Anne Kordes’ volleyball team fell to Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in three games, losing 25-23, 25-22 and 25-19. Although their efforts did not culminate into post-season success, this year’s team still displayed the grittiness and work ethic that defines what it means to be a Louisville Cardinal.
The Cardinals lost four pivotal seniors from last year’s team including one of the programs greatest ever in outside hitter Lola Arslanbekova. Of their 1730 kills from last year, the Cardinals were losing 1253 of them. It was up to Coach Kordes and the Cards to tailor their approach to the team they have, not the team they had.
The season started off rough, losing six of their first eight games. At a 2-6 mark before heading into conference play the season could have gone in many directions. Instead of letting the sliding season head any more south, the Cardinals regrouped and got to work.
The young Cards had talent; they just needed to start utilizing it. Once they played their first game at home against Rice University the Cards didn’t look back on the past much. They would go on to win all but one more game throughout the season. Going a perfect 18-0 in conference, 11-0 at home and finishing with a 23-7 regular season record.
Offensively led by a hometown, freshman-senior combination at the outside hitter position. Freshman Maya McClendon from duPont Manual led the Cards with 329 kills while senior Emily Juhl from Sacred Heart was second with 316 kills.
Defensively the Cards were in the hands of their most veteran players with two fifth year seniors at the middle blocker position, Brooke Mattingly and Randi Ewing, and Caitlin Welch in at the defensive specialist position, the libero. Ewing led the team with 100 blocks while Mattingly was second with 75. Welch led the team in digs 517, setting her all time school record at 2,128 digs.
The Cardinals had veteran leadership and young fiery energy; they won the American Athletic Conference in the one-year they had a chance to. Although regular season championship may not be the most sought after trophy in Louisville, the volleyball team still played this season with the dominance and perseverance of any U of L championship squad.
By Justin Stephenson
Coming out of their first and only year of AAC play better off than they started, the Lady Cards, 12-5-1, 8-1-0 in AAC, might not be rulers of the roost, but they certainly will be staking their claim in the seasons to come.
“Of course you want to win a national championship, but you have to get into the dance first,” Coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes said.
And dance they did, as the Cardinals made their second NCAA tournament appearance in the last four years, losing to a veteran Illinois State squad in a double overtime PK shootout.
“I think losing in penalty kicks is devastating, we had the chance to win the game in regulation and did not take advantage of it, and that’s where I’m most disappointed,” Coach Dayes recalls.
The season was not all in vain though; as the Cardinals posted signature wins against conference heavyweights Memphis, Connecticut and Cincinnati. A sign of promise and future potential as the rising program makes its leap of faith to the ACC.
“The ACC is a top two soccer conference, if not the top soccer conference in the country,” Coach Dayes explained. “Eight of their teams made the NCAA tournament. This is a conference that will prepare us to win a national championship. We are looking forward to the challenge.”
And a challenge it will be, as the team loses phenomenal forwards Christine Exeter and Charlyn Corral, whose 66 pts, 22 goals, and 22 assists combined this season accounted for 50 percent of the team’s total offense.
“The team really relied on them more than we thought, it was almost subconscious. Even when we had players in a position to win games for us down the stretch, they were mentally unable to; partly because of our reliance on Charlyn and Christine,” Coach Dayes reflected.
Being the strengths of the team also proved to be the Cardinal’s demise, as the team as a whole was unable to step up when the big two weren’t able to.
“We’re taking a different approach next season; we’ll have to be more of a unified team with regard to sharing the offensive responsibility,” Coach Dayes said.
Although stressing the team concept, Coach Dayes looks to homegrown heroes Shannon Dennehey and Casey Whitfield to bear the torch of leadership next season.
“They were in the shadows of Christine and Charlyn all of this season,” Coach Dayes recalls. “They are awesome players.”
Another player to watch for will be rising star and dominant defensive back Devin Ciotti, whose .714 shot on goal percentage leads the team by more than 20 percent.
“Her goals and assists in conference play had a profound effect on the team’s offense; more so than I even think she realizes,” Coach Dayes said.
Complementing the returning starters will be a slew of incoming freshman talent.
“I’m excited for next season and for our lineup changes; it’s going to be a fun mix,” Dayes exclaimed.
Mimicking the changing tone on offense will be a new look in the backfield, with Goalkeeper Taylor Smith starting in the place of Paige Brown, who started all but one game last year, which was, ironically, the last and one of the most important.
“We made a change at halftime of the Cincinnati game; we felt that there were a couple goals that Paige should’ve done better with. Taylor came in and did a good job, Taylor’s prowess put a lot of pressure on Paige to do better, and she started showing a lot of progress in training, towards the end of the year the competition got healthier as a result,” Dayes explained. “I think that it’s going to be neck and neck between them for most of the season, and with the incoming freshman, that’s only going to make us better by the end of the day.”
Although pinned more as a Cinderella than a contender for most of this season, the Cards look to have one heck of a ball in the seasons to come.
