Louisville Women’s Bball Signing Day #hello

This week high school seniors were able to sign their Letter of Intent and commit to play basketball at the next level. The University of Louisville Women’s Basketball program signed another highly ranked class. To introduce the ladies of the class of 2016 to the rest of Card Nation, the coaching staff put together a pretty creative video. Great to see the personalities of the coaches on display.

You may never listen to Adele the same way.

ESPNW Features UofLWBB and Mariya Moore

10455072This past Sunday, the Louisville Women’s Basketball team overcame a 10 point deficit and a bunch of turnovers to defeat #17 ranked North Carolina. It was televised on ESPN2 and showed what a great program Louisville has. There were over 13,000 at the KFC Yum! Center to watch the game and cheer on the Cards. It’s a great environment for basketball.

The team responded well in the second half and were led by one of the freshmen, Mariya Moore. She had a great game and scored a season high 28 points. ESPNW featured Mariya and the team on their Weekend Wrap. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the article, you can see it on the ESPNW Weekend Wrap.

Freshmen Key to U of L Women’s Success

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The Louisville Women’s Basketball team starts their regular season play this week.  The Courier-Journal posted this article talking about the upcoming season and the role the freshmen will play on the team.

To replace what was probably the best group of seniors the University of Louisville women’s basketball program has ever known, coach Jeff Walz added one of the Cardinals’ best freshman classes.

The newcomers will get their chance to shine right away.

Walz, in his eighth year, signed five players, including McDonald’s All American Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore, in a 2014 class that ranked No. 5 nationally by ProspectsNation.com.

“We recruited these young ladies with the idea that they were going to have come in here as freshmen and contribute and compete, and all of them are doing that,” Walz said. “I’m really excited about that. We couldn’t afford to miss out on this recruiting class.”

Despite the change in identity, expectations remain high for U of L, which is No. 12 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 and picked to finish third behind Notre Dame and Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Hines-Allen, a 6-foot-2 forward from New Jersey, and Moore, a 5-11 wing from California, are candidates to start, helping fill the huge void left by departed seniors Shoni Schimmel, Antonita Slaughter, Asia Taylor and Tia Gibbs.

“Coach Walz said he doesn’t want any of our freshmen to act like freshmen or play like freshmen,” Hines-Allen said. “So we just have to be aware of who we’re playing and come with confidence every game, every practice. … We have to make a presence.”

Hines-Allen, who plays both forward positions, has impressed Walz with her rebounding and ability to finish around the basket. She can also make an occasional 3-pointer.

“Her physicality and ability to withstand contact and just embrace it is what’s going to give her the advantage and ability to play early,” he said.

Moore is an all-around player – a good shooter and passer who was a member of the U.S. U18 National Team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas tournament over the summer.

“I know I’m not going to be able to give them everything that they lost, but I just want to give everything that I can,” Moore said. “As many assists as I can give, defense around the court, anything.”

Hines-Allen and Moore are physically ready to contend with the contact, size and speed of the college game, but the other freshmen will need a bigger adjustment period.

Long Beach, Calif., point guard Arica Carter is a good defender and dribble penetrator who shapes up as the primary backup to Jude Schimmel, but she needs to gain strength to play major minutes.

Sydney Brackemyre of Ohio is a “stretch” power forward with good offensive skill and decision-making, and wing Ariana Freeman of Northern Virginia can carve a nice with rebounding and defense, the coach said.

“I’m confident that all five are going to be a big part of this team,” said Walz, adding that U of L’s five seniors, including Sara Hammond, have done a good job helping bring the freshmen along.

Last year’s seniors were responsible for 55 percent of the Cards’ scoring and 43 percent of their rebounding. They carried U of L to a 33-5 season and Elite Eight appearance a year after finishing as the national runner-up. They helped U of L to 107 victories over four years, and Schimmel, Taylor and Slaughter all were selected in the WNBA draft.

Schimmel left as the school’s No. 2 all-time scorer and leader in 3-pointers, and Walz hopes a collective effort of veterans and freshmen will offset the loss of a singular superstar.

