Following a Monday night victory over Cincinnati, Louisville women's basketball turns around to host IUPUI at the KFC Yum! Center at 7:00 p.m. You can catch this one on ACCNX with Jeff Greer and Jess Laemmle on call. You can also tune into 93.9 FM to hear Nick Curran and Cortnee Walton call the game on radio.
Louisville opened the season with an 87-68 win against former Big East rival Cincinnati with Hailey Van Lith scoring 28 points. 10 of the 11 Cards that saw action scored with the same number pulling in a rebound. Paulie broke down the game and what to expect from any of the players this year. I'm in full agreement with Paulie that a Final Four is entirely possible, but there is a long season ahead of us first.
IUPUI is the next challenger and the Jaguars are looking to break their 0-6 all-time record against the Cards. Last year, IUPUI almost became a dark horse in the NCAA Tournament. A 24-5 record and Horizon League Championship helped the Jaguars earn a 12-seed. They faced 5-seed Oklahoma in the first round and gave the Sooners a run for their money before ultimately falling 78-72.
In their first game of the 2022-2023 season, IUPUI fell to UIC, 52-50. Jazmyn Turner transferred in and was an immediate bright spot going for 20 points and eight rebounds. Six of the Jaguars' 13 active players are listed as seniors or graduate students, giving this team quite a bit of experience.
Paulie and Daryl will be courtside reporting on the match while I'll be on the court with my camera ready to go. The first rule of being a basketball photographer is protecting your equipment. While my equipment was safe from harm against Cincinnati, my body wasn't so lucky as a UC player found out that forward momentum was not on her side as she ended falling on me late in the game.
Don't forget to pack the KFC Yum! Center for the last home game until Black Friday.
Fall Signing Day
Yesterday was fall signing day and we saw the announcement of several new Cardinals joining the ranks of some of our squads.
Louisville volleyball added five new players to next year's roster- three liberos/defensive specialists, one outside hitter, and one defensive specialist/opposite side hitter. Jeff has mentioned the need for more defensive specialists for next season and Dani Busboom Kelly seemed to agree with the addition of three freshmen.
The five signees are:
Alanna Bankston, 6-1, outside hitter from Omaha, Neb.
Jessica Drapp, 5-6, libero from Cincinnati, Ohio
Reese Robins, 6-5, middle blocker/opposite hitter from Mansfield, Texas
Kamden Schrand, 5-6, libero from Villa Hills, Ky. (Notre Dame Academy)
Molly Urban, 5-4, libero from Martinsville, Ind.
Karen Ferguson-Dayes added three new faces to the Louisville women's soccer roster next year. A pair of midfielder and a defender signed with the Cards yesterday.
The three signees are:
Betsy Huckaby, 5-7, midfielder from Crestwood, Ky. (South Oldham High School)
Molly Cochran, 5-8, midfielder from Madeira, Ohio
Emma Sanchez, 5-7, defender from Camas, Washington
Rowing added a trio of new Cardinals for next season. Not much information has been released about the new Cards yet.
The three signees are:
Riley Vincent from Mamaroneck, NY.
Emma Bik from Evergreen Park, Ill.
Dayanara Wilde from Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada
Swim and Dive
Louisville swim and dive only announced two signees so far- one woman and one man.
The lone signee is:
Samm Helmboldt from Midland, Texas
The only spring sport to announce signees so far is Louisville softball. Two signees were announced yesterday.
The signees are:
Ava Venturelli, outfielder from Taunton, Mass.
Katie Thatcher, first base/outfielder from Rock Falls, Ill.
As of late last night, we only saw one new face for Louisville field hockey. We presume there are more, but with the Cards up in Ann Arbor, Mich. gearing up for the NCAA Tournament tomorrow, we will cut them some slack.
The one signee is:
I'm sure more will pour in today.
Justine Sowry did provide a pre-Penn State rundown Wednesday. The Cardinal Couple crew was unable to attend, but here is the You Tube clip of it:
For now, let's hope for a women's basketball win tonight, some fall sports victories tomorrow, and a safe trip down to Clemson for Katy and I this weekend. Her brother attends Clemson and her parents are making the drive in for Fort Mill to get the family together to go to the Louisville at Clemson football game. My cameras will be coming with us too as I'll be on the field "working" (taking selfies) on Saturday.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!