By Dalton Ray
Mick Cronin’s teams are known for rebounding on the offensive glass, long athletic
defenders, and low percentage jump shooters. This year’s team should fit the same mold and
will be led by senior guard Sean Kilpatrick. Last year’s team went 22-12, 9-9 in conference
but had a very disappointing postseason. After beating Providence in the first round of
the Big East Tournament they lost to Georgetown by 19 in the quarterfinals and then
followed that up with a four-point loss against Creighton in the second round of the NCAA
Even though four projected starters for the 2013 team are upperclassmen only two,
Kilpatrick and senior forward Titus Rubles, averaged more than 20 minutes per game. Once
again the Bearcats shouldn’t have a problem with defending or rebounding as they return
their top three leading rebounders in Kilpatrick, Rubles, and fellow senior projected starter
Justin Jackson. In addition Cronin added the athletic four-star power forward Jermaine
Lawrence, 6-foot-9, 200 pounds, to compliment their length and rebounding.
Like previous teams, this one has most of its questions coming on the offensive end.
Kilpatrick averaged more points per game with 17 than the rest of the projected 2013 starter
lineup combined at 15. The offense will need contributions from starting junior guard
Ge’Lawn Guyn, talented and now-healthy sophomore Jeremiah Davis III, and newcomers
Kevin Johnson and Troy Caupain.
Cincinnati will come into the year in the top 45 and will have games on their schedule
that could bump them to a top 25 team. North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Xavier and
number-23 New Mexico headline the non-conference schedule for the Bearcats. They will
have their hands full when it comes to conference play as the newly-formed American
Athletic Conference provides one of the deeper conferences in the nation. No. 3 Louisville,
No. 13 Memphis, No.18 UConn and Cincinnati are the heavy hitters in this conference.
The returning talent from Temple, SMU, South Florida, Houston, and Central Florida
could provide a very strong first year for the AAC.
Kevin Ollie is in his second year as the head coach of the UConn Huskies and after
posting a record of 20-10 overall and 10-8 in conference play the Huskies are now done
with their postseason ban. The team returns all five starters and offers one of the best
starting guard combinations in the nation with Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier.
Napizer, 17.1 points per game, 4.6 assists per game, and Boatright with 15.4 points per
game and 4.4 assists per game, were both selected to the AAC All Conference Team. Napier
was one of three unanimous selections.
The outcome of the 2013-2014 season will mostly rely on the senior Napier and junior
Boatright but just how good the team can become will depend on the development of junior
forward DeAndre Daniels, sophomore Omar Calhoun, and junior Tyler Olander. The guard
play will be there but how Daniels, who averaged 21 points, nine rebounds, and three
blocked shots over his last four games, and the streaky shooter Calhoun can contribute will
be a large factor in UConn’s success. The Huskies will have size on the front court with
Daniels 6-foot-9, Olander 6-foot-10, Phillip Nolan 6-foot-10, Kentan Facey 6-foot-9 and
freshmen Amida Brimah who is 7 feet tall, that will pass anyone’s eye test. If the front court,
mainly the center position, can get boards and play solid defense then this team could be
very dangerous heading into March.
Calhoun and Daniels both averaged double digits last season but the next two leading
scorers that return are Olander with 4.2 and Nolan with 1.7. The front court must
contribute in order for this UConn team to live up to full potential. Starting off the season
ranked number 18 in the nation, the Huskies will face their toughest non-conference games
against Maryland, No. 10 Florida, Washington, and Boston College.
Coming from Conference USA, the Houston Cougars finished out last year with a 20-
13 record and a 7-9 in conference mark. The Cougars fell in the quarterfinals to UTEP in
the conference tournament and then they were invited to play in the College Basketball
Invitational in which again they were defeated in the quarterfinals by George Mason. Three
starters return from this 20-win basketball team.
With the returning wing duo of TaShawn Thomas and Danuel House, Houston has
the play makers in place to make a stamp on their first year in the AAC. Head coach James
Dickey has improved his win total over the past two years but continuing this streak might
be a difficult task. The jump from the C-USA to AAC could be a rough transition for the
Cougars as ranked 269 in nation last year in defensive efficiency and allowed opponents
to shoot 49% from two-point range. With conference opponents such as Russ Smith, Joe
Jackson, Shabazz Napier, Isaiah Sykes and Anthony Collins, it can be a long season for the
Cougars if their defensive intensity doesn’t step up. If Houston can play quality defense then
they can be a competitor, but if not the Cougars will have their first year in the AAC as
one they can forget about. They won ten games last year by five points or less, with stiffer
competition those close wins could easily turn into losses.
Houston might have one of the better frontcourts in the AAC with Thomas, Freshman
of the Year in C-USA House, returning senior starter J.J. Richardson and 6-foot-10 transfer
Danrad Knowles. While the front court seems to be set the back court isn’t as clear. Joseph
Young, the starting point guard for the 2012 team, transferred to Oregon. With the loss of
Young, Tione Womack will take over the point but averaged only 2.7 points in the 2012
year. Jherrod Stiggers hit 67 threes last season but really hasn’t proved anything else. The
Baylor transfer L.J. Rose should provide points off the bench as he was a top-75 recruit
before coming out. If Rose, Knowles, and Stiggers step up their performance then Houston
could easily become an underrated team in the AAC.
SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS
The 2012-13 year was one to forget in south Florida. The school had 58.8
points per game (331st), 32.6 rebounds per game (256th), 11.3 assists per game
(278th), and a .389 shooting percentage led to a 12-19 record and a 3-15 Big
East record. Last season’s team had a large problem with rebounding due to
their lack of a true center and interior depth. Head coach Stan Heath looks to
patch this up as he added center John Egbunu 6-foot-10, 230 pounds, forwards
Chris Perry 6-foot-8, 245 pounds and Dre’Kalo Clayton 6-foot-6, 275 pounds, as
well as returning last season’s leading rebounder.
Egbunu and Perry were both four-star recruits and will look to help out
sophomore forward Zach LeDay in the paint. Egbunu will provide the inside
presence they will need to get attention away from outside players and Perry’s
7-foot-5 wingspan will help the Bulls’ rebounding woes. With the arrival of some
young talent, senior Victor Rudd 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, will now have some of
the defensive pressure off of him and should be able to take advantage. Rudd
is easily the team’s go-to guy as he led the team in points at 12.3, rebounds at
6.9 and was second in minutes at 34 . Anthony Collins will be the starting point
guard, who led USF to the tournament in 2011, led the team with 36 minutes per
game and 6.5 assists last season.
JaVontae Hawkins and junior college transfer Corey Allen will be guys who knock
down open shots as a result of new post play. Freshman Bo Ziegler 6-foot-6,
180 pounds, will also get some time giving Heath a deeper bench, something
he didn’t have a year ago. The Bulls will be bigger and better but they’re still
rebuilding. Unless the bigs make a huge improvement on the boards and the
team increases their defensive pressure then this won’t be a NCAA tournament
Central Florida might not come out and win every game in the AAC but they will more
than likely cause some match-up problems. This UCF team is not the average college
basketball team. The primary ball handler is the small forward and the center led C-USA in
three-point shooting last season.
Isaiah Sykes is the Knights’ do-it-all player and led the team in points at 16, assists at 4.5 and
steals at 2.3. He was second in rebounds at 7.5. He was also selected to the AAC preseason
If Kasey Wilson continues to improve then Sykes and the rest of the Knights could have a
successful first season in the AAC. The 6-foot-7 forward hit 42 of his 84 attempts last season
and forced opponents to pull their big men out of the paint, but his 4.4 rebounds a game
must increase. The Knights as a team need to focus more on rebounding, last season their
66.9 defensive rebound percentage ranked them 229th in the country, and that was with the
school’s all-time leading rebounder in the lineup. UCF has some serious issues defensively
inside, allowing foes to shoot 49.4 percent from 2-point range. Eugene McCrory, a 6-8
junior college All-American last season, will be looked to make a difference, and the two
sophomores Staphon Blair and Dylan Karell should contribute.
Tristan Spurlock excels more when he’s not banging away inside at the center position
but the 6’8, 230lbs senior can do it if need be. Senior Calvin Newell should also add some
consistent scoring as he averaged 11 points per game last season. Returning five of the top
seven players off last year’s 20-win team and adding new young talent the Knights will be
experienced and competitive in the AAC.
Memphis had a 2012-13 record of 31-5 with a perfect 16-0 record in conference play and
has his team headed into the 2013-14 season as the number 13 overall ranked team. Josh
Pastner has followed in John Calipari’s footsteps in Memphis, in a way. Pastner always finds
a way to land big-name recruits, between his 2012 and 2013 classes’ he has hauled in a total
of six four-stars and one five-star in Austin Nichols. Now add this to the guard play of Joe
Jackson and Geron Johnson and Chris Crawford on the wing and this Memphis team can
run with most teams in the country. The biggest problem for Memphis in recent years is all
of Pastner’s talent that has came through has not always lived up to the full potential due to
inexperience and not having a quality team around the players.
Memphis has a chance to break this routine as they have a combination of experienced
veteran players and as usual talented young players. Forward Shaq Goodwin (6’9, 245lbs)
showed many signs of the type of player he could be in just his freshman year. Finishing the
year with 7.7 PPG and 4.4 RPG he needs to be more consistent in order for the Tigers to
move on to the next level. Another factor standing in Memphis’ way of success this year will
once again be how they fare with turnovers. Last season’s 20.8 turnover percentage, which
ranked 225th in the country, cost them games they could have won. Pastner’s high tempo
offense is one reason for the turnovers but he hopes his upper-class filled back court will
cut down on this state drastically. Senior transfer Michael Dixon Jr. and freshmen Kuran
Iverson, Nick King, Rashawn Powell, and Dominic Woodson will all look to contribute
Memphis’ defense hopes to be as good as it’s been in recent years. Last season they
ranked 24th in the nation in defensive efficiency and 18th in steal percentage with 12.7%.
