LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s basketball team opens the 2014-15 campaign on Friday at IUPUI at 5 p.m. in the newly renovated Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind.
The game will be carried on ESPN 680 AM and 105.7 FM in Louisville and also will be available on the following digital platforms: iHeart Radio and the iHeart Radio mobile application, the TuneIn mobile application, and GoCards.com Gameday Live.
The Cardinals, ranked 12th in the Associated Press preseason poll and 11th by USA Today, are beginning the season on the road for the second time in five years. Under head coach Jeff Walz, the program has compiled a 6-1 record in the first game, winning the last three-consecutive openers.
Louisville, returning eight letterwinners from last year’s team that posted a 33-5 mark and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, is facing an IUPUI team that went 23-10 last year and finished runner-up in the Summit League standings. The Jaguars continued their season by accepting a bid to the WNIT, where they reached the second round.
This year’s group of Cardinals is led by five seniors, including Sara Hammond, a preseason all-ACC selection by the league’s coaches and media. Hammond, who earned WBCA All-America honorable mention status last year, averaged 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds while connecting on 51 percent of her shots. Bria Smith is the other returning starter, with Jude Schimmel as the only other student-athlete who saw significant minutes last year.
The squad also features a bevy of youth, with a five-member freshman class that was tabbed as the eighth-best group in the country. It includes two McDonald’s All-Americans in Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore in addition to a four-star standout Arica Carter.
IUPUI has a similar team make-up, boasting seven returnees with six newcomers. The Jaguars return three starters from a season ago: preseason all-Summit first team selection Nevena Markovic, Akliah Sims, and Nicole Rogers.
Markovic, who earned second team all-league honors at the end of last season, led the team in points (11.0), rebounds (6.4), and assists (1.6) per game. She also had a team-high 27 blocks.
Louisville has won all four meetings against IUPUI, including an 88-58 victory against the Jaguars in Freedom Hall on Dec. 13, 2009. Becky Burke had a team-high 19 points, and Louisville converted 87.9 percent of its free throws (29-of-33). The Cardinals’ defense limited IUPUI to just 37.1 percent shooting (23-of-62) for the game.
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GAME FACTS – Louisville at IUPUI
Date: Friday, Nov. 14
Time: 5:05 p.m. ET
Site: Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum (6,800), Indianapolis, Ind.
Video: IUPUI will stream the game free of charge through its athletics website (IUPUIJags.com).
Radio: WHBE (ESPN 680 AM and 105.7 FM) will broadcast the game, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
Series History: Louisville leads the all-time series 4-0 (3-0 in Louisville, 1-0 in Indianapolis). Louisville defeated IUPUI 88-58 on Dec. 13, 2009, in Freedom Hall.
Next UofL Game: Sunday, Nov. 16 vs. UT-Martin in KFC Yum! Center, 2 p.m. ET