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Louisville Men’s Basketball #7 in AP Poll; Women are #12

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

The Louisville Cardinals have both of their basketball teams ranked in the Top 15 of the AP poll. The men jumped up 1 spot this week to #7, and the women stayed put at #12.

The men (1-0) have two games this week. Tonight they face Jacksonville State at 7:00 and Friday they play Marshall at 9:00. Both games are at home. The women (2-0) host Belmont on Thursday at 7:00.

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Louisville Women’s Basketball Picked 3rd in ACC

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

The ACC released their preseason picks for many different categories like Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, how the teams will finish, and more. One positive about the Cards being in the ACC is not having to be in the same conference as UConn. However, Notre Dame is still a very formidable league opponent.

Coach Jeff Walz has his Louisville Cardinals right there on the doorstep of a National Championship. Recruiting has never been better for the women’s basketball team, so things are only getting better. The Cards were picked to finish 3rd in the ACC this season. Here are the rest of the preseason categories.

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Jeff Walz Putting Together a Loaded 2015 Class

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

It is easy to just get wrapped up in the recruiting for men’s basketball and football. And in both of those sports, the Cards are doing very well. However, it is about time to start taking a look at what Jeff Walz is doing for the future of the women’s basketball team. He is putting together a class that will likely be in the top 3, and could possibly be #1 when it’s all said and done. That is pretty good for a team that was playing their home games in Cardinal Arena not too long ago.

ProspectsNation.com is a great resource for women’s basketball recruiting. According to their rankings, the Cards have one 5-star player and four 4-star players in the 2015 class. Asia Durr is obviously the gem of the group, but right now the LOWEST ranked commit is 36th in the country! Pretty impressive.

Class Year Overall Rank Position Rank Nat’l Rating Pos Name Statesort icon HT/PPG School
2015 1 1
G
Asia Durr Georgia 5’10″/ L’ville
2015 12 5
G
Taja Cole Virginia 5’8″/ L’ville
2015 23 6
G
Brianna Jones New York 5’9″/ L’ville
2015 26 5
F
Samantha Fuehring New Jersey 6’2″/ L’ville
2015 36 8
P
Erin DeGrate Texas 6’5″/ L’ville

ESPN.com also puts together rankings for women’s basketball recruiting. When you look at that, you see that four out of the five commits are 5-stars! Here is how their list looks…

Asia Durr – #2 overall; 5-star player

Taja Cole – #29 overall; 5-star player

Erin DeGrate – #41 overall; 5-star player

Brianna Jones – #43 overall; 5-star player

Samantha Fuehring – #65 overall; 4-star player

All of this is coming on the heels of the 8th ranked class in 2014 according to ESPN. It’s only a matter of time. That National Championship is coming…

Jeff Walz Lands Another 4-star Recruit

Scout.com

Scout.com

Jeff Walz is putting together one heck of a class for the University of Louisville. The latest is 4-star forward Samantha Fuehring, who stands at 6’3. She plays at Immaculate Conception High School in New Jersey and is the 26th best player in the country according to ProspectsNation.com.

Women’s Basketball Releases 2014-15 Schedule

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

Yesterday the University of Louisville released the 2014-15 schedule for the women’s basketball team. As much as you hear about Rick Pitino and now Bobby Petrino, Jeff Walz is absolutely getting it done on the women’s side of things. If you are like me, you just get the feeling that he is knocking on the door of bringing a National Championship to Louisville. One great thing about being in the ACC will mean that UConn is not in the conference. However, you will surely still see them at some point in the tournament, but that’s ok. Walz will get the job done sooner rather than later.

“This competition is one of the reasons our program is so excited about going into the ACC,” head coach Jeff Walz said. “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.”

Need ticket information? This comes from UofL:

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Asia Durr, top women’s player, chooses Louisville

Photo: ESPN.com

Photo: ESPN.com

Jeff Walz just picked up what some people are saying is his biggest recruit ever! Asia Durr, ranked the #1 player in the country by many scouting services, has committed to Louisville over women’s basketball powerhouses Notre Dame, Baylor, Duke, and Maryland.