With two match-ups against top ten teams in #8 Oklahoma State and #10 Florida plus the
move to the AAC the Tigers won’t have as soft as a schedule as they had when they were
in the C-USA. The stiffer competition could cause problems for Pastner’s team but he has
the talent to match up with most teams in the country. Another 30-win season might not
be in the horizon for the Tigers but all the makings are there for competing for an AAC
championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Last year Rutgers went 16-16 with a Big East record of 6-14. Not many universities
have had as rough as a 2013 year as Rutgers. Between the videos of former head Mike Rice
throwing balls at his players, multiple transfers that followed his departure and new AD
Julie Hermann’s controversial past the Scarlet Knights needed a head coach that could lead
this team out of the darkness. They reached into the NBA to find a coaching candidate and
selected Eddie Jordan to take charge of this team.
Jordan’s team lost five players off last year’s team and he will ask many fresh faces off
the bench to put in a large work load. Four juniors and a senior will make up a line up that
shouldn’t make too many rookie mistakes led by junior guard Myles Mack. Mack, a very
underrated guard, led the Big East in 3-point shooting percentage last season, led the team
in minutes per game, was second in scoring with 13.6 wile shooting 48% from the floor. The
rest of the line up didn’t average more than seven points but they do return their top two
rebounders in Wally Judge and Kadeem Jack. Guard Jerome Seagears will be looked at to
step up on the offensive end to help Mack as Malick Kone’s presence is felt in the defensive
side of the court.
Rutgers has been given a big lift within the past couple of weeks as the NCAA ruled
that transfers Kerwin Okoro from Iowa State and J.J. Moore from Pittsburgh will both be
immediately eligible. Both should challenge for major playing time and starting roles and
along with junior college transfers DVon Campbell and Craig Brown should give Rutgers
more firepower. Defensive struggles will need to be addressed; otherwise this season won’t
be very pretty for the Knights.
There’s a very interesting situation in Dallas, Larry Brown’s team will return all five
starters off last year’s team that went 15-17 overall with a 5-11 in conference record, but
there is a chance none of them might start. Each of his starters last season averaged at
least 32 minutes per game but with five new comers to the team there will be competition
for starting roles. With new competition, talent, and a Hall of Fame coach in Brown the
Mustangs can really turn some heads this year.
Last year’s starting guards Nick Russell (14 PPG) and Ryan Manuel (12.1 PPG) were two
of the team’s leading scorers, now both will be pushed for playing time by four new arrivals.
Illinois State transfer Nic Moore is expected to take over the point guard spot as he averaged
10 points and 3 assists last season as a freshman. McDonalds All-American Keith Frazier
(6’5, 190) has good range, great athleticism, and will almost start immediately. Transfers
Crandell Head and Sterling Brown will also fight for back court minutes. The front court is
just as crowded. The two returning starting forwards and center are joined by No. 1 JuCo
recruit Yanick Moreira (6’11, 220lbs) and Villanova transfer Markus Kennedy (6’9, 245lbs).
Jalen Jones, Shawn Willaims, and Cannen Cunningham started for the Mustangs last season
and combined had an average of 31 points, 19 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 3 steals per game.
With Russell and Jones being the only starters off last year’s team expected to start despite
returning everyone SMU should be one of the deeper teams in the AAC. Since Brown has
been at SMU the talent level has increased and at this point Brown has the pieces in place,
all he has to do is fit everything together. The Mustangs will travel to No. 24 Virginia in late
November and that could prove to be their toughest non-conference opponent.
In recent years the Temple Owls have been one of the more consistent teams in the
nation, they’ve won 20 games six years in a row now, last year posting a 24-10 overall
record and an 11-5 in conference record. But like most new teams to this conference the
increased overall competition might put a halt to that. Better competition, small amount of
experience, and lack of proven scorers could cause Temple a hiccup in the six consecutive
seasons with 20 wins or more. After losing Khalif Wyatt, Scootie Randall and Rahlir Hollis-
Jefferson the Owls may not be able to bounce back.
Without a double-figure scorer on a team that already has to address some significant
defensive issues this could be a long season for the Owls. Temple’s D allowed 49 percent
effective field goal shooting, and conference opponents hit 38.6 percent of their 3-pointers.
Plus not to make anything better they lost five of their top seven key players from last year’s
squad. Not only will they need to focus on scoring by committee and team defense but they
will be doing this with unproven, inexperienced players. Anthony Lee (6’9, 230lbs) and Will
Cummings (6’2, 175lbs) return for their junior seasons and the guard and center combo will
need to adjust their game to the changed, slower offense. Lee averaged 9.8 points per game
and 6.8 rebounds per game last season. Lee and Cummings will both be more involved on
the offensive side this season.
