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Friday, July 1, 2016

Louisville women's basketball to play in Hall Of Fame Challenge...Worrell tonight..FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

HELLO, 2016-17! 

the Chicago Cubs honored this 100 yr. old fan...who also
pitched 3 innings of relief in a 10-1 win over the Padres...
(OK, not really) 
Today is July 1st and starts the official 2016-17 college sports season. 2015-16 was "The Year of the Fan" and although Cardinal fans didn't have a whole lot to get fired up about with men's basketball missing the tournament, baseball not getting to Omaha and such...we hope the upcoming season is a great one for all UofL sports, especially our women's sports programs. Kelsi Worrell has been a bright spot in The Year of the Fan and we'll get to her in just a bit. 


A glimspe into part of the Louisville WBB season has been revealed with the announcement that Jeff Walz's squad will be one of the eight teams in the four-game event known as the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge. 

Louisville will serve as the home host for the first three games they'll play in the event. The Cards will open up against Bowling Green on Nov 19th, play Lafayette on Nov. 20th and Chattanooga on Nov. 21st. All three games will take place in the KFC YUM! Center.

The final game of the challenge should be a real treat. The Cards will travel to the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA to face South Carolina on Nov. 27th. That match will be one of four played at the center that day.

South Carolina. With head coach Dawn Staley, who Walz served with last year on the FIBA USA U 18 squad. South Carolina, with Aja Wilson and Alaina Coates, who went 33-2 last year before getting knocked out by Syracuse in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Certainly a very tough early season test for the Cards...who will also play Maryland on Dec. 1st in the ACC/BIG10 Challenge in the KFC YUM! Center. Walz comments:

"It's an absolute honor to be a part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge. Our team is really excited about playing in a tournament of this caliber with some terrific teams and we're looking forward to...facing a remarkable South Carolina program."

No times have been announced for the games yet. We'll keep you posted and, if you are planning on going to Springfield, MA...the MassMutual Center only seats 8,000 for you might want to inquire about tickets right away. 

The old adage order to be the best you have to beat the best. It looks like Louisville women's basketball will have a couple of those opportunities early in the 2016-17 season. 


Meanwhile, back in Omaha...(and just how hard do you think it was to get a hotel room in that city last week with the College World Series and the USA Swimming qualifiers for the Olympics going on?) Kelsi Worrell had a busy Thursday night...qualifying for the 100 freestyle finals tonight and just narrowly missing in the 200 butterfly finals with a seventh place finish. 

Freshman Mallory Comerford posted her best time ever in the 100 freestyle semi-finals but just missed out on qualifying for the finals tonight. Worrell is the sixth seed in the event. 


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