Three more reasons to follow WNBA

Such good people, Asia Taylor, Antonita Slaughter and Shoni Schimmel, deserving of being drafted into the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Shoni, of course, was drafted eighth by the Atlanta Dream, joining former Angel McCoughtry, a former University of Louisville All-American. Antonita was drafted 35th by the Los Angeles Sparks, while Asia was selected 36th by the Minnesota Lynx.

When last seen, they were headed to the strength room, preparing for the next level. Louisville was the only team to have three players picked during the draft this year. Take that UConn.

 

Shoni Schimmel didn’t want it to end, ever

Shoni Schimmel for two over Maryland's Katie Rutan.
Shoni Schimmel for two over Maryland’s Katie Rutan.

So close that last three-point shot by Shoni Schimmel that could have sent the game into overtime, providing a second chance for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team to get back to the NCAA Final Four.

Shoni didn’t want her career to be over, having just connected on another three-pointer to pull UofL with three points with 2.5 seconds remaining.  Her team had mounted a furious rally, almost overcoming a 12-point deficit with two minutes in the game.

Schimmel would play the entire 40 minutes, savoring every minute of her last game, scoring 31 points while making four assists, five rebounds and five steals.  Her last shot at UofL would rise high in the air and downward, bounding off the rim, giving Maryland a 76-73 win.

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Happy people at UofL

Give someone a camera and plenty of access at the University of Louisville and he will find lots of happy people for a six-minute video.

Watch for cameo appearances by Russ Smith, Shoni Schimmel, Antonita Slaughter, Tia Gibbs, even Mark Hebert, director of media relations.  The one who steals the show, however, is President Jim Ramsey.

Antonita Slaughter back to her game

So great to see Antonita Slaughter with that familiar hesitation move before she cranks another three-point shot for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. Wasn’t so long ago, remember, that her career appeared be over. Danielle Santoro, formerly at WHAS, now at CBS sports, recaps the dramatic episode in December and her return to the game.

Louisville women notch 22nd win with balanced scoring

Twenty-two wins now for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. Only one loss.

Jeff Walz looking for more balanced scoring, knowing Shoni Schimmel is human, needing others to contribute. Over reliance on one player not good in a team approach.

Tia Gibbs
Tia Gibbs

Shoni would miss her five five shots from the field and two from the free throw line in the 79-59 win over South Florida, a team that has given UofL problems in the past. Time for her teammates to get involved. Out of the gate slowly, hitting only one of their first 11 shots.

Asia Taylor would respond, however, with three field goals and a couple of free throws, to push the Cardinals to 10-7 lead after an awkward start.

But it was Tia Gibbs, returning to her pre-injury form, who would put South Florida on the ropes, hitting five of seven shots from three-point range and four of four from the free-throw lane, leading all scores with 19 points. Shoni would add 14 points and Antonita Slaughter would contribute 12.

Jude Schimmel was all the way back, bringing her incredible energy and speed, along with six assists, three steals and a couple of points.