Inside Women's Basketball: Weekly notebook

Shoni Schimmel

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:

CARDS HEADED TO THE ESPY'S

University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz and five of his players will be in Los Angeles later this month for the ESPY's.

Walz will be at the July 17 ceremony where his team is up for ESPN's ESPY as the "biggest upset" of the year in sports. U of L beat then No. 1 and defending national champion Baylor in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.

"It's a great honor for our program," Walz said of the nomination.

U of L players Shoni Schimmel, Jude Schimmel, Sara Hammond, Bria Smith and Antonita Slaughter will also be at the ceremony as guests of ESPN. The entire team didn't get invited but those five will attend the ceremony.

The ESPY ceremony is televised live on ESPN and is a time when the world of sports comes together to celebrate the last year in sports.

"We're excited to be part of it," Walz said.

CARDS HAVE A SHOT TO WIN IT

U of L has a shot to win the ESPY for biggest upset if the fans and voters just take a closer look at the upset.

The Cardinals odds in Las Vegas were 75-1 heading into that game and they were a 26.5 underdog to Baylor, which featured All-American and No. 1 WNBA Draft pick Brittney Griner in the middle.

The other three upsets in the voting were Florida Gulf Coast with a men's basketball win over Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament, Texas A&M with a win over Alabama in football and Marques over Pacquiao in boxing.

The odds are in U of L's favor.

Alabama was just a 13.5 favorite to win the Texas A&M game and Georgetown was just a 13.5 favorite to beat FGCU. The moneyline for Pacquiao over Marquez ranged anywhere from plus 250 to plus 280.

Fans are encouraged to vote for the Cardinals' upset:

VOTE FOR THE ESPY'S

WALZ AND STAFF ON THE ROAD

U of L coach Jeff Walz and his staff, including new assistant coach Sam Purcell, will be out on the road starting this weekend recruiting.

Women's basketball rules in the NCAA are a bit different than on the men's side. Instead of three four-day periods of evaluation, the women's programs can evaluate players July 6-12 and then July 23-29.

Walz is expected to be all over the country during the first period before he heads to Los Angeles for the ESPYs.

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