“We’re not trying to just replace Shoni; we’re going to have kids that do different things,” Walz said. “We might not have someone as splashy as Shoni with the ball or being able to hit the stepback threes that she could, but I feel really good about our nucleus and the caliber of players we have right now.”

Hines-Allen was as big a fan as anyone of the Schimmel-led Cards last season. One reason she wanted to come to Louisville was to play the fast, exciting style U of L used to great success.

She thinks the new crop of Cards can keep the good times rolling.

“It was just like a show watching every last one of (last year’s seniors),” Hines-Allen said “… It’s going to different, but we can still wow the crowd.”

Strength

• Seniors Sara Hammond, Bria Smith and Jude Schimmel have played in a ton of big games, including the 2013 Final Four, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see any or all of them have a breakout season. Coach Jeff Walz has said he’d like all three to average 4-6 more points per game to offset the losses of last year’s stellar senior class that included All-American Shoni Schimmel. If Hammond – stronger than most smaller forwards but quicker than most bigger centers – has improved her shooting and ball-handling and cuts down on fouling, she could be one of the top players in the country. Walz seems confident that she’s developed the confidence and skills to be the Cardinals’ go-to player.

Weakness

• U of L goes from being one of the country’s most dangerous 3-point shooting teams to one of the most questionable. Departed seniors Shoni Schimmel (118), Antonita Slaughter (54) and Tia Gibbs (49) made 221 of U of L’s 257 3-pointers last year, and the ability of Schimmel – by far the school’s career leader in threes – to pull up from deep in transition or catch and shoot off screens is something this year’s team lacks. There’s not a proven dead-eye shooter on the roster. Jude Schimmel, who made 21 of 65 (32.3 percent) from beyond the arc last year, and Hammond, who made just 10 threes, will have to step up. A team that took 19 threes per game last season may take half that this season.

Keys to success

• U of L needs seniors Sheronne Vails and Shawnta’ Dyer, who both were sidelined with injury last season, to stay healthy and provide interior depth. At 6 feet 4, Vails is U of L’s tallest player and best shot-blocker. Dyer has played in just 26 games the past two years, but she’s one of the Cards’ best post scorers.

• Sophomore Emmonnie Henderson, whose improved conditioning has earned Walz’s praise, will need to be able to play for long stretches. She has the strength and athletic ability to be a major contributor.

Key newcomers

• Freshman forwards Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore were McDonald’s All Americans who might start from Day 1. Arica Carter will probably be the backup point guard. Ariana Freeman and Sydney Brackemyre figure to see spot duty.

Louisville Women’s Basketball TV Schedule

10455072I just saw a tweet with a link to an article on GoCards.com.

The article lists the various games that will be broadcast. There are a few games on ESPN2 and ESPN3. So, if you can’t make all the games during the season (like me), there will be some opportunities to watch at home! Go Cards!!

Here’s a copy of the article:

The University of Louisville women’s basketball program is gaining additional coverage for the 2014-15 season. The Cardinals are slated to have 22 of their games available either on television or online.

On Wednesday, it was announced that five of Louisville’s home games were selected to be broadcast on ESPN3. Games also are available on the UofL Sports Radio Network produced by Learfield Sports, including locally on WKRD (790 AM) in Louisville.

Since the 2010-11 season, Louisville has appeared on ESPN’s family of networks 45 times, including 21 last year.

The Cardinals’ contest against in-state foe Western Kentucky on Nov. 25 is the first to be produced on ESPN3 followed by the Dec. 4 matchup against Iowa, which serves as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Louisville’s next game, a Dec. 7 tilt against Kentucky in the Battle of the Bluegrass, also will be featured on ESPN3. It marks the 50th meeting between the two programs since women’s basketball became a varsity sport at Louisville in 1975.

The other two additional games available on ESPN’s digital platform come during league play. Entering their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Cardinals’ league opener against Georgia Tech on Jan. 2 as well as the Jan. 14 game against NC State both will air on ESPN3.

Prior to the announcement, seven of Louisville’s regular-season contests were tabbed for television in addition to an ESPN3 broadcast at Florida State on Jan. 22.

