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The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals completed its four game home stretch against Tennessee teams with a 95 – 56 victory over Tennessee State.
The Cardinals held the Tigers to 31% shooting from the field and forced 18 turnovers that Louisville converted into 27 points.
AP Women’s Basketball Poll:
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Others receiving votes: Oklahoma State 54; New Mexico 39; Syracuse 22; Oklahoma 12; Arizona State 10; Marquette 8; Southern California 8; Kentucky 7; South Dakota State 3; Rutgers 1; Florida Gulf Coast 1; Ball State 1.
See how all the votes fell: AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 6
The Louisville Cardinals are off to its second best start in program history behind 10 consecutive wins. This evening, Louisville proved its championship caliber, defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores, 79-57.
In a post game interview with former Louisville player, Cortnee Walton, Asia Durr said this team, “can be really special.”
She’s not wrong.
The Cardinals started out strong behind a 10-2 lead, but Vanderbilt’s Rachel Bell fired off a triple. Louisville struggled to find an answer for Bell as she racked up 16 of the Commodore’s 24 points in the first period.
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals flew past UT Martin, 91 – 56, behind a balanced effort both offensively and defensively.
The UT Martin Skyhawks led for 34 seconds before Louisville took over and never looked back. The Cardinals ran out to a 13-5 lead after starting off on a 13-3 run. After the first period, Louisville held a 29-9 advantage.
In a game that was never close, the Cardinals made a few statements.
Last night, the Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 114-108 and rookie Donovan Mitchell put on a show.
Mitchell dropped 41 points in the matchup. The Pelicans could not find an answer for Mitchell… Not even Boogie Cousins, who Donovan basically ate for dinner.
Mitchell became the first rookie since Blake Griffin to drop 40 points in a game. He also set the Jazz rookie record, previously held by none other than Dr. Dunkenstein himself, Darrell Griffith.
Myisha Hines-Allen notched her fourth double-double on the season as she led the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals to a 72-59 victory over Indiana. Hines-Allen led all scorers with 25 points, on 12-of-17 shooting, to go along with 12 rebounds.
In a game where Louisville led wire to wire, it was easy to pinpoint the keys of success for the Cardinals.
Here are a few takeaways from this evening’s 72-59 victory over Indiana…
The Louisville women remain at #4 in this week’s AP Poll.
AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 4
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Others Receiving Votes: Green Bay 31, Arizona State 26, Oklahoma 25, New Mexico 19, Iowa 17, Michigan State 16, DePaul 8, Syracuse 6, Minnesota 5, Oklahoma State 5, Kansas State 4, Georgia 3, Southern California 3
To see how everyone voted, click here: AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 4
The Louisville women defeated the Murray State Racers, 115 – 51. The 115 points marks a school record for points scored in the rout.
Coach Jeff Walz
Kylee Shook & Bianca Dunham
The Louisville men’s basketball team will participate in the 2018 Preseason NIT at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Other headliners include Tennessee, Marquette and Kansas.
The Preseason NIT will start on November 21st and go through November 23rd.
The University of Louisville has parted ways with associate head coach Kenny Johnson.
The release was sent moments after the institution announced freshman Brian Bowen would not be eligible to compete for or practice with the men’s basketball team.
See the full press release below.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville has parted ways with associate head men’s basketball coach Kenny Johnson, terminating his employment per the provisions in his contract. The university will have no further comment on this personnel matter.
On Wednesday morning the University of Louisville announced Brian Bowen will NOT be eligible to compete for or practice with the institution’s men’s basketball program at any point in the future.
According to the press release, Bowen is eligible to transfer to another collegiate institution if he so chooses. It also states Bowen may choose to remain enrolled at the University of Louisville where he will continue to receive his athletics scholarship.
“Brian has been a responsible young man for the institution since he enrolled,” said UofL Interim Director of Athletics Vince Tyra. “He has endeared himself to his teammates and the men’s basketball staff with a positive attitude during a very difficult period.”
The decision comes two months after the University of Louisville was implicated in an ongoing “pay-for-play” investigation conducted by the FBI.
Read the full press release below.
The Louisville women’s basketball team moves up one spot to No. 4 in the week three AP Top 25. The move comes after Louisville beat three top-25 opponents, including two top-10, in the last seven days.
