Hoops Wrap-Up: Sheronne Vails/Shawnta Dyer

Cardinal Authority hopes you enjoy our "Hoops Wrap-Up" series of stories, featuring a look at each player on the men and women's teams on the University of Louisville rosters. A look back at the season and forward to the future: Our fourth women's feature is on injured players Shawnta' Dyer and Sheronne Vails.

Shawnta' Dyer

6-1, Jr., Forward

Marion, Ohio

Sheronne Vails

6-4, Sr., Center

Odenton, Md.

Averages: Dyer averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds a game in 12.4 minutes per game this season after returning from a torn ACL before being sidelined again because of the injury. Vails didn't play this season after having knee surgery in the offseason. She averaged 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.6 minutes last season.

Overview: Dyer and Vails were the two injured members of the U of L program this season. Dyer saw action in 15 games this season for the Cardinals after tearing her ACL/MCL in December of 2012. She was then sidelined with a stress fracture for the rest of the season but when she was in averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds a game in 12.4 minutes. Dyer scored 15 points in games against Ohio U. and Wright State. Vails missed the entire season after having knee surgery during the offseason. Vails has started 64 career games for the Cardinals.

Projected future: If healthy, both players figure to be contributors in the post for the Cardinals next season. The 6-foot-4 Vails has started 64 games and played in 105, averaging 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds for her career. She's a tall and long body who can create a major matchup problem for the opponents. Dyer has started games in three seasons for the Cardinals but has been hampered by injuries. If she stays healthy, Dyer would be a major boost. She has scored 400 career points and has 280 career rebounds in 59 games.

Quotable: "It's just a matter of time for me," Dyer said. "But it's like watching paint dry (her rehab) because it takes time. I'm still getting there but there's a long ways to go. I just have to keep working."

Fun fact: Dyer and Vails have combined to play in 164 games, starting 78 times for the Cardinals.

Bottom line: With the loss of four seniors, Dyer and Vails not only could be huge additions to the lineup but are big-time veteran leaders for Jeff Walz and his program. Dyer was a major contributor as a freshman and has the athleticism and size to give opponents to a matchup, while Vails is the size the Cardinals need in the middle of the paint to help take the pressure off Sara Hammond.

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