CARDS ROLL IN EXHIBITION
Senior Monique Reid scored 13 points in 15 minutes of action, while Sara Hammond had a double-double as the Louisville women's team rolled to an 83-29 victory over Eckerd College in Wednesday's exhibition game.
Reid, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, hit 6 of 10 field goals in her return to the floor for the Cardinals.
Hammond, a sophomore from Mount Vernon, Ky., only hit 4 of 10 field goals but had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes.
Shawnta Dyer added 13 points and freshman Megan Deines had 12.
The Cardinals outscored Eckerd 47-9 in the second half.
GIBBS READY TO GET BACK ON THE FLOOR
Junior Tia Gibbs, who only played in one game last season before a shoulder injury, is still trying to get back on the floor.
Gibbs, a former Miss Basketball from Butler High School, said she won't be released for about two more weeks. She rehabbed the shoulder but also had surgery to repair a torn labrum in her hip in May.
"I am about two weeks away," Gibbs said. "It's one of those things that I will be in pain some but it will be playable. I am very ready to play through the pain.
Gibbs said she doesn't "want to rush it," and noted she's still has pain in her hip and groin area when she makes lateral movements.
"But I feel very good about it," Gibbs said. "I just want to make sure I am ready. We know we want to be the best in March. I'm not really worried about playing in November. I want to be there for my team when it counts."
A former transfer from Vanderbilt, Gibbs started all 35 games during the 2010-11 season for the Cardinals. Gibbs is already in graduate school.
JUDE SCHIMMEL IMPROVED AND READY TO PLAY
Sophomore Jude Schimmel played in 30 games last season for U of L but coach Jeff Walz said she's one of the more improved players on the roster.
Schimmel, the sister of junior All-Big East guard Shoni Schimmel, said she spent a lot of extra time in the gym during the offseason.
"(College ball) is a really big change," Jude Schimmel said. "The pace and the people you play against, its just a lot more competition.
The biggest change for me is my attitude and I just worked a lot harder. I worked on handling the ball better and my three-point shot."
Jude Schimmel averaged 1.7 points in 11.7 minutes if action as a freshman. She had 41 assists and 52 turnovers on the season.
"Jude has worked extremely hard on her game," Walz said. "She has stepped up her game and she's really gotten better."