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Three Cards selected in WNBA Draft

Shoni SchimmelAntonita SlaughterAsia Taylor

The WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Uncasville, Connecticut and three Louisville Cardinals were among the 36 players drafted. Shoni Schimmel was picked 8th overall by the Atlanta Dream, which means that she will be on the same team as Angel McCoughtry. If there was ever a WNBA team for the city of Louisville to get behind, I think we have found one in Atlanta.

Just when it looked like Shoni may be the only Card to get drafted, the last two picks were all Louisville. At pick #35, the Los Angeles Sparks drafted Antonita Slaughter. Then to finish the draft with pick #36, the Minnesota Lynx picked up Asia Taylor.

Louisville was the only school to have 3 players get drafted on Monday night.

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Shoni Schimmel Invited to WNBA Draft

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Press release from UofL:

Louisville, Ky. – Louisville All-American Shoni Schimmel is one of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Monday, April 14, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage of the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m.

Joining Schimmel is Baylor’s Odyessey Sims, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut’s Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, and Notre Dames’s Natalie Achonwa and guard Kayla McBride. Rounding out the list players are guards Chelsea Gray (Duke), and Meighan Simmons (Tennessee); forwards Natasha Howard (Florida State) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland); and center Markeisha Gatling (North Carolina State).

The Connecticut Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after garnering the top selection in this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired on ESPN’s SportsCenter in December. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth), and Indiana Fever (fifth).

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$10 Upper Arena Seats Available for Women’s Regional

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From UofL:

Tickets in the upper arena for both games in Sunday’s NCAA Regional semifinal games held at the KFC Yum! Center will be on sale for $10.  Top seed Tennessee will face No. 4 seed Maryland at noon, while No. 3 seeded Louisville will face No. 7 seed LSU at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Limited lower-arena seats and terrace seats are still available for $25 to both games, while single game tickets are available for $15. 

Tickets can be purchased at the arena box office and through ticketmaster.

Final Women’s AP Poll

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AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Connecticut (36) 34-0 900
2 Notre Dame 32-0 864
3 Tennessee 27-5 795
4 Louisville 30-4 778
5 Baylor 29-4 741
6 Stanford 29-3 728
7 West Virginia 29-4 674
8 South Carolina 27-4 665
9 Duke 27-6 608
10 Kentucky 24-8 565
11 Maryland 24-6 535
12 North Carolina 24-9 499
13 Nebraska 25-6 474
14 Penn State 22-7 408
15 Texas A&M 24-8 407
16 North Carolina State 25-7 367
17 Purdue 21-8 261
18 Gonzaga 29-4 253
19 Iowa 26-8 230
20 Michigan State 22-9 210
21 Oklahoma State 23-8 187
22 Middle Tennessee 29-4 173
23 DePaul 27-6 142
24 California 21-9 63
25 USC 22-12 60
  • Others receiving votes: Chattanooga 48, Oregon State 37, Rutgers 8, Bowling Green 5, Marist 4, Brigham Young 3, James Madison 3, Arizona State 3, St. John’s 2
  • Dropped from rankings: Bowling Green 25

Watch the Women’s Selection Show Tonight at the KFC Yum! Center

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Join Jeff Walz and the women’s basketball team as they watch the women’s selection show tonight at the KFC Yum! Center. All of the details are on the picture, and as you can see, $2 beers, so enjoy!

Women’s Basketball AP Poll 3-10-14

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Here is the updated Women’s AP poll updated as of 3/10/14:

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Connecticut (36) 33-0 900
2 Notre Dame 32-0 864
3 Louisville 30-3 799
4 Tennessee 27-5 784
5 West Virginia 29-3 719
6 Stanford 29-3 711
7 Baylor 28-4 698
8 South Carolina 27-4 665
9 Duke 27-6 607
10 Kentucky 24-8 563
11 Maryland 24-6 537
12 North Carolina 24-9 504
13 Nebraska 25-6 464
14 Penn State 22-7 408
15 Texas A&M 24-8 402
16 North Carolina State 25-7 374
17 Purdue 21-8 247
18 Gonzaga 27-4 229
19 Iowa 26-8 226
20 Michigan State 22-9 210
21 Oklahoma State 23-8 203
22 Middle Tennessee 26-4 180
23 DePaul 25-6 115
24 California 21-9 64
25 Bowling Green 27-3 49
  • Others receiving votes: USC 48, Chattanooga 45, Oregon State 35, Brigham Young 15, Rutgers 11, Arizona State 9, UTEP 5, James Madison 3, Marist 3, St. John’s 2, LSU 2
  • Dropped from rankings: Rutgers 24

WBB: Louisville vs UConn – Part 3

Chris Graythen/Getty Images; Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Chris Graythen/Getty Images; Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Jeff Walz and the Louisville Cardinals will get another shot at the top ranked and undefeated UConn Huskies on Monday night in the Championship game of the AAC Tournament. Last Monday, UConn defeated Louisville 68-48 at the KFC Yum! Center. Back in February in Storrs, UConn won 81-64. Everyone knows this will be a tall task for the Cards.

