with her 3rd straight 20 plus game, putting up a game high 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. McCoughty wasn't alone in this game though. Fellow Senior Candyce Bingham had 15 points and Deseree Byrd added 17 points and nine assists.

The Lady Cards forced Maryland into 21 turnovers and held them to just 38% shooting for the game. Louisville outrebounded the Terps 37-35 (Cards had 16 offensive rebounds) and collected 12 steals as a team (Bingham and McCoughtry with 3 each). Maryland had no answer, like everyone else but UCONN this year, for Louisville's 2-2-1 press and spread offense.

With just under 3 minutes to play, Maryland made their final push at the Cards but it and the game was slammed shut as Angel spotted up for three (her only one, 1-6 for the game) to put the Cards up 65-52 and seal the deal on Louisville's first final four.

Congrats to coach Jeff Walz and the Lady Cards. They will now wait and play the winner of Oklahoma and Purdue on Sunday, April 5th.

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