Saturday, December 27, 2014
2014 UofL women's sports in review -- Part I ....Saturday Cardinal Couple
January - June recap on the year that 2014 was -- Part 1
The first six months of 2014 in Louisville women's sports brought a lot of good things to the Cardinal athletes, squads, coaches and fans. Let's take a look at some of the highlights:
-- Women's basketball was in conference play after going 13-1 in non-conference games and a 1-0 slate in the AAC. The Cards swept January...going 8-0 with wins at Temple, vs. Cincy, at USF, vs. UCF, at SMU, at Houston, vs Memphis and at Rutgers.
-- January marked the return of Nita Slaughter to the court...hitting the court vs. the Bearcats on January 4th and getting five points in 16 minutes. Slaughter collapsed on the bench on Dec. 3rd, 2013 after playing 3 minutes against Missouri State.
-- Louisville Lacrosse was voted in a preseason poll to finish 3rd in their final BIG EAST Lacrosse season. The LAX Cards looked to be higher than that to the CC Radio crew....
-- Softball was fighting the elements to get in preseason practice before their final AAC season. Fielding grounders in the Trager Practice Facility isn't exactly skill-building...
-- Women's Soccer and Field Hockey announced their signing classes for the 2014 seasons. We had no way of knowing then how instrumental the WSOC freshman would turn out to be for KFD.
-- Softball got underway with a couple of warm tournaments out of town. They went 8-6 in Boca Raton, Jacksonville and Ulmer Stadium.
-- Basketball lost to UConn but downed USF and UCF again. They also defeated Temple, Memphis, Houston and Rutgers again.
-- Lacrosse received a #20 NCAA ranking and went 3-1...losing at Duke but downing Detroit, Old Dominion and William and Mary.
-- Walz's crew took two more losses to UConn, but beat Cincy, Houston and USF. In the NCAA Tournament the Cards travelled to Iowa and knocked off Idaho and Iowa. They returned to the KFC YUM! Center and beat LSU in the regionals.
-- Shoni Schimmel was selected as a ESPNW second team selection.
-- Softball went 12-8...getting rained out in two California stops and weather-cancelled against Michigan but doing well in their two tournaments in Ulmer. Louisville was discovering that transfers Kelsi Jones and Brittany Duncan were every day players and freshman Maryssa Becker was the real deal on the mound.
-- Lacrosse was 4-2 on the month...getting snowed out against Canisius and winning the conference opener at Georgetown 14-13.
-- WBB ended their season with a loss in the Great Eight to Maryland. Three Cards did get drafted in the WNBA, though.
-- Women's Golf won the AAC tournament and qualified for the NCAA regionals
-- Softball went 11-5 for the month...whipping up on AAC opponents but losing to UK twice.
-- Lacrosse swept the BIG EAST...going 6-0 for the month...7-0 overall in the BIG EAST and got the #1 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament.
-- Lacrosse won the BIG EAST Tournament and beat Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Northwestern in Evanston.
-- Louisville Rowing sent three teams to the NCAA Tournament.
-- Softball won the AAC Tournament by beating South Florida but fell to Boston College in the NCAA Tournament.
-- Sara Hammond was a winner in the 3 on 3 World Championships.
-- Mariya Moore and Jeff Walz headed to Colorado Springs for the U17 Tryouts for the FIBA Qualifiers.
-- Worldwide Jeff had his gall bladder removed and got a grape slushy!
(Part II to follow...)
Cardinal Couple RADIO airs today @ 11 a.m. The guys will be discussing hoops (because that's about all that is going on right now) and recapping the 2014 year.
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