LOUISVILLE'S SEVEN OPPONENTS 16-26 SO FAR.
(Notes written while watching a replay of the start of the second half against South Carolina...again...Pretty sure Kaela Davis is still out in my backyard still shooting threes...and Alaina Coates grabbing those that miss.)
At 6-1, it isn't the worst start in the world for now #7 ranked Louisville Women's basketball (and certainly a better start than last season)...tough games ahead, no doubt. Let's take a look this morning at how the teams are doing that Louisville has played already. Why not? It is hoops season and the WBB squad doesn't play again until Thursday...
LINDSEY WILSON Yes, I know, it was a pre-season exhibition game...and we didn't count it in the cumulative stats...but ol' Blue Raider Bob has had nothing but success since falling to the Cards. LWU is 8-0. Kayla Styles leads them in scoring with 16.7...she had four against the Cards when they met.
UT-MARTIN The Skyhawks haven't soared too well since hosting the Cards in the opener for both. They're 1-5...losing to Vandy by just two in their last outing. Emany Robertson leads them with 12.0 a contest...she scored four against the Cards. Ashton Feldhaus is at 11.7...she totaled 12 when the two schools met.
BELMONT Cam Newbauer's Bruins have had trouble coming out of hibernation so far...with a 3-4 record. Granted, they've only had one home game..and fell to a good Green Bay squad. Kylee Smith leads the Bears charge with 16.1 per outing...she tallied 13 against Walz & company in the Bucket.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE These Blue Raiders haven't been too active in their season as of yet...just 1-2...getting their first win against Tenn. Tech on the road in their last outing. Ty Petty continues to shine for the Murfreesboro school...averaging 16.7 a game...she had 27 against UofL. Center Alex Johnson adds 14.0...she put in 13 in the meeting.
BOWLING GREEN The Falcons are trying to get off the ground still...with a 2-4 record. They did beat St. Peter (and probably won't get into heaven now) up in Springfield at the Hall of Fame classic. Carly Santoro leads the Ohio squad with 14.3 a night...she was held to four against the Cardinals.
LAFAYETTE The Easton, PA Leopards aren't showing their spots yet...at 1-6. They were in Springfield and fell to Hampton (but got valuable awards points for future stays). Anna Ptasinski is the leading feline with 8.7 a night...she failed to score against UofL
CHATTANOOGA Jim Foster's Mocs need to change into tennis shoes...with a 3-5 record. They made the trip to the Hall of Fame showdown also and fell to Maine. Queen Alford rules the monarchy with 10.9 an appearance. She had 20 against the Birds. Jasmine Joyner follows with 10.0...she only had two against the 'Ville...we'll remember her for her 15 rebounds. She's averaging 9.9 grabs on the year.
SOUTH CAROLINA Perfect at 5-0 after the corralling of the Cards...the Hens feature Alaina Coates...who is currently third in the nation at 12 rebounds a night and second in shooting % with a 72.9% success rate. They'll tackle Texas next and the Lone Star State school may not be big enough to hold her, Wilson, Gray and Davis in their borders.
So, a combined 16-26 record for UofL's opponents this season. Looking at the next four game...Maryland, Kentucky, WKU and South Dakota St. are a combined 18-5. The Terps are undefeated and #5 in the nation. UK sits at 5-1 and is ranked #17. South Dakota St is un-ranked but 4-1...with a loss at #13 Oklahoma. WKU, a bit surprising 3-3. Their loss to DePaul in the Gulf Coast Showcase wasn't too awful...74-60. Stumbling to George Washington down in Estero does raise an eyebrow and falling to UT-Arlington is surprising as well.
CONGRATS TO TESS AND MOLLY !!
Three ACC teams were invited to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament...#7 North Carolina, Florida State and Pittsburgh. A bit of a surprise there, as well...with 21-8 Duke and 24-8 Georgia Tech getting left at the alter...but best of luck to those who got the berths.
Dani Busboom Kelly has a solid nucleus with these three...and more...returning to begin her head coaching gig at Louisville. She's still got a bit of off-campus work before she migrates to the Belknap campus...she's the associate coach at Nebraska and her squad is in the NCAA Tournament and ranked #1.