Senior Dalton Pepper will be leaned on for his defensive impact and sophomore guard
Quenton Decosey is the team’s scorer. The backcourt is thin but coach Fran Dunphy’s team
will rely on freshman Josh Brown to play some minutes if needed. The front court is a little
on the small side. Outside of Lee (6’9) and Devontae Watson (6’10) the Owls have one
person 6’8 or taller in freshman Mark Williams. Temple will more than likely come in the
year a small-ball, team-ball type approach. If sophomore and starting forward Daniel Dingle
(6’7, 225lbs), Brown, and Williams all step up this could be a 20-win team
By Noah Allison
For the first time since 1987, the Louisville Cardinals Men’s basketball team enters
the regular season as defending National Champions. Rick Pitino’s number-three ranked
Cardinals will try to win the school’s first-ever consecutive titles without Peyton Siva and
Gorgui Dieng, who both play in the NBA now. Siva was drafted by the Detroit Pistons and
Dieng was selected in the first round by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In college athletics, programs must move forward with the annual loss of impact players.
But along with the loss of two of the program’s greatest comes the reassurance that this
year’s team still has six players that have been a part of the Cardinals’ past two Final Four
runs, and nine players returning from last year’s championship squad.
The Cards are led by their three captains. Senior shooting guard Russ Smith, an AP
Preseason All-American, led the Cards in scoring last year averaging just over 18 points
a game. Senior small forward Luke Hancock was last year’s Final Four MVP and scored a
combined 42 points coming off the bench. Sophomore power forward Montrezl Harrell
honed his raw athleticism his freshman year and is ready to emphasize the power from that
Last season point guard Peyton Siva set the Cards single-season steals record with 90. He
also orchestrated the offense and defense as one of the nation’s most unequivocal leaders.
In an attempt to fill the void of losing one of U of L’s greatest-ever athletes, Rick Pitino has
brought in point guards Chris Jones, Terry Rozier and Anton Gill.
Jones is a transfer from Northwest Florida State Junior College where he played for two
seasons. Last year he averaged 21.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.0 steals on his way
to being named the 2013 National Junior College Division I Player of the Year.
Backing up Jones will be freshmen Terry Rozier and Anton Gill, who played along side
each other at Hargrave Military Academy in North Carolina. Both Rozier and Gill averaged
at least 28 points in their time at Hargrave and were both top-100 rated recruits.
Center Gorgui Dieng’s presence was most felt in the paint where he blocked a total of 267
shots in his three years at U of L, including the single-season school record of 128, which he
set his sophomore year. Replacing Dieng will be a dual effort from red-shirt senior center
Stephan Van Treese and red-shirt freshman Mangok Mathiang.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Van Treese had pivotal playing time coming off the bench in
the Cardinals championship run last year. His 11.2 rebounds per 40 minutes average was
second best on the team to Dieng’s 12.1 and his experience and time spent in the system will
prove vital in tough times throughout the season.
The 6-foot-10, 200-pound Mathiang comes in after red-shirting his freshman year. He
practiced with and against Dieng and the National Championship squad. The combination
of Van Treese’s size and experience and Mathiang’s length and youthful energy will have to
make up for the loss of Dieng’s presence.
Junior small forward Wayne Blackshear will be given a greater role this year as the team’s
starting small forward while team captain and small forward back-up Hancock battles his
Not only will Blackshear play significant time at the three, but power forward Chane
Behanan’s indefinite suspension will have Blackshear playing at the four as well, giving him
a chance to display his versatility with a 6-foot-8 frame and an ability to hit a jump shot.
The Cards can also rely on the return of junior guard Kevin Ware. His infamous Final
Four broken leg was a rallying point for the Cardinals who, when facing double digit deficits
in both the Final Four and National Championship game, found a way to “Win for Kevin.”
Ware had his best game against Oregon before his injury and his leadership, length and
athleticism will make him more valuable as a player than a symbol.
The Cardinals will play this one season as a member of the AAC, a conference that may
not prove to be as tough as the Big East. The AAC still has talented teams though.
An early season non-conference matchup with number-one ranked University of Kentucky
will be the measuring stick for how this team will handle the success of being defending
By Sam Draut
The University of Louisville women’s basketball team garnishes lofty expectations
this season after returning a majority of their roster from last season’s run to the NCAA
National Championship game.
The Cardinals are ranked fifth in the preseason AP poll largely based on the returning
group that has eight players that have started games during their careers.
U of L returns 89 percent of their points scored and minutes from last year and 94
percent of their rebounding from a year ago.
“I do believe we have the best team we’ve had since we’ve been here,” Jeff Walz said. “It’s
all about how we grow as a team, how we come together as a team, and how we are willing
to put individual accolades on the side to do what’s best for this 2013-14 group, which is
what we have done in the past, so I don’t expect anything to change from that.”
Senior guard Shoni Schimmel was named to the pre-season Wooden Top 30 List. Last
season she averaged 14.2 points per game and was named Most Outstanding Player for the
Oklahoma City Regional.
“I’m expecting a great year from her, she has been practicing extremely well, her
knowledge of the game, it has been a four year evolution for her,” Walz said. “She knows
exactly what we are trying to do.”
Senior guard Antonita Slaughter hit big shots during the tournament run last season, she
finished the year averaging 10.1 points per game and shooting 35.8 percent from three.
