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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cardinal Couple Tuesday



Basketball Ranking Record

With a new AP media poll posted Monday afternoon, Jeff Walz's squad has achieved a new UofL record.

Because the AP media poll doesn't do a round after the end of the NCAA tournament like the USA Today Coach's Poll does, this represents the highest that the UofL women have ever been ranked in the AP.

Louisville advanced thanks to Duke's upset loss to then 17th ranked UNC.  Still ahead of UofL is, of course, UConn in the #1 spot, and Notre Dame in 2nd.  Duke drops to the 7th spot, with South Carolina and Stanford rounding out the top five.

Weekly Honors

Morissette adept at finding the back of the net
I generally like to keep tabs on the weekly honors in various sports, but not a lot to report this week.

Shoni Schimmel made the honor roll for the AAC weekly honors in women's basketball.

No honors for Softball from The American, but that's probably understandable given the tough weekend that Softball had at the Jacksonville Softball Tournament.

No weekly honors have been announced for Lacrosse, yet.  The last release on the Big East's site for women's Lacrosse is from the 11th, so perhaps we'll hear something today?  If I were a betting man, I would probably put some money on Kay Morissette on the strength of scoring that called a double hat trick?...against Detroit.  Also with hat tricks, you might look for Nikki Boltja and Cortnee Daley to make an appearance in the honor roll.

Soccer Spring Schedule Posted

You'll only have three more chances to catch Women's Soccer in action at Cardinal Park.  Coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes announced the spring schedule for the Kickin' Cards and it features three games at home in Cardinal Park before they take to the new soccer stadium in the fall.

Before they start the farewell tour, though they make a stop in Illinois for a 7v7 indoor tournament on March 1st.

March 22nd starts the home games with Middle Tennessee State making the visit.  Ohio State visits the next weekend on the 29th followed by Tennessee the next weekend, April 5th.  All of the home games are at 1pm.

Cardinal women's golf fifth

The Louisville women's golf team stands in fifth place after two rounds in the Central Division Invitational on Monday at the Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

The Cardinals shot a 290 in the first round and followed it up with a 289 in the second round for a score of 579. Central Florida leads the tournament with a score of 261. Vanderbilt is second with a score of 563 and host Michigan State is third with a score of 566.

Sophomore Laura Restrepo leads the Cardinals with a score of 137. Restrepo is currently in third place after shooting a 67 in the first round and a 70 in the second round. UCF's Fanny Cnops leads the tournament with a score of 134. Vanderbilt's Simin Feng is second with a score of 136.Juniors Emily Haas and Katie Petrino are currently tied for 24th with a score of 146. Haas shot a 75 in the first round and a 71 in the second round. Petrino shot a 73 in the first round and a 73 in the second round.Freshman Louise Oxner is tied at 43rd after two rounds. Oxner shot a 75 in the first round and a 75 in the second round for a score of 150. Senior Tara Lyons is tied at 55th with a score of 152. Lyons shot a 76 in the first and the second rounds.

Freshman Emily Kurey competed as an individual. Kurey is tied at 55th with a score of 152. Kurey shot a 77 in the first round and a 75 in the second round.Louisville will wrap up play on Tuesday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.


The flashy, high scoring point-guard out of Richmond, Va. has committed to pursue her college basketball career at Louisville.
Taja Cole
Taja Cole
As good as they come, according to G.A.M.E. Sports Group:
Number 7 point guard, number 17 overall player in the class of 2015. Smooth lefty that can handle the rock and finish with both hands. Explosive first step and terrific change of pace. Elevates well and knocks down the mid-range pull-up with consistency. Lives in the paint where she can finish or create for others. Terrific basketball I.Q. which she uses to anticipate and disrupt other guards on the defensive end. Continues to develop her long range jump shot which should make her one of if not the top point guard in her class.

She's also got a flair for style...given the pic here

A member of the Boo Williams Summer League team, Cole visited U of L recently and gave the Cardinals the good news on Monday. "When we visited she said she just felt like it was home," Cole's mother, Star Wills, said. "She was comfortable with the coaches and with all of the players. She felt at home".

"She also liked the style of play on TV and then when we watched it in person, she felt like it was the perfect fit. But what really made it seem right was when we met with the academic advisors. She has her own clothing line, so she wants to something entrepreneurial and sports administration and it was just right."

The 5-foot-8 Cole averages 19.2 points a game and was also looking at Florida, Texas, West Virginia and dozens of other schools. Wills said her daughter started her own clothing line about three years ago and it's called Team Cole."She started it out on social media and it just took off," she said. "She created her own logo, creates all of her own stuff. She created the design and is growing the brand."

Douglasville, Ga., Douglas County High '15 wing Maya Benham committed to Walz last summer.

(Portions of the Cole story were previously reported at UofL Card Game and Cardinal Authority.)



  1. Welcome! Welcome! Welcome to Taja and again to Maya.
    Absolutely a great decision for you and for the team.
    Go Cards!

  2. Looks like a nice PG get.

    I hate to admit it, but I'm rooting big-time for UK Hoops tonight against SC - just like I did last weekend against the Vols. A loss to UK knocks SC off that (guesstimated) top seeding line, and another Top 10 win by UK raises their RPI and makes Cards' loss in December look better.

    1. Agreed. As I said on Saturday's Radio Show:

      C-A-T-S...cats, cats, cats...

      (Damn, that hurt.)


  3. Taja is rockin some seriously colorful roundball jams there.

    Oh yeah...Go UK, at least today.

  4. SC / UK play on the 20th. This Thursday.

  5. Something to get y'all in the mood


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