Monday, April 20, 2015
LONG LINES, PLENTY OF SMILES FOR JUDE SIGNING
Jude Schimmel signed her book Dreamcatcher Sunday night at the Cardinal hall of Fame Cafe and the fans came out in droves for the chance to buy a copy, have her sign it and pose for pictures.
Crowds were already starting to form when Sonja and I arrived at the restaurant around 5:45 p.m. for media interviews...before the signings started.
When the autographs began shortly before 6:30 p.m., the line stretched from down the hallway leading to the Coach's Room to the entrance of the restaurant. When we left after the interview and a bite to eat (around 7:45 p.m.) the line was still stretched back to the door.
We got to talk to the author for a few minutes before the signing began. We'll play the full interview on our weekly CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO SHOW on Saturday...but here are some of the highlights:
-- On the crowd response: "I'm really excited to see the people waiting for see me so I can discuss things and the book with them. One thing I have learned in four years here is that the people of Louisville are passionate about their sports, especially women's basketball. I'm grateful for having been a part of it"
-- When the idea first struck her to write a book: "In the seventh grade is when I think it first occurred to me about writing a book but I never thought it would become a reality. Last fall, though, I started it and it started becoming a reality."
-- The motivation behind the book: "I wanted people to learn...through what I've been through in my life and hopefully go out there and be successful in their lives."
Jude's book is available at her website:
There is also a link to the site on the Right Side of THE Site here at Cardinal Couple.
We heard that Jeff Walz was scheduled to appear with Jude also...but was with a basketball recruit. He hadn't arrived by the time we left but we did see Myisha Hines-Allen headed to the signing room.
(A special thanks to Charlie Springer -- UofL Card Game -- for his photos!!)
RAINS WASH OUT SOFTBALL
Softball cancelled on Sunday for Pearsall's Pulveriers. The rains came again to Oxford, MS and the Ole Miss softball diamond. They head to Lexington Tuesday to battle the Cats...
Louisville got in just one game of the scheduled three...it's going to throw a wrench into the April Contest here at Cardinal Couple...what was 11 games now looks like eight...barring any other weather cancellations.
LAX KNOCKS OFF IRISH 10-8
Louisville Lacrosse traveled to South Bend for the final regular season game of the season and pulled off a 10-8 win over the ACC opponent Sunday afternoon.
This one went back and forth in the first half...the Cards tied it at 3-3 when Kaylin Morissette scored on a free position goal. ND ran off two straight but Louisville responded with three straight scores, two from Hannah Koloski, and Cortnee Daley gave the Cards a 6-5 lead..which looked like it might be the half-time margin. The Irish capitalized with 16 seconds left in the period to tie it.
The second half belonged to Louisville.
Daley scored 105 seconds into action. Koloski picked up her third goal three minutes later. A defensive battle ensued until Morissette picked up her second goal with 11:31 remaining. It was 9-6 Cards, and the Irish had been held scoreless.
ND did cut the into the lead with ten minutes remaining but Daley picked up her fourth goal to make it 10-7 a minute later. Notre Dame managed to cut it to two with 8:43 left...but that concluded the scoring and Louisville picked up their 10th. win of the season with ball control and defense the rest of the way.
The Cards are the #7 seed in the ACC Tournament and will face #2 seed Duke Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Golf in the ACCs
The golf team finished 7th in the ACC championships. Katie Mitchell fired a 1-under par 3rd round to come in 2-over for the competition, earning a top-20 finish. Emily Haas also had a good competition, finishing out at 3-over in a tie for 21st position. Katie Petrino and Louise Oxner finished in ties for 36th and 39th with 9-over and 10-over results respectively.
The Golf team now awaits the NCAA Championships field announcement on the 27th. The NCAA takes place over the course of four different Regional Competitions, and then a Final Championship.
Baseball is outside of our normal wheelhouse, but the finish to the nightcap of the double-header last night was just too good not to mention. To set the scene, its the bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, bases loaded. The Cards had scored earlier in the inning on a wild pitch to tie the score at 5 apiece. With a low pitch, Corey Ray, who was on 3rd, got a great jump on the ball and stole home to win the game.