“Antonita Slaugther shoots the ball as well as she does, I have told her ‘you can’t expect to
be left open this year,’ there is going to be some challenges for her, but she has worked on
putting the ball on the floor. She has improved her all-around game,” Walz said.
Junior forward Sara Hammond was the team’s second leading scorer last season averaging
10.8 points per game and also led the team with 6.4 rebounds per game. Hammond’s focus
in the offseason was her mid-range jump shot, an added dimension to her game that she
displayed last year.
“I had a pretty good shot but I wanted to get more consistent with it. So it was a
challenge to myself to get in the gym and shoot 300 to 400 shots a day,” Hammond said.
Junior Bria Smith switched to point guard midway through the year, averaging 9.5 points
and 4.3 rebounds per game.
“I’m a combo guard, so either is comfortable to me, I like playing point a lot because last
year we went for a good run, but its where ever I am needed I am willing to play,” Smith
Added to the Cardinals four leading scorers from a year ago, forwards Shawnta’ Dyer,
Asia Taylor and guard Tia Gibbs return from injuries. All three players have started games
in their Cardinal careers.
Taylor sat out last season while recovering from a hip injury, but the 6-foot-1 senior adds
depth and athleticism to the front court.
“She brings a lot of athleticism, Asia is the best we have at getting to basic and finishing
from the wing spot. Rebounding wise, she will gives us a big boost on the boards,” Walz
In the 2011-12 season, Taylor ranked second on the team in total rebounds and led the
team in offensive rebounds while averaging 5.6 points per game.
“Asia brings so much to our team, versatility on defense and offense, she can shoot the
outside shot, she can take it to the basket,” Hammond said. “She knows how to finish with
contact. Having her experience as a 5th year senior is going to provide a lot of leadership to
Gibbs returns to the court after a long battle with injuries. She redshirted the 2011-
12 season with a season-ending shoulder injury and sat out the 2012-13 season with a hip
“The rehab was pretty hard but once I got onto the court it was like I never left, I’m a
little slower on defense getting that rhythm back from sitting out for two years. Everything
else is still great,” Gibbs said.
In Gibbs only full season for U of L, she averaged 8.8 points per game and led the team
with 95 steals.
“Adding Tia Gibbs to the team, coming back from her two years of injury, her leadership
and knowledge of the game, she talks more than any we’ve had in the past four or five years
on the court, she knows what she is doing, she gets her teammates involved, it’s the things
you don’t measure on a stat sheet that Tia does so well for us,” Walz said.
Gibbs returns to a loaded backcourt, junior guard Jude Schimmel brought energy off the
bench last year and was second on the team with 107 assists and averaged 5.7 points per
“Her basketball IQ is as high as anyone I have coached. Jude is a competitor, it is what she
is,” Walz said. “So, I’m expecting big things from Jude this year.”
Sophomore guard Megan Deines started 15 games last season and averaged 4.9 points per
Two newcomers are added to the backcourt this year, sophomores Starr Breedlove and
Breedlove is a junior college transfer from Trinity Valley; she averaged 9.4 points and 6.3
assists per game and won the NJCAA championship.
“She sat out last year so it has been a bit of an adjustment for her. The speed of the game,
she has it in her, but I have got to get her into better shape because she didn’t get here until
late. She shows some glimpses of being able to do some good things for us,” Walz said.
Niamke transferred from Lindsey Wilson and earned freshman of year honors after
averaging 12.5 points per game.
“For Monny to get on the floor, she has to take care of the basketball. She has to be a
distributor and she has to defend. She has to be our best on ball defender. Right now, she
likes to shoot a lot. I don’t need her taking shots, I need her guarding people,” Walz said.
Emmonnie Henderson is the lone freshman on the team. The 6-foot-1 forward earned
all-state honors her junior and senior year of high school in Illinois. She was ranked 40th on
ESPN’s HoopGurlz Top 100 rankings.
“She is strong, physical and athletic, but it is an adjustment for all freshmen. When you
make that jump from high school to college, playing consistently hard is something they
have never had to do and that is what we are trying to get her to understand,” Walz said.
“It has been quite an adjustment, but it is getting there, overall, I love it and I love the
team, everyone has helped me through it. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be the only
freshman and learn from all of them, so I really take it to my advantage to watch what they
do and learn from it. I try to add a power game to this team,” Henderson said.
The Cardinals fought the injuries for much of the 2012-13 season, and despite returning
Gibbs, Dyer and Taylor, the roster is still not completely healthy.
Senior center Sheronne Vails will redshirt this year to rehab her knee that she had
surgery on during the offseason. Vails started in 28 games last season, averaging 4.0 points
and 2.8 rebounds per game.
“She is doing well, she could possibly play if we needed her to in January. But right now,
we sat down and decided the best thing for her would to be to sit out this entire season. She
has done a great job in the weight room, she looks great, so there is a lot of promise for her
for next year,” Walz said.
Sophomore forward Cortnee Walton could see expanded minutes in Vails absence.
Walton, the 6-foot-3 forward appeared in 33 games last year and averaged 2.8 points and
2.5 rebounds per game.
