Thursday, May 4, 2017
LOUISVILLE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Shook and Evans invited USA U-19 World Cup -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
SHOOK, EVANS TWO OF 33 PLAYERS INVITED
Louisville WBB players Kylee Shook and Dana Evans have been invited to try out for the USA Basketball U-19 World Cup Trials. The players will convene May 18-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, which also happens to be Shook's hometown. 12 players will be picked for the event...that will take place from July 22-30 in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy.
Shook, as a freshman, played in all of Louisville's 35 games last year. She averaged 5.2 points and had 35 blocked shots. Shook hit double-digit points five times and put up 16 against Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament. The 6'5" forward was also a 2016 McDonald's All-American
Incoming freshman Evans, in her senior year at West Side (Gary, IN) high school, led the state in scoring with 36 points. she also grabbed 7.6 rebounds, has 6.2 assists and 4.8 steals. She won a gold medal on the USA FIBA U-18 squad. A 2017 McDonald's All-America, the 5'6" point guard will be re-united with Susie McConnell-Serio, the head coach on that U-18 gold medal squad and selected as an assistant coach for this 2017 squad.
"My job on that team was to be more vocal, play great defense off the ball and get everyone involved in the offense and defense" Evans remarked about that squad that went 5-0. She averaged 8.8 points per game.
Jen Rizotti will be the head coach for the squad.
A big congratulations two these two Cardinals on the invites. A great chance for Kylee and Dana to get to know each other before they hook up on campus later this summer. And, maybe just a bit of home-style Colorado cooking for the two courtesy of Mom and Pop Shook?
BRITTANY READ NAMED ACC WOMEN'S LACROSSE DEFENDER OF THE YEAR.
The ACC gives out five individual women's lacrosse awards at the end of regular and tournament season. Louisville goalkeeper Brittany Read received the ACC Defender of the Year honor, it was announced Wednesday.
The junior was nothing short of amazing between the pipes for the LaxCards this season. She led the ACC in saves (186), save percentage (.518) and saves per game (10.88). She had a career high of 16 against Notre Dame during the season. She was earlier named to the first team All-ACC squad and received ACC Defender of the Week award twice during the regular season.
Louisville head coach Kellie Young reflects:
"There are no words to appropriately express how proud I am of Brittany. She has not only grown into an incredible goalkeeper but has matured into a strong and confidant young woman that is the pillar of this team."
Read has, indeed, come back quite strongly after having last season end rather abruptly with a torn ACL. The Cards had but one loss at the time...but ending up losing their final five games of the year without Read on the field.
The Lacrosse team awaits their fate on an NCAA Tournament bid. The participating 26 teams will be announced Sunday, May 7th.