Durr is a 5’10 point guard from Douglasville, Georgia. ESPN ranks her as the top point guard in the country and the #2 player overall, and a 5-star player obviously.

As good as she is on the court, it appears Walz is getting one heck of a person off the court too. This from ESPN.com:

In addition, Durr, who carries a 3.2 GPA and is interested in studying sports management, is active in her community.

She has volunteered on behalf of the Shoes For Haiti campaign and has written letters to U.S. troops as part of the Works of Mercy service program. She has helped the homeless, working with the Destiny World Church ministry, and the hungry as part of the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

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Jeff Walz Gets a Big Commitment

Photo: wacotrib.com

Photo: wacotrib.com

Jeff Walz has just landed a big time commitment for the class of 2015. Erin DeGrate, a 6’4 (or 6’5 on some sites) center from Waco, Texas, was visiting Louisville this past weekend. She got back home to Texas and made her commitment official to the Cards. ProspectsNation.com ranks her as the 8th best center in the class, and the 36th best player overall.

In the end, DeGrate chose Louisville over offers from Baylor, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Washington, and Kansas.

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!

55 (Episode 17)

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This week…..on 55…..

We talk about huge basketball wins, Women’s Basketball advancing to the AAC tourney final, Sr night and the end of 55? And much, much more.  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) For all that have been asking, Mom got out of the hospital this weekend, your prayers were appreciated and mine were answered. Thank you guys so much…..

2) Saturday was Sr night for the winningest Senior class in UofL Men’s Basketball history….Thanks go out to each and every one of you guys.

3) Here is a personal thanks to each of you individually

4)

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

5) Tim Henderson: Wichita…the kid got a nickname! Without a doubt the 2nd biggest inspiration during the tourney run last year behind Kevin Ware. This guy was always underappreciated by the fanbase and always worked so hard.

He got in and extended our title run with 2 shots that will go down in Louisville history. Tim, as one of your biggest skeptics the first 2.5 years I wanna say thank you for all you have done. Maybe this year we can use some more Wichita magic!

6) svt

7) Stephan Van Treese: SVT, SVB, VAN BEAST, Big Hustle. The man of many nicknames for many UL fans. One of the few guys that I can remember who gave his all every single play. Another key factor to our success. You need a hustle play and he will take care of it for you.

A member of one of the most troubled recruiting classes we have had along side of Swop, Marra & Buckles…Siva was fine as we know…SVT decided to come back this year and make it count and boy did we ever need him. Big Hustle, to you I salute you sir!

8)

Luke Hancock

Luke Hancock

9) Luke Hancock: Lukeeeeeeeeeee (11 e’s because he is #11, duh) Luke is without a shadow of a doubt the most impactful transfer I can remember with Clifford Rozier being my #1 prior. The guy who single handedly turned around the NCAA title game after we got Spike’d (I still don’t believe it).

and just like that, and a Trezl dunk, in a blink of an eye Louisville came back to beat Michigan for it’s 3rd NCAA title. Thank you to the M.O.P. of the NCAA Final Four Luke Hancock. After losing his dad and playing for our country this past summer, Luke looks like he’s in Luke Tourney form from last year. Thanks again Luke….you will be remembered forever….

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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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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.

Women's bracket

Women’s Basketball picked 2nd in American Athletic Conference

Shoni Schimmel

The Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team was picked to finish 2nd this season in the American Athletic Conference behind defending National Champion UConn. Here is the official press release from GoCards.com.

The University of Louisville women’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference regular-season title. The selection was made by the league’s 10 head coaches, who were not permitted to select their own teams. Shoni Schimmel, Antonita Slaughter and Sara Hammond were selected to the preseason all-conference team.

Louisville was picked to finish second in The American after the Cardinals finished last year as the national runner up. Preseason All-Conference selections Slaughter and Schimmel return to lead the team as seniors this season. Schimmel led the team last year with 14.2 ppg and 136 assists, while Slaughter was third on the team with 10.1 ppg and a .358 3-point shooting percentage. Hammond, also an All-Conference honoree, was second on the team with 10.8 ppg and averaged a team-leading 6.4 rebounds per game.

