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.
This week…..on 55…..
As we come down to the last few episodes of 55, it’s only fitting that the end of the basketball season is near too. I just wish there was something to talk about. Oh yeah…we get uk again! So in the spirit of revenge on those we despise more than Digger Phelps (I may have went too far) here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.
1) On Thursday night we opened up our defense of the National Championship with a tough game vs the Manhattan Jaspers, coached by former Louisville asst coach Steve Masiello. I like to believe we played the basketball version of a game called chess. Rick didn’t want to embarrass Mass so we played tit-for-tat (lol) and won the game when we needed to. Played smothering defense as well.
3) Well that had the opposite effect than I intended
4) Nevertheless, we move onto our next conquest which are the mighty Billikens of Saint Louis. Top 10 team at times this year, former conference foes…what could scare us about the Billikens?
6) Oh yeah..That was creepy….in more ways then one
7) I digress
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).
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.
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.
Here is what happened the weekend of Friday November 15th through Sunday November 17th around CardNation
Friday November 15th
Men’s Cross Country: Tyler Byrne and Ernest Kibet each ran to top-15 finishes to lead the University of Louisville men’s cross country team to a 10th-place showing at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday afternoon in Earlysville, Va. Byrne and Kibet each earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors for the first time in their respective careers after finishing in the top 30. Byrne finished 10th and clocked a school-record 29:16.1 in the 10K. It’s the second-consecutive meet that Byrne has broken a Louisville school record after he set the 8K mark en route to winning the American Athletic Conference title.
*University of Louisville cross country’s Tyler Byrne and Ernest Kibet received at-large bids to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced on Saturday.
Women’s Cross Country: Louisville was without two of its top runners in freshmen Adair Gennocro and Agnes Chepchumba, who missed their first races of the year with an injury. Each has registered a pair of top-10 finishes and the duo earned all-conference honors at the AAC Championships in early November. Michelle Molodynia, Kelsey Cramsey, and Megan Klein completed the Cardinals’ five scoring runners.
Here is what happened the weekend of Friday November 8th through Sunday November 10th around CardNation:
Friday November 8th
Women’s Volleyball: Senior outside hitter Emily Juhl had 17 kills to help the University of Louisville remain unbeaten at 12-0 in the American Athletic Conference as they held off a determined University of Houston in five sets, 25-17, 25-18, 13-25, 23-25, 15-6. Brooke Mattingly added 10 kills and Janelle Jenkins pitching in 11 kills. Maya McClendon and Katie George each had double-doubles for Louisville with 10 kills and 20 digs and 34 assists and 18 digs, respectively. Caitlin Welch led the Cards with 25 digs, including her 2,000th career dig, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish that feat.
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.
The success in UofL athletics just continues to happen. Here are some things to get you caught up!
*Rick Pitino took some friends fishing in the Bahamas. With the lucky streak he is on, this happened. That is an 80 pound marlin! So just like everyone else in Major League Baseball, Pitino decided it would be fun to dominate the Marlins.