Jody Demling

Cardinal Authority presents this week's edition of the weekly notebook of items surrounding the Louisville women's basketball program

Cardinal Authority presents this week's edition of the weekly notebook of items surrounding the Louisville women's basketball program.

Two official visits on tap this weekend

The University of Louisville women's basketball staff will host a pair of prospects on official visits this weekend.

San Diego standout Destiny Littleton and Aurora, Colo., forward Michaela Onyenwere will be in town and spending the weekend with U of L coach Jeff Walz and his staff.

The 5-foot-9 Littleton has been a top target for the Cardinals' staff for a long time. She has recently made official visits to Michigan and USC and is also still considering UCLA.

Littleton ranks as the No. 32 prospect in the '17 class by ProspectsNation.com and No. 33 by ESPN.com.

The 5-foot-11 Onyenwere is a former AAU teammate with current U of L freshman Kylee Shook and is the No. 10 player in the country in the ESPN rankings. She's ranked at No. 22 by ProspectsNation.

Several unofficial visits also for U of L

The staff will also host several players on unofficial visits,

Bullitt East guard Lindsey Duvall, who committed to the Cardinals in late July, and Mercer County guard Seygan Robins, who committed to the Cardinals in mid-July, are both expected on campus this weekend.

U of L is also expected to host Gates Mills, Ohio, Gilmour Academy center Nza Hillmon.

The 6-foot-2 Hillmon averaged 17.7 points, 15.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks shots a game as a sophomore and helped Gilmour to the school's first Division III state girls' championship.

Cards ACC schedule is a tough one

Louisville is coming off a 15-1 mark in the ACC last season, which included a 10-game winning streak against league competition. The lone loss came to No. 2 Notre Dame.

But the Cardinals return their entire lineup, including ACC Player of the Year Myisha Hines-Allen.

And now they know the ACC portion of their schedule is extremely rugged.

The Cardinals will have home games in the ACC against 2016 national runner-up Syracuse, NCAA participant Miami and Georgia Tech and Virginia, two teams that played in the postseason NIT.

The ACC is arguably the nation’s top women’s basketball conference and sent nine teams to the postseason, including five in the NCAAs.

A few schedule nuggets

Here are a few nuggets from the ACC schedule:

---Louisville begins its third season in the ACC with a Dec. 29 game at home against Syracuse. Louisville beat the Orange in the regular-season a year ago before losing in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

---The next two ACC games are on the road: Jan. 2 at Duke and Jan. 5 at Virginia.

---Louisville's game at home against Miami on Jan. 15 will be on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

---Louisville has a tough three-game road swing late in the season with a non-conference game on Jan. 22 at South Florida followed by a game in Jan. 26 at Clemson and Jan. 29 at Pittsburgh.

---Louisville's last home game of the season will be on Thursday, Feb. 23 against Virginia. The final game of the regular-season is Sunday, Feb. 26 at Wake Forest.

ACC Tourney site up in the air 

The ACC released the league schedule for this season without a site for the end of the year tournament.

The women's ACC tournament was to be held March 1-5 at Greensboro Coliseum, but the ACC on Wednesday pulled it from North Carolina, citing opposition to the state's House Bill 2.

A site for the event is supposed to be announced sometime soon. Several reports have speculated the event could be held in Orlando, Fla., at the Walt Disney World complex.

New numbers

U of L has released its new roster on the website, including numbers for the newcomers.

Fifth-year transfer Taylor Johnson will wear No. 15, while freshman Sydney Zambrotta will wear No. 10 and Kylee Shook will be in No. 21. Freshman Jazmine Jones will wear No. 23, Jessica Laemmle will be No. 24, Bionca Dunham will be No. 33 and Ciera Johnson is No. 40.


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