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6th ranked Women’s Basketball takes on 5-0 Gonzaga

The 6th ranked UofL Women’s Basketball team (4-0) defeated UCF last night 94-73. They are playing in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Tonight, the Cards battle Gonzaga (5-0). The game tips off at 9:30 pm ET and can be heard on 790 WKRD AM radio. If they win, they will take on the winner of Oregon State and Winthrop in the Championship game!

 

Women’s Basketball: schedule change for the UK game

The women’s basketball game against Kentucky on Sunday December 2 was originally scheduled for 2:00 pm. That game will now start at 6:00 pm and be shown on ESPNU and aired on 790 WKRD radio.

Another schedule change is the EKU game on Wednesday November 28th. It will now tip at 7:30 pm and not 7:00 pm.

The 8th ranked Cards next game will be on Thursday at 8:00 pm at Austin Peay.

Friday UofL sports recap!

Friday was a busy day for UofL teams. Here is a quick rundown of the action!

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Friday’s UofL sports schedule!

We all know it is the best time to be a Cards fan. This is a very busy weekend, highlighted by football and basketball. But here is the schedule for today. A huge pair of home UofL games with Volleyball and Women’s Basketball! Go Cards!

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Women’s Basketball has HUGE season opener on Friday!

 

On Friday night, the 9th ranked UofL Women’s Basketball team will host 12/15 ranked Texas A&M (2010-11 National Champion) at 7 pm at the KFC Yum! Center! Fans can show their Kroger card and get a ticket for only $2! That is an awesome deal! Also, fans are encouraged to wear red! Let’s get this season started right, and help the Women’s Basketball team get the #1 attendance in the nation!

Game Information – Louisville vs. Texas A&M
When: Nov. 9, 7 p.m., ET
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.
Television: WHAS (Channels 11.2, Insight 432, Comcast 207) with Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Kent Spencer (color).
Radio: WKRD 790 AM with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (color) Series Record: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Nov. 15, 2011 – Texas A&M won 76-58 in College Station, Texas
First Meeting: Dec. 4, 1992 – Louisville won 63-59 in the Illini Classic

Women’s Basketball: Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll and Player Awards!

The Big East held their media day today for women’s basketball, and here are the coaches’ picks for the preseason awards!

 

2012-13 Preseason Coaches Poll

                                                                  

1. Connecticut (12) 194
2. Notre Dame (3) 182
3. Louisville 167
4. St. John’s 144
5. Rutgers 143
6. DePaul 138
7. Syracuse 105
8. Georgetown 104
9. USF 97
10. Villanova 78
11. Marquette 75
12. Cincinnati 61
13. Pittsburgh 31
  Seton Hall 31
15.  Providence 25

 

Player Awards

Preseason Player of the Year
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Sr., G

Preseason Freshman of the Year
*Breanna Stewart, Connecticut, Fr., F

Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut, Jr., C
*Bria Hartley, Connecticut, Jr., G
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, So., F
*Anna Martin, DePaul, Sr., G
*Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Sr., G
*Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, Jr., G
*Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Sr., G
Monique Oliver, Rutgers, Sr., F/C
Nadirah McKenith, St. John’s, Sr., G
Shenneika Smith, St. John’s, Sr., G
Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, Sr., C

Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Monique Reid, Louisville, Sr., F
Laura Sweeney, Villanova, Sr., F

Women’s Basketball: Season tickets on sale now!

By Justin Renck:

UofL Women’s Basketball season tickets are now on sale, and there are some great deals! There are a variety of packages you can purchase, starting at $40.

The Cards will play 18 home games, including the season-opener against 2011 National Champion Texas A&M and the Battle of the Bluegrass against Kentucky. Full schedule here.

Louisville returns most players from the 2011-12 team that went 23-10 (10-6 Big East) and made it to the NCAA Second Round. Monique Reid and Tia Gibbs looks to return to form after both missing most of last season with injuries. Shoni Schimmel also returns and looks to guide the Cards deeper into the NCAA tournament.

To purchase tickets call the UofL athletic ticket office at (502) 852-5151

Click the link below to view the seating chart with season ticket prices.

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Official UofL press release

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