AP Top 25 Women’s College Basketball Poll, Week 3
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Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 64, Villanova 26, Michigan St 22, DePaul 15, Green Bay 14, New Mexico 8, Iowa 5, Oklahoma St. 4, Southern Cal 4, Alabama 4, Georgia 3, Northern Colorado 3, Purdue 3, Rutgers 3, Western Kentucky 2, Georgia Tech 2, Princeton 2, Dayton 1.
See how everyone voted here: AP Top 25 Women’s Basketball Poll, Week 3
The honors just keep coming for senior forward, Myisha Hines-Allen. One day after being named MVP of the Preseason WNIT, she has now been named ACC Player of the Week.
Hines-Allen is averaging a double-double through five games with 14.6 points and 11.2 rebounds.
After stellar performances against then No. 5 Ohio State and No. 10 Oregon, espnW has awarded Asia Durr with the honors of being the first Player of the Week for the 2017-18 season.
Durr is averaging 21.6 points through five games. Against Ohio State, Durr had the performance of a lifetime, dropping 47 points.
Read the full espnW article here: Louisville’s Asia Durr named espnW player of the week
No. 5 Louisville defeated No. 10 Oregon to win the Preseason WNIT Championship. Check out the post game press conference and game highlights.
Coach Jeff Walz
Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr
The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals defeated the No. 10 Oregon Ducks in a grind-it-out battle to win the Preseason WNIT. The victory marks Louisville’s third top-25 victory and second top-10 victory in one week.
“They beat us tonight,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “There’s no other way to put it. They were better right from the get-go.”
Louisville was dominant in the first period, outscoring Oregon, 23 – 14. The Ducks struggled with turnovers early committing four in 4:00, while also going on a scoring drought. Louisville was able to capitalize on the scoring drought sprinting out to a 9-0 run and extending its lead to 13 – 5.
Asia Durr grabbed 14 of Louisville’s 23 points, while Myisha Hines-Allen added another seven.
The Cardinals continued its hot streak in the second period, outscoring the Ducks, 20-13. However, Louisville did this without leading scorer, Durr who picked up her second foul in the first few minutes of the period. Durr did not reenter for the Cardinals until there was 14 second remaining in the half.
“I took Asia out with eight to go in the second quarter, we’re up 10 and we go into the half up 16,” Coach Jeff Walz said. He added, “I took her out, we’re up 10, she’s got two fouls. The last thing I wanted to do was see her pick up a third. My goal was to see if I could go for two or three minutes. Well, when we started extending the lead, there was no sense to put her back in the game.”
Without Durr on the court, Louisville looked to three-point shooter, Sydney Zambrotta and freshman Dana Evans to make plays. Neither disappointed. Zambrotta knocked down a crucial triple to put Louisville up 13 with 6:15 remaining in the half. While Evans added six points. The Cardinals were able to, not only maintain the lead, but extend the lead without its best player on the floor.
Oregon was unable to catch up to Louisville. In the first half, the Ducks committed 10 fouls, sending the Cardinals to the charity stripe to go 9-of-10. Oregon also struggled to hold on to the ball. Louisville converted 14 Oregon turnovers into 14 points.
A huge defeat for the Ducks was how well the Cardinals kept Sabrina Ionescu from scoring. Ionescu leads Oregon with 20 points per game. However, in the first half, she was 0-of-4 from the field with two fouls and three turnovers. Ionescu was essentially rendered useless for the Ducks, limiting the Oregon offense.
“It’s a team effort,” Myisha Hines-Allen said of Louisville’s plan to shut out Ionescu. “Jaz [Jazmine Jones] did a phenomenal job with [Ionescu]. That was her assignment, try to limit her shots and try to disrupt everything she would try to do.”
At the half, the Cardinals held a 16 point advantage, 43 – 27.
Ruthy Hebard led the Ducks in the third period grabbing six crucial points. Behind Hebard and Maite Cazorla, the Ducks were able to cut the lead to 11 points. Unfortunately, Louisville’s offensive hits kept coming. Jazmine Jones added eight points for the Cardinals
Oregon tightened up, only turning the ball over four times, while committing just two fouls.
Despite Louisville’s strong lead, the Ducks outscored the Cardinals 19-18. However, Louisville still held a 15 point advantage heading into the final period.
Ionescu finally showed up for the Ducks in the final 10 minutes. She knocked down eight points, including one triple. But, the damage had already been done.
Nothing could stop the Cardinals from grabbing its third top-25 win and second top-10 win in a week. Not Oregon’s improvement offensively and defensively. This Louisville team trailed by three-points a few minutes into the matchup, but never looked back. At one point, Louisville held an 18 point advantage on Oregon.
