The University of Louisville’s appearance in the College World Series will cap off a terrific 2016-17 season for the Cardinals. Lofty team finishes, impressive individual achievements and nationally recognized academic success have highlighted UofL’s extremely productive academic year.
18 NCAA PARTCIPANTS — Eighteen UofL sports – 10 men’s and eight women’s – had teams or individuals participate in NCAA postseason competition in 2016-17. Baseball has won a school-record 52 games and has advanced to its fourth College World Series, including its third in the last five years. UofL’s men’s soccer team was the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Championship and advanced to the Elite Eight. UofL’s women’s cross country advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history. Louisville’s women’s swimming team finished sixth in the nation with Mallory Comerford sharing the 200-free NCAA championship with Katie Ledecky. The Cardinals’ men’s swimming team finished 11th in the NCAA Championship.
The women’s basketball team began the season ranked in the top 10, but got off to a slow start, dropping 4 of their first 5 games. However, the Cards are now on a 9 game winning streak, including a 4-0 start in ACC play, and have made their way back into the Top 25. Up next is a trip to Virginia on Thursday at 7:00. Virginia is 12-5 overall, 2-1 in the ACC, and 8-2 at home.
The University of Louisville women’s basketball team defeated 18/16 ranked Duke on Sunday afternoon 65-48 for their 9th win in a row. They are now 4-0 in the ACC. After the game, Jeff Walz, Asia Durr, and Cortnee Walton spoke to the media about the game.
Louisville, KY – – It was a tale of two halves Sunday evening as the Cardinals rallied from 18 down in the third period to defeat the IUPUI Jaguars, 70-61.
Out of the gate, the Cardinals started out strong leading by as much as six points in the first period. However, an 11-0 run at the end of the first period put the Jaguars up 20-13.
IUPUI held Louisville scoreless for nearly five minutes over two periods and extended their lead by a smoldering 11 points.
A three point by Mariya Moore ended the drought for the Cardinals and cut the lead to eight with 8:28 left in the second period.
But the Cardinals could not gain momentum and quickly fell behind again.
CSZ contributor Paige Sherrard also writes for SB Nation’s Swishappeal.com and she recently wrote about the UofL women’s basketball team upset loss at Western Kentucky. The Cards dropped to 0-2 on the season and Jeff Walz was not happy with his team’s performance. Here is an excerpt from Paige’s article for Swishappeal.
The 8th ranked UofL women’s basketball team opened their season on Sunday with a 75-71 loss to California in front of an announced crowd of 16,254. Here is what Jeff Walz had to say after the game.
Jeff Walz and his staff had a huge day for the program, as they signed a top 5 class according to ESPNW/ESPN.com. Three of the five signees are 5-star players. Not too bad! The staff then participated in this video, which is reason enough to go out and support them this season.
Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz spoke to reporters on Wednesday afternoon about his team this season. Cortnee Walton and Taja Cole also had a few things to say.
The UofL women’s basketball team held their first practice on Wednesday afternoon. Jeff Walz should have his team ready for another big season, which is becoming the norm here in Louisville for the Cards. Sophomores Mariya Moore and Myisha Hines-Allen gave their comments afterwards.
Former Louisville Cardinal Angel McCoughtry had herself a nice night on Wednesday as she led Team USA to a 79-66 win over the Italian National Team in Rome. She scored a game-high 19 points after shooting 5-11 from the field and 9-9 from the free throw line.
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According to CBS Sports, the Louisville Cardinals had the second best 2014-15 season in college sports behind only Ohio State. Five sports were rated: football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, and a “wild card” sport. According to the article, the wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school’s following spectator sports: softball, men’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer or women’s gymnastics.
Here is a little more explanation of how this was calculated:
Man there is nothing like being a fan of the Louisville Cardinals. Thank you Mike (Crums Revenge); you have done it again.
The women’s basketball selection show took place on Monday night, and the Louisville Cardinals (25-6) learned they will be a 3 seed in the Albany, New York region. Their first game is Saturday at 4 pm ET in Tampa, Florida against the 14-seed BYU Cougars. The game will be shown on ESPN2. BYU is 23-9 this season and they won the WCC Tournament.
There is always a lot going on in the world of UofL sports. It is easy to just get caught up in men’s basketball this time of year, but there are plenty of other things going on. This is just a quick rundown of what is going on with the other teams. There will be links you can click on if you wish to read full press releases or recent stories from CSZ. If not, you will still have an idea of how the other teams are doing. Go Cards!
*At 23-6 they find themselves ranked 16th and 14th this week in the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll, respectively. They are still trying to get a double bye in the upcoming ACC Tournament. The last two games of the regular season are both at home, and they are tonight against Notre Dame (24-5, 12-4) and Saturday against Virginia (28-1, 16-1).
Another day, another couple of Louisville Cardinals earning ACC weekly honors. This time around it is baseball player Kyle Funkhouser and women’s basketball player Mariya Moore.
Funkhouser – ACC Pitcher of the Week
Kyle Funkhouser was named ACC Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Not only that, he was also named as a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The junior righthander gave up just one hit in seven shutout innings in Friday’s season opening 5-1 win over Alabama State. Funkhouser also added 12 strikeouts. He is now 19-4 in his collegiate career. Not too bad!
Great comeback win for the Cards over North Carolina. Haven’t we said that that already this season?
If you look outside, it is hard to believe that spring sports are underway for the University of Louisville. It is pretty obvious that the winter sports are in full swing. You probably know how the men’s basketball team is doing, and maybe even the women’s basketball team. I will quickly give you an update on how all of the sports teams for UofL are doing that are currently in action.
Click the links to read the full press releases from UofL.
*Men’s Basketball – After a home loss to NC State on Saturday, Louisville is now 20-5 and 8-4 in the ACC. Their next game is this Wednesday at Syracuse. They then return home to face Miami on Saturday.