Monday, May 2, 2016
TAYLOR JOHNSON TRANSFERRING TO LOUISVILLE...SOFTBALL SPLITS WITH IRISH -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
5'7" GUARD WILL HAVE ONE YEAR AT LOUISVILLE
Taylor Johnson, a 5'7" guard from Frankfort, IL who spent three seasons at Loyola (Chicago) has transferred to the Louisville women's basketball program and will be immediately available to play for the Cards.
Following a weekend visit to the campus, Taylor put up this notification on social media Sunday night:
royalt_tay25 Soo excited to be apart of a new FAMILY at the Unversity of Louisville. Made it official today. Really looking forward to this new opportunity!
Johnson averaged 15 points a game for the Ramblers last season. One of her highlight games was a 24 point effort on 12/21/15 8 in a 88-75 win over DePaul.
Guard depth was one of the things that Louisville could have used a bit more of as they went down the stretch in the final part of the 2015-16 season. With Taja Cole gone and no Dakota Weatherford listing on the 2016-17 roster, Johnson will be in the mix for starting time and significant minutes for the Cards.
With Loretta Kakala committing to the Cards on Saturday, it was a busy and fruitful weekend for Walz. Recruiting never stops, according to the Louisville women's basketball head coach, but maybe he'll take a little time to slow down and relax this week and take in a few Derby festivities.
Welcome to the Ville, Taylor!
SOFTBALL SPLITS SUNDAY IN SOUTH BEND
Louisville Softball split with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a double-headed in South Bend...losing the first contest 8-7 and winning the finale 8-3.
The Irish got to Louisville starting pitcher Maryssa Becker in the opener and broke open a 3-3 tie with scores in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 8-3 lead on the Cards as Louisville traveled to the plate in the top of the 7th inning.
Spurred by a two-run homer by Hailey Smith the Cards battled back to cut the lead to 8-7 but couldn't get the tying run across.
In the second contest, the Cards got a strong performance from freshman Megan Hensley in the circle and relief work from Becker to take a 8-3 win. Smith continued her hot streak at the bat with 3 for 4 hitting, and the Cards broke open a close 4-3 contest in the sixth inning with five hits and a walk to grab a 8-3 lead. Becker provided a two-RBI single in the turnaround inning and kept the Irish at bay the final 1 2/3 innings and Hensley got her 14th.win of the season for UofL.
Louisville (33-12, 14-6) ends the regular season and ACC schedule with a trip Derby weekend to Tallahassee for a 3 game series with league-leading Florida State.
THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR
Missed the last edition of The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour? No need to worry or fret...it's available on the Crescent Hill Soundcloud.
A fun show with plenty of Walz speak, our final Derby analysis and Sam Draut and Paulie discuss softball and lacrosse also!
LINK: THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR 4/30/16