“There are a lot of expectations and finally a lot of healthy players, for us to start a year
with only one player out for the year this the best we have done in six years,” Walz said.
“For us to be healthy, we are excited to get out there and play basketball with the team
we have, just showing people what we are about, we are all healthy, we are all ready to go,”
Shoni Schimmel said.
The Cardinals open up the year with a non-conference schedule that includes a WNIT
tournament and trips to Western Kentucky and Kentucky. Also, U of L will play Florida
State and Colorado at the KFC YUM! Center in non-conference play.
“We are looking at a non-conference schedule that has the potential to be the toughest
we’ve played since we have been here,” Walz said.
U of L will spend one year in the AAC and will continue to fight UConn for conference
It’s no secret; you have got to try to compete against UConn right now. They are at the
top of our game, they have been to six straight final fours, it’s not an accident that they do
that,” Walz said. “They are very well coached and they have great players, and that is our
goal right now.”
The Cardinals play in the regular season can potentially set them up for a run in
the NCAA tournament, Louisville and the KFC YUM! Center is selected as an NCAA
Tournament Regional site, meaning that U of L could play in their home arena for two
tournament games, similar to last season.
“Our focus is getting better every day, people focus on the long run, and a good thing for
us is to focus on every single day,” Jude Schimmel said. “It’s always in the back of our mind
to get to Nashville, but our biggest focus is getting better every single day.”
By: T. Dylon Jones
It’s cold outside. Louisville basks in the beauty of all things autumnal, including the word “autumnal.” But Fall is evil, and the pretty, pretty colors on the trees are leaf-leprosy. Been enjoying walks through campus with a hot drink from the Tulip Tree Café? You’re a horrible person.
Thanksgiving approaches with gluttonous meals and ignored requests for homeless shelter volunteers. This happens every year; Fall drops contradicting experiences from its grey skies. You get delicious seasonal drinks, but you get head colds. You get red leaves, but you also get a red nose. You get a nostalgic evening at grandma’s, but you get arrested for public intoxication that night. It’s all a cliché.
So I have some advice: read poetry. It’s freaking Fall. You might as well.
- “What Narcissism Means to Me,” by Tony Hoagland
Tony Hoagland is the funniest living poet. His wit won him the 2005 Mark Twain Award. With “What Narcissism Means to Me,” Hoagland provides laughs, frowns and thoughtful nods. His observations on American culture are genuine, unapologetic and provocative. This book contains some of the most engaging, poignant social commentary ever written. Hoagland will visit UofL on November 21 as part of the Anne and William Axton Reading Series. He will read from his work at 7 p.m. in the Chao Auditorium. Students are invited to submit work for his master class. More information is available at http://louisville.edu/english/creative-writing.
- “Death-Defying Acts,” by Erin Keane
Erin Keane is a favorite of Louisvillian literature. She graduated from Bellarmine University and Spalding University, and now works as an arts and humanities reporter for WFPL. In “Death-Defying Acts,” her second poetry collection, Keane uses the weird appeal of a circus to draw readers into a vivid, strange world. The cohesive collection is a meta-circus act, with different performers exposing complex predicaments in the human condition. Readers are seduced into relating to an aerialist, a clown and even a lion, but they learn something about themselves.
- “Duende,” by Tracy K. Smith
The great Spanish poet Frederico Garcia Lorca famously tried to describe “duende,” that dark artistic motivation so many of us feel. It loosely means “to have a soul,” but the true definition of duende is obscure. Smith embarks on the noble journey of interpreting duende in these 30 poems. “Duende” explores different perspectives, politics and nationalities, leaving us with a sense of unity.
And I guess you could get a scarf and look at leaves, too. I think pretty words are better. Staring at paper is less insane than staring at plants; trees are just books that aren’t books yet. Don’t let them fool you with their standing and shading and photosynthesizing. Stupid trees. I’m glad they’re dying.
By Annie Moore
University of Louisville women’s lacrosse coach Kellie Young’s recent media
attention has yet again brought into the spotlight the age-old controversy of tough-
love in coaching. As motivators, coaches often walk a fine line between pushing
their players to be their best and pushing them beyond their limits.
College coaches are entrusted with young adults and student-athletes, and play a
large role in forming their careers athletically and academically. As such, coaches
face much criticism when outsiders view their tactics as too harsh. But exactly
how far is too far? Where does a coach cross the line from intense to abusive?
On one end of the spectrum there are coaches who are noted for their benign
behavior on the sidelines, some who incite mediocrity with their wishy-washy
attitudes, and others like former Indianapolis Colts coach who saw success with
his signature “Quiet Strength”.
At the opposite end there are coaches who are historically remembered for their
intense, sometimes aggressive leadership style. Leaders like Bob Knight who
saw immense success as the head basketball coach at Indiana University, but was
constantly scrutinized for being too intense.
