Lady Cards Pursue Jennifer Hamson

stextbox id=”custom”]Is a 6-foot-6 center in the cards for University of Louisville women’s basketball?

Jennifer Hamson, from Pleasant Valley, Utah, has had a home visit from U of L coach Jeff Walz and plans to visit the Louisville campus in the near future. There’s stiff competition, however, from universities within her home state, including Brigham Young and Utah. Oklahoma is also on her itinerary for a campus visit.

Also a gymnast, she wants to play both basketball and volleyball at the collegiate level. Which means, of course, that she’ll be interested in how Gwen Rucker is faring at U of L. Gwen started most basketball games last season but is redshirting this season and focusing on volleyball this year.

One would hope her potential teammates, the near capacity crowds for volleyball at Cardinal Arena and the construction of the new downtown basketball arena make a favorable impression during her Louisville visit.[/stextbox]

Angel McCoughtry Update

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Hats off to Angel McCoughtry. Despite the 94-89 loss to Detroit in an WNBA playoff game, she had 21 points — 15 in the first half, forcing the opponent to switch defenses and game strategy in the second. Unfortunately, without starting point guard Lehning, the Dream couldn’t get its half court offense clicking. Get ‘em Friday at home, Angel.

Sonja Sykes


Polly Harrington Commits To Lady Cards

[stextbox id=”custom”] Polly Harrington, an athletic 6-footer from Kansas City, Kansas has committed to play for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. Harrington is the fourth verbal commitment to Louisville from the 2010 class. She joins Charmaine Tay, Antonita Slaughter and Sheronne Vails.

Here’s what ESPN says about her:

“Her natural feel for the game and her strength have her playing with the effectiveness of a 6-2 player. She is aggressive and physical and does a good job of delivering contact to the defense so they can’t get off the ground to bother her shot. Almost any taller defender will have trouble keeping her from facing up and going around them…”

A mystery is whether a reported verbal from Lauren Okafor, a 6-foot-3 player from New Haven, Connecticut, still stands. It was reported in her local newspaper but she is never included in any listing of Lady Card commits.[/stextbox]

Catching Up With The Lady Cards

At the request of Card Game’s Sonja Sykes, University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz has agreed to do a series of updates leading up to the national runnerup’s 2009-10 season.

By Jeff Walz

All the girls we expected reported to campus and are in school and working hard. We’re undergoing individual instruction and the first week of school has been hectic for everyone.

Jeff Walz
Jeff Walz
  • Tise Wright is working hard to get in shape trying to get back with the team, and we’ll just have to see how the knee holds up.
  • Asia Taylor has been doing well with her rehab, and has been cleared to work out with the team. I am very pleased with her progress
  • Laura Terry, we hope, will also be ready for the start of practice.
  • We are working hard to get ready for the start of the season and everyone is excited to see how we progress throughout the year. We know we have some big shoes to fill with Angel McCoughtry and Candyce Bingham gone but the girls are ready to pick up the challenge and play hard for the fans.

Sherrone Vails Verbals To Lady Cards

The man knows how to recruit.

Still another big-time verbal for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team.

Sherrone Vails, a 6-foot-4 player from Odeton, Md., became the fourth top recruit to give her word to coach Jeff Walz to play for the Lady Cards.

ESPN: “She has incredible mobility for her size and gets up and down the floor with the guards. When she does get the ball in scoring position she’s able to finish and presents a real threat. Lots of potential will have them lining up at her door.”

She picked U of L over Duke, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Villanova and Wake Forest.

Here’s a link to a great video, with Vails in the lead role: