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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

More basketball news...


WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

(Staff Columnist Jenny O' Bryan looks at the preseason WNIT and Louisville's involvement as well as "V-dubs" interest in Louisville WBB. Yes, it's June and we're still talking hoops! BE sure to catch further discussion on both these items on our Saturday morning broadcast at Crescent Hill Radio. Less than five months before the thrill and excitement of women's college basketball returns to the KFC YUM! Center.)



University of Louisville Women’s basketball has one remaining member of the incoming class who has yet to be looked at here at Cardinal Couple.    Starr Breedlove is not yet on campus.  I am going to forgo talking about her this week to bring you some exciting basketball news.  We will take a look at Breedlove next week. 

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It was mentioned here several weeks ago that the women’s basketball team has been invited to participate in the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.  

The first round pairings have been released and Louisville will host Loyola University Chicago on Saturday, November 9 at The Yum Center.  The first round action kicks off Friday, November 8.

The WNIT guarantees a three game minimum format.  The sites of the second round matchups will be determined after the results of all first round games.  Second round games will be played November 10-11, semifinals November 14 and the championship on Sunday, November 17.  Consolation matches for the teams who lose in the first rounds will have brackets redrawn based on the geography of the teams in the field. 

Loyola University Chicago’s head coach, Sheryl Swoopes, will debut in her first game as a coach against the Cardinals.   Swoopes is retired from the WNBA.  Among her many accolades she holds the honor of being the first player signed in to the WNBA. 

This is quite a coaching debut for Swoopes.  She will bring her team in to one of the greatest arenas in women’s basketball, among one of the best fan bases in the country, against the Cardinal’s runner up team who return every starter.  That is a pretty big stage for one’s first game as a coach. 

Tickets to the event are a part of your season ticket package. IF you are not a season-ticket holder, why not become one today?

WBB Season ticket holder information

Click below to see the full first round bracket:
 

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Some promising recruiting news hit the internet and social media sites on Tuesday. 
2014 guard/ forward Victoria Vivians has narrowed her list of schools to 4.  The 6th ranked player from Forest, MS, and recent Miss Basketball, includes Louisville, Kentucky, Florida and Mississippi State.

Vivians is considered the most prolific scorer in her class and scored over 1400 points, averaged 39.7 ppg , 15.1 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block last season. 

Vivians has already made unofficial visits to Louisville, Kentucky, and Mississippi State and intends to visit Florida this weekend.  She will make official visits to all four schools this fall and hopes to make her decision in September or October. 

Vivians is quoted as saying she likes everything about all four schools, the environment, coaching staffs and styles of play.  She has over a dozen offers from other schools such at Tennessee, Baylor, Duke, and Stanford. 

Check out these two links to articles by Kelly Kline at FullCourt WBB:


Keep it here Cardinal fans, we will keep you abreast of all the latest information as it becomes available.  

Jenny O'Bryan

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2 comments:

  1. Hearing Sydney Moss is looking at us and WVU. Do we have room?

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    1. Depends on who comes in for 2014, since she'd have to sit a year. Currently her coach is blocking any transfer to a BCS program...which is a bit weird, since this is basketball, not football. Arianna Freeman and Syd Brackemyer are the two confirmed so far for 2014. We graduate Asia Taylor, Shoni, Nita Slaughter, Sherrone Vails and maybe Tia? (Not sure on her status). So, technically there woul be a spot for Moss...but a lot of hoops to jump through still...especially in Gainesville, where apparantly they are still bitter about the Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville.

      Paulie

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