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Louisville, KY – The stage is set for two of the top women’s basketball programs in the nation as the 4 – seed Louisville Cardinals take on the 5 – seed Tennessee Volunteers.
This matchup has the potential to be one of the greatest games of the NCAA Tournament. On one hand, you have the legendary Tennessee Volunteers, who have been inconsistent at times this season, but have turned the corner in the nick of time. On the other, you have Louisville, a relatively new powerhouse looking for its first National Championship in women’s hoops. The Cardinals have been to the championship game twice in the past 10 years, but have yet to win the coveted title.
After a year of no postseason basketball, Louisville opens their NCAA tournament as the 2-seed in the Midwest region against 15-seed Jacksonville State today in Indianapolis at approximately 2:45 on CBS.
Jacksonville State earned its bid against most odds by knocking off the 1 and 2 seed enroute to their conference championship. This is the first time the Gamecocks will appear in an NCAA tournament game, thanks to new coach Ray Harper. Harper may be new to Jacksonville State, but he’s no stranger to Louisville. He was the infamous coach of the WKU team remembered vividly among Cardinal fans for the incident with 4 Hilltoppers and Montrezl Harrell a few years ago.
The field is set and your Louisville Women grabbed a four seed in the OKC Region.
As a four seed, the Cardinals earned home court advantage for the first and second rounds. Louisville will face 13-seed Chattanooga on Saturday at 1:30PM.
Full women’s bracket:
According to Las Vegas oddsmaker Jeff Sherman, the Louisville Cardinals have the eighth best odds to win the NCAA National Championship at 12/1. The Cards take on Jacksonville State this Friday in Indianapolis, with a time TBD.
This morning, the fine folks over at CourtsideFilms.com released the mixtape for Class of 2018 PG/SG and University of Louisville commit Anfernee Simons. Simons is the 30th ranked prospect in the Class of 2018 according to ESPN, and is joined by 5* PG Courtney Ramey for the Cards’ recruiting Class of 2018.
Check out the post game press conference from Coach Jeff Walz, Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen: Game 8 Press Conference
Conway, S.C. — The 5th seeded Louisville Cardinals narrowly defeated the 4th seeded NC State Wolfpack, 59-58. The Cardinals will advance to the semifinals to face the winner of Notre Dame and Virginia.
The first quarter was a battle from beyond the arc. Both teams combined for 7 made triples. For the Cardinals, Asia Durr knocked down three to account of 9-of Louisville’s- 18 first quarter points. While Miah Spencer fired off two and Ashley Wilson and Dominique Williams connected on one a piece.
NC State dominated the first period. The Wolfpack did not commit a single turnover, but forced 4 Louisville turnovers. NC State was able to capitalize on Louisville’s mistakes grabbing 4-points off the 4 turnovers. The Wolfpack also controlled the glass, holding an 8-6 advantage over the Cardinals.
NC State was able to sprint out to an 8-0 run as Spencer connected on two from the charity stripe, followed by a triple and Dominique Williams added a triple of her own. The Wolfpack took a 19-10 lead.
But, Louisville’s silence was broken as Durr fired off her third three-pointer of the period.
Despite shooting 54% (7-of-13) from the field and (3-of-6) 50% from beyond the arc, the Cardinals trailed by as much as 10 points.
At the end of the first period, Louisville trailed 28-18.
The Wolfpack’s momentum continued in the second quarter as Wilson and Spencer picked up 4 quick points. NC State But, the momentum shifted as NC State senior Jennifer Mathurin went down with what appeared to be an injury to her leg or ankle. Mathurin was immediately taken back to the locker room to be evaluated.
Without Mathurin, the Wolfpack struggled offensively. The Cardinals were able to take advantage of NC State’s offensive woes. Louisville’s defense locked in holding the Wolfpack scoreless for nearly 4:00. The Cardinals racked up 6 unanswered points to cut the lead, 32-24.
Spencer broke NC State’s scoring drought, but Louisville’s defense, again, locked down. The Cardinals closed out the first half behind a 14-2 run.
Louisville outscored NC State, 14-6, in the second period. However, NC State held a slight advantage, 34-32.
Louisville shot 48% in the first half and 40% from beyond the arc. The Cardinals were led by Durr,who racked up 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including four three-pointers.
However, the Cardinals struggled to hold on to the ball. Louisville committed 11 turnovers in the first half, allowing the Wolfpack to pick up 8-points off turnovers.
The Cardinals struck first in the third quarter as Myisha Hines-Allen drove to the bucket for two. But, a foul sent Wilson to the line to convert a three-point play.
