Hartlage Named All-American
Despite a final couple of rounds she might like to have back in the NCAA Tournament, Lauren Hartlage had a fantastic season. Her 12th place finish at the tournament was the sixth best by a Cardinal all-time and her accolades for the season continue to come in. This week, she was named a second-team All-American by the Women's Golf Coaches Association. Second-team honors are tied for the highest honor a Cardinal has ever achieved, first set by Cindy LaCrosse in 2009. The honors are also the highest of Hartlage's career, though she has been named as an honorable mention All-American three times before.
Hartlage's career was one of the best at UofL. Per GoCards, she's the fourth Cardinal to be named to an All-Conference team four times. She's also the first Cardinal to average below par for a season. Her final season average of 72.05 strokes gave her the UofL program record for career average at 72.53, just a half stroke over par for her entire career. She also earned the school's best ACC tournament finish this year.
As a fifth-year senior, this is likely it for Lauren Hartlage in a Louisville uniform, but she is poised for success in her post-college career. Already she has been invited to the 2021 Augusta Women's Amateur, and I doubt it will be long before she makes her way to the LPGA. Congrats to Lauren and good luck going forward!
MHA Earns Double-Double in Loss
Myisha Hines-Allen didn't earn the nickname Dooblay while she was at UofL for nothing. Despite a rocky start to her pro career, MHA has now settled in with the Washington Mystics, especially in the continued absence of Elena Delle Donne. Despite carrying a one-point lead into the fourth quarter last night against the Connecticut Sun, the Mystics were unable to close out and ultimately lost 86-81. The team struggled from the field, shooting just 39.4% from the floor collectively. Hines-Allen certainly didn't help, shooting just 3-14 from the field in her 33 minutes. Despite the cold field goal percentage, she still managed to add five free throws to her six floor points to finish with 11, the fourth highest total on the team. She also added ten rebounds for a double-double and turned in three assists. Her +3 was the highest +/- on the team and she played the fourth most minutes.
The Mystics are struggling so far this year, as they're off to a 2-4 start, but they are still working to integrate all of their pieces into the lineup. We'll see how they continue to get on as the season progresses, and we'll keep an eye on MHA and other Cardinals around the league throughout the summer.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast returns this week after a scattered week off last week. I'll still be out (my hiatus is nearly over), but the rest of the crew should be on board for the first true summer episode of the show. It may be quiz time, though it still may not, and you'll just have to tune in for yourself to find out. Check out the Cardinal Couple YouTube Channel at 11AM for the live show or catch the recording any time after that. If you're looking for the podcast, I apologize. It will for sure return when I do, and we'll work to do a better job after that of keeping it on track when I'm out.
Until next time, Go Cards!