Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Walton out for season -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple
Junior forward to apply for medical redshirt
Louisville WBB head coach Jeff Walz has announced that junior forward Cortnee Walton will miss the rest of the season and will apply for a medical redshirt.
If granted by the NCAA, the Surprize, AZ native would have two years of eligibility beginning next season.
Walz indicates that Walton felt soreness after the Georgia Tech game in her middle toe...which was broken in the preseason. After playing against Pittsburgh, she reported significant pain and after the team's physicians evaluation upon return to Louisville...it was determined that continued game action and practice would just further aggravate the healing process and extended rest and continued therapy would be the best path to pursue.
Sometimes you have to consider what is best for the individual over team needs. Mr. Spock, of Star Trek fame, may have indicated that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one...but, in this case, the health, safety and future of a talented young lady takes precedence.
And it should.
Walton played in four games for Louisville this season. She started once...against Grand Canyon University and saw a total of 53 minutes on the court (an average of 13.3 per game). She scored a total of 14 points for the Cards (3.5 a game) and grabbed 14 rebounds. Walton was 6-8 from the free throw line and 4-9 from the floor.
Her experience, knowledge and aggressive defense will be missed.
On a squad that has only one player averaging over six rebounds per contest (Emmonnie Henderson), Walton's ability to get to the ball, cover the defender and get to the line will be a significant loss to a team that is outrebounding their opponents by 11 a game.
We wish her a full and complete recovery and look forward to seeing her on the side lines cheering on the team (maybe she and Syd can start a injured body parts support hot-line) and can't wait to see her back on the court next year.
Rumors that she and Syd are considering name changes to Cortnee Wal(toe) and Syd(knee brace)myer are unconfirmed
Cortnee's role will be important in 2015-16. The Cards lose Sara, Shawnta' and Sherrone. She'll be the most experienced front-liner on a squad next season that is currently projected to have no seniors, two juniors, one sophomores, one redshirt freshman and two freshmen patrolling the paint.
It is, unfortunately, an all-too-common and frequent aspect of sports...losing performers to injuries. We've seen it on the WBB squad too often. Dez Byrd, Monique Reid, Shawnta' Dyer, Sherrone Vails, Tia Gibbs...to name just a few. Competition can have its price to pay at times.
We hope Walton can "toe the line" and come back strong.