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Monday, July 6, 2015

Christianna Carr visits Louisville...Dream hold off Storm -- Monday Cardinal Couple


Christianna Carr, a 6'0" wing from Eden Prairie, MN spent Sunday in the 'Ville touring the UofL campus and facilities with the UofL assistant coaches as they get ready for a busy week of checking out the talent that is busy with AAU ball. 

Carr could be a very good one. She started playing varsity high school basketball as an eighth grader in Eden Prairie and is ranked #5 in the class of 2018. 

Carr is adept at shooting from the wing and displays great athleticism all over the court. She is particularly successful at finding open teammates and knocking down the mid-range jumper.

As a freshman last year, Carr received offers from Minnesota and Iowa State. It is not known if the Cards offered or not during her visit....with head coach Jeff Walz busy as an assistant coach with the USA U 19 WBB squad, it's doubtful...but it's always good to draw the interest of upcoming sophomore to the program.



Atlanta improves to 5-6 with the eight-point win over Seattle but it got dangerously close late in this one. The Dream saw a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter evaporate to one at 63-62 with 2:11 left in the game. 

Angel to the rescue time. 

Her "and 1" pushed Atlanta back to a 68-62 advantage and the Dream outscored Seattle 9-2 in the final two minutes to grab the victory. Sancho Lyttle nailed four free throws in the final minute to secure the "W".

McCoughtry had 23 points in the victory and Tiffany Hayes added 12 for Atlanta...who led the entire way. 

Shoni Schimmel continues to do well in All-Star voting but can't get out of the Michael Cooper doghouse...seeing only two minutes in the win. #23 had a nice assist on a pass to Lyttle...but also created two turnovers while she was on the court.

It looks like Cooper has decided on Rutgers alum Matee Ajavon as his point guard for now...she looked impressive drawing the start and directing the Dream offense yesterday...seeing 27 minutes of court time

The veteran guard entered the league in 2008 and played with the Houston Comets a year until they folded.  She went to the Washington Mystics in the dispersal draft where she played until this season. Matee was a big part of the 2006-07 Rutgers team that was runner ups for the NCAA title. 



  1. Dream also sent Sam Logic to San Antonio for a future draft pick. Looks like Cooper is narrowing his lineup down.

    1. Yah... they could have picked Laney or Hoover or Harden with that pick. Was Kiah Stokes available? She is doing monster work for somebody now. Dream do not know how to draft. Especially guards with exception of Tiffany Hayes a 2nd round steal.

    2. What does that tell you about the Atl Dream? They take the 10th player drafted overall and two months later trade her for a 2nd rounder? Nice drafting.

  2. Erica Wheeler seeing increased minutes also. Once thing about those Rutgers guards is that they do learn defense from C Viv and Cooper loves defense.

    Nick O.

  3. Nice story. No biggie but Ajavon is in her second season with the Dream not her first. She came off the bench last year and played sparingly. Anymore insignificant facts I can contribute just let me know.

    1. My bad, I thought she was still at Washington last year. ..


  4. Nice posting from
    The top rookie performers this season generally don't correspond to the 2015 draft board.

    1. Dearica Hamby, San Antonio: 10 points, 6.3 rebounds. Draft pick: 6

    2. Natalie Achonwa, Indiana: 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds. Draft pick: 9 (2014)

    3. Chelsea Gray, Connecticut: 8.8 points, 1.5 rebounds. Draft pick: 11 (2014)

    4. Brittany Boyd, New York: 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds. Draft pick: 9

    5. Jewell Loyd, Seattle: 8 points, 3.4 rebounds. Draft pick: 1

    6. Ramu Tokashiki, Seattle: 7.3 points, 2.4 rebounds. Draft pick: International player, not drafted

    7. Cayla Francis, Phoenix: 6.9 points, 4.7 rebounds. Draft pick: International player, not drafted

    8. Marianna Tolo, Los Angeles: 6 points, 3.4 rebounds. Draft pick: International player, not drafted

    9. Kiah Stokes, New York: 5.8 points, 6.3 rebounds. Draft pick: 11

    10. Cierra Burdick, Atlanta: 5.8 points, 4 rebounds. Draft pick: 14

    11. Andrea Hoover, Los Angeles: 5.3 points, 1.5 rebounds. Draft pick: 31

    12. Jasmine Lister, Los Angeles: 5 points, 2.3 rebounds. Draft pick: not drafted

    13. Erica Wheeler, Atlanta: 4.8 points, 1.3 rebounds. Draft pick: not drafted

    14. Amanda Zahui B., Tulsa: 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds. Draft pick: 2

    15. Betnijah Laney, Chicago: 4.7 points, 3 rebounds. Draft pick: 17

    16. Brianna Kiesel, Tulsa: 4.3 points, .09 rebounds. Draft pick: 13

    17. Ally Malott, Washington: 3.6 points, 1.3 rebounds. Draft pick: 8

    18. Clarissa Dos Santos, Chicago: 3.5 points, 3.9 rebounds. Draft pick: International player, not drafted

    19. Natasha Cloud, Washington: 3.3 points, 2.5 rebounds. Draft pick: 15

    20. Alex Harden, Phoenix: 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds. Draft pick: 18

    The next ten spots:

    21. Jennifer O'Neill - not drafted

    22. Kayla Thornton - not drafted

    23. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis - draft pick 3

    24. Elizabeth Williams - draft pick 4

    25. Cheyenne Parker - draft pick 5

    26. Jennifer Hamson - draft pick 23 (2014)

    27. Samantha Logic - draft pick 10

    28. Reshanda Gray - draft pick 16

    29. Brittany Hrynko - draft pick 19

    30. Inga Orekhova - International player, not drafted

    Fascinating stuff.

    What this seems to say, more than "don't believe player rankings," is that you just never know how a player's game will translate from the college to pro level. It's an unknown


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