Head coach Dan McDonnell has never been afraid to make gutsy calls in games, and this one will rank right up there. I'll wager you'll be able to catch the video of this one on ESPN in the Top 10 plays of the day. The Cards won the first game of yesterday's double-header in convincing fashion, 10-1.
Rowing in Clemson
The rowing team is in Clemson for the Clemson Invitational, a competition they have competed in regularly for several years. The team crossed the finish line for victory twice and also claimed three runner-up finishes.
The victories came from the second varsity eight crew and the varsity four crew, with the victories being by 4 and 5 second winning margins respectively.
The Clemson Invitation continues today.
Softball Down South
Softball lost what turned out to be the series opener against Ole Miss 5-2. After Friday's game was cancelled due to rain and soggy field conditions, the Cards took on their first of two consecutive SEC foes.
Maryssa Becker started in the circle and got dinged for the loss on two runs in the first two innings, with Shelby McCombs in relief taking three runs in five innings pitched.
The bright spot of the game for the Cards was in the 5th inning, when Brittany Sims got a single and Kayla Soles lined a shot over center to bring them both home. That was the 3rd home run on the season for Soles.
The Cards would threaten in the 7th with Whitney Arion reaching, and Brittany Duncan getting hit by a pitch, but they couldn't complete the deed, and took the loss.
They will continue action against Ole Miss at 2 o'clock today.
Dreamcatcher Book Signing
Don't forget about Jude Schimmel's book signing at the Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe at 2745 Crittenden Drive at 6:30.
Jude has been on quite a publicity tour, at least locally, with visits to several TV stations and calls in to a number of radio shows as well. She also took a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the White House as Nike N7 ambassador.
With a Bachelor's in Sociology...during which she won the Elite 89 award at the 2013 Final Four...and finishing up her Master's in Sports Administration, there's no word in what, specifically, Jude will pursue for a career, but whatever it is, we're pretty certain that she will be extremely successful at it.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Rains Came...Softball cancelled
Louisville Softball's game against Ole Miss Friday night was cancelled due to heavy rains in Oxford, MS. It's trending...the Cards final game in the FSU series at Ulmer also got cancelled due to rain.
April showers bring May flowers, right? All over our nation.
The Cards will put on the gloves and grab the bats today to try and get one in against the SEC squad.
Jude Schimmel: A personal view
Jude Schimmel will be autographing (and selling) her book Dreamcatcher Sunday evening at the Cardinal Hall of Fame cafe Sunday Night from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Cardinal Couple will be there to catch some words from Jude and witness the gala event. It should be quite fun.
I was thinking about the Jude experience here at UofL and will share with you some of my memories about that.
She first came on my radar when we found out about Jeff Walz's interest in a flamboyant guard out of Oregon. Shoni. We saw that Jude was also on her sister's team and was an emerging star. You know the story. Shoni arrived, endeared herself to the Louisville WBB fan base as a freshman and Jude committed to the Cards the following year.
While Shoni was wowing Cardinal fans that freshman year, I followed Jude's senior year in high school. She was putting up incredible numbers. I chanced to ask Coach Walz after she committed to Louisville if she was part of "a package deal"...brought in because of Shoni's decision to come to the 'Ville'...
Walz was emphatic in his answer. He made it quite clear that Jude's game could stand alone on it's own and she, too, would make a name for herself as a Cardinal.
I trust in Coach's decisions. We soon found out it was correct.
As a freshman, she came in off the bench and became part of our "attack Yorkie" nomenclature here at CARDINAL COUPLE. She and Shelby Harper would enter games and display a ferocious tenacious performance. Diminutive but determined. Small but scintillating.
Jude continued to provide a spark in her sophomore and
junior years. Smart, intelligent on the court. I loved seeing her and Shoni on the court together. I yearned to know what those sister conversations consisted of when they stood there together at mid-court during free throws or time stoppages. Jude had her setbacks. A nagging ankle problem. She overcame the adversity.
Shoni graduated and moved on. Jude had a season to go. Would she start next to Bria Smith? How would the incoming, talented freshman class affect her playing time?
Jude continued to grow and prosper. She was the brains, the heart and the leader on the floor. Those senior year contributions were incredible. Once again in her life, she showed that she was just fine without her sister by her side on the court.
