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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

USA U 19 Team Prepares to Defend World Championship Title -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple


Jeff Walz made the trip to Colorado Springs, CO a couple of days ago with one less Cardinal than originally expected...but the USA U 19 Women's basketball squad still looks to be a powerful force in the World Championships. 

Asia Durr, sidelined with a muscle injury, will not participate in the practices leading up to the trip to Spain and Russia or make the trip. She has been replaced on the roster by talented Ali Patberg...who will be a freshman at Notre Dame this fall. Durr also missed the 3x3 World Championships because of the injury and was replaced by Elizabethtown, KY star and Notre Dame commit Erin Boley. 

A groin injury can be painful but is generally not recurrent once properly healed. Get well for your freshman campaign at Louisville, Asia! This also goes to show what we've always takes two Notre Dame recruits to fill in for one Louisville recruit.

(Get ready for the e-mails on that non-sequitur, Paulie and be sure to check back in tomorrow when Dr. Paulie discusses stubbed pinkies.)  

Mariya Moore is back for the U19 Squad and the Richmond, CA. native led Louisville in scoring as a freshman. She'll be looked to for leadership on a team that has six players who played D1 ball last season and six hoopsters that will play their first college season later this fall.

A'ja Wilson (South Carolina), Shakayla Thomas (FSU), Chatrice White (Illinois), Azura Stevens (Duke) and Gabbi Ortiz (Oklahoma) make up the part of the roster that has collegiate experience. Joining them are Patberg, Lauren Cox, Kristine Anigwe, Napheesa Collier, Katie Lou Samuelson and Crystal Dangerfield.

Dawn Staley, head coach of the squad is excited for the re-gathering...the squad had a 5 p.m. (MST) practice yesterday and will have practices twice a day the next three days at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Walz and University of Michigan head WBB coach Kim Barens Arico are assistants on the USA squad.

Staley on Durr and the addition of Patberg:

"Anytime a team loses someone like Asia Durr, someone who has had a lot of success in USA Basketball, it leaves a pretty big void. But, our country has the best players in the world and in adding Patberg to the team...we'll be just fine." 

The USA squad will depart for Spain and Russia on July 8th.



How about that USA Women's Soccer World Cup team's win over Germany 2-0 last night! Another shutout for the Americans...who haven't been scored on in about one million minutes of play.

After a scoreless first half, the USA girls survived a missed penalty kick by Germany in the second half and then was able to capitalize on their own penalty kick with a score by Carli Lloyd. Lloyd also had the assist that allowed reserve forward Kelly O'Hara to score later in the half. 

A bit of controversy on the ruling that allowed Lloyd to attempt the go-ahead shot for USA. No doubt about O'Hara's score, though. No officials' replay or review exists in World Cup action. 

USA awaits the winner of England and Japan tonight to see who they'll face in Sunday's title game.



  1. Anybody hearing anything on Lauren Cox's interest in Louisville. BTW, Paulie, you listed her twice in today's article.

    Curtis Franklin

  2. LOLK...yeah, looks I left Katie Lou Samuelson off the list. Sorry, kids. As for Lauren no clue. We hear stuff...but if it isn't verifiable...we won't speculate on it.

    Which, I guess....spurs the next question. Lauren Cox or Heather Cox? Who ya got?


  3. Old information from mid-March on Cox (Lauren).

    Tennessee had a home visit Wednesday with Lauren Cox, a 6-foot-4 forward from Flower Mound, Texas. Cox is ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2016 by ESPN HoopGurlz.

    Connecticut had a home visit on Tuesday with Cox.

    To date, Cox has made unofficial recruiting visits to Baylor, Louisville, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.

    Paulie, I chose Heather Cox over Lauren Cox. I'll accept delivery on Thursday :)

    Nick O.

  4. Ex UNC WBB Jessica Washington has decided on Kansas as her new school. That leaves Mavunga as the final transfer out of the 2013 class to pick a destination

    1. Interesting. She'll have to sit a season. A shame Megan Deines won't have a chance to "school her".


    2. Washington is from Tulsa so I guess Kansas is close to her home somewhat

  5. Not even close to being on topic but that guy who recruits for Kentucky now did a heck of a job recruiting for Dayton based on their showing in the tournament. He was responsible for Hoover and Malott going there and that team.

  6. Jude Schimmel
    Career Rankings
    10th in assists with 392
    7th in steals with 221
    Tied for 9th in games played with 135
    Tied for 1st in NCAA Tournament games played with 15

    Senior Year (2014-15): Started all 34 games and averaged 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.2 steals … had 13 games with double-digit points, 11 with at least five assists, and 21 with at least two steals … ranked fourth in the ACC in assists per game … owned the fourth-best assist-turnover ratio (1.8) in the league … tied for second in the conference in steals per game … totaled 74 steals on the year, tying personal single-season best from 2012-13 … finished the year with double-digit points in all three NCAA Tournament games (13 vs. BYU and USF; and 11 vs. Dayton) … had 13 points, knocking down three 3-pointers, and seven rebounds against Syracuse … produced 14 points and a team-high eight boards against Florida State … pulled down a career-high nine rebounds against California … notched first career double-double, with 12 points and a career-high 10 assists against Old Dominion … opened the year with a season-high six steals against IUPUI (later matched that against Pittsburgh on Feb. 8).

    1. Would be interesting to see those stats and rankings on a "per minutes played" basis. Considering Jude didn't pull big minutes till she was a senior they'd probably be pretty impressive.

      That NCAA tournament games played number is a pretty cool & surprising factoid. That will make a good answer on a future CC WBB quiz.


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