“We know in order to beat them we have to play a great game at the defensive end of the floor because they score so well. We’ll have to figure out a way to score. You’ve got to put 70 on the board yourself and I don’t think they’ve allowed 70 all year.”

In their first matchup, UConn’s Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 10 rebounds. A week ago in the last meeting she had 22 points and 14 rebounds. Even with those big numbers, she has only shot a combined 18-41 (43.9%) in those two games. It just seems like the shots that she does hit are at crucial times in the game and they feel bigger.

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Men’s And Women’s Basketball Senior Day Ceremony And Speeches

Here is the video of the Senior Day festivities for the Men’s team for those of you that didn’t get to see it or want to see it again. Enjoy!

 

Here’s the Women’s:

*Video Courtesy of UofL

Women’s Basketball AAC Regular Season Awards Announced

Press release from TheAmerican.org

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The American Athletic Conference announced its annual women’s basketball awards to cap the 2013-14 season and kick off the American Women’s Basketball Championship in Uncasville, Conn., March 7-10.

The All-Conference First Team spans student-athletes from six schools and is highlighted by five players who were unanimous first team selections: Stefanie Dolson (UConn), Bria Hartley (UConn), Breanna Stewart (UConn), Shoni Schimmel (Louisville) and Keena Mays (SMU).

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UConn senior Stefanie Dolson earned American Defensive Player of the Year honors while Louisville senior Asia Taylor was chosen as the American Most Improved Player of the Year. Dolson and Louisville redshirt senior Tia Gibbs shared American Sportsmanship Award accolades and Temple junior Rateska Brown was tabbed the American Sixth Player of the Year.

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Women’s Basketball AAC Tournament Bracket

Here is the bracket for the women’s basketball American Athletic Conference Tournament. It will be held March 7-10 in (you guessed it) Connecticut. It will be at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Women’s Basketball: #3 Louisville hosts #1 UConn Monday night!

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Press release from UofL:

The third ranked Cardinals will host top ranked Connecticut in the KFC Yum! Center on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. The game is part of ESPN’s Big Monday and will air on ESPN2. It can also be heard live on the Cards Radio with Matt Andrews and Adrienne Johnson, carried locally on WKRD 790 AM.

The Cardinals enter the game with an overall record of 28-2 and a league record of 16-1. Tia Gibbs scored 17 points as the Cardinals beat the Bearcats 75-51 Saturday in Fifth Third Arena. Antonita Slaughter added 14 points, Asia Taylor finished with 12 and Shoni Schimmel scored 10, helping keep alive Louisville’s bid for a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.

Louisville is led in scoring by Schimmel, who averages 17.2 points per game. Taylor ranks second on the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game. Sara Hammond rounds out the top scorers with 11.2 points per game. Taylor leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 7.2 boards per game. Hammond is second on the team in rebounding with 6.5 boards per game.

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Jeff Walz Named Team Assistant for USA Women’s Basketball U18 National Team

Jeff Walz

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Press release from UofL:

Louisville, Ky. – Louisville head coach Jeff Walz was named an assistant coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team, USA Basketball announced today. Walz will assist head coach Dawn Staley, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and University of South Carolina head coach. Michigan’s Kim Barnes-Arico will also join them on the sideline as an assistant.

The trio will lead the USA at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship (dates and site TBA), which will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.

“I am honored to have been selected to represent USA basketball as an assistant coach for the U18 Women’s National Team,” Walz said. “Since beginning in this profession, the realization of this endeavor has been a life-long ambition. I am thrilled to be amongst some of the greatest collegiate coaches and hope to contribute both on and off the court. I appreciate USA Basketball for recognizing my passion and will work diligently to help mentor and coach some of the most talented young women in the game.”

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Louisville-UConn Women’s Basketball Game Nearly Sold Out!

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Press release from UofL:

Louisville, Ky. – A limited number of tickets are remaining for the final University of Louisville women’s basketball home game against top-ranked UConn. The only tickets that remain are upper level seats for $5.

