Women's hoops meets the press

The 2013-14 University of Louisville women's basketball conducted it's annual media day on Friday afternoon. The 5th-ranked Cardinals have high expectations for the rapidly approaching season.

Fresh off the program's second trip to the National Championship game, the University of Louisville women's basketball team conducted it's annual media day on Friday afternoon.

Walz returns 11 players, including all five starters, from last year's Final Four squad. He also welcomes back three key players that sat out last season due to injury in Shawnta' Dyer, Tia Gibbs and Asia Taylor.

On Media Day, Walz joked that the team will conduct a rock-paper-scissors contest to decide the opening day starters.

"Our players will compete against each other and the last five will be our starters," he said about the quality depth on the team. "It's a great problem to have and I've talked to our players about that already. You can only start five. Does it really matter who starts? No. It's what you're going to get done while you are out there."

Projected to finish runner-up to defending National Champion Connecticut in the American Athletic Conference and with a challenging out of conference slate, Walz is confident that his Cardinals are a team that will continue to compete with the nation's best.

"Really excited about what this season holds," Walz said. "We're looking at a non-conference schedule that has the potential to probably be the toughest that we've played since we've been here. With that being said, I do believe that we have the best team that we've had since we've been here."

The public can get their first look of the 2013-14 Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon when they welcome Pikeville for an 11:00am tip at the KFC Yum! Center.

Louisville's regular season and home opener is November 9 against Loyola Chicago in the first round of the Preseason WNIT.

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