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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ten Teams Get Perfect APR Score -- WNBA Update -- Women's Soccer Schedule -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Ten UofL Teams Earn Perfect APR Score for 2016-2017 School Year

Yes, you read that right.  This report goes back an entire school year.  The Academic Progress Rate (APR) holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of student-athletes by looking at eligibility and retention of each individual student-athlete.  Teams earn points by student-athletes staying in school and remaining eligible to compete in their respective sports.  Any team that falls below an average of 930 over a four-year span is ineligible to compete in NCAA Championships.

Louisville's 10 perfect score teams include:

-women's basketball
-women's cross country
-women's golf
-women's soccer
-women's tennis
-men's tennis
-women's track

Eight of those 10 teams are women's teams at UofL, and as a site that primarily covers the women's sports at Louisville we are all extremely proud of them.  Academics are an important part of a student-athlete's life and one that we highly emphasize at Cardinal Couple.

An Update on the WNBA

Three Cardinals are making their making in the WNBA currently.  Myisha Hines-Allen (Washington Mystics), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), and Shoni Schimmel (Las Vegas Aces) have all begun their seasons with some having played two games while others have completed three.  Here's an update on how this trio of Cardinals is doing this season.

Myisha Hines-Allen: the 2018 grad has started off well on a 2-0 squad.  She has seen 20 minutes in the two games as a reserve player and has eight points and four rebounds.  Hines-Allen is shooting .500 from the field and has not attempted a free throw while committing one turnover.

Angel McCoughtry: the 2009 grad is back with the Dream after sitting out last year due to an injury.  She has played 24 minutes in one game for the 1-1 squad.  McCoughtry has 13 points, three rebounds, one assist, two blocks, and two steals to go with three turnovers and four fouls as the former Cardinal standout fills the stat sheet.  She is shooting .462 from the field with one three-pointer and no attempted free throws.

Shoni Schimmel: the 2014 grad is back in the league after sitting out last year for personal reasons.  The newly-founded Aces sit at 0-2 and the guard to take on Britney Griner head-to-head has seen 13 minutes in the two games.  Schimmel has not scored on 0-for-5 shooting and has two rebounds and one assist to go along with one turnover.

McCoughtry seems to not have missed a step while Hines-Allen is in the works of making a name for herself.  Schimmel appears to be struggling to get on her own two feet currently so hopefully she'll find her rhythm in the next couple of games or so.

Women's Soccer Season Announced

With the recent release of the men and women's soccer schedules all fall sports have now publicly announced their schedules.  Women's soccer hopes to improve from last season's 9-7-2 record.
Karen Ferguson Dayes may have lost Inger Katrine Bjerke on defense but does return a solid and exciting scoring attack.

The home lineup features non-conference opponents in Morehead State, Wright State, Xavier, Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky.  The home ACC foes include Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia, Miami, and Virginia Tech.

Road matches include Dayton, Michigan, Purdue, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, and North Carolina State.

The first three matches of the season are at home, beginning August 11.  Senior Day will probably be the Miami game on October 7, despite the final home match being against Virginia Tech on October 25.

Their schedule will follow their usual Thursday and Sunday lineup with the exception of a couple early matches.  On Friday August 31 the women will host Kentucky at 5:30 p.m., with the men facing St. Louis after.  Both matches will feature highly anticipated rivalries.

Other News and Notes

Baseball, the #5-seed, won their first game in ACC pool play by defeating #9-seed Wake Forest 10-2.  Josh Stowers was a single shy of the cycle while driving in six RBIs.  They face 4-seed Duke Friday at 11:00 a.m.  Duke and Wake Forest have yet to face each other, but most likely the winner of the Louisville-Duke game will advance out of pool play into the ACC semifinals on Saturday.

All of the host sites advanced to the Super Regional in the NCAA Softball Tournament.  This is the second straight year where the Top 16 seeds advanced.  In 2016, hosts Kentucky and Tennessee were upset.  In 2015, hosts Notre Dame (lost to Kentucky) and James Madison fell in the Regional.  2014 also saw two host teams fall.  2013 had three host teams lose while 2012 saw four hosts fall.

Happy Red Nose Day! Red Nose Day has been an unofficial holiday since 2015 and is aimed at defeating child poverty in all 50 states and 34 countries around the world.  It is also National Brothers Day, so gentlemen, remind your siblings that today is all about you!

On the USF campus, Louisville track and field hs participants galore for the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries. Going today for UofL on the women's side, Alexis Gibbons leaps in the long jump, Brooke Raglin sprints in the 100 meters and Dorcas Wasike stretches out in the 10,000 meters. Good luck to these Cardinal student-athletes!

Enjoy your Thursday and start preparing those pools to open up this weekend.  Go Cards!

- Jared -


  1. I count seven sports getting the perfect rating unless Lacrosse is also women.

    1. And, Lacrosse is a women's sport in the NCAA. There is a "club" men's team with no NCAA affiliation but the women's compete in ACC Lacrosse and are under the leadership of recently completed first-team coach Scott Teeter. Eight is correct and Charlie, you are given a yellow card and have to sit out ten minutes...


    2. Out of habit I typically don’t put “men” or “women” in front of sports like baseball, lacrosse, softball, and volleyball because UofL only has one team. I apologize for the confusion on that one.

  2. That's a comprehensive and nice write up today Jared. I would like to see Shoni getting more time on court. That's why they stated they brought her there, to shoot threes. So, give her a chance to make threes.

    Curtis "Would lend Shoni his "3" goggles" Franklin

    1. I was thinking the same thing when I typed that up. In her few minutes in the two games she has four three-point attempts. She needs more minutes and shots for her to start feeling comfortable on the court. She’s playing for scraps right now.

    2. Shoni was waived last night by the Aces. Plum, Jefferson and McBride have returned from Europe.

  3. He'll be here two weeks, friends. Make sure and tip your waitresses and, remember, Tuesday night is contact backgammon night at Paulie's Bistro and Hooch Locker. Let's hear it for Dave O! Bradenton's answer to comedy.


  4. Completely off today's topic but I have to pose the question and get it out there.

    What's wrong with L1C4 and WHY is UofL Marketing trying to replace it continuously?

    Remember last year's We...The Future? Yeah, that went over great, didn't it?

    Now, #WeareUofL? Seriously? Uh, UK is currently using that. Maybe Grissom, Papa Juan and the BOT should have shirts made that say "We Are Morons".

    There is nothing wrong with #L1C4. Recruits love it. Why try to change what works?

    Paulie "L1C4" believer.

  5. Love #L1C4. Unique and fitting.

  6. Agree with you guys. I thought L1C4 was brilliant when it first came out and, after a little practice, I got to where I could do the hand verification of it pretty quickly. It's not as easy as you think.

    Old guys like Grissom don't understand it. This old codger needs to step aside and let youth, enthusiasm and progress take over the board. Not stodgy old men who have made their millions and need to just go and spend it somewhere quietly.

    Curtis "Louisville First, Cards forever" Franklin

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