University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz cracked a joke about the transfer portal during his postgame news conference after the Cardinals were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by eventual champion Stanford last month.
“It’s like free agency,” Walz quipped.
While not as visible in the national media as the number of prospects in the transfer portal in men’s basketball, the transfer portal in women’s college basketball is also churning at a high rate. There are close to 1,000 prospects in the portal on the women’s side.
And so far the transfer portal has been good to Walz and Louisville.
After losing to Stanford to finish 26-4 on the season, Walz was asked about the future and talked about improving and adding players.
“We’ll put a plan together for all of our returns about let’s figure out a way to get better at what we’re good at and continue to work on what we’re not good at and continue to work all the way around,” he said. “I’m really excited. We’ve got a very, very good group returning, excited about our incoming freshman class, and you’ve got to love the portal these days. It’s like free agency. So I mean, there are lots of players. We’ll see if we are fortunate enough to get one or two and go from there.”
The Cardinals have already added two – former McDonald’s All-American Syracuse guard Emily Engstler and Vanderbilt guard Chelsie Hall – while also losing two players that have put their names into the portal – Elizabeth Balogun and Malea Williams.
Louisville only had one graduating senior – All-American Dana Evans – and has two incoming freshmen – Payton Verhulst and Sydni Schetnan – that will join the team this summer. Louisville currently has two scholarships open for next season.
Here’s a closer look at the roster and where the numbers are as of April 12: