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Friday, June 21, 2024

Cardinal Couple picks Performers of the 2023-24 seasons -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

FRIDAYS WITH DARYL 

Good morning and happy weekend everyone.  We are super busy on campus onboarding medical staff so I am looking forward to this weekend to catch up on things I have been putting off.  

So lets get right into some Cardinals content.... 



from gocards.com

Jayden Ulrich has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Women's Field Performer of the Year

The junior also captured a pair of titles at the ACC Outdoor Championships while setting a new meet record of 61.31m (201-2) in the discus. Over the course of the season, Ulrich posted program-record and personal-best marks of 18.66m (61-2.75) in the shot put to win the NCAA East Regional title and 64.29m (210-11) at the Pacific Coast Invitational to move into the top-10 in NCAA history and establish a new ACC conference record in the event.

The native of East Alton, Ill. earned a total of seven event victories and 12 top-two individual finishes while eclipsing the 60-meter mark in the discus in six meets on the season and going over 18 meters in the shot put in three different meets.

Ulrich will look to continue her success at the United States Olympic Trials which will take place June 21-30 in Eugene, Ore. at Hayward Field as athletes from all over the nation will compete for a chance to represent Team USA at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. She will contest both the shot put and discus throw.
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So I tossed this topic out into the Cardinal Couple group chat and asked who each of the contributors thought would be considered the 'performer of the year' across some of the programs we are most familiar with

photo by Jared Anderson)



(Alyssa Zabala)


for me (Daryl)
Anna DeBeer for volleyball
Alyssa Zabala for softball 
Olivia Cochran for basketball 


Jeff McAdams
Good call in vball, (Agreeing with Anna DeBeer) I think...only other contender there would be Elena Scott
For softball...Alyssa Zabala or maybe Riley Frizell


(Aimee Plumb)

Jared's Anderson's picks

FH: Aimee Plumb
Vball: Elena Scott
Soccer: Addie Chester
Basketball: Olivia Cochran 
Lacrosse: Kokoro Nakazawa 
Softball: Alyssa Zabala
Swim/Dive: Else Praasterink
Track/Field: Jayden Ulrich 


(Olivia Cochran)

Paulie 

Basketball. Olvia Cochran.
Cross Country.Rylee Penn
Field Hockey Aimee Plumb
Golf Hana Ryskova
Lax Kokoro Nakazawa 
Soccer Ravin Alexander
Softball Daisy Hess
Swim and Dive Gabi Albiero
Track and field Jayden Ulrich
Volleyball Anna DeBeer


(Erynn Floyd)

Case

Women's soccer -- Two of the people I'd be most likely to say both left (Addie Chester and Hailey Howard). Erynn Floyd or Karsyn Cherry would be the easiest answer.  I'm gonna stick with Addie Chester.

"GEE..ALREADY"  ? NEWS FLASH

It is also officially summer!  Its gross hot outside here in the Ville so make sure you wear your sunscreen and stay hydrated

As Always,
Go Cards

~Daryl 


Thursday, June 20, 2024

Lacrosse All-ACC Academic Team -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

22 Cardinals Earn All-ACC Honors


Photo courtesy of GoCards

The ACC announced the All-ACC Academic Lacrosse Team yesterday and 22 Cardinals saw their name make the list. Louisville had the second most on the list behind Duke.

Besides being listed on the roster for their perspective teams, student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the current semester, maintain a 3.0 GPA for their entire collegiate career, and have played in 50% of their team's games.


Photo courtesy of GoCards

Louisville's 22 players are: Sara Addeche, Cali Bishop, Allegra Catalano, Abigail Cole, Ava Coyle, Kylea Dobson, Lauren Figas, Karli Harnischfeger, Karli Kirchenheiter, Sydney Kirchenheiter, Madi McKee, Maggie McMahon, Kokoro Nagazawa, Negai Nakazawa, Tiffany Natoli, Ashley Osborne, Ava Peers, Nicole Perroni, Marley Scott, Abby Scully, Izzy Seikel, and Olivia Toll.

We like to brag on both the academic and athletic successes of the student-athletes at Louisville and being able to maintain a high GPA throughout peak season is always remarkable. Louisville didn't make the NCAA Tournament in 2024, but made strides forward and put themselves in a good position for 2025.


Happy Thursday and Go Cards!

