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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Louisville women's basketball -- Durr honorable mention AP...Newbauer to Florida...WE have a Final Four--Tuesday CARDINAL COUPLE



Asia Durr was named to the AP All-American honorable mention team on Monday. A nice recognition for the Douglasville, GA sophomore...who led the Cards in scoring at 19.2 ppg and sank 119 threes during the season. Asia broke the previous record for threes...held by Shoni with 118 in the 2013-14 season. Asia was second in the NCAA in threes made. 

Durr led the Cards in baskets made for 2016-17 with 233. She also led the team in steals...with 46. 

Big things ahead, no doubt, for the Cards guard. When one looks back on the 2016-17 season...the image of Durr knocking down threes will certainly come to mind. 

Asia shot .424 from the field for Louisville this season and .405 from the three-point line. She was also one of the most productive from the free throws line with a 78% success rate. 

No Cards were selected for the Wooden Award teams. 

As a by-line, I was on the Louisville First show with Howie Lindsey and Matt Wilinger this morning. The topic turned to a starting line-up for Louisville WBB next year. (Is it too early to think of such things? We thought not...) Howie came up with Durr, Mariya Moore, Myisha Hines-Allen, Kylee Shook and Dana Evans. I can see that...but I think you may have to consider a healthy Arica Carter and Ciera Johnson....as well as the talented Jazmine Jones into that candidate pool. 

What say you, Cardinal Couple readers? 


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Cameron "Cam" Newbauer has been named as the next head women's basketball coach at Florida. Newbauer, who was an assistant at Louisville from 2011-13, is the first male coach in the history of the program. Another Walz protege gets a bump. 



Newbauer achieved great success at Belmont University...where he went after working with Walz...in his four seasons there. He complied a record of 51-14 (29-3 in the Ohio Valley) over the last two seasons and led the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament twice. 

The Bruins' athletic director...Scott Stricklin...seems pleased with the hire: 


“Cameron Newbauer brings energy, vision and an incredible work ethic to the University of Florida. In addition to developing well-coached teams, he’s a hard-charger when it comes to recruiting and fan engagement,” Scott Stricklin of his first coaching hire since becoming the Gators’ athletic director. “He’s coached in our league with Georgia and coached in the Final Four with Louisville. As a head coach, Cameron’s built the Belmont program and led them to back-to-back NCAA berths. I share his confidence that he can build Florida women’s basketball into a conference and national contender, and look forward to Cameron, Sarah and their family joining the Gators.”



Cam will have his initial work cut out for him. The Gators went 15-16 last season and graduates three players. Three of the top four scorers are gone...with the transfer of Eleanna Christinaki to Maryland. 

UF's new coach will have some tools to work with in three returning starters, led by All-SEC freshman guard Delicia Washington, plus the addition of transfer point guard Funda Nakkasoglu, who averaged 19.1 points per game at Utah State in '15-16 on her way to first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors. UF will return guard Simone Westbrook, a starter on the '16 NCAA tourney squad who missed the entire season following knee surgery last summer 

Prior to joining Walz, Newbauer spent four years with Andy Landers at Georgia as an assistant. Landers, now retired, has been seen on TV quite a bit recently as one of the analysts for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament. 


Congratulations to Cam! A great guy whose trajectory continues to soar. If anyone can draw talent to the Gators in the extremely competitive SEC...it's Cam. 



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The Final Four for NCAA women's college basketball was set last evening with UConn rolling over Oregon 90-54 and South Carolina holding off Florida State 71-64. 

Stanford, Mississippi State, Connecticut and South Carolina are your Final Four participants. Two #1 seeds and two #2 seeds. 


Not that hard a stretch to come up with these four...although no one in our Cardinal Couple contest had all four in the Final Four. Three people did have 3 out of 4. 


LEADERBOARD

51-9 The Deb Factor, Cliff


50-10  Curtis F. 


49-11 Charlie Mc., Kenny S. 


All five have UConn winning. Charlie Mc. and Cliff have three of the Final Four. Deb, Kenny S. and Curtis have 2 of the 4 finalist. 


Cliff has Stanford vs. UConn in the title game.


Charlie Mc has South Carolina and UConn


Deb had Florida St. vs UConn 


Kenny S. had Notre Dame and UConn


Curtis F. had UConn and Notre Dame. 





paulie
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16 comments:

  1. Go with Durr, Hines-Allen, Moore, Jones and Carter. Run them to death. Walz says the team that scores the most points wins. This lineup could score 100 a night.

    Nick O.

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    1. IMHO Dana ,Asia ,Mariya,Myisha & a much-improved Ciera.

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  2. Kylee will start next year. And then, it doesn't matter who starts, it matters most who is in at crunch time. And also, I think we are loaded! I see lots of different combinations that have possibility.

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    1. I don't know who starts,but one thing for certain the 1 & 5 spots will score points.
      MLW

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  3. Key ingredient we must get that point guard can't wait to see Dana Evans!


    MLW

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    1. There is much anticipation about her.

      Paulie

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  4. Dana Evans might move Carter out.

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  5. Congrats to Asia Durr....But did I miss something what happened to Hines Allen? Did she get over looked? 😕

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    1. Sadly, the votes just weren't there for her. Hoping she uses it as a motivation to have a superb senior season. The skills are obviously there.

      Paulie

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    2. Very true and I hope she comes back a MYZILLA every game. But I know her scoring dropped but her rebounding was phenomenal and she had like 17 or 18 double doubles...But she is capable of more your right on that. We can hope for a better season next year!

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  6. Wouldn't be reliant on a freshman point guard over Arica. But Walz plays the best, soooo...

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  7. IMHO Arica Carter a good player but she's not a dribble penetrator that's what the cardinals need.


    MLW

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    1. The key on Arica is how well she comes back. At least there will be two true point guards in the battle. And, Jessica, of course...in case it all goes south and for end of game antics.

      Paulie

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  8. Hi Couple, it's Cliff. I am surprised I have gotten this far and done this well in the NCAA Tournament selections but I will take it. I hope Stanford can reach the final. Thanks for doing this Paulie. I have been a long time reader but rarely comment. Too many geniuses here for me to compete with and I tend to observe not comment. Cliff.

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  9. Keep in mind Arica Carter averaged 4 points a game in 22 minutes her soph year and was constantly being pulled by Walz after mistakes. She is not a guarantee by any means. Lets hope for the best but she has not shown she's a playmaker or a great ball handler for that matter.

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  10. Dana Evans better move Carter out or we in for a long year. I think it's a huge leap to think Carter will be our answer at point. She wasn't that good her first two years. Player development is not a Walz forte with a few exceptions.

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