Fans, families, athletes and fellow coaches all vary on where they fall on that
spectrum of intensity, but one thing everyone can agree on is success. Everyone
likes to see their team succeed, where they differ is at what cost that success
Coach Knight led the Indiana Hoosiers to three NCAA National Championships,
11 Big Ten Conference Championships and an undefeated season in 1975-1976.
Knight individually had 902 career Division I college basketball wins, third all-
time behind Coach Jim Boeheim of Syracuse University and his former player
Coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University, received the National Coach of the
Year award four times, and coached the 1984 men’s national team to Olympic
Advocates of less-harsh coaching argue that tactics like Knight’s breed failure
because the players’ only motivation is fear of failure. Proponents of intense
coaching argue that passion exhibited by coaches can be seen reflected in the
teams they coach which drives teams to higher success.
But in the case of Coach Knight, outside of some Hoosier faithful, he is
remembered less for his successes and more for his chair-throwing, player-
choking outbursts. But if he was such a horrible person as many view him, why
was he allowed to stay at Indiana for 29 seasons? Why was he offered jobs after
his dismissal from IU in 2000? And why was he inducted into the Basketball Hall
of Fame? Because you can’t argue with success.
Coach Knight’s tactics, while controversial, produced the winningest era in IU
basketball. And though some may like to argue that he shouldn’t have been
allowed to coach young people due to his temper, that man’s passion was
exhibited through his team’s success and attitude.
So as we see more coaches like Coach Young being scrutinized in the media for
controversial coaching techniques, let us remember that some coaches are more
passionate about driving their teams to success than others. And also, as a coach
of a major collegiate team every move you make is under a microscope. These
coaches are humans who make mistakes, just like we do.
So next time you get so frustrated you could pick up your chair and throw it… just
be happy there aren’t national television outlets around to capture it.
By Dalton Ray
The number 11 ranked Cardinals were set to take on the third place Rutgers Scarlet Knights in an American
Athletic Conference game on Sat. 12. Entering the game junior goal keeper Joachim Ball was seventh in the nation
in goals against average at 0.49 and freshman Andrew Brody is fifth in the nation with six assists.
The first 20 minutes were dominated by Louisville’s offensive possession and stifling defensive play. Stopping
the Knights’ multiple attacks and allowing only one shot on goal in the first half. First blood was drawn by junior
midfielder Santiago Velez with curving a shot right outside the box that landed just out of the goalkeeper’s reach in
the 23rd minute.
After trading stalled offensive attacks for 20 minutes Rutgers was given a free kick in the 42nd minute. The cross
was headed in just sneaking past goal keeper Joachim Ball. Not to be out done by the Knights the Cards quickly
cashed in on a cross by way a free kick from Daniel Keller on the assist by Richardo Velazco.
The first half goal was the first goal the Cards had allowed since Sept. 15, ending a five game shut out streak.
Entering the game Louisville was ranked fifth in the nation in goals against with an average of 0.49, the Cardinals
would prove true to this statistic in the second half.
Allowing only two shots on goal and one corner kick in the second half the defense proved to be too much for
the visiting Knights. Andrew Brody officially closed the door in the second half with his goal as Ken Lolla’s team
cruised to a 3-1 victory.
With this win the Cards improve their record to 8-2-1. Next on the slate for the Cardinals is a road match
in Bloomington, IN against the defending national champions Indiana University. Last year’s game ended as a
draw on a controversial over-time red card that took away what would have been the game winning goal for the
Cardinals. The match will take place on Tues. 15 at 7 P.M.
The Hooisers are coming off a very tough loss against Big Ten conference foe Wisconsin in which they fell 4-3.
The Hooisers are now 4-7-1 and are looking for a big win to prevent a losing streak when top ten ranked Louisville
comes to town.
By: Cassie Glancy
Victims? No more. Sexual assault and domestic violence survivors told their stories to hundreds at Take Back the Night, presented by PEACC, last Tuesday.
“Ya no mas,” meaning “no more,” was heard across campus as the crowd united to help end these crimes. Among the supporters were Congressman John Yarmuth and keynote speaker, Susan Burke, a lawyer who is leading a series of lawsuits designed to help change the way sexual assault is dealt with in the military.
“People on the ground are the people that make the real difference,” said Yarmuth. “It is a lot about peer pressure and it is a lot about education and the federal government cannot do that. We can deal with the impact of sexual abuse, but we cannot do much to stop it. That is why it is important for me to come and support everyone here.”
Many people cried and held each other during a candlelight vigil that was held for those whose lives were affected by abuse. As students and people of the Louisville community told their stories, the crowd grew silent.
Burke, who is featured in the academy nominated film “The Invisible War”, is prompting everyone to help put an end to sexual violence crimes. She suggested that students should call Senator Mitch McConnell and tell him to pass the reform legislation.
“It is important for everyone, especially students as they are beginning their lives and pursuing their own studies, to realize that we are all citizens and we all have a duty to speak up and to get involved,” said Burke.
The event ended with a march around campus. The participants chanted songs, in multiple languages, about ending power based crimes. Take Back the Night is not only an event that spreads awareness of abuse, but empowers survivors that were once victims.