Inside Women's Basketball: Weekly notebook

Jeff Walz

Cardinal Authority will take a closer look at the University of Louisville women's basketball program each Tuesday. Here are a few nuggets for this week:

MOSS AN OPTION FOR LOUSIVILLE

Former Kentucky Miss Basketball Sydney Moss of Boone County High School is transferring from the University of Florida.

And one of the school's she wants to look at is Louisville.

Moss, who announced last week that she was leaving Florida, is also wanting to look at West Virginia, Cincinnati and Kentucky. But as of Monday morning, Florida wasn't going to let Moss transfer to any BCS school.

A source told Cardinal Authority that U of L has made an attempt to get her release paperwork from Florida but was turned down.

Moss, who is the daughter of former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss, was an All-SEC Freshman Team selection. She was Florida's second-leading scorer last season at 11.8 points per game and also led the Gators in assists with 143.

Moss would be a huge addition for the Cardinals. She would have to sit out one season and then have three years of eligibility left.

SCHIMMEL WITH USA BASKETBALL

U of L senior guard Shoni Schimmel is in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will begin preparation today for with the USA Basketball World University Games team.

One of 12 players selected to the team, Schimmel was picked last month after tryouts. Teammate Sara Hammond is an alternate on the team.

The U.S. team will participate in the games that will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. The team will train in Colorado Springs until leaving for the games.

The leading scorer for U of L last season as a junior, Schimmel was named the Most Outstanding Player for the Oklahoma City Regional. She also earned WBCA All-Region honors and first team All-BIG EAST honors.

Schimmel averaged 14.2 points and 3.6 assists as a junior.

CARDS HOST LOYOLA CHICAGO IN OPENER

U of L found out the women will host Loyola Chicago on Nov. 9 in the season opener and the first game of the Women's Preseason NIT.

The Preseason WNIT also features Georgia State, Gonzaga, Idaho, IPFW, LSU, Mount St. Mary's, North Carolina A&T, Oklahoma, Quinnipiac, St. Joseph's, Stephen F. Austin, Stetson, Tennessee-Martin and Wichita State.

The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. The event opens Nov. 8 with first-round games. Second-round games will be played Nov. 10 and 11 and sites will be announced following the first-round results; semifinals will be Nov. 14; and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 17.

All games are hosted by participating schools.

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