LAURA TERRY NAMED TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY ASSISTANT COACH
We all remember Laura Terry. The tough-as-nails UofL WBB student-athlete who played three years for the Cards before injuries sent her to the sidelines. A lock-down defender. A career 52% shooter. An integral part of the 2008-09 squad that went to the NCAA Championship game. Stayed on for an additional two years as a student-assistant for Coach Walz before going to join Michelle Clark-Heard as a graduate assistant at WKU.
WKU led to an assistant coaching at Weber State...where she was reunited with head coach (and former Louisville assistant Bethann Ord. After a year at WSU with responsibilities of on-court coaching and recruiting, scouting, player development, and community service initiatives...she has rejoined the coach who recruited her to play at Louisville. Coach "Z"...Zenarae Antoine.
Terry is a whiz at working with post players. At WSU she worked with Jalen Carpenter who led the team in scoring and rebounding. Another post player, Zakiyyah Shahid-Martin was nominated for the NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year.
Fifth year Texas State head coach Zenarae Antoine. Coach Z was an assistant at Louisville and Arkansas before taking the job in San Marcos, TX in 2011.
Laura talks about the change in venue:
" I'm blessed to join Coach Z and her staff. I feel as though it will be a great environment to grow as a coach, as well as a person. Since she has been at the helm, she has done a tremendous job at building a culture focused on winning championships and I look forward to helping her continue to bring success to the program."
I'll always remember Laura for her defensive play against Rutgers in the 2009 Big East Tournament. She tracked down an errant pass and made sure the Scarlet Knights didn't gain possession at the end of regulation to force an overtime in a game that Louisville eventually won in two overtimes...87-82.
If Rutgers gets that loose ball, it is a layup and Louisville loses in the first round. Terry makes the play and the Cards force the O.T. and go on to win. They advance to the final game of the Tournament after beating Pitt to lose to UConn. A 34-5 record in 2008-08 with three losses to Geno.
Do you remember the other two teams that beat Louisville that season? We'll put the answer at the end of today's article....
Hard work and dedication...great words to describe the Ironton, OH (Rose Hill Academy) native. Another branch of the Jeff Walz player tree that has gone on to mentor others.
Get it done in the Lone Star state, #24 and congratulations! We wish you the best of success...even if you're a "Wildcat" coach again.
HOW WOULD THIS UK "GREAT EIGHT" FARE AGAINST THE LOUISVILLE "GREAT EIGHT"?
|Patty Jo Hedges|
I asked Lexington-Herald sportswriter Jennifer Smith if she would be interested in coming up with an All-Time Top Eight UK WBB list. The affable UK beat writer responded to the request and asked her Twitter followers for suggestions.
Jen sent me this squad:
Valerie Still, Victoria Dunlap, A'dia Mathies, Patty Jo Hedges, Lea Wise Prewitt, Stacey Reed, Tiffany Wait and Leslie Nichols.
They would appear to have a decided rebounding advantage over Angel, Shoni, Jazz, Asia, Valerie, Nell, Mo and Candyce. Who do you think would win this game, though?
I suppose the stats and such could be downloaded into a computer and a simulation game could be created.
I'm going to suggest we don't pick Walz and Mitchell to coach, though. For obvious reasons. How about Calipari and Pitino? Or Petrino and Stoops? Or Oscar Combs and Howie Linsdey? Or Laura Terry and Mickie DeMoss? Geno and "Q"?
( ANSWER TO THE QUESTION POSED EARLIER IN TODAY'S ARTICLE...LOUISVILLE ALSO LOST ON THE ROAD TO NEVADA AND AT HOME AGAINST WVU).