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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cards shorthanded in today's game vs the Aggies


-Shoni Schimmel, Tia Gibbs, Monique Reid out for A&M game

-Central Cardinal Club Holiday Boutique today at PJCS

Gibbs has shoulder
The University of Louisville women's basketball team has caught the men's teams injury bugaboo and will be missing three of the starters that helped the Cards advance to the Sweet Sixteen last year.

Mo has back and
foot trouble
Monique Reid, all-conference last year and the Cards leading scorer has arch and back injuries and will likely sit against Texas A&M. Reid played in the Missouri State game but went 2-10 in 22 minutes and is slowed by her injuries.

Tia Gibbs fell on the shoulder she injured and had surgery on when she was a Vanderbilt Commodore and will most likely be held out of action as a precaution until a more complete diagnosis can be made on the injury.

Shoni will return after A&M

Shoni Schimmel is serving the second game suspension of her two game sit down because of playing in a non-sanctioned 3on-3 tournament this summer.

The Cards will depend heavily on the three newcomers who sparked the rally against the Bears on Sunday...transfer post Cierra Warren, freshman forward Sara Hammond and lightning quick freshman guard Bria Smith.

"Of course, we wanted to go into this game at full strength, but we're not healthy. That's the way it is. In college sports, sometimes you have to face adversity. Some players that maybe weren't expecting to play 20-25 minutes are going to have to step up and do that for us. It's a good opportunity." -Jeff Walz, UofL head women's basketball coach.

In addition to the three, key reserve Charmaine Tay is sidelined academically and will not dress.

Louisville will run into a A&M team that returns three starters from their 2011 National Championship team. Texas A&M beat Oklahoma City 84-63 in an exhibition game and defeated Lamar on Saturday 83-58 to open the season. Transfer Kelsey Bone has added height and rebounding power to the Aggies and guards Sydney Carter and Tyra White compose one of the best back courts in the nation.

The game will be televised on ESPNU at 4 p.m. The Aggies will also unveil their national championship banner in pre-game ceremonies.

We'll have a full report on the action later tonight.


Sonja stands by one of the
many silent auction items
The Central Cardinal Club is having their 2011 Holiday Bazaar today at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in the PNC Club. Lots of great gifts, silent auction, speakers and food. The event begins at 11 a.m. and runs till 8 p.m. They're showing the Louisville vs. A&M game also, in case you want to stop by and watch it with a bunch of die-hard Cardinal fans.

Debbie Zipperle (left) and Barbara Hancock (right) did
a wonderful job helping organize today's event !
The PNC Club adjoins the East Side loge seats and can be accessed off Floyd Street. Elevators are easily accessable to take you to the third floor, where the PNC Club is located. Once there, you'll find a vast array of items to either bid on or purchase.

Shirley Blanton enjoys the delicious lunch and style show
Just back from there and we had a delicious lunch and watched the style show with emcee Susan Sweeney Crum and several Cardinal coaches wives showing some great outfits and accessories. This event has got over 100 silent auction tables and some excellent things to bid on. Get out there tonight..or after work...the event runs until 8 p.m....and speakers this evening are Scotty Davenport, Valerie Owens Combs and Howie Lindsey.

Denny Crum signs a basketball for Jim Watkins
The Central Cardinal Club holds the annual event to raise money for the non-revenue sports at UofL and the Cardinal Athletic Fund. We saw many priceless items at the silent auction table, including basketballs signed by Rick Pitino, Jeff Walz and footballs from Charlie Strong and from the Orange Bowl.

Plenty of holiday fashions and outfits for your Christmas shopping needs as well are available for purchase, too.

Thanks to Bill and Barbara Hancock and Debbie Zipperle for being gracious hosts and showing us around the gala affair.

Remember, they're open until 8 p.m. tonight, so why not run over there and watch the Lady Cards play A&M or after the game to help support Central Cardinal Club's worthy event?

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