Dec. 17, 2010
Las Vegas, Nev. -
Duel in the Desert Classic (Dec. 18-20)
Cox Pavilion (2,500) Las Vegas, Nev.
The Louisville women's basketball team will face its toughest tests of the season, when the Cardinals take on Marist in the first of three games at the Duel in the Desert Classic in Las Vegas. Tip-off between Louisville and Marist is set for Saturday, Dec. 18, at 4:30 p.m. ET at the Cox Pavilion.
The Cardinals are coming off an impressive 78-40 win at Cincinnati on Wednesday night. Louisville enters the game with an overall record of 8-3 and a conference record of 1-0. The Cards have won five straight games heading into the weekend. Junior forward Monique Reid leads Louisville in scoring with 15.5 points per game. Freshman guard Shoni Schimmel is second on the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game. She also leads the team in assists with 5.9 assists per game. Senior center Keshia Hines leads the team on the boards, collecting 6.2 rebounds per game.
Marist enters the tournament with a 6-2 overall record. Most recently the Red Foxes defeated Boston University 71-55 on Saturday, Dec. 11. Junior guard Corielle Yarde led the way for Marist with her third career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Yarde leads the Red Foxes with 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Kate Oliver and Brandy Gang rank second on the team in scoring with 9.8 points per game.
The Cardinals will face Houston on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Cougars had 11 days off heading into the tournament. In their last game on Dec. 7, the Cougars defeated UT-San Antonio 71-59. Houston enters the game with an overall record of 6-1. UH is led by 2010 Conference USA Player of the Year Courtney Taylor with 17.7 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. Porche Landry is second on the team in scoring with 17.1 points per game. Rounding out the top scorers is Brittney Scott with 15.7 points per game.
Louisville will wrap up play in the tournament against No. 21 Nebraska on Monday, Dec. 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET. Nebraska enters the tournament with an overall record of 8-1. The Huskers had the week off for finals after defeating Northern Colorado 66-53 on Dec. 11. Catheryn Redmon led three Huskers in double figures with 16 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Nebraska has four players averaging double figures, led by senior Dominique Kelley and freshman Jordan Hooper with 15.4 points per game. Redmon leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 per game while adding 10.2 points per game. Lindsey Moore rounds out the top scorers with 10.4 points per game.
All games will be broadcast live on WKRD and www.UofLSports.com. Jim Kelch will handle the play-by-play duties while Paul Sanderford will add the color commentary.