Jude goes into the next phase of her life now. I'm confident that she'll prosper and continue to grow. It will be fun to see where she is 5...10...20 years from now.
Her story is already prolific and it has so many more chapters. One of many from a family full of love, commitment and care. Making her way, on her terms and
in her own fashion. I maybe envy her a bit...with so much ahead and so much time to accomplish. Glamour Magazine, book-writing, meeting with the President...she just may be the pro-typical Renaissance woman.
These days, I live the one-day-contract philosophy. It will be fun to see her make her mark on our world. One day at a time.
FOOTBALL? LOOKING FINE!
We don't stray too far from our commitment from UofL women's sports here at the "Couple"...but I did attend the Spring UofL Football game last night. I searched for current WBBers that may have attended but didn't run across any. Admittedly, it wasn't an intensive search...but I did run into a former WBB baller and chatted her up at halftime in the concourse.
One thing that kept coming up in our discourse (name being with-held by request) was her still-strong love for this university and the women's basketball program. The chat was pleasurable. She was aware of our site here but admitted that she followed it very sporadically and mostly during hoops season. Gotta love the continued love for WBB at Louisville that she and many other former "hardwooders" still express.
Oh yeah...about the scrimmage. The Red team was ahead 30-0 at the half. QB Reggie Bonnafon and the first team looking strong. I heard later that the final score was 59-0.
Petrino must be pleased. I left shortly after the half. Things appeared to be in good hands.
We'll be on the air at Crescent Hill Radio WCHQ 100.9 FM today from 11-noon with the CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR. It's also available online at:
Catching up on women's athletics at UofL, that's what we do. Worldwide has an interview with Anne Kordes and we have softball and lacrosse sounds as well.
It's great fun and you should join us!
Friday, April 17, 2015
WNB(not)...Sara, Bria, Jude go undrafted
The hopes were good while they lasted...with (3) Louisville WBB players being mentioned at some sites as third round potential picks...but none of the 2014-15 seniors on the team heard their names called in the three rounds of the WNBA Draft Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
As expected, Jewell Loyd, Amanda Zahui B and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis were the top three picks, but as the third round wore on during the ESPN3 coverage...it started to become clear that the Cards had the possibility of being shut out this year.
When Arizona State guard Promise Amukamora (a candidate for Worldwide's all-name team) was named as the Phoenix Mercury's third round pick...all 36 slots had been filled and there was no Asia Taylor nor Antonita Slaughter pleasant surprises like in 2014.
It happens. Sara, Bria and Jude are all considering the possibility of playing overseas and we hope they get the shot.
For now...though...there will be only Angel, Asia and Shoni to follow in the WNBA.
Who would have figured Dayton would end up with two picks (Ally Malott and Andrea Hoover) and foes that the Cards handled whenever they played them (Sam Logic, Reshawnda Gray and Brittany Boyd) would get selected and no Cards got picked?
It is what it is. The 2018 and 2019 WNBA Draft could be chalk full of Cards getting their names announced.
Speaking of announcing, the coverage really dropped off after it switched from ESPN 2 to ESPN 3. Yes, the Lauren Hill tribute was great and a tear-jerker...but did we really need to see players try to say "Peter Piper picked a piece of Carolyn Peck" or Rebecca Lobo discuss shot blocking with Kiah Stokes when picks were being announced?
LACROSSE TAKES ANOTHER LOSS
Louisville Lacrosse ended the home slate of the 2015 season with a 16-8 loss to Syracuse Thursday afternoon at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium.
A game that seemed to follow a common thread consistant with the LAX Cards of late:
-Cards stay close early
-Opponent goes on big run
-Louisville loses by almost double digits
It was 4-4 midway in the first session when the Orange went to work...scoring 10 of the next 11 goals to lead 14-5 halfway through the second half.
There is no doubt the LAX Cards miss Faye Brust. But...the defense seems to have slipped a notch as well. It is the best competition in college Lacrosse, of course...but the un-checked runs and romps by Virginia, North Carolina and now Syracuse aren't pretty to watch unless you're wearing Carolina Blue or Syracuse Orange. The team seems to have slipped a few notches since nearly knocking off #3 Boston College over a month ago.