Jared

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

LaMont Russell gets a second gig with USA Women's basketball -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 LAMONT RUSSELL BACK AS USA U 18 VIDEO COORDINATOR



Lamont Russell is the kind of guy that everyone likes and he seems to like everyone back in return. I remember meeting him back in 2015 when he first came to campus to work with WBB and we hit it off pretty well and have been friends since. He never fails to greet me when he sees me around the WBB or at the KR FC YOM! Center. 

Others like him a lot too. He's been asked to return again (his second straight year) to be the video coordintor for USA U 18 basketball. 

No, tt doesn't mean he'll show comedies, dramas and mysteries to the squad on "movie night". A video coordinator is respondsible of obtaining film on opponents, loading it onto computers nd doing cut-uos, motivational videos and other assignments reltaed to video that the head coach or coahcing staff needx him to perform. 


The video coorinator's work can make the difference in a team beating an opponent or not. If a particular player has a "tell" or repetitive  move they use to score, and you discover it and tell who is assigned to guard that player...that 20 points per game average might sink pretty quickly . Back when I played, my "tell" was never wanting to go to the left with the left-handed dribble. . And, when teams found that out, my scoring and ball movement abilities were diminshed. 

Lamont, at Louisville, also gets to organize the male practice players...they are  the squad that  goes against the women. Being a former playerr in college himself, he knows the game and can teach it to his guys in a way that is going to help the women a lot . .  


The 2024 FIBA U18 Women's AmeriCup will be held from June 17-23 in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Team USA held its training camp in Colorado Springs before heading south to Colombia for the tournament. USA recently drew into Group B with Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The USA will tip off competition June 17 vs. Brazil at 4:10 p.m. ET followed by tilts against Puerto Rico and Mexico on June 18 (4:10 p.m. ET) and 19 (1:40 p.m. ET), respectively.

We wish Lamont the best of luck in his journey and hope he can help the USA squad win the FIBA Americup. 


paulie

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

UofL Women's Basketball Mount Rushmore -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Today feels like a good day to stir the pot. There's no better way to create controversy than creating a debate topic that you know will have several different opinions. A topic that makes its rounds about once per season is "Who Should Be on Louisville Women's Basketball's Mount Rushmore?"

People take different approaches with their reasoning such as individual stats and success, overall team success at the time, fan favorites, and success that continued on post-graduation. Our only requirement is that the four names you pick must have played women's basketball at Louisville at some point in their life, so no Jeff Walz, Sam Purcell, Steph Norman, or beyond eligible.

Jared's Mount Rushmore




Angel McCoughtry (2005-2009): In four years played at Louisville, McCoughtry was the team leader in multiple statistical categories for three of them. She is Louisville's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She helped the Cards get to their first ever Final Four, before falling in the title game. McCoughtry broke several single season and career records at Louisville during her career. Currently, McCoughtry is the only women's basketball player to have her jersey retired at Louisville.



Asia "AD" Durr (2015-2019):
Another four year player at Louisville, AD became the go-to player almost from day one. They led the team in scoring for three seasons and is second in school history in total points. AD became one of the top three-point shooters not only at UofL but in the ACC and country during the back half of their career. They were a part of the Final Four team that made its way to Columbus after winning the ACC regular season and tournament titles. They won ACC Player of the Year multiple times.



Dana Evans (2017-2021):
Evans' career came to a close during the COVID-19 pandemic but that didn't stop her from becoming a prolific scorer while also being tabbed as one of Louisville's best ever defenders. She became the first player to ever win ACC Sixth Player of the Year one season and follow it up with as ACC Player of the Year the next season. She won ACC POTY multiple times. She was a part of the Final Four team her freshman season.



Myisha Hines-Allen (2014-2018):
 Hines-Allen was a walking double-double in the back half of her career. She is one of the few to be a part of the 2000-point club and even fewer to break 1000 rebounds. Hines-Allen was named the ACC Tournament MVP after the Cards won the title en route to the school's third Final Four appearance. In her senior year, Hines-Allen set the Louisville single season rebounding record.




Honorable Mentions

Sara Hammond
Becky Burke
Mo Reid
Sam Fuehring
Cortnee Walton
Shoni Schimmel
Mykasa Robinson
Jazmine Jones
Asia Taylor
Jazz Covington


Does your Mount Rushmore look different? We'd be happy to hear yours! No answer is a wrong answer on this one.

