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:
DANA EVANS TELECONFERENCE 3/3/21
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!
Arthur Here !
I'm one for one ! That little girl Swartz was on fire for BC and I hope Kendall Spray can do the same for my Tigers tonight against the Irish. I hope Boston College didn't make room reservations past today, though, Ol' Q and his Cuse clobbers will probably have their way with Coach Mac's Eagles.
Here's hoping my second round picks do well. I have the Cuse, UNC, Virginia Tech and my Clemson Tigers knocking off the Irish.
I sure miss not being up there in Greensboro this year but it is what it is and even though Bea and I are fully vaccinated, she still isn't getting around very well with the hip rehab and all, so we'll be watching on TV.
I hope the announcers are better today. Not much respect for that Tom Werme and whoever that gal was with him calling yesterday. Give me my Deb Antonelli and give me a Clemson win tonight!
#1 Clemson Fan
Great honors for Dana, Walz and the Cards WBB squad.ReplyDelete
I'm off work until Monday! Got some vacation time I need to use and I finally have a store manager that appreciates employees, so life is good these days for Curtis.
I had BC yesterday and I DO have BC winning again today, I know that is a big longshot but crazy things happen tournament time. Also got UNC, Miami and Notre Dame advancing.
Paulie, I miss your reports from Greensboro. I get it, though. We are living in unprecedented times. Let's hope the QAnon folks don't overrun the capitol today.
Curtis "Be Kind" Franklin
Yes, the Watson Winning Ways won Wednesday.ReplyDelete
I surmised that Pitt losing their starting point-guard Harris for the tournament would affect them adversely and that was the case. And, Cameron Swartz had a career afternoon for Baldwin's bunch from Beantown.
Let's look at the second round:
In the battle of I-40, I do expect UNC to get huge games from Bailey, Watts, Petra and Kelly. I really admire Ivana Raca and Gina Conti from Wake, though, and expect a very close game. I expect a first game thriller and UNC barely escaping the clutches of the Demon Deacon. I'd gladly console Jen Hoover after the loss, if I was there.
Syracuse has so much talent and maybe Q is starting to figure out how to use it. The key here will be which glasses he wears and whether he shaved his head this morning. The wire rims and a smooth dome usually mean "W" for Otto's Orange and I do not see BC pulling off what they did last year with a trip to the semifinals. Syracuse by a bunch. Baldwin flies home.
The Virginia Tech vs. Miami match intrigues me. The Canes come in with successive wins over BC, Clemson and Wake Forest to end the conference slate. No major standouts on this Katie Meyer squad, just a bunch of hard working girls who enjoy the game. But, let's not forget VT trounced them by 20 during the regular season and Kenny Brooks has Kitley, Sheppard and Amoore and that equals win for Hokies if they're on their games. Maybe not by a bunch, but if Brooks loses this one, the fair citizens of Blacksburg will probably be quite upset and storm Cassell Coliseum with protest posters.
I did go with Clemson over my old alma mater Notre Dame tonight, it hurts me to do so, but I still can't figure out how Niele Ivey goes about coaching all this talent in South Bend. Why isn't Olivia Miles starting? What's going on with Mabrey? Do you think she just might consider playing Brunelle and Westbeld together for more than two minutes? These Clemson Tigers are a hardscrabble, knock you down and run you over bunch (you'd think Dabo Swinney was coaching them) and let's not forget that Amanda Butler's ballers beat them by 23 points before Christmas in Littlejohn. I don't see a repeat of that blowout, but I do see a Clemson win. (Just as long as I'm not looking through the Clemson Tigers's glassy eyes...who knows what I'd see in that scenario.)
So, there it is. I'll be back tomorrow to brag about my 5-0 start and heap abuse upon Joe Hill, who lost yesterday and will lose several more matchups today. He also cheats at golf and has a bad reputation at certain country club snack bars for using way too much mustard on his hot dog and excessive napkin waste habits.
Watson will fail.ReplyDelete
The Real Joe Hill
I'm 0-2. I hate TOURNAMENTSReplyDelete