Cortnee Daley scored thrice for the Cards and Hannah Koloski and Kelli Gerding twice.
The Cards end the conference and regular season at Notre Dame Sunday. The Cards are 9-6 overall and 1-5 in ACC play. The Irish are 9-6 as well...3-3 in conference and own a victory over Syracuse in overtime.
The Cards have lost three out of their last four. Despite the recent tailspin...one has to go back to the talent level that exists in the ACC and how good it is. In a few aspects, this current UofL Lacrosse team is as good as the undefeated AAC squad from last year but the competition curve has gone way up. Losing Brust was a mortal wound to the team. She was the leading scorer and a team captain. Her swagger is missed.
Maybe that coaches' pre-season poll that picked Louisville to finish seventh wasn't so far off after all...
JUDE SCHIMMEL HAS BEEN CHANGED BY CHANGE
(we continue the lead up to the Louisville stop for the Jude Schimmel book singing on Sunday with this unique look into "22"):
Americans so that they can live the life they want to achieve and fulfill the
dreams that they have,” said Schimmel. “I went through and witnessed similar
struggles that many Native Americans go through and want to share that with others.
I want my story to show that there can be great success found both on the
reservation and off the reservation.” “Dreamcatcher” shares Schimmel’s story of growing up on a reservation, and what it took to succeed in the “real world” outside of reservation life. Jude shares many of the lessons her parents instilled in her, as well as many she learned along the way. She presents these in a unique way, using some of her favorite inspirational quotes and personal stories. She also makes it a priority to help everyone gain a better understanding of Native Americans, and the oppression that still exists amongst these special people today.
her basketball career in the professional ranks this summer and
is projected to be drafted in the upcoming WNBA Draft in mid-April. Jude Schimmel
is the younger sister of Shoni Schimmel - the eighth overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream and the first rookie to ever be the MVP of the
WNBA All-Star game. The 2015 season will be her second in the league. The Mission, Ore., native was a member of Louisville’s winningest class in program history, posting 112 career victories, including four 20-win seasons and one 30-win campaign (33-5 in 2013-14). Schimmel reached four NCAA Tournaments, including an appearance in the Final Four (2012-13), Elite Eight (2013-14), and NCAA Sweet 16 (2014-15). The previous school record of 107 career wins was held by her sister, Shoni Schimmel’s graduating class.
community while playing for the Louisville Cardinals and an instant draw to
Native American fans throughout the country, Schimmel has used her platform as
a collegiate student-athlete to share her story of drive and determination.
She finished her career at Louisville ranked in the top 10 in program history in career assists while piling up over 700
career points in 135 games, including 15 in the NCAA Tournament. Alongside her sister, the duo may be best known on the court for a historic run to the NCAA Championship game in 2013 that included a shocking 82-81 upset of top-ranked Baylor and Brittney Griner in the Sweet 16 and win over traditional power Tennessee in the Elite 8.
White House in early April as she continues to work towards sharing the struggles of the Native American community and find ways to improve opportunity for Native American youth in the 566 federally recognized tribes in 35 states nationwide in such areas as education and
healthcare. Overall, there are over 2.1 million Native Americans under the age of 24 in the nation, with over 32 percent
under the age of 18 living in poverty and nearly 30 percent lacking
health insurance coverage.
Suicide, the second leading cause of death for Native Americans
aged 15 to 24 is 2.5 times more likely among these individuals
than the national average.
Educational opportunities are also a struggle for the Native American community with just 50 percent graduating from high school and 13.3% earning an undergraduate degree. Jude will also be starting a foundation with part of the proceeds going towards supporting Native American causes.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
( Today at CARDINAL COUPLE...we look at Mariya Moore, Myshia Hines-Allen, Lacrosse and Jude! )
MOORE, HINES-ALLEN SELECTED FOR FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
We knew the 2014 UofL freshman class was pretty special when they committed to Jeff Walz and the Cards. To back that summation up, Mariya Moore and Myisha Hines-Allen (the M&M gals) have been selected for the Full Court freshman All-American honors.
