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Women’s basketball shooting for program-best season DALTON RAY @DRAY5477

Bulldozing through their competition, No. 4 women’s basketball (32-2) heads into the NCAA tournament with momentum like never before. The Cardinals (32-2) swept the ACC conference titles, winning both the regular season and conference tournament -- both for the first time in program history. Making program history has been a common theme for this team. Louisville is a lock to be a No. 1 seed heading into the NCAA tournament, the program’s first. Their program-best 20-game win streak to start the season turned heads across the nation. For coach Jeff Walz, this team might mean he makes another appearance in the national title game. He has led U of L to two runner-up finishes, first in 2009

and again in 2013. Junior Asia Durr and senior Myisha Hines-Allen spearhead the Cardinals as two of the best players in the nation. Durr earned ACC Player of the Year honors while averaging 18.9 points per game. She scored over 20 points in 14 games with a season-high 47 in November. The junior is racing up the alltime numbers in career points and made 3-pointers for U of L. Hines-Allen, MVP of the ACC tournament, averaged nearly 14 points and 10 rebounds this season. Her physical and athletic play often draws the attention of two or more defenders. The top-to-bottom ability of the team is what sets them apart from years past. Redshirt junior Arica Carter has established herself as a high-IQ player that makes opponents pay with her consistent

shooting (44 percent from the field, 40 from three). She also has a career-high with 138 assists. Sophomore Jazmine Jones may be the biggest difference maker for U of L. Her athletic ability sets her apart, often leading to steal and fastbreak opportunities. Jones has also added the ability to knock down a pull-up jumper, making her more difficult to guard. Junior Sam Fuehring has said multiple times this season that her confidence is back and it’s apparent. Averaging nearly 10 points a game and 5.0 rebounds, Fuehring cleans up the mistakes around the basket for the Cardinals. Three of the starting five play to the hands of Hines-Allen and Durr, but have the ability to make several key plays themselves. Add a bench that can go to nine deep and it obvious why this team is

so dangerous. Louisville’s best-ever start hasn’t come against an easy schedule. The Cardinals have rolled through eight ranked opponents and dominated one of the nation’s toughest leagues. Riding a seven-game winning streak, Louisville heads into the NCAA tournament as a likely host for the opening rounds. Reaching the Sweet 16 has been a regular occurrence for Walz as the Cardinals have made four of the last five, but U of L hasn’t advanced to the Elite Eight since 2014. Already building on the best regular season ever, the Cardinals have a chance to make their deepest postseason run since their national runner-up performance in 2013.





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U of L fans fund billboard telling administrators to “step aside” SHELBY BROWN @BROSHEA91

A group calling themselves Friends of U of L have raised more than $2,700 in 13 days for a billboard criticizing the university’s administration. Alex Walker, the group’s spokesperson and a U of L alumnus, said the group wants the university to succeed in athletics and academics. The electronic billboard, reading “David Grissom and Greg Postel: Step Aside, We Do Not Support Your Leadership” is located in Jeffersonville near Interstate 65 south, before the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. “To be clear, our message is not intended to be a smear campaign against Mr. Grissom or Dr. Postel,” Walker said. “If they truly care as deeply about U of L as they have expressed, they would acknowledge that there are people better suited to lead our university.” Walker said the group is committed to holding university leadership accountable for decision making. The Paypal site was set up by Kristopher Abeln, a doctor in New Albany, Indiana. Walker said no singular person began Friends of U of L, but said they are a group of concerned Cardinal fans. He said some members are choosing to remain anonymous due to their connections with the university. “We have a diverse group ranging from current students, former U of L athletes, donors/boosters, alumni and fans of the University of Louisville. Our

common denominator is our passion for the University of Louisville,” Walker said. In a statement, university spokesperson John Drees encouraged those who care about U of L to find a constructive way to support the university, its students, faculty and staff. “This divisive, attacking message is centered on anger over the athletics program, but is harming the entire university,” Drees said. Drees said administration has been devoted to improving U of L this past year. He said leaders have resolved the $48 million budget deficit, overseen the return of U of L Hospital, worked to remedy the U of L Foundation from previous administrative foul ups and restoring full academic accreditation with SACS. “These accomplishments have come despite dealing with serious athletics issues and constant attacks from those who refuse to acknowledge them,” Drees said. Walker said the group is focused on the university as a whole, not just athletics. “The administration is currently trying to label our group as disgruntled fans of the athletic department -- that claim is patently untrue,” Walker said. “If our concern was related just to the athletic department, we would focus angst towards the person in charge of the athletic department. The tactic being used by the administration is exactly what we were anticipating. The leadership team

