The other side of sports

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By Josh Veatch

As a fan of sports, I find myself scouring the Internet looking at reports and stories about sports I am not familiar with. While doing this lately, I ran across a story that caught my attention. I am almost embarrassed to admit that I was unaware of this, but I was until I did a little investigating.
Nearly anyone living in Kentucky is a basketball fan; it’s in our blood. Either the Kentucky Wildcats or that “other” team, we support our team sometime to extreme measures. One thing that never really occurred to me is how much attention we, as basketball fans, pay to the men’s teams in our area. It’s a sad fact that women’s programs sometimes get overlooked, and there are prime examples close to home that prove that is not the way that it should be.
As I was skimming the Internet, I saw a headline that read, “Kentucky women win 15th straight, rout Missouri.” I thought to myself, “Wow, are they talking about the Kentucky Wildcats women’s basketball team?” So, I decided to do a little digging to see what I could find out. As I was digging around, it occurred to me how little attention I have paid to the women’s version of the team I love.
I didn’t know that Kentucky’s women’s team was ranked sixth in the country, or that they had won 15 straight games. I didn’t know that the women’s team had squeaked out a one-point win over Louisville’s women’s team earlier in the season, or that their lone loss came at the hands of Baylor. Doesn’t sound like a bad loss to me. Last I checked, Baylor had one player in particular that makes everybody look bad and are continuously ranked in the top three in the country.
I should have been more aware of the Kentucky women’s team. After all, two Lady Knights are signed to play basketball there. I kind of feel a bit embarrassed that I knew as little as I did about this team. There’s only one way to remedy this problem, and I plan to start to keep a closer tab on the Kentucky women’s team.
Changing gears a bit, let’s talk about another women’s team. The Dayton Flyers, current home of former Lady Knight Bre Elder, are also making strides on the national scene. They have lost just one game, and are ranked in the national polls. Currently, the Lady Flyers sit at No. 22 in the national polls.
Bre Elder is getting some playing time there as well. Elder has 134 minutes this season, is shooting 33 percent from the three-point line, and 83 percent from the free throw line. Elder has been able to score 21 points, accumulate 14 assists, grab 27 rebounds, and has nabbed three steals.
Don’t forget that on Feb. 3 at 11 a.m., Elder’s Dayton squad will take on Richmond, and that game will be televised on ESPNU.  
I guess that I need to keep myself updated on all aspects of the sports that I enjoy. In this line of work, it is my job after all.