Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz celebrates his birthday with the school's media day

University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz celebrated his 44th birthday with his team's media day on Tuesday. Walz only has four returning players but has a major transfer and the nation's top-ranked recruiting class. The Cardinals opener is on Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. against California in the KFC Yum Center.

University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz said he's "pumped" about the potential of the Cardinals' this season and noted even with only four returning players he's not fretting the leadership role.

Walz and the Cardinals' held the school's annual media day on Tuesday where he introduced his team to the local media.

"I can't wait for people to meet these players," Walz said. "They're great kids, they have great personalities and we think they're pretty talented. It's a really good team and we are very excited."

Mariya Moore and Myisha Hines-Allen are the top two scorers back from last season. Both sophomores will be major role players, along with sophomore guard Arica Carter and junior Cortnee Walton, who sat out last season with a foot injury. Sydney Brackemyre sat out all of last season with a knee injury and is a redshirt freshman.

Walz said having the No. 1 recruiting class is "pretty special."

"I don't worry about leadership," Walz said. "Like I told somebody last week at the ACC (media day), I'd rather have five good young players than five older players we know are not very good."

Taja Cole, Asia Durr, Erin DeGrate, Sam Fuehring and Brianna Jones are the talented freshmen, while Briahanna Jackson is a junior transfer from Central Florida and is eligible right away. She averaged 17.8 points for Central Florida and was named 2012-13 C-USA Freshman of the Year.

Louisville opens the year on Nov. 15 at the KFC Yum! Center against 2013 Final Four foe California. 


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