Moore gets first-team status. She's the first Card to receive such an honor since Shoni...back in 2011. Hines-Allen gets third team recognition. The duo join Schimmel and Bria Smith (2012, second team) as the only WBB Cards to be selected for this status.
Moore finished her maiden voyage year with some pretty impressive stats. 20th. in scoring in the ACC, seventh in assists, eighth in free throw percentage, 13th. in steals and 10th. in 3-point field goals made per game.
Hines-Allen was key in the Cards NCAA run with three consecutive games in double figures. She and Moore were named to the All-ACC freshman team and both were named to the all-ACC academic team also.
Brains, beauty and ballers. Setting a high bar for the 2015 Class to strive for. Is this the dawning of the age of Aquarius for UofL WBB?
And, let's not forget about the other returning 2014 recruits returning. Arica Carter, with steady, dependable off-the-bench play. A rising star on the horizon. Syd Brackemyre...ready to return from her redshirt and just as dangerous as her fellow frosh class.
Toss in the fabulous five from 2015 and one can get very excited about the 2015-16 season. With "E", Deines and Walton also ready to add experience, talent and skills into this Walz stew...the Cards have already been tabbed by another site as the "best young team in WBB for 2015."
Coach and staff will be busy with this so-very-talented group...indoctrinating, teaching, exhorting and instructing.
The talent level may be the best in Cardinal Women's basketball history. Eyes and interest will be focused on the 2015-16 season.
Maybe Jude will decide to write a book about this bunch as a second potential publication...
LACROSSE HOSTS SYRACUSE TODAY
The No. 14 University of Louisville lacrosse team is set to face No. 9 Syracuse on Thursday afternoon at UofL Lacrosse Stadium.
The Cards enter the game with a record of 9-5 and 1-4 in the ACC after falling to No. 6 Virginia 17-9 last weekend.Hannah Koloski scored three goals while Cortnee Daleyand Anna Kopecka each added two to lead the Cardinals in the loss.
No. 9 Syracuse enters Thursday's match boasting an overall record of 9-6 and 2-4 in conference play. Syracuse has also lost two straight, falling to conference foes, No. 13 Notre Dame 12-11 in overtime and No. 2 North Carolina 15-8 last week
Syracuse holds a 5-0 series record against the Cardinals.
A special thanks to Rick Laemmle for sending us these words from Jude:
A special thanks to Rick Laemmle for sending us these words from Jude:
> CONVERSATION WITH JUDE SCHIMMEL
> > “Dreamcatcher” is available online for purchase at www.judeschimmel.com > > What were you goals in writing this book? > > Schimmel: I want to positively impact other Native Americans so that they can live the life they want to achieve and fulfill the dreams that they have. I went through and witnessed similar struggles that many Native Americans go through and want to share that with others. I want my story to show that there can be great success found both on the reservation and off the reservation. Most importantly I want Native Americans to keep their culture and traditions alive while still having the opportunities to experience things people of other backgrounds. (i.e. an education). It is important to me not to just positively impact Native Americans through this book, but bring light to these issues for those outside of the Native American community that the struggles faced by these community can be fixed and that change can be good for our entire society. > > Talk about your recent visit to the White House in early April… > > Schimmel: This was a special moment for me. It was really a chance to see that many of the dreams that I want to achieve through my platform are starting to appear in the hands of people that have the power to make an impact and make change. To know that President Obama and the First Lady have Native American issues on their mind as important for change in our nation. The issues that are being discussed as part of the Generation Indigenous initiative are the issues that matter to me and I am glad they are on the forefront of change for the Native American people. > > How did you first become aware of the issues that so many people face in Native Americans? > > Schimmel: Playing basketball at the AAU level opens your eyes to the world around you. It introduces you to many new people and places. This really opened my eyes to seeing how people were so different from me, even within my own tribe and cultural background. It really showed me that people face so many challenges in life because of their background – from the barriers in place from education, family situations, healthcare, lack of technology. This was one of the > > Why is it so important to you to be a role model and inspiration to the young people of the Native American community? > > Schimmel: I don’t want to pass up the chance to do great things with the platform I have been given. Many people from the Native American community have done