Friday, January 17, 2014
Friday Cardinal Coupe -- Catching up on AAC WBB
FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Only four teams with winning in-conference records
It's time to catch up on those crazy Americans that the UofL WBB squad is living with for a year. Basically, it's a three-team conference this year and the real battle is going to be over who gets the #4 seed in the conference tournament.
With most of the teams in The American being five games into the conference schedule...only Louisville, UConn, Rutgers and USF are over .500 in league opponent play.
The Cards, Huskies and Scarlet Knights have yet to lose. The Bulls are 3-2. In the cellar is Houston at 0-5. In overall play, all 10 teams are .500 or better except the Coogs...who are 4-12.
Player of the Week last week was UConn's Breanna Stewart. She banged in 24 against Houston and 12 against the Owls last week. Tyler Scaife took Freshman of the Week...she tossed in 18 for Rutgers against Cincy and 16 against SMU.
On the honor roll? Alisha Jenkins (USF), Ariel Hearn (Memphis), Jeanise Randolph (Cincy), SHONI SCHIMMEL ( Louisville ) and Akil Simpson (SMU).
Three AAC teams are in the AP Top 25....any guesses who they might be? (Hint: Dogs, Birds and Julie Hermann's new gig.)
On the national scene...Louisville is the 12th. best scoring team in the country...averaging 84.1 a game. Only UConn is higher in the conference (ninth at 84.7). The Cards are 15th. in the nation in steals (197), 18th. in rebounding margin ( + 11.2) and Shoni is 16th. in nation in threes with 52 and that number is first in the AAC.
Shoni's 16.9 PPG is fifth best in the AAC. Her .857 from the free throw line is tops in the league and Asia Taylor (.769) is eighth.
The Cards actually lead the AAC in total rebounds with 802 in 17 games.
In attendance figures for home games...UConn leads the league with an average of 8080 in 10 games. Louisville is second with 7894 in 11 games. After that, it drops significantly. USF brings in slightly more than Rutgers, Memphis or SMU but they haven't reached the 2,000 figure yet.
So, a All-American (conference) team so far? I'll toss out five names and feel free to debate them in the comments or by e-mail.
Shoni Schimmel Louisville Did you really think I'd leave her off the list?
Breanna Stewart UConn She just might be best in all of College WBB
Ariel Hearn Memphis Second in scoring in the AAC. Works for me.
Keena Mays SMU UofL shut her down but she can score, baby
Alisia Jenkins USF Gotta have a rebounder on here. She does.