The University of Louisville women’s basketball team had a pretty successful first round victory in the 2018 NCAA tournament. For a full recap click here.
But if you are more into pictures telling the story, you are in luck. For the first time ever at any UofL sporting event, the incomparable TJ Barr and I were both in attendance with our cameras. You will get a look at the game from both ends of the court. I present to you the WBB Mega-gallery.
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Jeff Walz may be a future Hall of Fame coach, and one of the best in the game, but his daughter is the real star of the family.
Photo Courtesy of USA Basketball (usab.com)
UofL Women’s Basketball Coach Jeff Walz picked up a huge commitment yesterday from 2019 prospect Ramani Parker.
Parker is a 6’4 F/C from Central High School in Fresno, CA. She is ranked the 11th best F in the nation and is ranked 58th overall prospect in ESPN/HoopGurlz Super 60 rankings. She had offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, and Duke, among others.
CSZ Recruiting Contributor/Evaluator Sam Basden had this to say about Parker after watching her highlights:
“She is a great shot blocker, really nice anticipation. (She) Can make the outlet passes to start breaks.”
“She can definitely be used as a stretch big, good lateral quickness for her size.”
“She’s also a quick second leaper.”
“(Parker) Does a great job of keeping the ball high so shorter defenders can’t get to it.”
I watched some of her highlights as well and I’ll add a couple of things to Sam’s observations:
Parker seems to be a really good shooter with a pure stroke, a tough rebounder, and good finisher down low. She also has pretty good ball handling skills. Parker reminds me a lot of current Card Myisha Hines-Allen.
All in all, Walz found another gem and continues to recruit at insane levels.
Check out some of Parker’s highlights below from Hudl.
After a holiday slumber, the Barbour Shop is back open. The hot topic in the shop today is UofL women’s basketball and I have to say that UofL women’s basketball is the best team at UofL right now. I repeat, UofL women’s basketball is the best team at UofL right now. That’s right, I just typed that. Not to mention that it’s hard to argue that Jeff Walz isn’t the best coach on campus right now because wait for it….he is!
The drubbing of 2nd ranked Notre Dame was the nation’s introduction to a very special team of young women. For some UofL fans, it may have been their introduction as well. It was exciting basketball. The player movement, the passing, the shooting, the incredible defense; it was a gorgeous display of the game of basketball.
Photo Courtesy of Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo
Coaches and other members of UofL’s Athletic Department are saddened and sullen now that the leader they had all known for so long has been unceremoniously fired.
Courier Journal reporter Danielle Lerner wrote an article detailing the general mood of sadness around the UofL Athletic Department formerly run by Tom Jurich.
It is no secret that the Chicago Bulls are not going to be very good this season. They may actually compete for the worst team in the NBA. Russ Smith on the other hand is coming off a mega season over in China. Ya know, that one where he was averaging 61.9 points a game. Bryce Fields with Real Ball Insiders, wrote about why the Bulls picking up Russ would be a win-win.
Ps. Most of them are reasons UofL fans have been screaming at scouts since our beloved Russ graduated.
Here is the video of Asia’s commitment to the University of Louisville for those of us that did not get to watch it live. It does take a minute or so to load so be patient. Today was a historical day for Jeff Walz and U of L women’s basketball. Asia’s commitment gives us the #1 ranked recruiting class in 2015 for the moment. We have more targets out there that could solidify the #1 ranking. Enjoy!
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
University of Louisville Women’s Basketball senior guard Shoni Schimmel was selected to the prestigious 2013-14 Naismith Trophy preseason watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Monday.
The 50-player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2013-14 college basketball season. The Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded on April 7, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
Schimmel was a key player in the Cardinals’ run to the national championship game last season. She was named the Most Outstanding Player for the Oklahoma City Regional. Earlier this season, Schimmel was also named to the 2013-14 preseason “Wade Watch” list of candidates for the prestigious Wade Trophy, the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30, while also earning preseason All-American Athletic Conference honors from the league’s coaches.
Schimmel currently leads the third-ranked Cardinals (6-0) in scoring and assists with 13.0 points and 4.7 assists per game. She scored a season-high 21 points in Sunday’s overtime win over Florida State. She recently broke the career 3-point field goal record and has knocked down 284 career 3-pointers.
In February, the Naismith voting academy narrows the list to the top 30 based on athletic performance. In March, the voting academy selects the four finalists who will go the final ballot. The winner is selected by a board of selectors vote in conjunction with fan voting.
Here is the AP Top 25 Women’s Basketball Poll for this Monday, November 18th, The ESPN Coaches Poll will be released tomorrow:
|AP Top 25|
- Others receiving votes: Iowa 38, Dayton 37, Georgia Tech 26, Marquette 24, George Washington 16, Texas 15, Middle Tennessee 9, Vanderbilt 8, Ohio State 6, Florida State 4, UCLA 3, West Virginia 3, Saint Mary’s 1, James Madison 1, Rutgers 1
- Dropped from rankings: Dayton 23
Louisville head coach Jeff Walz announced that five highly ranked players have signed national letters-of-intent to play for the University of Louisville next season. Sydney Brackemyre, Arica Carter, Ariana Freeman, Myisha Hines-Allen, and Mariya Moore have all signed to play for the Cardinals next season.
(Click more for breakdown of each player)
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.
At 12:05 WBB Coach Jeff Walz got confirmation from a tweet that he was gonna be happy about. C/O 14 F Myisha Hines-Allen committed to the Cards via Twitter and CardNation showered her with applause and approval. She selected the Cards over WVU and Ga Tech. This is the Cardinals fourth commit along with Mariya Moore, Sydney Brackemyre and Ariana Freeman. I hadn’t heard much about her but click below to see what ESPN had to say: