Nostalgia doesn’t count for much on the scoreboard.
The Freedom Hall farewell tour continues this weekend with the University of Louisville women’s basketball team taking on South Florida at 2 p.m. Saturday.
No happy ending for the Lady Cards. No chance of returning to the NCAA tourney, none. There’s the Big East Tournament, of course, but that belongs to UConn barring an implosion of epic proportions. The women’s NIT is a long shot at best. So the remaining challenge is to get to .500 on the season.
What fans will see is a team that has struggled with more than its share of injuries in getting to a 13-14 won-lost record. What will also be on display could be the nucleus of a future powerhouse. The only senior is Chauntise Wright who played sparingly before the NCAA declared that her eligibility had expired.
Coach Jeff Walz has a top five recruiting class reporting next season to go with a group of seasoned veterans, including Dez Bird recovering from injuries.
For Sonja’s take on the Lady Cards’ legacy in Freedom Hall, go here.