NC State was able to fight back to regain a 3-point lead. The momentum shifted back into the Cardinals favor as Spencer picked up her third foul with 5:46 remaining in the third period. Without Mathurin and Spencer in foul trouble, the Wolfpack struggled.
Louisville, however, picked up 9 unanswered points to take a 47-43 lead. The Cardinals hit 4-of its previous-4, while holding NC State scoreless for more than 5:00.
The Wolfpack picked up three quick points at the end of the third period. At the end of three, the Cardinals held a slight advantage, 47-46.
A foul sent Nelson to the line early in the fourth to hit two from the charity stripe. But, Hines-Allen grabbed four points as the Cardinals extended their lead to 3-points.
Both teams went an extended period without scoring. But, a triple from Wilson pushed NC State ahead, 58-57, with 56 seconds remaining.
However, a foul committed by DD Rogers put Hines-Allen on the line to shoot two with 19 seconds remaining. Hines-Allen banked both free-throws giving Louisville a one point advantage, 59-58.
The Wolfpack got the ball in Spencer’s hands. Spencer hit the last second shot in the regular season game to give NC State the win. However, this time, it was not in the cards for Spencer.
Louisville narrowly defeated NC State, 59-58, to advance to the ACC Semifinals.
The Cardinals connected on 20 field goals for 43% shooting, including 4 three-pointers. Louisville struggled to hold on to the ball, turning the ball over 17 times. However, Louisville controlled the glass, out rebounding NC State, 36-25.
The Cardinals had two players notch double-figures: Asia Durr paced Louisville racking up 28 points on 8-of-19 shooting. Durr knocked down all four of Louisville’s triples. Myisha Hines-Allen earned a double-double putting up 16-points and pulling down 10 boards.
The Cardinals will tip off against the 1st seeded Notre Dame on Saturday at noon.
Conway, S.C. — Three Louisville Cardinals have been named to the All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team.
Myisha Hines-Allen, Briahanna Jackson and Cortnee Walton were named to the prestigious team.
According to the press release from the ACC, in order to qualify for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have achieved a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester, as well as a 3.0 cumulative grade point average throughout one’s academic career.
To view the entire All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team, check out the press release: All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team Announced
Conway, S.C. – The No. 14/13 Louisville Cardinals are set to face the No. 17/18 NC State Wolfpack in the ACC Quarterfinals.
The Cardinals and the Wolfpack met on February 2nd at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville entered the game without Myisha Hines-Allen, a huge loss for the Cardinals. The absence of Hines-Allen was evident. NC State nearly edged Louisville on the glass, 42-40. The Cardinals were led on the glass by Cortnee Walton, who pulled down 12 boards.
It has been forever since I last posted to this site. Work has kept me pretty busy, and there was a computer change, and more work, and …no one cares. Anyway, this will be a short and sweet post just to get the juices flowing again as time begins to slow back down.
This is by no means an ACC Tournament preview. There are still games to be played and seeding to be established. It is simply a cautionary tale. A small piece of my opinion. A quick check in on what to look forward to and how to manage expectations.
On the episode we are joined by WDRB’s Jason Riley. We break down the V-Tech win and UNC loss. We preview the upcoming rematch with Syracuse and the Cards trip to Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest. The crew debates which song should the football team run out to and more. Plus we vent. All that and more on this episode, tune in.
On this episode we break down Q’s return for the Miami game and the OT thriller against Syracuse. We preview the V-Tech game and look ahead to the showdown in Chapel Hill. Also, we discuss the craziest thing we have ever seen at a Louisville Sporting Event. All that plus some of CardNation calls in to the show.
This past weekend, the Toronto Raptors recently acquired Serge Ibaka in a trade with the Orlando Magic. However, Ibaka was almost traded to Boston, and the only reason he landed in Toronto was because the Celtics were unwilling to give up on second year point guard and Louisville product Terry Rozier.
Rozier is currently in year 2 of a 3 year/$5.7 million contract with a 4th year club option, and is averaging 5.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game with the Celtics. While Ibaka is averaging 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, he is also set to become a free agent after this season, so that also played a role in him not donning the green and white. Still though, it’s nice to see the Celtics not wanting to give up Rozier so easily, and perhaps they see the potential in him further down the road.
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Louisville, KY — A monstrous first half gave the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals a 40 point win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 91-51.
The No. 9 Louisville Cardinals entered the evening looking for its 100th victory in the KFC Yum! Center on Denny Crum Court. Fresh off a 63-59 win against the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes, Louisville wanted to continue its streak.