Fuller, Juarez take SGA elections JOSEPH LYELL @JOSEPHLYELL

Jonathan Fuller has been elected president of the SGA for the 2018-19 school year and his running mate, Mariana Juarez won executive vice president. Fuller’s sole opponent in the race was AJ Walters, who took 46 percent of the vote, and Juarez ran against Curtis McCoy and Elshadai Smith-Mensah. The poll had a 15 percent response rate among students, with 3,125 participants. This number fell short of last year’s record turnout, which saw over 3,800 voters. Lazaro Munoz won the vote for academic vice president, and Wyatt Harris was elected as services vice president. Here are the rest of the election winners:

College of Arts and Sciences

President - Lydia Burns Vice President - Rachel Benzing Senators - Kayla Payne, Sabrina Collins, Catherine Hale, Anne Marie Fetick, Zach Pennington, Milan Doan, Dennis Mashindi, Katie Rose Schmucker

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President - Nicole Smith

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President - Sarah Cohron Vice President - Andrew Beiersdorfe Senator - Sarah Heitzman

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President - Dion Copeland Vice President - Logan Frederick Senator - Matthew Woodard

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President - Spencer Hawkins Vice President - Kayla Goodman

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has shown time and time again that they are incapable of taking responsibility for their actions.” Walker said the group hopes the billboard will be a one-time project, but they don’t think that will be the case. Walker said Friends of U of L will continue until the university has a leadership team who acts in the best interest of the institution. “Our group has been in contact with

local business owners who are thrilled to help in any capacity we may require. The feedback we have received from the community has exceeded our wildest expectations. It seems that our relatively small group is more effective at attracting donors than what our current leadership has been able to achieve for the university,” Walker said.




Cultural Center protesters get promise of forum BAILEY CAMPAGNA @BAILEYCAMPAGNA

More than two dozen students assembled outside the president’s office Feb. 27 to defend the Cultural Center, emerging with a promise for a town hall with Administration March 19. Interim President Greg Postel, Vice Provost Mordean Taylor-Archer, Provost Dale Billingsley and Pan-African Studies Chair Ricky Jones were about to

meet when the protesters arrived. Jones invited students Brianna Worrell and Joseph Holland into the meeting minutes before it started. Worrell is director of the Engage Lead Serve Board‘s Equality and Justice Committee. Holland is Diversity Chair of the Student Activities Board. After the meeting, a town hall with Postel was announced, to be held March 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cultural Center. The protesters stood outside Postel’s office in silent support of the students. They faced the windows of the office with signs as the meeting continued. “The purpose of the protest was just to show student strength,” Worrell said. Worrell and Holland entered the meeting with a list of demands created by students concerned about the plans regarding the Cultural Center. Students hope to be involved in the decision making process as the administration moves forward. “We just want a new center, a diversity budget and to be a part of all decisions made on diversity,” Worrell said. More than 60 students organized in the Cultural Center Feb. 19 after hearing about the building’s possible demolition from Postel at the Feb. 13 SGA meeting. Students argue that the Center should

remain in place until clear plans for a replacement are established. If the building was razed, university spokesperson John Karman said those occupying the Center would be temporarily relocated to open offices in Strickler Hall. Karman has stressed that no timeline as been set for Cultural Center work. At

the Feb. 22 budget forum, Postel assured diversity on campus was important to administration. He promised the funds set aside for diversity initiatives on campus would remain intact. Postel expressed a desire to grow funds for the groups as well. He hopes to hire a diversity fundraiser.


SGA addresses Cultural Center concerns, nightly escort services JENNA TOBBE


SGA continued to monitor the fate of the Cultural Center as two protests erupted in the past week. On Feb. 26, about a dozen protesters assembled outside President Greg Postel’s office. Last week more than 50 created a Facebook group with the goal of having a say in determining the future of the building. At the Feb. 27 SGA Senate meeting, President Vishnu Tirumala and Vice President Sarah Love said they are collecting opinions on a possible new cultural identity center. They said there are no concrete plans regarding the existing cultural center, despite protests. There is a refugee and immigrant rally in Frankfort scheduled for March 7. The Latin American and Hispanic Student

Organization and Muslim Student Associations are helping plan this rally. Students can register on the event’s Facebook page. Love said they want to fill a 50-person charter bus. While in Frankfort there will be meetings scheduled with legislators to talk about undocumented students.

The LOUP proposal uses 27 locations split over three routes on the Belknap campus to operate in a similar way to Lyft and Uber. The proposal is anticipated to be presented after spring break and Bird said it will be an exciting, safe and efficient way for students to get around campus.