We may talk about this on a future Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast.

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!
Jared

Monday, June 17, 2024

10 UofL Women's Swim and Dive Student Athletes to compete in Olympic Trials -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 10 UofL Women's Swim and Dive Cards headed to Lucas Oil for USA OLYMPIC TEAM trials




We all know that Arthur Albiero builds strong UofL swimming and diving squads each year at the University of Louisville . The 2023-24 women's squad was 9-1 in dual meets and also fared quite well in events like the Louisville invitational, NCAA Championships and ACC Championships, where the women finished second. 

In mid-June, the USA Olympic Trials will take place at Lucas Oil from Friday to June 23rd.  Ten member of the women's sqaud (and 21 Cards overall) will thry to make the USA squad. 

USA swimming has also rolled out a prime competing venue, creating the Lucas Oil pool in Indianapolis. which will also be able to hold 30,000 spectators. That's huge, considering the previous venue for Olympic trials was in Omaha and sat 15,000.

These women Cards will compete: 



-- Gabi Albiero (100 Fly,) (100 Free), (50 Free)

-- Summer Cardwell (200 Free, 100 Free) 

-- Mia Chitwood (100 Breast)

-- Julia Dennis (100 Free, 50 Free) 

-- Paige Hetrick (100 back, 50 Free) 

-- Lucy Mehraban (50 Free, 100 Free) 

-- Christina Regenauer (100 Fly, 100 Free, 50 Free)

-- Rye Ulett ( 100 Back, 200 back) 

-- Tristen Ulett (100 Fly, 100m Free, 200 Free, 50 Free)

-- Ella Welch (100 Fly)




We wish all our Cardinal swimmers the best of luck and great times as they compete to join the USA Olympic squad.

paulie


Sunday, June 16, 2024

Volleyball Roster Review - Sunday Cardinal Couple

 Volleyball Roster Review




What we here at Cardinal Couple call the summer slump is in full swing, and while it can be a little difficult to find topics to write about, it does give us the opportunity to review some information about the upcoming sports seasons and the teams.

Women's Basketball are being overachievers this year, with their full roster with pictures of each player, including the newcomers, already posted.

We have no such luck with Volleyball, but I'm pretty sure I can put together what the full roster will be.  So with the caveat that it's not officially official, lets take a look at what your 2024 VolleyCards will look like on the court.

Exits




First of all, let's look at who has departed.

Ceci Rush, who mostly played as a service specialist, graduated and decided not to use her Covid year.  Ceci is a native of the Louisville area, so I expect we'll still see her at LNFCU Stadium cheering on her teammates.

Ayden Barlett, also graduated and elected not to use her Covid year.  Seen on the court occasionally as a service specialist, but also in a full DS role.  AB has landed a assistant coaching gig at Louisianna Tech.  We wish her and the La Tech Bulldogs a great season.

Alexis Finnvold, has transfered to West Virginia and will be a setter on their squad.  I suspect this is a change to look for more playing time as Louisville has two good setters that will be on the squad this year including an incoming freshman, and it was unlikely that Finnvold would get much time on the court as a result.

Nina Moorer, has also departed, landing at Texas State University, which is a bit closer to home for her.  Primarily a left side hitter, and again, Louisville has a deep bench for left side hitting.  Combine that with having experienced a couple of,  really relatively minor injuries that nonetheless have kept her off the court, she decided her best prospects were elsewhere.

Aiko Jones, after six years of being on the Louisville squad, alas has no college eligibility left.  Now being married to an American citizen, she no longer is in the US on a student visa and can actually get gainful employment.  Consequently, she has put some of her photography skills to work with Churchill Downs during Derby, and is helping host various volleyball camps over the summer.  She is looking to claim a roster spot on one of the fledgling professional volleyball leagues here in the states.  She was spotted sitting on the baseline of a Columbus Fury match in the PVF, sitting with, I believe, the president of the Fury.  A spot on the Fury would be particularly great for her as her wife is working on a post-graduate degree at Ohio State.

Brigitta Petrenko, also has no eligibility left.  I don't have much about her current whereabouts or plans, but I'll be keeping an eye out at the Hungarian Women's National Team and suspect she'll pop up there.

Incoming



UofL signed three freshman to National Letters of Intent in the fall, and at least two of them joined the team on campus in January.

