Louisville, the fourth ranked team in the country is a poor half of basketball away from being undefeated on the year with a rematch of last year’s championship game with powerhouse UConn ahead. This will be the first of two matchups this year, with the potential to happen two other times if the teams were to meet in the AAC and NCAA tournament. While in the Big East, the Lady Huskies have had the Cardinals and pretty much everyone else’s number; beating them every time they’ve played, including twice in the NCAA championship game. But if anyone is going to give UConn a run for their money in the AAC, it figures to be the Cardinals. Louisville has showed that it can be a giant killer with last year’s sweet 16 victory over the Brittney Griner lead Baylor Lady Bears.
Can the Cardinals finally get over the hump and knock off the Lady Huskies? To beat UConn it would likely take a shooting performance like the one Shoni Schimmel displayed against Memphis when she connected on a record 9 of 12 three pointers. Schimmel and the Cards would also have to slow down one of the best players in the country in Breanna Stewart, who recently put up a career high 37 point performance against Temple. As if the task wasn’t already daunting, Louisville will have to beat the Lady Huskies without starting point guard Bria Smith, who is missing her second game with a minor knee injury.
Since arriving at Louisville Jeff Walz has set out to emulate the success that his good friend Geno Auriemma has had at UConn. Thus far Jeff Walz has done a great job driving Louisville toward such success, yet one roadblock has remained in the way. That roadblock is none other than Auriemma and the Lady Huskies who the Cards plan to see plenty of this year.