SGA Services Vice President Chris Bird spoke about the Louisville loop, or “LOUP” initiative. The LOUP is a renovation of the escort services around campus. Current escort practice uses one escort vehicle to cover any requests from dawn to dusk. “In October, there were 1,000 ride requests for the whole month, and that’s just for one person driving one car,” Bird said.

The Director of Ideas to Action at the Delphi Center introduced the Find Your Fit program. Delphi Center Executive Director Patricia Payette said this general elective can be taken by any major. The program is part of the Quality Enhancement Plan. This course can help students who are in transition, with undeclared majors or students who are rethinking majors, get onto a concrete path to make them more successful in college. Find Your Fit is of-

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fering two sections in fall 2018 through the School of Education. “We are having a problem with retaining students between the second and third year when they hit a wall around their major choice,” said Payette. This mindset can cause students to believe they will not succeed in college. This class will offer an aspect of academic inquiry as well as personal inquiry to help students get to know themselves, their study habits and their future goals better.

Bike Lock Exchange

If students have cable locks or other insufficient bike locks, they can come to the SGA office to trade it in for a free U-lock. ULPD said bike theft is the most common form of theft on campus, either because students use the wrong kind of lock or they lock the bikes incorrectly.

University to hire 15 custodians in coming weeks BAILEY CAMPAGNA @BAILEYCAMPAGNA

Weeks after The Cardinal reported the shortage, U of L now plans to hire new custodians after a university-wide hiring freeze left 25 positions empty. “The university’s proposal for hiring additional staff includes 29 new custodians,” U of L Spokesperson John Karman

said. He said this will include custodians assigned to the new academic building and SAC wing when they open fall 2018. “The university plans to hire 15 custodians in the next few weeks, two later this spring and the final 13 when the new campus buildings open,” Karman said. U of L had 175 custodians two years ago. With 29 new hires, the number will be 179 when the new buildings open.

“We believe this to be an appropriate staffing level,” Karman said. Interim Chief Operating Officer Lee Smith said he decided to hire more staff after consulting with Associate Vice President for Facilities Management James Sears. “A recent review showed that our custodial staffing levels have been disproportionately impacted by hiring restric-

tions over the past year,” Smith said. Karman said this is because custodians have a higher turnover rate than other units at the university. Smith said bringing in more custodians will ensure the university’s workspaces are appropriately maintained in the future.




Mary Nixon appointed to board University’s fundraising chief resigns SHELBY BROWN @BROSHEA91


Gov. Matt Bevin selected Mary R. Nixon and reappointed James Rogers to U of L’s Board of Trustees Feb. 28. Nixon is a retired financial executive from Yum! Brands Inc. She replaced Diane Medley, who announced she would not seek reappointment when her term expired Jan. 13. Nixon’s term ends Jan. 13, 2024. Rogers’s term was also renewed for the same amount of time. His original term began Jan. 13, 2017 and was scheduled to last one year before the extension. He is an alumnus of U of L and former executive vice president and chief operating officer at Louisville investment firm J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, LLC.


While discussing donor pledges, the U of L Foundation announced Bryan Robinson, Interim Vice President for University Advancement, is resigning. Robinson is the second fundraising officer to resign from the university in less than a year. Robinson told the university he is resigning for “personal reasons,� after being on leave, which will last through April 1, university spokesperson John Karman said. “This decision was not easy for me, but ultimately, I know that it is just simply time for me to go,� Robinson said in a statement. Prior to Robinson’s employment, Keith Inman held the title in the office of advancement. Inman resigned in July 2017 to take over leadership at Kosair Charities.

Robinson said he believes in the changes taking place under Interim President Greg Postel’s leadership and is grateful for the opportunities he was given at the university. “Please know that my family and I take very warm memories of this place with us, along with an unshakable faith in the future of this university,� Robinson said. Karman said Interim President Greg Postel plans to select a temporary replacement, but gave no names.


Nobel Prize Laureate coming to Kentucky Center SHELBY BROWN @BROSHEA91

Kentucky native and Nobel Prize Laureate Phillip A. Sharp will speak at the

Kentucky Center March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Sharp won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993 with his partner Richard J. Roberts, after discovering RNA splicing.

Sharp will speak about his scientific pursuits, past accomplishments and vision for biotechnology’s future. Sharp is one of four Kentuckians to ever win a Nobel Prize.

U of L Communication Professor and scientific writer Jenni Laidman will join Sharp in the discussion. General tickets are $25 and student tickets $15.


