We report on the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports here. Thanks for checking us out! Click the picture of Louie to hear the latest Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cards denied women's soccer NCAA Tournament bid


-Four BIG EAST schools receive bids to NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament

-Louisville WBB vs. Texas A&M Friday night.

Someone needs to hand the NCAA a yellow card. Can we send this one up to the instant reply booth? The University of Louisville was not chosen to participate in the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships and neither was South Florida....who battled Louisville to a 0-0 tie over two overtimes and a shootout in BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal action. The four teams receiving bids are Marquette, Georgetown, Notre Dame and....Rutgers? 

The first three I've listed above I have no problem with. Marquette won the regular season title, their first BIG EAST Tournament title and finished with a 16-2-2 record and went 9-0-1 in the BIG EAST. They are ranked #13 in the nation. Well done, MU!

Georgetown had a very good season also. 15-3-3 and 8-1-1 in the BIG EAST. Played for the BIG EAST Tournament title for the first time in school history. Ranked #31 by the NCAA. Another school worthy of the bid. 

Notre Dame fared well also on the season. A 13-5-2 record with a 8-1-1 BIG EAST compliation. It's their 20th. straight NCAA Tournament bid. They won the NCAA tournament in 2010. Ranked #21 in the NCAA rankings. Take your seat on the plane, Irish. 

But Rutgers? Someone explain this selection to me like I was a six-year old, please. I just don't get it.

They were 5-5-1 in the BIG EAST. Louisville was 5-3-3 and USF 6-2-2. Overall, the Scarlet Knights were 12-7-1. Louisville was 10-4-3. USF 10-5-4.

Rutgers is #47 in the NCAA rankings. Louisville #45. South Florida #52.

The only possible reason that makes any sense with regards to including Rutgers before Louisville in the tournament selection would be that they defeated the Cards in the regular season.

Obviously, that must mean more than league finishes, overall records, NCAA rankings and common sense. And, if that's the case...why bother with a BIG EAST Tournament?

Louisville got a bad break. To use a more popular term...they got hosed. Something to motivate the Cards for the 2013 season.


Louisville 10-4-3                 South Florida 6-2-2             Lou. #45
South Florida 10-5-4           Louisville 5-3-3                  Rutgers #47
Rutgers 12-7-1                    Rutgers 5-5-1             South Florida #52


COMMON SENSE SELECTION: Louisville and South Florida

Someone explain it to me.


The #9 ranked Louisville women's basketball team starts the regular season in large fashion, hosting #12 Texas A&M in the KFC YUM! Center Friday night at 7 p.m. A lot of media types are calling it the best opening regular season game this year.

We can't disagree. A&M comes in with just two starters back from last year, but a highly-ranked and talented freshman class. Louisville loaded with talent...all but Tia Gibbs and Asia Taylor ready to play and looking forward to filling the Arena.

$2 tickets available at the box office with your Kroger Plus card. No home football Saturday, so you have no excuse not to be there.

Who will start for the Cards? We were mildly surprised to see Megan Deines in the starting lineup for Jeff Walz's Cards against Eckerd...but soon found out she was worthy and capable of the nod. Given that A&M center Kelsey Bone (6'4") is likely to cause some worries for the Cards underneath the boards...wouldn't surprise us to see 6'4" Sherrone Vails draw a starting assignment, but the front-line combo of Sara Hammond and Shawnta Dyer didn't look bad against Eckerd. We expect Mo Reid to see 15-20 minutes. Cards will try to counter the Aggies' height with quickness and transition one would assume. We'll throw a lineup out and let us know what you think of it in the comments section or by e-mail.

Shoni Schimmel
Shawnta Dyer
Sara Hammond
Bria Smith
Megan Deines

It's a "Red Out" game, so dress accordingly and show up! The Cardinal fan base can be an intimidating factor to opponents' be loud!  Walz wants the place packed, so take advantage of this early-season opportunity to support the Lady Cards!



  1. I start Vails and go big...moving Hammond to the wing and put Deines on the bench to start. As many minutes as Mo can go are crucial.

    --Joe Hill--

    1. Vails to start based on what stat? Scoring , steals, rebounds or turn overs per minute?

  2. Tough break for They deserved a bid. Exeter being injured and gone was a drawback.



  3. Will be a tough game but we should pull it out. A&M is young and will pick up a a lot of fouls. I think we win by 8 or so.

    Will A&M play man or zone or both? They lost their defensive coach last season so that is a huge plus for us!

  4. We were also in this game at the half last year (which was horribly officiated) without 3 of our best players. A&M didn't open it up until the 2nd half. A&M should pick up 20+ fouls if they play their typical physical style. Playing at the YUM is not an easy task for any team. I remember a very talented Tennessee team that came here and turned it over 30+ times due to the amazing atmosphere. An amazing advantage.

  5. Who starts does not matter, it is who finishes, right? It is fun to speculate, though.
    I am going with:
    S. Schimmel, Smith, Hammond, Dyer and Vails.
    Mo is first off the bench and we will see Slaughter and Deines in too.
    With Bone in the middle for aTm, we go big, and fast (which is where Deines will come in to play on the wing).


  6. Will partially agree with Jenny in that Walz doesn't like to start Monique Reid, so I don't see the Cards changing the starting lineup from the Eckerd College game. Shoni, Smith, Megan, Hammond and Dyer. Reid off the bench first, Harper and Jude get a swing at guards first half and Vails and Walton spell the bigs. Slaughter if they pack it in a zone against us. Shoni sees 35+ minutes in this game. Cards by three.

    Curtis Franklin


Please leave your comments here. We ask you be respectful of other posts, no matter how ridiculous they may seem to you. After all, it is CARDINAL COUPLE.

Any attempts to advertise a product or other website here in the comments section without the prior consent of CARDINAL COUPLE will result in a bill rendered for advertising services and possible legal action. We're serious. No more bots.

Now, have your take...