Nayellis Cabello, a 6'0" setter from Florida arrived in Louisville in January, a sure sign of her commitment, to leave Florida weather to come to Louisville weather in January.  She and Elle Glock split time in the spring season at setting.  Both are excellent, and I expect this to be something of a position battle with training camp starts.

Ava Utterback, from the Indianapolis area, is a 6'0" left side hitter.  She also joined the squad in January, so we were able to see her play in spring play.  She's definitely got some hops, and a good pop in her swing.  With the long line of left side hitters on the Louisville squad right now, I wouldn't expect Utterback to get a huge amount of time on the court, but we might see her occasionally.

Payton Peterson comes to Louisville from Iowa.  This is the signee that I don't know if she is on campus yet.  Another left side hitter, and at only 5'10" you'd think she'd be at a disadvantage to get time in, again, the long line of left side hitters, but I saw her play in the Under Armour Next All-American event, and she's got the hops and the pop to hold her own.  She is also quite competent as an all-around six rotation player.

Sam Untiedt did not sign an NLI on signing day, suggesting she might be officially classified as a walk-on, but she's apparently impressive.  A 5'8" Libero/DS, she bolsters that already good crew.  I haven't had the opportunity to see her in actual action yet, but she has plenty of Minnesota state accolades along with a number of national All-American team nods from the likes of AAU and Breakdown.  She has joined the team on campus, I believe at the beginning of June.

Sofia Maldonado Diaz, will be a 5th year transfer to Louisville from Arizona.  She comes to UofL from Guadalajara, Mexico, and is a 6'0" primarily right side hitter, though it sounds like she can swing from just about anywhere on the front row, left, right, and center.  I haven't seen her play, yet, but I suspect this could be another position battle with her and Reese Robins.  Or, maybe we'll see both of them in a 6-2 offense.

Returners



On the left side, we get Anna DeBeer back for her Covid year.  Charitie Luper will also be a senior on the left side with no Covid option available for her.  And filling out this long line of left sides, Alanna Bankston will be a sophomore.

In the middle, it's a replay of last year with Phekran "PK" Kong and Cara Cresse likely being the starters, with Hannah Sherman ready to jump in when called on.

On the right, Reese Robins returns, and with Maldonado Diaz, I'll say it's nice to have options on the right.  Who gets the starting role?  Your guess is as good as mine.  How much has Robins developed and toned up in the off-season?  Maldonado Diaz is mostly a question mark for me.  So we'll see.



For setter, I think Elle Glock is going to find herself pressured to maintain the starting role, here.  I love hearing Jerome on the PA have fun with her hometown name of Wahoo, Nebraska, but Cabello may very well beat her out for the starting lineup intro.

Finally, for DS and Libero, it feels like we have a billion players in this role, but it's not that much of a logjam.  Elena Scott will be back and I think the only question about the Libero jersey is who gets it after Scott graduates this year.  Contenders are Kamden Schrand, Jessica Drapp, and Molly Urban.  If I were a betting man, I'd put my money on Schrand, but we don't have to worry about that until next summer.

Conclusion



Without the roster being officially official, I could be missing someone, but I think I have everyone that will be on the roster in the fall to give you a feel of what this team will look like.

As announced recently, Louisville will be part of kicking off the season in the AVCA First Serve Showcase when we play Wisconsin.  Nebraska and Kentucky will get the actual first serve in the earlier game of the evening.



And, of course, the Cards will really be shooting for a top four seed in the NCAA tournament at the end of the year which would ensure that all of their post-season play would be downtown at the KFC Yum! Center Arena since Louisville will be hosting the Volleyball Final Four this year.



There's quite a year ahead for this squad, and it has the potential to be really amazing.  The team has some great personnel and are gearing up for another deep run in the tournament.  I'm excited for the season to get started.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast




A good crew was on the CCRHP yesterday, with Case and Daryl both returning from some absences to join Paulie and me.  We understand, life overall gets busy in the summer.

Soccer released their schedule, so we had some discussion on that, which evolved into some exploration of coaching hot seats, and finally touched a bit on the Volleyball scheduling news with the AVCA First Serve Showcase.

