NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Walz and his Louisville Cardinals are off to a scorching start.

The fifth-ranked Cardinals received the preseason WNIT by means of beating No. 10 Oregon within the championship recreation Sunday. That got here after a excellent second-half defensive effort in opposition to No. 24 Michigan within the semifinals. The Cardinals (5-0) are 2 for two within the match, additionally winning in 2013.

Walz was once fearful the stretch would drain his crew extra mentally than bodily and stay them from an excellent start.

“Five-and-(zero) shows the character of these young women,” he mentioned.

Other issues that took place this week:

MISSING MULKEY: Third-ranked Baylor was once with out trainer Kim Mulkey in its loss to No. eight UCLA on Saturday. The Lady Bears’ chief stayed in Texas to be along with her daughter Makenzie Fuller, who misplaced her unborn child woman.

Fuller, a former Lady Bears participant in her 3rd season on her mom’s body of workers, had shared on social media ultimate weekend that the child was once coping with two life-threatening delivery defects.

When Fuller went to a physician’s appointment Thursday, the child had no heartbeat, mentioned Jil Price, the athletics communications affiliate director for the crew. Fuller, who was once about 18 weeks pregnant, delivered the child early Friday after hard work was once caused. Baylor travels to the Bahamas to play within the Junkanoo Jam over Thanksgiving, and it is unclear whether or not Mulkey will probably be with the crew.

WELCOME BACK: Saint Joseph’s senior Avery Marz in spite of everything were given to play school basketball after having a stroke when she moved into her dorm her freshman yr. She’s helped the Hawks to a Three-Zero start, the varsity’s very best in seven years.

SIDELINED SAMUELSON: UConn has run thru its first 3 warring parties, all of whom were ranked, winning by means of no less than 25 issues every recreation. The Huskies beat Maryland on Sunday with out junior guard Katie Lou Samuelson, who sprained her left foot Friday. The preseason All-American will probably be evaluated week to week, and trainer Geno Auriemma expects her now not to be to be had for the crew’s go back and forth to California, Oregon and Nevada. It’s the similar foot that she broke within the 2016 nationwide semifinals.

MILESTONE WIN: Bethune-Cookman trainer Vanessa Blair-Lewis earned her 250th win Monday night time when the Lady Wildcats posted an outstanding 77-59 highway victory at Florida International.

Her husband, Eric, could not be there, however had a sexy excellent basketball-related excuse. He was once officiating the Orlando Magic-Golden State Warriors recreation that night time in California.

Bethune-Cookman received the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference common season the ultimate two years. They went 21-11 ultimate season and complex to the MEAC identify recreation for the primary time since 1992 and performed within the WNIT for moment directly yr. Blair-Lewis has been named MEAC Coach of The Year the previous two years and 3 times general in her 9 years right here. Eric Lewis, a grad of the varsity, is in his 14th season as an NBA ref.

TEAM TO WATCH: Villanova used scorching taking pictures to beat No. 11 Duke on Sunday. The Wildcats are Three-Zero and beat a crew ranked that top for the primary time in over a decade. Harry Perretta’s squad has a positive agenda and may to find their manner into the Top 25 for the primary time since 2004.

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