The Cardinals are scheduled to make two appearances on ESPN2’s Big Monday, first at Duke on Feb. 2 and then at Notre Dame on Feb. 23 in a Play 4Kay contest. Contests against Virginia (Jan. 18), Miami (Fla.) (Jan. 25), and Virginia (March 1) are slated for RSN/FOX, and the home game against North Carolina on Feb. 15 will be broadcast on ESPN2. Louisville’s road trip to Cal on Dec. 21 was picked up to be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

Louisville’s nine home games not selected for television coverage will be available to CardsTV subscribers through GoCards.com.

Louisville, ranked 12th in the Associated Press preseason poll, opens the 2014-15 campaign on the road at IUPUI on Nov. 14 before five-consecutive games at the KFC Yum! Center, beginning with UT Martin on Nov. 16.

Louisville WBB Schedule is Out

20130209-191655.jpgSome good news came out this week for Louisville Women’s Basketball (or at least for those of us who follow them). The full schedule came out a couple of days ago for the 2014-2015 season. This will be Louisville’s first season in the ACC and the competition will be tough every night. The schedule is below.

The Cardinal Sports Zone had an article on the schedule release and carried the following quote from Coach Walz: “The strength of this league from top to bottom is remarkable. We know we’re going to be tested every single night, and that’s only going to make us better as we prepare for postseason. I think our fans are in for a real treat with this schedule.”

You can view the schedule below.

In other related (and really good!) news, one of the top players in the class of 2015 committed to play ball for Louisville. Asia Durr, a guard from Georgia, picked Louisville over several other schools and joins a very strong class. She is ranked #1 or #2 by many services. She will come to Louisville with these three commits: Erin DeGrate, Taja Cole and Brianna Jones. You can read more at Inside The Ville and Prospects Nation.

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
11/14/14 at IUPUI Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
11/16/14 vs. TENNESSEE-MARTIN KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
11/20/14 vs. BELMONT KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
11/23/14 vs. BALL STATE KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
11/25/14 vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
11/28/14 vs. LAFAYETTE KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
11/30/14 at Valparaiso Valparaiso, Ind. TBA
ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
12/04/14 vs. IOWA KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
12/07/14 vs. KENTUCKY KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
12/15/14 vs. OLD DOMINION KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
12/18/14 at Grand Canyon Phoenix, Ariz. TBA
12/21/14 at California Berkeley, Calif. TBA
12/29/14 vs. EVANSVILLE KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
01/02/15 vs. GEORGIA TECH # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
01/04/15 at Pittsburgh # Pittsburgh, Pa. 2:00 p.m. ET
01/11/15 at Wake Forest # Winston-Salem, N.C. 2:00 p.m. ET
01/14/15 vs. NC STATE # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
01/18/15 vs. VIRGINIA # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 3:00 p.m. ET
01/22/15 at Florida State # TV Tallahassee, Fla. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/25/15 vs. MIAMI (FLA.) # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 5:00 p.m. ET
01/29/15 vs. SYRACUSE # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
02/02/15 at Duke # TV Durham, N.C. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/08/15 vs. PITTSBURGH # KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
02/12/15 at Clemson # Clemson, S.C. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/15/15 vs. NORTH CAROLINA # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 1:00 p.m. ET
02/19/15 at Virginia Tech # Blacksburg, Va. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/23/15 at Notre Dame # TV South Bend, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/26/15 vs. BOSTON COLLEGE # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
03/01/15 at Virginia # TV Charlottesville, Va. 1:00 p.m. ET
ACC TOURNAMENT
03/04/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/05/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/06/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/07/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/08/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA

 

5 Commits to Louisville WBB

20130209-191655.jpgSyd made her official visit to the University of Louisville, got to spend time with the team, check out the campus and get excited about her arrival next year. While there we were able to meet two of the young ladies who have also made a verbal commitment to play at U of L. Kind of hard to believe that this time next year they will all be teammates.

Over the weekend, Louisville Women’s Basketball picked up a fifth commitment in the class of 2014 – Arica Carter from California.

ESPN Hoop Gurlz has a list of all five of the girls who plan to be a part of CardNation. You can read more about each of the ladies on the ESPN website.

Scout.com also had an article on the five commits. You can check it out here.