SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
( Game report. Louisville MBB defeats Kentucky 80-77 in Freedom Hall. Cards were up by 17 in second half. Donny Yaste will have the full game report in Sunday's edition of CARDINAL COUPLE )
( Staff columnist Quentin Voigt - AKA Elvis Redbird - brings us a report on Monday
night's opponent for the Louisville WBB team....Tennessee State. He also looks into
a couple of 2014 recruits that Jeff Walz is interested in. )
Coach Larry Inman and his Tennessee State Lady Tigers will attempt to derail the Lady Cardinals at the KFC YUM! Center Monday, Dec. 31st. at 6 p.m. This is, of course, New Year's Eve and the Cards will be looking to ring out the old year with a convincing win -- conference play looms ahead.
Hoping to catch the Cards day-dreaming about New Year's resolutions or revelry is a TSU squad that is 4-7 on the season....losing 76-67 to Eastern Illinois Saturday night.
Avery Jones, a 6'1" senior, is a graduate of Louisville Manual High School and averages 7.5 p.p.g. for the Tigers. She sees about 20 minutes a game and has a team-best 48.3% from the floor, 70.4% from the charity stripe and grabs four rebound a contest. The only T.S.U. player in double figures is 5'8" senior Jasmine Schuler -- at 10 p.p.g. Schuler dishes out 1.6 assists a game, gets 2.8 rebounds and is the best Tiger from the line with a 78.3%. Simone Hopes leads State in rebounding with 7.3 a game. T.S.U. averages 55.9 p.p.g., shoots 35.2% from the field, 24.6% from beyond the arc and 68% from the foul line.
I'm looking for the results of this match-up to be similar to the Wagner College outcome. Go Cards!
Recruiting is always a front-burner issue and (without intentionally stepping on Jenny's toes) ESPN Hoopgurlz has reported that Louisville has offered two girls out of the class of 2014. One candidate hails from the left coast, Sacramento, CA's Ayanna Edwards ( known as 'Shaq'). Walz has seen Ayanna and reportedly feels she would be a great fit for the Lady Cards' program. This junior is already 6'4" and has garnered looks from programs across the country. Currently, she averages 8.6 p.p.g, 6.1 rebounds and has 125+ blocks to her credit. She's very athletic, has all the moves for a post player and is exceptionally strong ( hence the nickname).
From Iowa City H.S. (IA) comes Haley Lorenzen, a 6'3" forward that -- according to her coach Bill McTaggert -- is a stronger player in her junior year and has shown improvement on her footwork. In a recent game, she posted 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 82-67 win over Cedar Rapids.
Both Edwards and Lorenzen are committed to improving their games and have come a long way since their sophomore seasons. We hope they'll continue that journey and end up in the Cardinal Red and Black!
-Elvis Redbird (Quentin Voigt)
( Today at 4 p.m. is also the annual tilt between the UofL and UK men's basketball teams. It'll take place in the KFC YUM! Center and tickets in the 300 section are reportedly being offered at $300 by scalpers for the sold-out contest. We, of course, do not encourage our readers to do business with nor do we promote the scandalous scalpers...but that's a pretty penny to pay, in our opinion, for horrible seats at a nationally televised game. Men's hoops guru and recently engaged CARDINAL COUPLE Administrator Donny Yaste will have the recap for us in The Sunday Edition of Cardinal Couple! )