CARDS 1-4 START WORST SINCE 2000-01
The inglorious start by Jeff Walz's WBB squad in the 2015-16 is the slowest start a Louisville women's basketball team has endured since the 2000-01 season....where the Cards began the season 0-5.
It was Martin Clapp's first year a solo coach of the squad...previously he and wife Sara White had been co-head coaches of the team since the 1997-98 season. You can see (and hear) White these days on Louisville WBB home broadcasts on ESPN3. Clapp's LINKED IN page states he is an assistant coach on the Purdue women's basketball team...I failed to notice him on the sidelines, though, when the Cards met them in Estero and Purdue's WBB website doesn't list him on the staff...
The 2000-01 squad started out in the Time Warner Classic in Lincoln, Nebraska and fell 78-67 to #24 UC Santa Barbara and 76-71 to Oakland. We're pretty sure this wasn't Al Davis' Raiders from the bay...but Louisville returned home 0-2 and then was faced with traveling to Cancun, Mexico for the Torneo Cancun de Basquetbol Thanksgiving Holiday Tournament. Louisville ran into #15 Texas there and took a 73-59 loss. The next day they played Minnesota and were on the short end of a 68-64 score.
The squad finally got their first home game on Nov 30th against WKU in Freedom Hall and the Toppers took a 86-79 win. Finally, on Dec 2nd, the Cards recorded their first win of the season...hosting Illinois State and getting a 87-59 victory.
So....take heart, fans of this current squad. Things can get better after rough starts and this young squad is showing improvement since the opener against Cal. The talent is there, the lessons continue and the players have lost none of their desire or confidence. They may stumble a bit more....MSU is 20th. in the nation and UK is devastating people in Memorial Coliseum these days...but the clouds will eventually clear and the sun will shine on these talented women.
Louisville faces Michigan State next in East Lansing...a 7:30 tip on ESPN2. It's part of the ACC v BIG 10 Challenge.
TALKING WIDE NET...V'BALL HOLDING A PRESSER.
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kill artist from the past?
Details are that Anne Kordes, Katie George and Erin Fairs will be available to talk life, love, Volleyball and Belmont.
We'll work on a few totally irrelevant and confounding questions to present to the representatives of the #15 team in the land. Maybe I'll check to see if I made the cut to get a media pass for Friday and Saturday also. With assoc. SID Nancy Worley...you just never know. My esteemed colleague Worldwide took what appeared to be a safer route...he applied for tickets and was originally told he did not get them...but found out that he did get them...so he will be running the steps leading cheers. Sonja prefers to watch Volleyball on television...as a former outside hitter, she likes the overall view of how defense sets up while the dig and pass develop.
I wonder if they'll let me bring Bill The Goat? He's always such a hit in the media room...especially if there's a buffet set up.
I also wonder where they would set up media seating in an arena that is...well...cozy on the baselines. I'd volunteer to watch from Walz's balcony that overlooks the court....if needed.
Keeping it real on Floyd. Couplin'.