--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Seth Spalding
The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals tip off tomorrow; kicking off another run at Louisville’s first national championship title. Jeff Walz and Co. debut in Bowling Green, against Western Kentucky; on Tuesday, November 6th.
When the Cardinals take the floor, they’ll look like last year’s team for the most part- four of their five starters return. The only difference is the loss of Myisha Hines-Allen. Her replacement isn’t set.
It could change based on opposing matchups. The two natural choices may be forwards Kylie Shook and Bionca Dunham. Without Hines-Allen, Sam Fuehring is the leader of the front-court.
“Kylie and Bionca Dunham will have to step up.” Walz said at the women’s basketball media day, “Sam will be defender by the best post player.”
Another potential look could be going with four guards; technically. Jazmine Jones played as a small forward for much of last year. Newcomer Yacine Diop, a high-scoring grad transfer from Pittsburgh, has also shown athleticism and may play forward.
Diop isn’t the only newcomer. Louisville has three freshmen on the roster, one of which has redshirted. Walz spoke about how fans will enjoy watching Seygan Robins and Mykasa Robinson. Both will see playing time on Tuesday. Walz spoke about how they will play in the first half, and maybe in the first quarter.
The highlight of the team is Asia Durr. One of women’s basketball’s best players in 2017-18, Durr has already received multiple preseason accolades- including preseason All-ACC and All-American. She will be in the running for player of the year this year.
As a team, Louisville has received a few accolades. They were picked as the No. 2 team in the ACC- behind Notre Dame (Whom Louisville had beaten twice last season). They’re fifth in the Associated Press Top 25, and fourth in the coaches poll.
They face a tough Atlantic Coast Conference- Six teams are in the Top 25. One of the toughest stretches is a two-game road trip to Duke (21) and Notre Dame (1).
Also on the schedule are the high-octane Connecticut Huskies. After winning three of four quarters, but losing to the Huskies in Storrs; the Cardinals will look for revenge on January 31st in Louisville.
2018-19 will be a season Louisville fans will enjoy. The Cardinals open in the KFC Yum! Center on Monday, November 26th, at 7pm.