Sunday, November 8, 2015
Louisville women's basketball one week away from opener.
DEPTH, SHOOTING AND QUICKNESS ON 2015-2016 ROSTER
Next Sunday at 2 p.m. the University of Louisville basketball squad will open their 2015-16 season against California in the KFC YUM! CENTER. Jeff Walz and his staff have been busily preparing the squad for this game. The fanbase is eager and anxious to see the team.
What are we liable to see next week?
Makers, not shooters
One of Coach Walz's anecdotes concerns a young prospect a few that was tagged as a outstanding shooter. When this was pointed out to him, he replied that he liked shooters but he preferred makers.
There are plenty of "makers" on this squad. All five of the guards on the roster are capable of double digit efforts anytime they take the court. Briahanna Jackson has the skills to beat an opponent from multiple positions on the court. Asia Durr and Taja Cole are quick off the ball, can score from outside and were love the fast break, transition game. Arica Carter looks like a completely different guard this year and the outside shot has improved noticeably.
Dakota Weatherford is primarily an assist and defensive point guard...but can consistently hit the mid-range jumper and is also dangerous from the deep.
At wing, Mariya Moore continues to be an all-over-the court threat and improved the consistency of her shot behind the arc. Sydney Brackemyer has a nice shot from the corner and will help the Cards inside as well. Brianna Jones is another speed merchant who drives well to the hoop and can hit from mid-range.
In the paint, Myisha Hines-Allen is still strong around the hoop and looks to be a little faster than last year. Cortnee Walton crashes the boards with authority and almost never misses on follow ups and putbacks. Erin DeGrate is rapidly picking up the college game pace and techniques and will surprise opponents with her agility and shooting accuracy. Sam Fuehring may be the best rebounder of this group and gets around opponents and to the hoop very impressively for a freshman.
Although we have no clue on who Walz will start yet, we can be assured that all five freshmen will see action and there is virtually no drop-off in talent and skills when a substitution takes place. Venturing a guess at a starting lineup right now would be purely a guess...but Jackson and Carter at guards, Moore at the wing and Walton and Hines-Allen inside looks very solid. Don't be surprised if you see all five freshmen on the court at the same time...and Weatherford and Brackemyer's defensive skills will get them playing time as "stoppers".
The thing that I think I'm most impressed about when watching this team is how fast they get up and down the court, know where to pass and cut and get the ball up to the hoop very quickly. Think of the UConn teams over the last couple of years that just kept coming at opponents non-stop on each possession and created very few turnovers. This Louisville team shows those same skills.
Last year's team relied on superior senior defensive skills at times to win games. The defense this year may not be exactly where Walz wants it yet....with so much youth at his disposal...but lighting up the scoreboard shouldn't be a problem. 5-6 double figure scorers each game a distinct possibility. Fast, transition basketball a certainty.
It all starts next Sunday.
HEY....IS THIS THING ON? TESTING...
Our Saturday radio show THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR should be available on the Crescent Hill Radio Soundcloud sometime today.
We hope. The gremlins ate it last week and yesterday's show featured Paulie on remote and Worldwide in the studio...so there are chances something went wrong.
We hope not. It was a fun and interview packed hour and we even threw in a tailgating "Cards Cheer" and station identification from a fan.
THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR
VOLLEYBALL VS VA TECH TODAY
Head down (but keep your head up if you're near the court) to the KFC YUM! Center for UofL Volleyball action today. The WideNet Cards face Virginia Tech at 2 p.m.
Louisville (12-1) is atop the ACC Conference...Va.Tech (6-7) back a bit in the middle of the pack...but still a dangerous opponent.