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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday Cardinal Couple


-Details on Louisville WBB

-Lacrosse announces fall schedule

A few nuggets (with commentary) on UofL womens' basketball.

- Sherrone Vails, last year's starting center, had knee surgery in July and her status is up and the air for the 2013-14 season. She may have to redshirt. Last season, Vails started 28 of UofL's 37 games...averaging 15.6 minutes per game, 4.0 points and 2.8 rebounds. We hope Sherrone heals completely and, if not available this year, comes back strong in the 2014-15 campaign. We hope it doesn't hinder her promising fashion runway model career, either.

- Davionna Holmes has left the team. She is looking to
find another school to play for...she will

transfer. She came to campus to play volleyball and was dismissed from Anne's Kordes squad. She was injured before she ever stepped on the court for Louisville WBB. This news may be the worst kept secret of the off-season. We were getting "rumors" and "insider" stuff for a week before Coach gave out any official notice.

We wish her well wherever she ends up and hope she can become a valuable contributor and follow team rules. No official explaination or reason was given for her decision to depart. If it was her decision. Maybe sometimes, that is best. Another "big" that leaves the Lady Cards.

- Tia Gibbs is back to full speed and looking good in the gym, according to our sources who have watched her in informal shoot-arounds. Gibbs was an integral part of Louisville's march through Cincinnati a couple of years ago when the Cards defeated Xavier and Vanderbilt. When healthy, Gibbs is a lock-down defender and has a good range of shooting. Has it really been two full seasons since we last saw her on the court? Bring it, Butler Bear...we're ready to see you tear it up.

- Asia Taylor is also healthy and going 100% on the court.
Taylor was the best jumper on the squad in the 2011-12.
 Asia's been "through it" on the injury docket over the last five years. We're hoping for a full and pain-free season for the Columbus, OH climber.
She is Sonja's favorite player. Yep, that's Sonja doing the "happy dance" because "31" is healthy and having fun.

A Tayy will be a success at whatever she attempts in life. We would love to see her have a fun and successful senior season. She can help this team a lot if she stays healthy.

-Shawnta Dyer is on schedule with her rehab after blowing out her ACL after 11 games last season. She was a force inside in those nine games she played and if she can return to that skill gives UofL another powerful paint player and excellent rebounder.

Dyer averaged 19.5 minutes last season...scoring 7.4 ppg, grabbing 5.5 boards and shooting 53% from the floor. The only knock we can find in her game is free throw shooting..which struggled to get over 50%. We assume she's had plenty of time to practice those...

So, what was 16 is now 15 and possibly 14. Still plenty of players to go around. Good reports on the three who had to watch last year. A group of new and old. Of experienced and promising. And Shoni.

C'mon hoops season. We're ready. Get here soon.


LOUISVILLE Lacrosse announced their fall schedule for 2013 yesterday and it involves some travelling for Kellie Young's squad. They start the journey in Boston, MA with a match against Boston University on Sept. 28th. They travel to Cambridge, MA the next day to take part in the Harvard tournament. Following that, LAX goes to Baltimore for competition against Johns Hopkins University on Oct. 6th.

Louisville does get one home exhibition match against Michigan on Oct. 12th. They end the fall slate at Duke on Oct. 27th.

The Louisville lacrosse banquet is on a Friday night this fall...Oct 11th. We'll get details on that as they become available.

We'll also have an interview with Coach Young on our Saturday CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR this week. She is one of four (possibly five) coaches we'll have words from this Saturday. You don't want to miss Saturday's show!

Last Saturday's show is archived on the heavenly SoundCloud and can be heard at the link below:

Don Paulie presents the Jenny O'Bryan UofL women's sports review




  1. When is the tipoff luncheon? I can't wait to get this party started!!

    1. Last year it was on a Tuesday, Oct. 23rd. We would expect that it would take place about the same time this year.


  2. The news on Dyer is good but sketchy. She is on target but will she play? Cards need her on the boards. Got any more, Cardinal Couple?

    1. WBB season is a few weeks down the road. We are confident that Ms. Dyer has been through intensive knee rehab, strength and conditioning drills and will be an important aspect of the 2013-14 squad.


  3. Any idea whether Vails injured her knee during the tournament, or whether the injury afterwards, say, during summer workouts?
    Any idea what the surgery was for?
    --PDX Phil

    1. It was during the Baylor game. What exactly she did to it, we are not sure. She did play limited minutes against Tennessee, Cal and UConn.


  4. Thanks for the info. I was just watching the Baylor game again last night, and I noticed that during a time out, Vails was coming back to the bench area through the tunnel that leads to the locker room. And I have been wondering since April why she didn't play more minutes in the next three games. (I have also been wondering why Walton didn't play more minutes in those next three games, not that either more Vails or more Walton would have changed the outcome of the UConn game.)
    Hope it isn't too serious and that she has a full recovery.
    --PDX Phil


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