Louisville freshmen women prepare for baptism against Iowa and Kentucky

The freshmen on the University of Louisville’s women’s basketball team haven’t see anything yet.

Two freshmen — Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore — currently lead UofL in scoring, with Hines-Allen averaging 15.1 points per game and Moore scoring at a 14.3 ppg pace. But they’re about to face some of their toughest tests.

Mariya Moore
Mariya Moore

The schedule gets much more challenging with 22nd-ranked Iowa coming to town Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by 13th-ranked Kentucky on Sunday at 2 p.m. Iowa and UK have 6-1 records. Iowa

Even Coach Jeff Walz would have to admit that the youngsters have had it fairly easy up to now with their team racing to a 7-0 won-lost record and a No. 7 ranking nationally during the early going.

Iowa, no doubt, is still nurturing resentment from an 83-53 beating at the hands of the Louisville women in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season.

Kentucky? Well, let’s just say the venom between UofL and UK extends to women’s basketball. The only thing they have in common is that they play basketball. There may be some hell to pay if the UK women arrive with the same attitude as the football team did.

Thursday’s game against Iowa and Sunday’s grudge match against UK will both be streamed live on ESPN3.com.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.