Women's Basketball Awards
Dana Evans continues to rake in awards. Her most recent is being named the Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The award is in memory of Hall of Fame coach Kay Yow, who led NC State to four ACC Tournament championships as well as directing the 1988 USA Olympic Team to a gold medal. It honors an ACC player each year. Evans is the second Cardinal to earn the award, behind Asia Durr, who won the award in 2018.
Evans is also one of five Cards named to the ACC All-Academic Team. The senior will graduate this spring with a degree in Sport Administration. She is joined on the list by Kianna Smith (Marketing), Hailey Van Lith (Business), Elizabeth Dixon (Management), and Mykasa Robinson (Exercise Science).
Dana speaks of the award and other aspects of UofL WBB basketbll in the link below, from her media teleconference yesterday:
UofL and NC State led the ACC with five student-athletes on the list. The 13 ACC schools that played through the end of the season had at least one student-athlete make the list.
Continuing on with the awards, Coach Walz was named a semifinalist for the Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year. He is one of 10 finalists and one of two ACC coaches on the list (Wes Moore, NC State).
Track and Field Prepares for NCAA Indoor Championships
Four Cardinals (three women) have qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The events will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., March 11-13.
Makenli Forrest is no stranger to the Indoor Championships as she makes her fourth appearance. She will be competing in the weight throw, where she finished runner-up in 2019.
Halee Hudson will also be competing in the weight throw. She has finished top three on three different occasions this year. Her best finish ranks 16th nationally.
Aliyah Welter will be competing in the pole vault. She tied a school record with a 4.32m mark and placed second in the ACC Indoor Championships.
Cardinal Couple's ACC Pick Em
We had 22 entries for this year's Cardinal Couple ACC Pick Em. Let's do a quick breakdown.
-- 15 brackets picked Louisville to win the tournament. Three brackets picked NC State. There were two picks for Georgia Tech and one each for Clemson and Florida State.
-- A UofL vs NC State championship game was most popular with 12 brackets have the top two seeded teams squaring off on Sunday.
-- No team was a unanimous pick for any game in the tournament.
-- After yesterday's first round contest, where 13-seed Boston College topped 12-Pitt 67-56, we still have 15 remaining perfect brackets. So roughly 1/3 of all entries had Pitt getting the win. Boston College got a career high 33 points from guard Cameron Swartz in the win.
Today will get more complex with four games happening. The first tips off at noon.
In second round action:
8-seed North Carolina and 9-seed Wake Forest will start the day off.
6-seed Syracuse and 13-seed Boston College will follow immediately after.
There will be a brief break before 7-seed Virginia Tech and 10-seed Miami square off.
Then, 6-seed Notre Dame and 11-seed Clemson will close out the night.
Since Daryl has tomorrow's article I will give her an update to share with us. I will then give another update during our normal Cardinal Couple Podcast on Saturday morning before photographing softball at noon.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!