Check out the fun at:

-- 
JMcA

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Louisville Announces 2024 Soccer Schedule -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Cards Look to Improve on Last Season


Louisville women's soccer didn't have a stellar season last year. As Jared mentioned earlier this week, the Cards finished 4-9-5 and have not been in the hunt for postseason play in quite some time. Unfortunately, this year's schedule doesn't exactly open things up for them. Louisville will play eight non-conference games before opening conference play on September 14th at Pittsburgh. While the Cards were lucky enough to avoid Florida State, who won the national championship last season, five of their ten conference opponents (including Pitt) finished in the top 16 of the coaches' poll. 

Louisville struggled last season. There's nothing wrong with saying that because it is true. The Cards finished 157th in RPI. That was better than only two ACC teams: Miami and Syracuse. Miami finished 174th and Syracuse, who went 2-14-2 on the season, was 248th. The Cards beat Syracuse at home 2-1 but lost to Miami 0-1 on the road. Louisville drew neither of those teams this season. 

I hear you saying, "Well the ACC is very good. It's no surprise they're all ranked highly." I agree that the ACC is always a difficult task, but the non-conference schedule isn't going to be a cakewalk either. Louisville finished ahead of just four teams on this year's schedule in the RPI last season. I have high hopes for Louisville, though. Last year they suffered from some bad luck and had a lot of youth on the team. This year, we'll see a more experienced lineup, both because of the rising level of returnees and because of some of this season's new transfers. 

Louisville will open the season at home in an exhibition against Butler (University, not High School) on Sunday August 4th. That match will be at 7PM and will be the first of two exhibitions that are publicized. Louisville frequently plays one or two closed-door exhibitions as well. The second will come later that week on August 8th, when the Cards travel to Richmond, KY to take on EKU. Butler was 118th in last year's RPI, while EKU finished 253rd. I'd rather play these exhibitions in the opposite order, but oh well. 

The regular season begins on August 15th with a game against one of those teams ranked behind Louisville last season, as the Cards welcome local foe Bellarmine to Floyd Street. The Knights are entering their fifth season in the ASUN conference and finished last year with an identical record to Louisville in both overall and conference games: 4-9-5 (3-5-2). 

The Cards will stay home for their next two games as well, bringing in UAB on the 18th and New Hampshire on the 22nd. All three games will be in the evening, which I'm sure players will appreciate as mid-August in Louisville is usually far from pleasant soccer weather. UAB finished just 10 spots ahead of the Cards in last year's RPI rankings, while New Hampshire was just eight spots behind. Both of these games will be interesting tests for Louisville in the young season. 

Louisville's next two games are both on the road and only about 20 minutes apart. However, I assume they'll come home between their match against NKU on Sunday the 25th and their match against Cincinnati on Thursday the 29th. Both of those teams finished ahead of Louisville last season, and NKU will be the Cards' first rematch of the 2024 season. Last year, NKU was part of Louisville's two-goal 0-3-2 start as the Norse accounted for the Cards' second 0-0 draw. 

The Cards wrap the non-conference slate with a trio of home games in the first week of September. Evansville and UT Martin represent the last two games Louisville will play against teams that finished behind them in the RPI standings in 2023. Louisville faces the Aces on September 1st at 7PM and the Skyhawks on September 5th at 7:30. The last game of the non-conference schedule comes against Dayton on September 8th. The time is not yet slated, but the Flyers were another contributor to last season's early skid and the Cards will aim to avenge a 1-2 loss. 

 After that first game at Pitt on September 14th, Louisville will get a 12-day break before climbing back on the bus to head to Blacksburg, VA. The Hokies finished just one spot ahead of Louisville last season in the ACC with 12 points to Louisville's 11. The two teams didn't play one another. Pitt will probably be looking for revenge after they were victims of Louisville's shocking start to the conference season when the Cards drew Virginia 1-1 and then beat Pitt 3-2. The first two road conference games will likely be very telling. 

The Cards return home briefly on the 29th to play NC State. The Wolfpack finished with 9 points last year and did not play Louisville. Louisville will get comfortable with the state of North Carolina after that, as they head to Tobacco Road for the weekend to take on UNC on October 3rd and Duke on October 6th. Duke had a bit of a head scratcher last season, spending most of the year ranked, but finishing with just 9 conference points and ending up 48th in the RPI. Louisville defeated them 1-0 to close the year. UNC is UNC and they'll try to reload after last year's top-ten team had among the most players taken in this year's NWSL draft. The Cards did not face the Heels last year.