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QDOBA Mexican Eats - Megan

Qdoba is like Subway, with the buildyour-own style, but better because it’s Mexican. There’s a wide range of options for meats including chicken, steak and shrimp. There are also vegetarian options like the three-cheese nachos. From there, you build your burrito or taco to your liking. I chose the route of a burrito with chicken, brown rice, threecheese queso, Pico de Gallo and shredded cheese. It’s a favorite of mine and a delicious, filling meal.

Home Run Burgers & Fries Dalton

Home Run has hella good fries and burgers. I haven’t tried anything else because I’m comfortable with my life decisions. It’s one of the few places that you’ll feel terrible after eating, but you’re completely okay with it. Don’t plan any activities after eating

here because you won’t be up for it. I almost called into work one time after eating here because I threw down a little too hard. This isn’t a place you’ll want to eat at more than twice a month though, so plan accordingly.

Mt. Fuji - Madison

Mt. Fuji is a great place to enjoy Asian cuisine. There are numerous options for appetizers, soups and salads, fried rice, hibachi, bubble tea and smoothies. Nearly all of these options are reasonably priced under $11, and have generous portions. A plate of chicken hibachi, which is served with vegetables fried rice, costs $6.85. The food is well-seasoned and flavorful. The delivery is fast and the Tea

Lounge in the seating area is a good place to relax and study while you eat. All of these factors combined make a 10 out of 10 experience.

Quills Coffee - Arry

Need to feel like a hipster, but don’t want to leave campus? Quills has you covered. With a large menu, Quills can serve anyone from the coffee-hater, to the pretentious guy that drinks only espresso. While I love regular coffee, I went for something a little more frilly, the maple spice latte. At $4.50 a pop, this isn’t your everyday cup of joe. Even though it was pricey, it was worth every penny. Aside from the drink, Quills puts out some nice bakery items, like homemade Pop-Tarts.

The Comfy Cow - Shelby

This ice cream parlor is the perfect spot to grab a sweet treat after class. The staff is friendly and ready to help you sort through Comfy Cow’s multitude of flavors and options. There’s even a Cardtowne discount. If you’re not a traditional ice cream fan, the shop has

alternatives. You can satiate your sweet tooth with brownies, milkshakes or smoothies. A regular scoop will only set you back $3.95. There’s also take-home options so you can feast in your pajamas like a professional.

Jimmy John’s - Joseph

It doesn’t get more efficient than Jimmy John’s. Open every day until midnight, they’re the most reliable restaurant on the strip, and an absolute go-to if you’re in a pinch. Need a bite in a hurry? Pull up on Cardinal Boulevard and you’ll be back in your car within five minutes, food in hand. They mean it when they say “freaky fast.”


Early birds: Donut miss the best breakfast in Louisville ARRY SCHOFIELD @SCARYARRY

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You’ll never know how much you needed a Mexican breakfast until you have one. The restaurant is small with bright yellow accents, making everything sunny even on gloomy days. Order anything, you can’t go wrong. Have a sweet tooth? Tres leches pancakes are the way to go. More of a savory person? The burrito de mama will bring tears to your eyes.

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Not all breakfast spots have to break the bank. At Nancy’s, you can get a New York bagel equivalent with cream cheese for just $2.50. Enjoy something plain, or spice it up with rosemary feta, tomato basil and spinach feta. Don’t underestimate the quality of coffee in a bagel shop. Nancy’s pumps out lattes that dominate Starbucks. With interesting combinations like rose and white chocolate or maple syrup, I’m sure you’ll never visit another coffee shop chain.

North End Cafe

This is breakfast for you classy folks. With one location in Clifton and one in the Highlands, it should be easy to check out. North End serves breakfast all day, which, if you’re like me, is great news. Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? North End doesn’t skimp on choices. They have everything from the classic bacon and eggs, to fruit parfaits, to huevos rancheros. They also have two different omelettes, and a pancake of the day. Complete with brick walls and local art, it’s nice to dine somewhere a little “cuter.”

Highland Morning

“Breakfast done right,” is written on the windows, and it’s there for a reason. Highland Morning is the place to go if you’re searching for a unique breakfast or a good mimosa. Stay traditional with classic biscuits and gravy, or try something new with banana’s foster waffle or ciao bella scramble. Highland Morning is always packed on the weekends, so be sure to get there early.



