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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! 

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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.

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12 comments:

  1. Walz getting like Pitino with the fifth-year kids. Hope she has the same effect and Lee and Lewis did.

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    1. I'm don't follow men's college ball and don't live anywhere near L'ville. I take it Lee and Lewis were huge contributors in the win-loss column?

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  2. Some stats on Taylor last year:

    15.1 ppg
    6-24 three point shooting
    42% FG shooting
    79.5% FT shooting
    120 assists #1 on team
    79 steals #1 on team

    She looks like a good point-guard. Not much from long range there but should add a lot to Cards offense with assist numbers and guard defense with steal numbers.

    I see her in a 3-4 way battle for point with Arica, Asia and Sydney. Walz has a lot of options here. Depending on what he does with Jaz Jones and if Dakota walks on, the Cards guard with BJ added in look to be as deep as they've been since the Shoni/Jude days. What a battle this fall for playing time!

    Curtis Franklin

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  3. I know that Walz would never promise anything to a recruit or a transfer, but Johnson must feel like she can play a lot next season - otherwise why make the move? Looks like she could probably start at a number of Power Five programs. I've seen on another website that against DePaul last season she had 24 points and 8 assists, leading Loyola to a win on DePaul's home court.

    I did see that Loyola's home attendance last season ranged from a low of about 200 to a high of about 600.

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    1. We mentioned her big DePaul game here as well.

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    2. This is fantastic. I think Mike D. Is right. She wouldn't have come here if she didn't think she could start and tear things up. I hope she is 25-30 minutes of terror. The good kind.

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    3. Paulie, that's what I get for not reading the whole article before I fire off a post. My bad!

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    4. No worries. Maybe you were still in shock like I was that the Atlanta Dream traded Shoni Schimmel to New York

      Michael Cooper has some stugots

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    5. Shoni better take this as a serious wake up call as the best deal Atlanta could get for her was a future 2nd round pick. Time to grow up girl!

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  4. All part of the Swoopes fall out at Loyola. With her skills she should be good for possible 20-25 minutes a game.

    Blue Lou

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    1. Sorry to be so selfish but good for us. She looks like a basketball player doesn't she? Look at her frame. I thought she looked big in a good way on video.

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    2. Experience being what it is and the numbers that Johnson put up, she'll be a beneficial addition to the roster for a season.

      Paulie

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