Inside Women's Basketball: U of L notebook

Cardinal Authority will take a closer look at the University of Louisville women's basketball program each Tuesday. Here are a few nuggets for this week:

CARDS SET TO PLAY WKU NEXT SEASON

The University of Louisville women's basketball program will play in-state rival Western Kentucky in a game on Nov. 27 next season.

The game will be the first between the in-state schools since 2007 and will be played at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

Western Kentucky is coached by former U of L assistant coach Michelle Clark-Heard. She was an assistant at U of L under Jeff Walz for five seasons until taking the job at WKU. She was 22-11 in her first season last year with the Hilltoppers.

Walz was an assistant under Paul Sanderford at WKU in the 1990s and his sister, Jaime, was a standout player at the school.

U OF L WOMEN IN PRESEASON WNIT

The U of L women will be one of 16 teams to participate in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) this coming year.

The Cardinals will be one of 10 teams in the field that played in the NCAA Tournament last season. The field also includes Georgia State, Gonzaga, Idaho, IPFW, Loyola Chicago, LSU, Mount St. Mary's, North Carolina A&T, Oklahoma, Quinnipiac, Saint Joseph's, Stephen F. Austin, Stetson, Tennessee-Martin, and Wichita State.

U of L will likely host a couple games in the event that dates back to 1994.

The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. The event opens Nov. 8 with first-round games, while second round games will be played Nov. 10-11 with the semifinals slated for Nov. 14.

The championship game is slated for Nov. 14 and will be on CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m. with the site to be determined.

All games are hosted by participating schools. The official tournament bracket will be announced sometime next month.

HOOPS SIGNEE STARS IN TRACK

U of L women's signee Emmonnie Henderson of Edwardsville, Ill., turned in quite a performance recently at the Illinois State Track and Field meet.

Henderson, a top prospect on the hardwood and an expected contributor next season for the Cardinals, won the Class 3-A shot out and discus state titles for the third consecutive year at the meet.

Her shot put throw of 50-9.5 broke the state mark she set in the prelims of 49-7.75. She won the discus with a throw of 156-07.

Henderson finished her high school hoops career with 1,806 points and was also named STLhighschoolsports.com Female Athlete of the Year.

She will also compete in track and field at U of L.

WALZ CONTINUES SEARCH

Walz continues his search for a new assistant coach to replace Cameron Newbauer, who left to become the head coach at Belmont.

Newbauer left two weeks ago and Walz is expected to interview several candidates in the next 10 days. But he said he wouldn't rush a decision.

"I want to make sure to get the right person," Walz said.


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