U of L doesn’t deserve the gem that is Mr. Jim ARRY SCHOFIELD @SCARYARRY

James Bronger Sr., known to students as Mr. Jim, is more than just an employee at McAlister’s Deli. He’s the most wholesome thing to have ever graced this university. As a former TARC driver, Mr. Jim said he loved his passengers, and now at McAlister’s, he loves the students the same way. This is evident not only in the way he brightens students’ days, but also in the way he contributes small things behind the scenes. He said because McAlister’s only has unsweetened applesauce, he bought cinnamon, and he also bought cheesecake toppings. Despite his popularity, Mr. Jim stays humble. “I’m not patting myself on the back, that’s just the way I show you all how much I love and care for you guys,” he said. Students also show an incredible amount of love towards him. He has received cards from students and graduates for his birthday. Mr. Jim said students also recognize him off campus,

such as U of L games and even hospitals. Mr. Jim is proud of his students, and stressed how important it is to joke around and help others stay positive about upcoming tests. “Like your grandpa would do for you back home, this grandpa is going to do for you here,” he said. He wants to let students know he wishes them good luck, and is proud they made a decision to get a degree in in their fields of interest. He said college is much different from home, and college students work very hard. “There’s a lot going on for students, and I tip my hat to all of you all who go to college and do the best you can,” he said. Mr. Jim said there are two important things college students need to know. “If you’re going to do something, do the best job that you can do and enjoy doing it. Also, I don’t care where you are, always get a receipt.” As long as his health is good, Mr. Jim says he will stay at McAlister’s and continue to put smiles on faces.



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Food front-runners to fancy and flops to forget MEGAN BREWER @__MBREWER

We all have our favorite foods -- the foods you couldn’t survive a week without. We all have the foods we could care less about, too. I’ve compiled a list of the worst and best foods based simply on my personal tastes, and let’s face it, my list is foolproof. Let’s start with the most terrible foods ever.

Flops Ground beef

Ground beef is the most disgusting food I’ve ever eaten. Spare me the “Are you even human?” comment, because I am. How are you even human if you like ground beef? Ground beef is greasy and doesn’t go well with anything. Hamburgers are the absolute worst of the worst when it comes to food.

Anything with ground beef can easily be replaced with chicken or turkey for a win-win. It now not only tastes better, but it’s also healthier.

Replace your ground beef and then your meal would become acceptable to eat. Don’t and you’re just doing everything wrong in life.

Scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs are a big fluff of nothingness. If you add cheese, and I mean a lot of cheese, they become tolerable. The best way to eat eggs is fried. The only other way to eat an egg is if it helps make something else, besides cake, of course.

Cake and icing

Cake is also a big fluff of nothingness with a little added sugar. I don’t understand why anyone eats cake, especially white cake. It’s just not good. Icing is pure sugar and is too sweet. Putting it on top of the sweet nothingness fluff doesn’t help it at all. GRAPHIC BY MITCHELL HOWES / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL

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Why would any logical person want a cherry on top of an otherwise perfect milkshake? Cherries are the worst fruit. If you buy them and eat them willingly, I worry about you. Cherry-flavored things just taste like liquid medicine, which is why I don’t understand why anyone likes them.


Again, yes, I’m human. Watermelon is the second worst fruit. I don’t understand why everyone loves watermelon so much. It’s also like eating nothing. Maybe I’ve cracked the code, everyone just really likes food that tastes like nothing. Watermelon-flavored things are also a no-go. I would never waste my time on watermelon-flavored anything.




I know this is a drink, but soda is awful. I haven’t had a soda in over three years, except mixed with alcohol here and there, and I don’t miss it one bit. That’s probably because I never liked it in the first place, I just drank it because everyone else did. Coke, Sprite, Pepsi and Big Red are the worst of them. I just don’t understand why people drink carbonated flavored sugar. Now, let’s move on to the most important list -- the best foods.

Front-runners Chicken

Chicken is the best food, hands down.

You can have chicken with anything and plenty of different ways. It can be healthy or unhealthy. It can be grilled, fried, ground, in a salad or in a burrito. Any way you choose to have chicken it tastes delicious. You just can’t go wrong. I’d have chicken over ground beef any day.


Shrimp, though expensive, is the best seafood. It’s pretty much the heaven of foods. The best way to have shrimp is broiled with cocktail sauce. It becomes finger food that’s easy to eat and can fill you up. If I have money to eat something other than chicken, I’ll definitely be eating the single victor of seafood.

Tater tots and hash browns

Since these are both potatoes and equally amazing, it only makes sense to group them together. Tater tots are the best way to make finger food out of potatoes. They’re crispy on the outside and then soft on the inside. Add salt and you have the queen of potatoes. Hash browns are the formal version of tater tots, and you can add cheese to these. They’re the perfect company to the best breakfast food there is.

Biscuits and gravy

Biscuits and gravy, aka my favorite food in my favorite meal of the day. Breakfast food is the best food, and biscuits and gravy are the best of the best. You just can’t go wrong with a buttery, crispy biscuit and sausage gravy to top it off.