The Cards will then play a flurry of home games (four, in fact) before the final game of the season is on the road. Notre Dame starts the homestand on October 12th before the next weekend hosts the new California members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. While Louisville avoided the national champion, runner-up Stanford will come to town with Cal in tow for games on the 17th and 20th. Whether Senior Day will come on Sunday the 20th or on the actual last home game of the season is yet to be determined. Louisville will host Boston College on Thursday the 24th at a time not yet announced. The Cards fell to Notre Dame 0-3 last year and drew BC 1-1. They did not play the former PAC-12 schools.

Louisville closes the season with yet another national semifinalist when they hit the road to take on Clemson. The Tigers lost to FSU in the Final Four and were the second highest ACC finisher in the RPI last season. The Cards didn't have any answers for Clemson last season, as the Tigers took a 3-0 home victory. Why Louisville is playing in Clemson, South Carolina for the second year in a row is beyond me. That game will be on Halloween night.

I haven't seen whether or not the league will expand the conference tournament in response to adding three members. It would seem prudent, but the ACC makes very odd decisions. If they don't, Louisville will struggle mightily to finish in the top third of the league. Even if they expand to eight teams, the Cards would be up against it. A 12-team conference tournament with the top-4 receiving buys would make the most sense, but see previous statement about ACC decision making. It all kicks off (pun intended) in a month and a half, so I'll be looking forward to seeing you out there.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast


I'm finally back in the chair today after a long time away. We'll have almost a full house, but Racing Louisville's noon start will have Jared occupied. There has been plenty of news over the last few weeks that we'll be able to discuss, so be sure to join us for the joy and excitement of Louisville women's athletics. You can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!

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Until next time, Go Cards!

Case

Friday, June 14, 2024

Cards in the WNBA -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



Four Cards Currently on Active Rosters

We're a few weeks into the WNBA season and several former Louisville Cardinals are currently active for their respective teams. Here's how these players have fared.



Dana Evans, Chicago Sky

One of the more well-known graduates from Louisville, Evans has played a crucial role for her team. In 11 games played, Evans is averaging 27.8 minutes per game. She's posted strong numbers with 9.9 points per game, 1.5 rebounds per game, 3.9 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game. The Sky are currently 4-7.



Liz Dixon, Phoenix Mercury

Dixon is another recent graduate from Louisville, having been with the program during the pandemic. So far, she has played a reserve role averaging 12.4 minutes per game. Dixon has contributed so far with 2.5 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, and 0.8 assists per game. The Mercury are currently 6-6.


Emily Engstler, Washington Mystics

Having played only one season with Louisville, Engstler is the only one on this list that did not play all or most of her career with the Cards. Engstler has moved around the league some and is now on her third team. Washington is slowly easing her into the normal rotation as she has averaged 6.9 minutes per game across seven games. She is averaging 1.9 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per game, and 0.7 assists per game. The Mystics are currently 1-12.


Myisha Hines-Allen, Washington Mystics

A veteran to the WNBA at this point, Hines-Allen has proven to be a reliable contributor during her career with Washington. She is seeing 17.7 minutes per game, right on par with her career. Hines-Allen is averaging 7.3 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game, and 0.7 steals per game.

There are several other former Cardinals who are free agents.

AD (formerly known as Asia Durr)- most recently with the Atlanta Dream.
Jazmine Jones- most recently with the Washington Mystics.
Arica Carter- most recently played overseas, most recent WNBA team is Phoenix Mercury.
Kiki Jefferson- most recently with the Minnesota Lynx.
Kianna Smith- most recently played overseas, most recent WNBA team is Connecticut Sun.
Kylee Shook- most recently with the New York Liberty.
Sam Fuehring- currently playing overseas, most recent WNBA team is Washington Mystics.




With just 12 teams in the WNBA, trying to maintain a career playing in the states is a tall task. With the expansion to 14 teams next season, we hope to see more former Cards playing in the pros. The 2025 expansion teams will be located in Toronto and Golden State (San Francisco).

Happy Friday and Go Cards!
Jared

Thursday, June 13, 2024

WBB announces ACC/SEC matchups -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



Good morning readers, its Daryl here a day early this week. Appreciate Jared once again for switching it up to accommodate me.  


