Happy New Year Cardinal fans!
It's back to business for us. We brought home a win vs Temple on New Year's Day, and followed up 3 days later with a win at home vs Cincinnati. The girls started classes last Monday, so we're back to our regular class and practice schedule. Other than the -8 degree temperature we averaged here for two days last week, I guess I have no complaints.
What a win over South Florida last week. They are a tough team that leaves it all on the court every time we play them. They turned a 17-point lead in the second half into a 2-point game. I have to give them credit for that. And that's what we really have to work on - making sure we're playing a smooth, consistent, 40-minute game. We fouled USF way too much and as a result, gave them free-throws to make it a close game. But we stayed focused enough to take the win in their home arena. Antonita made her second appearance back, but Jude is still out with an ankle sprain. We hope to have her back on the court very soon. I'm fortunate to be coaching a team with great depth this year, but I also want to make sure that the girls are as healthy as can be for the AAC conference tournament and the NCAA tournament.
Tournament time is coming quickly. The NCAA announced that we (the city of Louisville) will be 1 of the 4 sites for the Women's Regionals round of the NCAA Tournament. Tickets are on sale now. The games will be held between March 29 and April 1. We hope to see you and everyone you know there. The team, staff and I are putting in the hours every single day to play at this site and have a hometown crowd pack out the KFC Yum! Center.
Until next time...
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