Again, I know this is drink, but it’s coffee. Coffee is perfection in a cup (except black coffee, obviously). Coffee with some sugar. Coffee with creamer. Iced, hot. Any way, any time of the day, it’s the finest of all drinks. It’s delicious coffee and it’s the savior of my life. What more can I say?


Last, but not least, is another drink. Lemonade, though made from a food that didn’t make this list, is right behind coffee for best drink. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and sour if made correctly, and it makes for a great refresher on a warm day. If you add strawberries into the mix, you’re doing everything right in life.


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Drafting the best women’s basketball team Team Farrell will reign because of its offensive prowess.


Team Brown: Carter (guard), Slaughter (forward), Hines-Allen (forward), Fuehring (forward), Hammond (center), Hines (sixth woman)

Two weeks ago, we drafted the best men’s basketball team with a pool of players from 2001 to present. This week, we’re picking the best women’s basketball team. Our pool of players started in the 2000-01 season to the current year. We applied the same rules as the men’s draft: Pick a starting five with one player off the bench. Our draft order: Dalton Ray (DMR), Matt Bradshaw (MPB), Conner Farrell (CJF) and Micah Brown (MWB).

Draft recap:

1. Angel McCoughtry, 2005-09 (DMR) 2. Asia Durr, 2015- (MPB) 3. Shoni Schimmel, 2010-14 (CJF) 4. Myisha Hines-Allen, 2014-18 (MWB) 5. Arica Carter, 2014- (MWB) 6. Monique Reid, 2008-13 (CJF) 7. Cortnee Walton, 2012-17 (MPB) 8. Sara Nord, 2000-04 (DMR) 9. Jazz Covington, 2003-07 (DMR) 10. Tia Gibbs, 2010-14 (MPB) 11. Mariya Moore, 2014-17 (CJF) 12. Sara Hammond, 2011-15 (MWB) 13. Antonita Slaughter, 2010-14 (MWB) 14. Becky Burke, 2008-12 (CJF) 15. Bria Smith, 2011-15 (MPB) 16. Asia Taylor, 2009-14 (DMR) 17. Sheronne Vails, 2010-10 (DMR) 18. Lori Nero, 2002-03 (MPB) 19. Jude Schimmel, 2011-15 (CJF) 20. Sam Fuehring, 2015- (MWB) 21. Keisha Hines, 2007-11 (MWB) 22. Jazmine Jones, 2016- (CJF) 23. Marju Sober, 2013-17 (MPB) 24. Candyce Bingham, 2007-09 (DMR)

Asia Durr, 2015- .

Recency bias and favoritism may have had an effect on my selections. I drafted the players that either had significant tournament experience (Dieng, O’Bannon and Behanan) or possessed the athleticism to impact a game in the final minutes. Overall, I drafted a team with length and speed. Above all else, with O’Bannon, Mitchell and Lee, this team is one that should not have to worry about a cold shooting night.

Shoni Schimmel (23), 2010-14.

Team Ray: Nord (guard), Taylor on scoring. With four members of the (guard), McCoughtry (forward), 1,000-point club I’d say I accomplished Covington (forward), Vails (cen- that. My team will be able to fill it up inside Voting results ter), Bingham (sixth woman) Through a Twitter poll, we asked our

McCoughtry is the program’s leader in points, rebounds, steals and blocks. Nord is the all-time leader in assists and one of the school’s best 3-point shooters. Add the athletic ability from Taylor, the physical presence of and scoring ability of Covington, the shot blocking of Vails and I have the most balanced team. The all-around size of my ultra-talented team will create matchup issues for an opponent.

and outside, with Reid playing the post around four 3-point shooters on the perimeter. The play-making ability of S. Schimmel will make those shot on the perimeters easy to come by.

followers who had the best team. Team Ray, 57 percent. Team Bradshaw, 21 percent. Team Farrell, 18 percent. Team Brown, 4 percent.

Team Bradshaw: Durr (guard), Gibbs (guard), Smith (guard), Nero (forward), Walton (center), Sober (sixth woman)

My squad brings a dangerous balance of athletic guards, skilled outside shooting and dangerous presence in the paint. Durr is the most talented player on one of the best teams in program history. Walton is one of the winningest players in program history, standing out as a team leader and prolific rebounder. Nero only played 2002-03, but led the team that season in ppg (17.4), rpg (9.4), field goal percentage (53.3) and blocks (37). Add 2008’s Kentucky Miss Basketball in Tia Gibbs and a 1,200 career point scorer in Bria Smith, and a formidable squad is formed.

Myisha Hines-Allen, 2014-18.

