POV | Don't Forget the Women (3/28/14)
Earlier this week, I praised the men's basketball teams from the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky for advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen. But I'd be remiss if I didn't point out the rest of the story.
Because, you see, both UK's and U of L's women's teams are also Sweet Sixteen survivors, with the Lady Cats preparing to take on Baylor tomorrow, while the Lady Cards will be playing in the regionals this weekend right here at home in the KFC Yum! Center.
The men's teams may get the lion's share of attention because of their long histories of success, but it would be wrong to overlook the accomplishments of the women, who have recently established their own traditions of excellence. U of L Coach Jeff Walz has already taken the Lady Cards to six NCAA tourneys in his seven years at the helm, with two Championship game appearances. And this is UK Coach Matthew Mitchell's fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, having reached the regional finals in three of the past four years.
These are stellar accomplishments by some truly gifted student-athletes, and they deserve as much respect as the men. No matter how tonight's Pitino-Calipari showdown turns out, the women of both schools will still be alive and kicking in their own quest for a national title, and real sports fans would be foolish not to pay close attention.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.
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