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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Walz Named 2019 USA Basketball Coach of the Year -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

What's Going On

There's not much happening in the UofL women's sports world currently, as things slow down around Christmastime.

Women's basketball has two more road games before an extended break.

Volleyball is down to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and will conclude the weekend before Christmas.

Soccer and Field Hockey have concluded.  Swimming and Diving is on a break until the new year.

It gives us some time to kick back and relax but we still have a few things to report on.

Walz Named 2019 USA Basketball Coach of the Year

Adding to the long list of awards and accomplishments over his tenured career, Jeff Walz was named 2019 USA Basketball Coach of the Year.

Walz led Team USA Basketball to a 7-0 record and earned a gold medal at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand.

Bruce Weber, coach at Kansas State, split the honors with Walz.  Weber also led his men's U19 team to a 7-0 record and gold medal at the FIBA Championships.

While with Team USA, Walz helped lead his team to an average of 25.2 point differential while also ranking first in points per game field goal percentage, and blocks per game.  Paige Bueckers was named MVP of the FIBA Championships while Rhyne Howard made the all-tournament team.

With Louisville, he guided the Cards to a 32-4 record, a 1-seed, and an NCAA Tournament appearance.  He's also guided the #7 Cards to a 9-1 record to start the year.

Volleyball Presser Today

With Texas around the corner in the Sweet Sixteen for UofL Volleyball, the VolleyCards are holding a presser today at 1 p.m. to discuss the match and field questions. 

Sadly, we'll have no one in attendance but Paulie will muster some type of report on the affair for Wednesday's article, we hope. Jeff is out of town with Sammy the Shark, Case going to Bowling Green to visit Big Red and taunt the WKU Volleyball squad, I'm at the bank all day rolling pennies and denying loans and Paulie had the cryptic "I'm previously engaged" response to our group text about the event. 

They have chosen to hold the presser in the Koeber Center (basketball's home) Media Room instead of their own media room in Cardinal Arena, which I find interesting. Maybe accessibility is the underlying reason here. 1 p.m., if you have a current, valid media pass and would like to go and possibly send us a brief bit on what you hear. Of course, Paulie will deny any knowledge of your credentials if asked.

Other Items To Ponder

-- In other news, Stanford took down North Carolina in a PK shootout to win the Women's College Cup.  The Cards did not face Stanford, but they did fall to UNC 3-0 at home.

-- Go back a couple weeks ago and North Carolina field hockey took down Princeton 6-1 in the championship.  The Cards did not face Princeton but they did lose to the Tar Heels twice this year, 4-1 and 3-1.

-- Volleyball plays 2-seed Texas on Friday and women's basketball travels to Kentucky on Sunday at 1:00.

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!


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