Team Farrell: S. Schimmel (guard), Reed (guard), Burke (guard), Jones (forward), Moore (forward), J. Schimmel (sixth woman) Bria Smith, 2011-15. When drafting this time, I focused





Softball opened their home season with their annual Red and Black Classic, dominating their competition. The Cardinals swept their oppponents (Maryland, UAB, Miami (OH) and Eastern Illinois) to adavance to 15-4 on the season.

Maryland, March 2

Louisville kicked off the classic defeating Maryland 4-1. Redshirt senior Nicole Pufahl got things going in the bottom of the second inning, lining a double off the glove of Maryland’s JoJo McRae. The Cards couldn’t get Pufahl home, leaving a runner stranded. In the bottom on the third inning, sophomore Celene Funke singled to center field. Redshirt junior Sidney Melton walked and sophomore Caitlin Ferguson’s double brought home both

runners. Pufahl’s single then scored Ferguson. In the top of the fifth Maryland broke up the no-hitter with a solo home run over the right field fence. Pufahl started the bottom half of the six with a triple of the right field wall and a pass ball brought her home. Maryland put two runners on, but junior Danielle Watson (10-3) closed the door, sealing the victory.

UAB, March 2

Junior Megan Hensley (3-1) received the win in the 6-2 victory over UAB. Senior Alison Szydlowski kicked off the scoring, doubling a RBI off the left field wall. Funke’s single brought home Szydlowski, giving Louisville a 2-0 lead. Melton reached on an error, putting two runners on. Ferguson’s double scored both Melton and Funke, pushing the lead to

Junior Megan Hensley.

5-0. UAB scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning, but Watson closed the game for U of L.

Miami (OH), March 3

Freshman Kyra Snyder recorded her first start of the season going 2.0 IP with 3 K’s. Louisville recorded the first run of the game on an infield error that scored Melton. The Cards made their first pitching change of the game as Watson took over in the third. U of L extended their lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning off Hensley’s eighth RBI of the season. In the following inning, U of L left runners stranded after a Miami (OH) double play ended the fifth inning. Henlsey took the mound in the sixth inning. U of L maneuvered out of a tight spot in the top of sixth with two Miami (OH) runners

Freshman Kyra Snyder.

in scoring position. The Redhawks left those runners stranded after a fly-out to center ended the inning. Hensley goes 2.0 IP with 2 K’s and a save, her first of the season. Watson went 3.0 IP with 3 K’s, picking up her 11th of the season.

Eastern Illinois walked the next three batters, giving Louisville their first run. A fly-out in the next at bat scored another Louisville runner. Junior Madison Cousineau doubled to center field and score another pair to make it 4-0. Freshman Kyra Snyder’s double pushed Cousineau across the

Softball concluded a sweep of the Red and Black Classic with a 6-0 win over Eastern Illinois. Louisville scored five runs in the first inning to separate themselves from the Panthers. The win is the 700th for the program and coach Sandy Pearsall. Junior Megan Hensley recorded the win, going five innings and allowing three hits. She recorded three strikeouts, pushing her season total to 43. Sophomore Celene Funke reached on an error then stole second base in the first inning.

EIU put runners on the corners in the third inning, but a pop-up ended their scoring opportunity. Sophomore Caitlin Ferguson singled in the bottom of the fourth inning and recorded her team-high 17th RBI on the year. Eastern Illinois only registered two hits in the final three innings. U of L hosts the Louisville Classic starting March 9. Participants include Bradley, Massachusetts and Eastern Michigan.

E. Illinois, March 4

plate, capping the five-run inning.


Lacrosse’s comeback falls short against No. 18 Notre Dame DALTON RAY @DRAY5477

Lacrosse (5-2) opened their ACC play with a 14-9 home loss to No. 18 Notre Dame. The Irish jumped up big early, but Louisville nearly completed the comeback with a strong second half showing with six goals. The Cardinals had 20 shots on goal and forced 15 turnovers. Louisville also committed 15 turnovers, but their five in the second half allowed for much more efficient offense. Freshman Caroline Blalock recorded a hat trick in the second. Junior Tessa Chad added a pair of goals, bringing her yearly total to 18. Louisville started with goals from senior Madison Hoover and freshman Car-

oline Blalock, giving U of L a 2-1 lead. The Irish then scored six unanswered goals, taking control of the game. Notre Dame led 8-3 at the half and recorded 11 shots on goal. Louisville had eight shots on goal, but ND had five saves. The Irish opened the second half with a goal, but Louisville took over after that. U of L scored six of the next seven goals to cut the lead to 10-9. Blalock recorded her hat trick by the 18-minute mark. Notre Dame kept their poise, responding with unanswered four goals down the stretch to close out the win. Louisville travels to No. 14 Duke Saturday, March 10. PHOTO BY DALTON RAY / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL




