U of L women's hoops: Weekly notebook

A few notebook items about the University of Louisville women's basketball team, heading into Wednesday's game at Western Kentucky.


The University of Louisville women's basketball team will renew a series with Western Kentucky University on Wednesday night at 8 o'clock.

The No. 3 ranked Cardinals (6-0) will play at Diddle Arena.

And there will be plenty of familiar faces on the opposing bench, including WKU head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. She is in her second season at WKU after spending five seasons as an assistant with the Cardinals.

Clark-Heard, who played at WKU, has the Hilltoppers with a 4-1 record this season – and six newcomers on the roster – heading into the U of L game.

But she's not the only familiar face on the bench.

Two of her assistants have U of L ties, including former U of L assistant coach Greg Collins, who was with the Cardinals under Tom Collen, Another assistant coach is Candyce Bingham, a former U of L standout and graduate assistant.

Bingham scored 16 in the last meeting between the two schools, in 2007.

Laura Terry, who also played at U of L, is a WKU graduate assistant.


The Cardinals will play the Hilltoppers on Wednesday and will then head to Lexington for a Sunday game against Kentucky.

U of L won it's first road game of the season at Oklahoma.

"This is a tough week," U of L coach Jeff Walz said. "But it will be a good chance for us to see where we're at. It's two good tests."


Senior Shoni Schimmel, who leads the team at 13 points a game, has been named to the Naismith Trophy preseason watch list. The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the list earlier this week.

The list included 50 players from all over the country. The Naismith Women's Player of the Year will be presented on April 7 in Nashville.

Schimmel is a four-year star for the Cardinals and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Oklahoma City Regional last season when U of L stunned Baylor and Tennessee and made it back to the NCAA Final Four.

Also a member of the Wade Trophy watch list this season, Schimmel averages 13 points and 4.7 assists a game for the Cardinals.


Schimmel is one of five players averaging in double figures for the Cardinals through six games this season.

Antonia Slaughter and Asia Taylor average 11.5 points apiece, while Sara Hammond averages 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Tia Gibbs chips in 10.6 a game.

The Cardinals are averaging 90.8 points a game and allowing just 64.5 points. U of L ranks No. 7 nationally in scoring per game.

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