The Cardinals, behind perhaps the best resume in women’s college basketball right now, knocked out its third top-25 opponent and secured a victory in the preseason WNIT. Louisville finished the evening outscoring Oregon, 74 – 61.
Louisville had three players notch double-figures: Asia Durr paced the Cardinals with a game-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting. WNIT Tournament MVP, Myisha Hines-Allen earned her third double-double on the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Hines-Allen also knocked down a three-pointer for the Cardinals, further proving she can do it all on the court. Rounding out the top scorers for Louisville is Sam Fuehring, who added 10 points and four rebounds.
For Oregon, Ruthy Hebard led with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Maite Cazorla added 13 points. Mallory McGwire put up 11 points and seven boards. While Satou Sabally notched 10 points and four rebounds.
Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen were named to the Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team. Hines-Allen was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals go a few days without a game as the team enjoys Thanksgiving. Louisville returns to the KFC Yum! Center on Friday, November 24th at 1 PM EST to face Murray State.
The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals overcame a sluggish first half to defeat the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines, 74-49.
The Cardinals will face its third ranked opponent in the preseason WNIT Championship on Sunday as Louisville faces the No. 10 Oregon Ducks.
The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals held the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines to only 12 second half points to secure a 74-49 victory and a trip to the WNIT Championship. Louisville has knocked down two top 25 teams in five days.
The Cardinals started out slow as Myisha Hines-Allen was the nearly the only Louisville player to find the bottom of the net in the first half.
“The first half, I apologize to the fans, that was absolutely embarrassing,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said. “We did not play hard, we played very immature.”
Louisville had no answer for Katelynn Flaherty. Flaherty was on fire from beyond the arc connecting on four of Michigan’s five triples in the first period and five total in the first half. Asia Durr, on the other hand, could not buy a bucket. Michigan blocked Durr out, keeping her from getting comfortable with a shot. Durr was able to pick up five points in the first 20 minutes, scoring on a jumper and getting fouled on a three-pointer. However, Hines-Allen ultimately kept the Cardinals in the game with her 14 points.
Aside from shooting 67% from beyond the arc, Michigan controlled the defensive glass. The Wolverines pulled down 13 defensive rebounds limiting the Cardinals to only six offensive boards.
Coach Walz was not pleased with Louisville’s rebounding in the first half.
“When the ball goes through the net and you get it, it doesn’t count as a rebound.” Coach Walz said in the post game interview. “We had a lot of those in the first half.”
The Cardinals were able to convert eight Wolverine turnovers into 11 points, which was essentially the best part of Louisville’s first half effort.
Louisville trailed Michigan by five at the half, 37-32.
It is unknown what Coach Jeff Walz said in the locker room during halftime, but Louisville looked like a different team in the third period.
“It was a great second half of basketball,” Coach Walz said. “We came out with passion, with some fight.”
Michigan was unable to score, starting off 0-of-5 from the field and turning the ball over five times. The drought forced Flaherty to cool off. She was visibly frustrated as she went to the line to miss two free throws. The Wolverines did not score until the 4:06 mark when Flaherty was finally able to connect on a layup. Michigan went on another scoring drought for two minutes.
The Cardinals held the Wolverines to 2 field goals, while forcing 10 turnovers. Louisville went on to rack up 19 points behind Durr and Hines-Allen’s combined 10 points.
The final period was no different. Louisville continued to offensively dominate Michigan. While defensively, the Cardinals, again, limited the Wolverines to just two made field goals.
Michigan only scored 12 points in the second half on 19% shooting from the field. The Wolverines biggest struggle was turning the ball over. Louisville converted 15 turnovers into 13 points. Michigan looked exhausted and overwhelmed in the second half.
Louisville outscored Michigan, 42-12 in the second half to secure a 74-49 victory.
The Cardinals had two players notch double-figures: Myisha Hines-Allen paced Louisville with 19 points on 50% shooting from the field. Hines-Allen also grabbed eight rebounds and two assists. Asia Durr added 13 points, five rebounds and two assists.
For the Wolverines, two players notched double-digits: Katelynn Flaherty led all scorers with 23 points, knocking down 5-of-6 three-pointers, while Hailey Brown added 10 points.
The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals will face the winner of No. 10 Oregon Ducks and No. 18 Texas A&M on Sunday in the preseason WNIT Championship.