Nov. 7, 2012
The ninth-ranked University of Louisville women's basketball team will play host to No. 12/15 Texas A&M in its season opener Friday at 7 p.m., ET at the KFC Yum! Center. Fans are encouraged to wear red and can purchase tickets for $2 when they show their Kroger card at any ticket office location. Call 502-852-5151 for more ticket information.
Game Information - Louisville vs. Texas A&M
When: Nov. 9, 7 p.m., ET
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.
Television: WHAS (Channels 11.2, Insight 432, Comcast 207) with Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Kent Spencer (color).
Radio: WKRD 790 AM with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (color) Series Record: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Nov. 15, 2011 - Texas A&M won 76-58 in College Station, Texas
First Meeting: Dec. 4, 1992 - Louisville won 63-59 in the Illini Classic
The Cardinals posted a 23-10 record last season and made their sixth NCAA tournament in the last seven years. Led by preseason All-BIG EAST selection and junior Shoni Schimmel, the Cardinals return four starters overall from last year's squad including Bria Smith, Sara Hammond and Shawnta' Dyer. As a sophomore, Schimmel was named to the preseason "Wade Watch" list and earned First Team WBCA Region I honors after leading the Cardinals with 14.3 points, 4.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game. She also ranked third on the team in rebounding with 4.5 boards per game. Schimmel was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection and finished league play ranked 11th in scoring, sixth in assists and fourth in steals.
Senior Monique Reid, a preseason All-BIG EAST honorable mention selection, saw action in eight games last season and averaged 13.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game before suffering a season-ending injury. She has led the Cardinals in rebounding in each of the last two seasons and was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2010-11.
Louisville was picked to finish third in the BIG EAST preseason coaches' poll and is one of five BIG EAST teams ranked in the top 25 - along with Connecticut (2), Notre Dame (7), St. John's (14), and DePaul (25).
The ninth-ranked Cards defeated Eckerd College 83-29 in an exhibition game last Wednesday night in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals had four players score in double figures as Reid led the way netting a game-high 13 points. Shawnta' Dyer scored 12, Megan Deines had 11 and Sara Hammond registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
About Texas A&M
Texas A&M posted a 24-11 record last season en route to its fourth NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in the past five years. The Aggies return two starters and six additional letterwinners from the 2011-12 team and were picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference preseason coaches' poll.
Kelsey Bone was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2011-12, while Tyra White was selected First Team All-Big 12. As a freshman at South Carolina, she led the SEC in rebounding prior to transferring to Texas A&M. Bone was recognized as the SEC Newcomer of the year in 2009-10 and was Second Team All-SEC by the Associated Press. Sophomore Alexia Standish earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team last season. In 2010-11, head coach Gary Blair led the Aggies to the program's first ever NCAA Championship.