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Sunday, August 1, 2021

WBB News - Sunday Cardinal Couple

Verhulst a Leader in U19

Incoming freshman Payton Verhulst is making waves with the USA Basketball U19 World Cup team.  The World Cup doesn't start in Hungary for another week, but after the training camp from the 21st to the 27th, the team has traveled to Europe and is playing in some exhibition play for warm ups.

No schedule of exhibition games is readily available, but stats sheets have been posted for two exhibition games so far against Spain in Guadalajara Spain (just northeast of Madrid).

In the first game on the 30th, Verhulst helped the US cruise to a easy 74-53 victory by putting up 11 points, and pulling down nine rebounds.  Add in an assist and a couple of steals, and her +/- rating was the highest of any player in the game at +23.  Jersey Betts, and Lauren Wolfenbarger did outscore Verhulst with 14 and 12 points, respectively.  It was a good spread of offense on the team with another five players scoring between six and 10 points.

The second game was contested yesterday, again against Spain, with another easy US win 79-59.  Verhulst led the US team scoring in this game, with 14 points, all from the field with two beyond the arc.  Payton again cleaned the backboard with a team leading seven rebounds.  Out in the passing lanes, she also gave the Spanish fits, with four steals.  Again, the offense was spread around the team with nine of the 11 players that got on the court scoring at least five points.

These two teams will meet one more time in exhibition, tomorrow morning at 6am EDT before travelling to Debrecen Hungary for final preparations and practices or the World Cup competition.  Debrecen is in eastern Hungary, near the border with Romania.

USA Basketball 3x3

As has been reported previously, Hailey Van Lith and Emily Engstler will get some practice together on the basketball court before UofL's training camp begins, albeit in a different form of the game.  Rising Sophomore Van Lith and incoming transfer from Syracuse, Engstler have been working with the USA Basketball 3x3 Team training camp and are traveling to Voiron, France to compete in the final half of the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League 2021 competition.

Stops four, five, and six will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, and Wednesday in France.

Van Lith and Engstler are joined by NC State's Madison Hayes and Oregon's Kylee Watson to for the 3x3 roster.

WBB Verbal

There has been a media report of 6'0" wing Jalyn Brown out of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, MD, alma mater of another UofL great, Angel McCoughtry.

This appears to be confirmed by a pair of Tweet's from Jalyn's father with a picture of Jalyn showing the L and a commitment video.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

We had a solid CCRHP yesterday, with Jared, Case, Paulie, and myself reporting for duty.

On the agenda was WBB scheduling news, some WBB recruiting discussion, a new assistant golf coach, Irish Field Hockey sporting a UofL alumna, Lacrosse recruiting, Volleyball recruiting, Olympic Volleyball, Women's Soccer scheduling info with a bold prediction from Paulie, and more.  Check it out below.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like the UofL gals are kicking butt !! Keep it going !

    Nick O


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