Inside Women's Basketball: Weekly 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:

HAMMOND PICKED AS ALTERNATE

University of Louisville junior forward Sara Hammond has been selected as an alternate for the USA Basketball Women's World University Games team.

The 6-foot-1 Hammond said last week that she was called just after the team was picked and told to "be ready in case they needed me."

"They called a couple of days after tryouts," she said. "They needed my paperwork and my VISA just in case."

Hammond said she understood that she would be invited to practice and participate with the team only if one of the 12 players on the roster wasn't able to attend or capable of playing in the games.

U of L senior guard Shoni Schimmel made the team.

The World University Games team begin practice on June 25 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will train there until July 1.

The World University Games are July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia.

WOMEN'S TOURNEY IN Connecticut

U of L's conference for this coming season only will be the American Athletic Conference and the AAC has a site for the conference tournament next season.

On Monday, the AAC announced an agreement with the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., to host the tournament for next season.

"We look forward to this partnership," said American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco. "Mohegan Sun Arena offers our student-athletes, coaches and fans the best of many things –a world-class facility, a great destination and committed management. We feel that being at Mohegan Sun will enhance an already very successful women's tournament experience."

The conference tournament was previously held in Hartford, Conn. The event will be held on March 7-10.

WALZ GETS PLAYERS BACK ON COURT

Because of a change in NCAA rules, the U of L women are back on the court and working as a unit already.

U of L coach Jeff Walz said his staff gets to work on skill instruction with his team for two hours and week and that it "is really going to help us out."

"Two of our three newcomers are on campus and we're excited to get the chance to work with them," Walz said. "We're expecting big things.

"Now that we have been to two finals five years, even though we finished second, we understand what it takes to get there and now we're striving to be there and be the one standing in the end."

Freshman Emmonnie Henderson and junior-college transfer Janelle Cannon are both enrolled. Starr Breedlove is expected later this summer.

WALZ CAMPS COMING UP

U of L coach Jeff Walz has some summer camps coming up soon.

Walz has a day camp from June 17-20 at 9 a.m. and the camp lasts through 4 p.m. for grades three through eight. A team camp will be held June 21-23 for varsity and junior varsity teams.

For more information call (502) 852-8355.


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