Thursday, December 18, 2014
Will we see Walton? -- Thursday Cardinal Couple
Cortnee Walton could see action against Grand Canyon
The University of Louisville women's basketball team is on a west coast swing the next several days and the first stop is Phoenix, AZ to play Grand Canyon University.
No steep trails or cliff-hanging finishes expected in this contest...the Antelopes return no starters from last year's 21-9 Western Athletic Conference squad that made the Women's Basketball Invitational post-season tournament.
Currently sitting at 3-6 this season, they did beat Oral Roberts last time out 54-51 on Dec. 11th. Despite shooting less that 25% for the game. This isn't Arizona State or Northern Arizona...they'll most likely pack it up in a zone and try to make Louisville shoot outside for awhile before the Cards fast-break, transition game gets rolling.
It is a homecoming for junior forward/center Cortnee Walton...she played her high school hoops at St. Mary's Catholic High and was a big part of winning two straight state titles. If the toe will let her go, it'll be Walton's first appearance of the season. Whether Walz will grant her starting privileges or not remains to be seen...our guess here is probably not but we would expect an early off-the-bench entry for her.
Jessica Gajewski leads the "Lopes" in scoring with 11.3 ppg and is the only double figure producer on the squad...Cheyenne Hedrington grabs 7.7 board a game and Courtney Hayes is the thief with a team high 20 steals.
I guess the philosophy here is...if you're going to Berkeley to play Cal...why not pick up a bonus game somewhere along the way and make a road trip of it? A check of the schedule does show both the men and women's basketball teams at Arizona State, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University all off tonight...so gym availability wasn't an issue. My guess is they didn't want these Cards...
In any event, it should be a good leg-stretcher for Walz's crew in preparation for Lindsay Gottlieb and the Bears of Berkeley.
It'll be shown nationwide on Cox Sports Television if you have them as an internet provider. WKRD will have the broadcast locally in Louisville. Game time is 9 p.m. EST.
We've also heard from someone who would definitely know about the live internet stream at:
LOUISVILLE WBB VS GRAND CANYON
They list Grand Canyon Arena has having a capacity of
5,000. Wouldn't it be great if was packed for Cortnee and a strong tribal contingent showed up to see Jude? The 'Lopes average a little less than 400 per home game for WBB...so chances exist that the Cardinal fans just might equal or surpass GCU rooters in attendance.
We'll recap it in the Friday edition of Cardinal Couple