CARDS ANNOUNCE THREE SIGNEES
The University of Louisville women’s basketball team announced the three signees that Cardinal Authority has confirmed earlier in the week.
Here’s what U of L coach Jeff Walz had to say about the trio:
Emmonnie Henderson is a 6-1 forward from Edwardsville High School and is a two-time first-team All-State selection, Henderson averaged 15.6 points and 6.8 rebounds a game and helped her team to the Class 4-A state title game.
“We are ecstatic to get a physical, dominant presence in the post,” Walz said. “Emmonnie possesses a multitude of skills utilizing her strength in the pain and finesse with range past the 3-point line. She has the ability to take over a game and will be a matchup problem for most power forwards. She is an ambitious young woman, in the classroom, on the court, and on the track as she is committed to pursuing a degree in Engineering and throwing shot put and discus for Coach Mann. Emmonnie is a kindred spirit that Cardinal fans will easily follow as one of their favorites.”
Janelle Cannon is a 5-9 point guard from Southwestern Illinois College. Cannon was a three-year all-conference and all-area selection in high school. She averaged 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals as a junior and then 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals as a senior.
“Janelle is an explosive scorer who can play several positions,” said Walz. “She is one of the best junior college guards and has an innate ability to distribute the basketball while still remaining a potent scoring threat. She is by product of a very successful junior college program and will no doubt bring that winning mentality to Louisville. With her experience, adept craftiness and ability to knock down jumpers, I look for Janelle to have an outstanding career here.”
A JUCO All-American, Cannon averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game as a freshman at SW Illinois.
Starr Breedlove, a point guard from Teaneck, N.J., spent last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Palestine, Texas. She helped Trinity Valley to the junior college national title. In her only season at Trinity Valley, Breedlove averaged 9.4 points, 6.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds. She is not playing team basketball this season and is attending ASA College at home, while working out with her father.
“Starr packs a powerful punch and a game suited for our up-tempo style of play. She was one of the best guards in the country out of high school and has worked to continue to refine her game. She is a bundle of excitement and a confident leader who is ready to take on the challenge of running a team. Small in stature but a big in heart – this young woman will bring her best night in and night out.”
CARDS OVER 90 IN TWO STRAIGHT GAMES
The University of Louisville women’s basketball team only scored 47 in a two-point win against Texas A&M in The Opening game of the season.
But since then coach Jeff Walz has seen his team surpass the 90-point mark in two straight games. U of L beat Portland 95-48 and then waxed Austin Peay 90-52 to go 3-0 on the young season.
“The first game was just a grind,” Walz said. “I wasn’t sure we could score 50 points all season. But we have some kids who can score the basketball.
“I’d love to be able to do that (score 90) all the time. But we’re not going to be able to do that. Well have games we’ll have to grind it out.”
The Cardinals have three players averaging in double figures with Shoni Schimmel leading the way at 12 points a game. Sara Hammond averages 10.7 points a game, while Monique Reid averaged 10 points in just 10 minutes.
Five other players on the roster are averaging 5.5 points or more.
”I don’t expect us to have five in double figures every night and I don’t expect to be able to play everybody a lot of minutes all the time,” Walz said. “I’ve told some of them, when they get five, eight, 10 minutes they are going to have to perform for us. Those kids have to give us something.”
A TOUGH STRETCH OF ROAD GAMES
U of L started the season with two home games and is now playing five consecutive games on the road.
The road trip started with the win at Austin Peay and now the Cardonals play in Hardwood Tournament of Hope beginning on Tuesday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. U of L opens with Central Florida and would then play the Missouri State-Gonzaga winner in the semifinals on Wednesday. The title game is Thursday.
U of L then plays at UT-Martin before returning home to start a three-game stretch on Nov. 28 against Eastern Kentucky.
“We’re going to have to show a lot of our character,” Walz said. “It’s going to be good for us. We have some very challenging basketball games ahead of us and it will tell a lot about us. We’re going to find out a lot about our team.”
WORKING ON THE LITTLE THINGS
Walz said he has been working with his team on doing some of the little things, including making more of their layups.
The Cardinals missed a bunch in the first two games of the season. Walz said he was disappointed but had to keep them working.
”I wish I knew what it was,” Walz said. “With some of the opportunities, we have to make those moving forward. Yes, there’s some contact, but if they use their correct hand and concentrate, they’ll be fine.”
Added sophomore Bria Smith: “Sometimes you just feel somebody behind you. But we just have to stay focused and make our shots.”
SCHIMMEL STARTS STRONG, REACHES 1,000 POINTS
Junior point guard Shoni Schimmel has a solid three-game start to the season, leading the team with 12 points a game.
She also had 18 assists and 14 turnovers and in the win over Austin Peay surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career. She’s the 23rd player to score 1,000 points in her career and the sixth to do it as a junior.
Schimmel has 1,008 career points.
”I feel like I have grown up,” Schimmel said. “I’ve been watching film and learning the game. I’ve learned better when to throw it and when not too.”