Men’s tennis knocks off defending national champion Virginia With Virginia pressing to make a potential comeback, Lampasas sealed the match with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 win on court six. “The coaching I had from coach (Jakob Gustafsson) got me through the 6-4 win,” Lampasas said. “In the third set coach G told me a few things to change. His coaching really changed the match.” Wynn had the most significant singles win, knocking off No. 18 Aswin Lizen 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Louisville now has three straight wins over potential NCAA tournament teams in Virginia, Georgia State and Northwestern. Prior to the win streak, the Cardinals lost three straight matches. “We lost to three top 25 teams, they weren’t bums. But we realized we’re a better team than that,” Ecarma said. “I put these guys through boot camp the last three weekends … they’ve really responded. They didn’t pout. They’ve gone through hell and we haven’t lost since.” The Cardinals travel to No. 21 Notre Dame, a noted rivalry for Ecarma’s team, March 10.


Men’s tennis pushed their winning streak to six matches with a 6-1 statement win over the three-time defending national champion Virginia. The win pushes No. 35 Louisville to 9-3 and 1-0 in ACC play. Coach Rex Ecarma said the Cardinals had to overcome “the V on the chest” of their opponent. “They’ve been the marquee program in our sport almost for a decade. They’ve probably spent more time at No. 1 in the past eight years than any other team in the country,” Ecarma said. Louisville earned the doubles point with tight matches across the board. George Headley and Ciro Lampasas won 6-3 on court three to give U of L the early advantage. The No. 18 doubles team of Chris Morin-Kougoucheff and Parker Wynn sealed the point with a 7-5 win. Louisville swept doubles when Federico Gomez and Brandon Lancaster won 7-6 (7-4). Shifting to singles, Lancaster notched

The doubles team of Parker Wyann (left) and Chris Morin-Kougoucheff (right) is No. 18 in the country. PHOTOS BY TARIS SMITH / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL

the second point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ammar Alhaqbani. Gomez followed his

doubles teammate with a 6-3, 6-4 win on court four.

Snider and Mahmoud honored on senior night MATT BRADSHAW @BRADMATT8

In their final game at the KFC Yum! Center, Quentin Snider and Anas Mahmoud were honored on their senior night. Despite leading for most of the contest, No. 1 Virginia stunned Louisville on a buzzer-beater. Snider and Mahmoud arrived in Louisville in fall 2014 on the heels of the 2013 national championship. Since, they have faced off-court issues surrounding the program. The two have distinguished themselves as leaders through the multiple scandals. Acting head coach David Padgett recognized the seniors. “The amount of adversity and challenges they have had to overcome has been remarkable,” Padgett said. “They’ve handled it with the utmost character and class, never complaining about the hand they’ve been dealt.” As a freshman, Snider proved his caliber at point guard when he averaged 11 points and 4.3 rebounds in the Cardinals’ four NCAA tournament games. “I remember my time as a player here during summer camp,” Padgett said. “I always wanted to make sure (Snider) was on my team, because I knew I was going to have the best team in the camp.” Mahmoud saw little action his freshman year but made his time count. The Cairo-native had a career-performance against WKU when he scored six, rebounded five and blocked three shots in

23 minutes. “(Mahmoud) arrived four years ago as a 7-foot, 180 lbs. freshman,” Padgett said. “He could hardly get through a practice because he would get physically beat up by the upperclassmen.” Mahmoud’s shot blocking ability flowered his sophomore year, ending the season with 29. Meanwhile, Snider came into his own as the go-to point guard for the Cardinals. He was second on the team in minutes played, recording 109 assists to 40 turnovers. The highlight of Snider’s junior season came in Kentucky, posting a careerhigh 22 points in an underdog-win over rival Kentucky. Junior year saw Mahmoud become the Cardinals’ leader in field goal percentage (.623) and he finished second in the ACC in blocked shots. Padgett closed the ceremony with high praise for both of his senior captains. “Whether it’s basketball, politics or President of Egypt, he’s going to be extremely successful in life,” Padgett said of Mahmoud. “He turned himself into one of the best shot blockers and defenders this program has ever seen.” Padgett continued praising the hometown star. “I wouldn’t trade him for any point guard in the country,” Padgett said. “He’s the latest in a great line of local 502 legends, and he’ll go down as an all-time great.”

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March 6, 2018; Vol. 92, Issue No. 23  
March 6, 2018; Vol. 92, Issue No. 23