Only one of the Louisville women's basketball players that are preseason WNBA camps played in an exhibition game last night and that was Asia Durr.
Unfortunately, it wasn't a huge night for neither Durr or the New York Liberty. They went to Mohegan Sun Arena, home of the Connecticut Sun, and got blinded by the Sun 100-66.
The Liberty fell behind by ten early and thing continued to get worse for New York the longer the teams played.
Asia got the start and put in 19 minutes of court time. She did not score in those 19 minutes, going 0-3 from the floor -- including a missed three-point attempt. She distributed two assists, grabbed two rebounds, picked up a couple of fouls and had a turnover.
She played the first half of the first quarter, returned for the final 1:30 of the second quarter, started the second half and played about five minutes of the third quarter and the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter. Asia's 19 minutes tied for third most on the roster last night.
I wouldn't worry too much about the playing time. New York has an unwieldy 24 players listed on their current roster. 15 saw action last night. With players injured, still ln Europe and such, obviously the brief preseason schedule and the [practices that follow are a time for coaches to evaluate as much as they can, do some necessary trimming and build what they hope will be a foundation for the season.
If the Liberty are going with a three guard set primarily (Durr, Kia Nurse and Brittany Boyd) to compliment, pick up the scoring threats and feed Tina Charles and Amanda Zahui B inside...they should be OK. Head coach Katie Smith is now faced with the task of finding the other pieces of the puzzle to fill out a 12 player roster by May 23rd. Charles can't do it all alone, NY needs a proficient scorer at the guard slot and I think Durr is the answer for the need.
The Liberty pre-season schedule ends today when they take on the Atlanta Dream. The regular season begins May 24th.
|Paulie and Celene Funke talk Tournament|
(Photo by Daryl Foust)
Louisville goes to Evanston, IL. for participation in the Northwestern regional starting Friday. To advance to the Super Regional, the Cards need to win two in the double-elimination format, that will start with Louisville facing Southern Illinois. Northwestern and Detroit Mercy are the other two participants. The first game against SIU is scheduled for Friday, 1 p.m.
We have audio clips below from head coach Holly Aprile, pitcher Danielle Watson, catcher Madison Cousineau and center-fielder Celene Funke.
Good luck to the "Hit and Pitch" Cards in Evanston in the NCAA Tournament!