The UConn game is Senior Night for seniors Tia GibbsShoni SchimmelAntonita Slaughter and Asia Taylor. Head Coach Jeff Walz and the Cardinals will hold a pregame ceremony for all four seniors in their final regular season home game at the KFC Yum! Center.

The game is also Native American Appreciation Night, to honor some of Louisville’s most dedicated fans. The first 500 fans will receive a free turquoise shirt. The t-shirt symbolizes the support and friendship of the Native American community for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team and Shoni andJude Schimmel. So far over 1,000 tickets have been sold to Native Americans from 38 different states for the game.

Tickets are on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets at ticket counters at statewide Kroger locations.

Women’s AP Top 25 (Feb 24)

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz cheers on his team during the first half of their NCAA Women's New Orleans Regional basketball game

Here is the new AP Poll:

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Connecticut (36) 28-0 900
2 Notre Dame 27-0 864
3 Louisville 27-2 804
4 South Carolina 25-2 775
5 Stanford 26-2 764
6 Baylor 24-3 737
7 Duke 24-4 680
8 Penn State 21-5 615
9 Maryland 22-5 605
10 Tennessee 22-5 585
11 West Virginia 24-3 555
12 Kentucky 20-7 444
13 North Carolina State 23-5 423
14 North Carolina 21-7 412
15 Oklahoma State 21-5 408
16 Nebraska 20-5 367
17 Texas A&M 21-7 354
18 California 20-7 306
19 Purdue 20-7 233
20 Arizona State 22-6 230
21 Michigan State 18-8 165
22 Gonzaga 24-4 124
23 Middle Tennessee 23-4 96
24 Rutgers 20-6 59
25 Iowa 21-7 46
  • Others receiving votes: LSU 35, Dayton 23, Chattanooga 16, Bowling Green 14, DePaul 13, James Madison 12, St. John’s 10, Oregon State 8, Brigham Young 6, Vanderbilt 5, Syracuse 4, UTEP 2, Georgia Tech 1
  • Dropped from rankings: LSU 19, St. John’s 22

Walz lands commitment from 5* point guard Taja Cole

Taja Cole

 

Photo from fullcourt.com

Jeff Walz got a big commitment today when 5-star point guard Taja Cole (Class of 2015) gave her verbal pledge to the Cards. Cole is rated as the 17th best player in the entire class of 2015. She is 5’7 and from Richmond, Virginia.

ESPN has these notes about her: Explosively athletic lead guard defends, anticipates, converts in pressure; a disruptive defender; elevates in mid-range attack, splits double teams, finishes in traffic with body control. (Olson) 

This season she is averaging 15.7 points and 6.6 assists per game for Lloyd C. Bird High School, who is ranked 32nd in the state of Virginia. Check out highlights of the lefty below.

Walz has already signed a great class for 2014, getting 5 players from the ESPN Top 100. Louisville has the 8th best class according to ESPN.

Myisha Hines-Allen: 5-star 6’1 wing, McDonald’s All-American

Mariya Moore: 5-star 6’0 wing, McDonald’s All-American

Sydney Brackemyre: 5-star wing, 6’0

Arica Carter: 4-star guard, 5’8

Ariana Freeman: 4-star wing, 5’11

55 (Episode 13)

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This week…..on 55…..

We talk 2014 Football signing class, emoticons and emoji, The valiant effort of the Women’s Basketball team (Not Lady Cards, been trying to spread the word coach) to a surprise for the loyal readers of 55, and so much more. Here’s a little backstory on this week’s 55 pic. The above picture is a speed limit sign from the frigid snow engulfed areas of Northern Wisconsin. Their motto is drive under 55 and you may stay alive. I wish I was kidding, I am not at all. We are doing our next #CardFam Lunch this Sunday at noon at BW3’s on Dixie, all are welcome, just DM me and let me know for head count purposes. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55

1) I am starting a promotion for my loyal and wonderful supporters of the #55movement (Just made that up). Starting next Monday I will let you guys write a portion of 55. Just tweet me #First15 and I will let you write the first 15 lines of 55. It’s that simple. Shoutout to @TurtleBITW for getting my brain turning and coming up with this idea. Everyone will get to do it. I will randomize the order. That easy.

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3) I did NOT get the idea from this book

4) Speaking of

5) I posed a question on Twitter last night about whether or not dudes should send other dudes smiley faces or tongue sticking out faces or emojis or emoticons in general. I said RT for Yes and Fav for No. I had a few speak on it instead of following Twitter survey etiquette but here is the question and results.

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7) No RT and all favorites…

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9) Haha indeed

10) I had a friend tell me I needed emoji for dummies….But “he” uses them and knew the name of the book….