UofL had a staff appreciation lunch this week and i won this sweet Lamar Jackson tshirt in a raffle after playing a bunch of yard games around the SAC.   It was a nice gesture for the university to gather new and tenured employees from administrators, to physical plant, to deans and even some new faces around athletics.  














Women's Basketball


Louisville women's basketball program announced Wednesday afternoon that they will face the Oklahoma Sooners in the ACC/SEC Challenge this winter at the KFC Yum! Center on December 4, 2024.   Tip off time and channel are still TBD.
This will be the third all-time matchup between Louisville and Oklahoma and the Cardinals hold a 2-0 advantage in the series history.    The first matchup is when the two teams faced off in the 2009 Final Four in St. Louis. Louisville overcame a halftime deficit to defeat the Sooners and reach their first national championship game in program history. The second matchup came in the 2013 Preseason WNIT Final and the Cardinals came away with an overtime win in Norman.

Most Cardinal fans will look at this matchup and immediately see the draw... a highly anticipated player suddenly decided to transfer midseason a few years back unfortunately for the Louisville program.  I know many of us at Cardinal Couple were excited to have Payton Verhulst in a Cardinals uniform and we got a glimpse of some potential greatness for us and we were really sad to see her go but of course we wished her well in her endeavors.   





In last year's ACC/SEC matchup against the Ole Miss Rebels, UofL won on the road 64-58. the Cards were powered by a 22 points third quarter and got the win for the ACC on the road, 1 of 4 teams to win on the road.   The first year of the challenge finished with an even split as both conferences came away with seven wins.





Wednesday, Dec. 4
Florida State at Tennessee
Mississippi State at Georgia Tech
Oklahoma at Louisville
Vanderbilt at Miami
Syracuse at Texas A&M
Virginia Tech at Georgia




Thursday, Dec. 5

Boston College at Arkansas
Alabama at Cal
Florida at Clemson
Duke at South Carolina
Kentucky at North Carolina
Ole Miss at NC State
Texas at Notre Dame
SMU at Missouri
Stanford at LSU
Auburn at Virginia



It looks pretty weird to see Oklahoma, Cal and Stanford on the slate but i am really looking forward to this matchup next season.  We are excited to welcome Payton back to the Yum Center, I hope she plays well but if I still want the Cards to win!     



As Always, 
Go Cards!

~Daryl


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Former Cardinals WSOC star Callie McKinney handling the job as head coach of Bellarmine -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 CALLIE MCKINNEY LEADS KNIGHTS SOCCER NOW




The rise of Callie McKinney's soccer accomplishments off the field and at Bellarmine  since her playing days at Louisville have been meteoric, to say the least. From her playing days as a midfielder for the Cards in 2019, just five years later...McKinney is now the head coach of Bellarmine's Women's Soccer program. She arrived at Bellarmine in 2020 as a graduate assistant and was promoted to an assistant coach in 2021. 

Bellarmine was 4-9-5 in 2023, ending the season on a five-game losing streak. Those final three losses were at Owsley B Fraizer Stadium in Louisville on the Bellarmine campus, and it was clear that the program needed a change from head coach Paul Babbe The season had started with wins over three DI schools, but ended poorly for the Knights. 


(McKinley from her Louisville playing days)

McKinney, from Franklin, TN , played in 72 games at UofL ,..with 67 starts from 2015-2019. She also played professionally in 2019 with the Nashville Rhythm.

Bellarmine participates in the ASUN Conference .a 12 team conference with a wide range of schools.  Eastern Kentucky University and Austin Peay University in this area.are ASUN members... along with Bellarmine and Bellarmne went 1-7-3 in conference play in 2023. 

The Louisville women's soccer squad will face Bellarmine tn Lynn Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 15th..the Knights second game of the season.  

Bellarmine has no listing of any of McKinney's assistants yet...there are no former UofL or Louisville area players on the Knights roster for 2024, but several played are listed from nearby South Oldham High School (Crestwood) and New Albany (Indiana). . 



The Cards are 6-0 against Bellarmine lifetime in women's soccer but the two schools haven't met since 2004. The Cards will also face EKU in 2024, another ASUN member. 

We always love to see former Cardinals rise to new heights in their careers, and McKinney is one we are certainly proud of.  We wish her best of luck at Bellarmine in her new role. 


paulie