amazing things throughout their lives, but not enough people in my position have used it as a chance to help those around us. The status and prestige of being a successful collegiate basketball player was an amazing experience, but wasn’t the number one thing I aim to achieve. Using this platform means so much to me because I want to make a positive difference for others and their lives. > > How has the experience of being a collegiate student-athlete helped you grow as a person? > > Schimmel: I was shaped into the primary person I am because of my 15 years on the reservation. I have since been molded and moved by the unique experiences and opportunities that collegiate athletics has given me. I got to play in so many unique environments and meet so many people. I have teammates from across the country, that alone exposed me to new cultures and identities that I wouldn’t have enjoyed without the collegiate experience. I am so thankful that the University of Louisville allowed me the chance to get my collegiate education. It also provided me so much more than just a degree, but an amazing experience. > > What did it mean to you to be selected as one of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women in 2014? > > Schimmel: The opportunity to go to New York and be involved with so many outstanding people that were looking to impact their communities and cultures made a major impact on me. Everyone has always looked at myself and my sister Shoni as basketball stars, this was an eye opening experience for me because it gave me a new understanding of how I could use my platform to inspire and do great things within the Native American community
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
JUDE TO SIGN HER BOOK IN LOUISVILLE
By now... the vast majority of the readers of our fair site here at Cardinal Couple know that Jude Schimmel has written a book.
She'll be signing that book Sunday April 19th. here in the "Ville" at Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
That would be the restaurant on the corner of Crittenden Drive and Central Ave. The place that never "comps" us but is a UofL mecca. Burgers that rank the best in the city.
We've sent out feelers and agreed to more coverage on the auspicious event...welcomed Jude to provide us more details through her handlers and interested parties...so further information is pending. We'd love to fete it megaforce. We'll see if our fork in the media pie warrants further "helpings".
We'll buy a copy, read it from cover-to-cover and recommend it to all...what she embodied to the program and her story can never be duplicated.
She'll always be "22" and the jersey should be retired.
To learn more about the book and order it, go to the link below...
More info to follow, hopefully.
CARDS GET IN 3-1/2 BUT RAIN WINS
Rain ended up being the winner last night at Ulmer Stadium in the Louisville vs. FSU softball game...a cancellation in the bottom of the fourth with the Noles holding a 1-0 lead.
It was a pitchers duel between Louisville's Maryssa Becker and FSU's Lacey Waldrop when this one finally got started at 7:20 p.m....Becker allowing a first inning run on a couple of FSU hits and the Cards threatening in the bottom of the fourth when Jordan McNary was hit by a pitch, stole second, Becker drawing a walk and both advancing on a passed ball.
The rain started coming down a bit harder, though, with Brittany Sims at bat and the umpire called for the field to be covered at 8:25 p.m. Unfortunately, the precipitation didn't let up and the game was called at 9:05 p.m.
So, the series ends with each team gathering a victory. The Cards are tied for third place in the ACC with a in-conference record of 13-5...with Notre Dame.
FSU remains on top at 14-3 and North Carolina a 1/2 game back at 13-3. The Cards are 24-13 overall and will return to action Friday night when they travel to Oxford, MS for a three game out-of-conference series with Ole Miss.
BECKER PLAYER OF WEEK IN ACC
Maryssa Becker went into last night's game as the ACC Softball Player of the Week and what a week she had! She started with a 5-0 win over DePaul and recorded 10 strikeouts...a career high for the sophomore out of Medford, OR.
Next was the 1-0 shutout of FSU Saturday night. Becker allowed just four hits in the complete game win.
She is 10-4 on the season and has an ERA of 2.49.
Those at the ballpark last night were treated to a pitcher's duel between two of the best in the nation. It's a shame Mama Nature decided to cry and end the drop-ball fest...
VOLLEYBALL DIGGING SPRING TRAINING
A chat with our steamed colleague Worldwide during the rain delay last night revealed how impressed he was with Louisville Volleyball this weekend. The Cards defeated Illinois on Saturday and Kentucky on Sunday in Cardinal Arena.
Passing and hitting top his chart as improvements the Cards have made with Roxanne McVey impressing him at libero.
He'll have much more on this, including an interview with UofL Volleyball Coach Anne Kordes for Saturday's radio.