11) >__<

12) Moving forward

13) Today Greg Brown, an NFL coaching veteran and former collegiate defensive coordinator, has joined the University of Louisville football’s coaching staff as the safeties coach and recruiting coordinator. Brown spent 15 years in the NFL before going to Alabama in 2013 as secondary coach under Nick Saban.

14) Kelsi Jones was named the inaugural AAC Player of the Week as UofL Softball started the season with a tough 3-2 record on the weekend. It doesn’t get any easier this weekend heading to Jacksonville with games against #17 Mizzou, #36 Notre Dame & #39 North Carolina. Good Luck girls!

15) On Sunday the Women’s Tennis team annihilated Conference foe Cincy 7-0 at home. The Cards are on a 3 match winning streak and will head to Wisconsin Friday.

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55 (Episode 12)

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This week…..on 55…..

Additions, Subtractions, Super Bowl & JC Penneys? Yeah I try to cover it all. From people going crazy on me to signing day to the omission of a certain someone, it’s here. A powerful and swift campaign swept twitter last Tuesday and you know what? It worked. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55

That is a pic of my Doss Jersey in case you were wondering, if you weren’t then I challenge your existence

1) This

Breno Scruggs

2) Louisville First, Cards FOREVER….never forget

3) Hopefully some of the recruits out there who are still deciding pay attention to this

4) Speaking of recruits

5) Trumaine Washington

6) That’s how you show love guys! Click here for more on Trumaine

7) LuKayus Mcneil (click here for more)

8) Charles Standberry (click here for more) No tweets from today

9)  Quincy McKinney

10) So for all of you guys that doubted coach P, we just jumped up into the top 35-40 when some of ya’ll said we would be 70th

11) shaq

12) I tried to tell them Shaq

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Shoni Schimmel makes school record nine 3-pointers!

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The Louisville women’s basketball team beat Memphis on Sunday 88-61. That improved their record to an amazing 20-1 and 8-0 in conference play. And that wasn’t even the main story of the day. Shoni Schimmel made a school record nine 3-pointers on her way to 29 points in only 27 minutes. The old record of 8 belonged to…Shoni Schimmel.

She made 8 of the 3-pointers in the first half, and with the game in hand, sat for the final 8:55 of the game. She made the 9 3-pointers on only 12 attempts, which is even more impressive.

Coach Jeff Walz praised Schimmel’s shot selection.

“What excites me for her is she’s scored this much before in the past, but it’s normally taken here 20, 25 shots,” he said. “She took 16 shots tonight … there weren’t many that were forced. That was the same way at Houston and SMU. She’s starting to let the game come to her.”

Here are the highlights from the game.

*Some info from gocards.com, photo courtesy of espn.com

Don’t Forget! #5 Cards vs UCF Tonight WBB

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz cheers on his team during the first half of their NCAA Women's New Orleans Regional basketball game

PRESS RELEASE

The fifth ranked Louisville women’s basketball will host the UCF at the KFC YUM! Center on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WHAS (Channels 11.2, Time Warner 432, Comcast 207).  The game can also be heard live on the Cards Radio with Matt Andrews and Adrienne Johnson, carried locally on WKRD 790 AM.

The Cardinals enter the game with an overall record of 16-1 and a perfect 4-0 record in conference play. Schimmel scored 25 points, five in them in the final seven minutes to help Louisville hold off USF 62-54 to remain unbeaten in American Athletic Conference play. Schimmel’s three-point play finished an 11-1 run that enabled the Cardinals to take control for good after USF trimmed what had been a 17-point second-half deficit to 49-47 with 7:06 remaining, but that was as close as the Bulls would get before Sara Hammond and Schimmel took over down the stretch. Hammond began the spurt with a 3-point play and finished with 14 points.

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Antonita Slaughter will miss remainder of season

Antonita Slaughter

Jeff Walz announced today that senior Antonita Slaughter will miss the rest of the season after it was discovered she has a blood clot in her lung. After she collapsed during Tuesday’s game, doctors ran numerous tests to figure out what was wrong. She will immediately begin taking blood thinners for this condition.

They still are not sure whether or not this will be a career-ending condition. Walz said “We’re not even discussing her basketball [career] at this point in time. We’re more concerned about her health in general and trying to find out why this happened Tuesday night.”

If there is good news in any of this, it is that Slaughter’s condition was discovered and they can now begin treatment, rather than something worse happening or the doctors not being able to figure out what was wrong. We wish Antonita a speedy recovery and hope that she can play basketball again one day.

Photo courtesy of USAToday.com
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