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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday Cardinal Couple -- FIBA AMERICAS BEGIN TODAY


- Walz, Moore seek Gold

- More on  Moore

They're not equipped with pack mules, prospecting equipment and pick axes...but two UofL
WBB representatives are looking for gold out Rocky Mountain way.

 University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz and freshman
 Mariya Moore begin their quest to bring home the program’s second gold medal this summer in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The two are part of this year’s U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team, with Walz
serving as an assistant coach for the first time, and his McDonald’s
All-America guard beginning play on Wednesday in search of the team’s seventh consecutive gold medal at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship.

Rising senior Sara Hammond guided the U.S. Women’s 3x3 World Championship Team
to gold in Moscow in June.

The U-18 Team has spent the last 11 days training in Colorado, and the opening
 contest is taking place against Mexico on Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. ET in Sports Center
 I or II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The finals
are scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 10, and all games will be held in one of the two

Games can be viewed online at

The field features eight national teams from North, South, and
 Central America and the Caribbean, consisting of Argentina, Brazil, Canada,
 Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States.

The top four finishing teams qualify for the 2015 FIBA U-19 World Championship
 for Women.

Walz, who guided Louisville to the NCAA Elite Eight last year in seventh season
 at the helm of the program, is working alongside U-18 National Team and
 South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley and national team assistant and
 Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico.

Under Walz's tutelage, the Cardinals have reached at least the NCAA Sweet 16
three of the last four years, including a national runner-up finish in 2012-13.
 The head coach quickly has developed Louisville into a national power,
leading the Cardinals to two 30-wins seasons and a 181-70 record. This year,
 Louisville had a school-record three WNBA Draft picks, headlined by
 No. 8 selection Shoni Schimmel.

Moore secured one of 12 roster spots on May 26.

The highly decorated California native, in addition to McDonald’s
All-America honors, earned WBCA high school All-America honorable mention accolades in 2014. A two-time San Francisco Chronicle Player of the Year, she finished her career at Salesian High with 2,396 points, 1,110 rebounds, 878 assists, and 535 steals.

With the games featuring international play, the U.S. will have to make
adjustments based on rule differences. One adjustment includes the fact
that no player can call a timeout, and that timeouts only can be called on
 a dead ball.

After the opening day game, the U.S. is scheduled to play El Salvador
 on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET and then Canada on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
All three games are part of the preliminary round.


Here's the scoop on Moore:

Mariya Moore

175 lbs
Salesian High School 2014
Richmond, California
Twitter: @MariyaMoore4
Instagram: @mmoore4

USA Basketball Notes
Named to the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team on
 May 26, 2014.

Participated in the 2011 USA U16 National Team Trials as an
 applicant athlete.

College Notes
Signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and compete for the
 University of Louisville.

High School Honors
2014 WBCA High School All-America honorable mention.
Member of the 2014 McDonald’s High School All-American Game
East Team that defeated the West 80-78 on April 4 in Chicago;
 posted six points and five rebounds.

2014 MaxPreps All-America second team.
2014 USA Today All-California first team.
2013 and 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Player of the Year.
2014 MaxPreps All-State first team.
2014 Contra Costa Times All-Area and Player of the Year and
 2013 and 2014 All-Area first team.
2014 Cal-Hi Sports North Coast Section Player of the Year.
2013 All-North Coast Section first team.
2013 league MVP.
2012 all-league first team.
2011 all-league second team.

High School Notes
Attended Salesian College Prep School (Calif.), where during her
 four-year prep career, she started all 137 games played and
 amassed 2,396 points, 1,110 rebounds, 878 assists, 535 steals and
 81 blocked shots, while making 47.0 percent of her shots
 from the field and 80.0 percent from the line.

As a senior, helped Salesian to a 30-7 record and a California
 Open Division state runner-up finish; averaged 17.8 ppg., 8.6 rpg.,
 7.0 apg. and 3.5 spg.

Helped Salesian finish as the California Division 4 state runners-up
in 2012 (31-5) and 2013 (29-8).

As a freshman in 2010-11, her squad finished with a 24-6 record.
Also competed for her school’s track and field team.

Personal Notes
Born on June 10, 1996, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Daughter of Cenne Carroll-Moore and Errol V. Moore Jr.,
 has one sister, Minyon Moore (15).
Both her grandfather, Alan Carroll, and uncle, Nathan Carroll Jr.,
 played basketball for St. Mary’s College.

Started playing basketball in the fourth grade.

The Inside Scoop
Favorite moment of the 2012 Olympic Games was the Opening Ceremony.
Plans on majoring in communications and sports broadcasting.
If she could drive anything, it would be: a Lamborghini
with butterfly doors.
Currently drives: an Acura Legend.
Favorite Twitter account to follow: @mdaag.
Favorite superhero: Spider-Man.
Top five movies of all time: Titanic, Hercules, Little Mermaid,
 Finding Nemo and Daddy’s Little Girls.
Favorite non-sports site:
Favorite sports site:
Must-have pregame meal or snack: Krispy Kreme donuts.
Has a pet Siamese cat named Forrest Gump.
Favorite app: Instagram.
Favorite sport other than basketball: cricket (kidding!).
Favorite class: lunch.
Favorite basketball player of all time: LeBron James.
Favorite basketball team: Miami Heat.
Favorite Olympian: Maya Moore.
Most played song on her iPod:
Best players ever faced: Jamie Cherry, Mercedes Russell.
Most impressive person ever met: Ruthie Bolton, because of her
“relentless effort and energy.”
Compares her game to: Magic Johnson.
This right-hander wears No. 4 because: it was an even number.
Also, it was her soccer uniform number when she was four years old.
Away from the court, enjoys: sleeping.
Most people don’t know: that she’s a little OCD.
Supersititions include: the volume on the radio has to be
on an even number.
Has traveled outside of the United States to Cancun in 2013.


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