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Louisville Overwhelms Tennessee State Behind A 95 – 56 Victory

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.

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AP Women’s Basketball Poll, Week 6

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AP Women’s Basketball Poll:

 

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS LAST WEEK
1 UConn 8-0 800 32 32 1
2 Notre Dame 9-1 749 0 32 3
3 Louisville 11-0 736 0 32 4
4 South Carolina 9-1 685 0 32 5
5 Mississippi State 9-0 664 0 32 6
6 Baylor 8-1 625 0 32 8
7 Tennessee 10-0 620 0 32 11
8 Texas 7-1 593 0 32 2
9 Oregon 8-1 519 0 32 9
10 West Virginia 9-0 504 0 32 10
11 UCLA 7-2 459 0 32 7
12 Florida State 10-0 443 0 32 13
13 Ohio State 9-2 439 0 32 12
14 Duke 8-2 390 0 31 14
15 Maryland 9-2 354 0 32 15
16 Missouri 9-1 293 0 32 17
17 Oregon State 6-2 226 0 30 19
18 Stanford 5-4 221 0 28 18
19 Texas A&M 8-2 180 0 30 21
20 Villanova 9-0 177 0 32 22
21 Green Bay 8-1 147 0 32 23
22 South Florida 7-2 141 0 26 16
23 Michigan 8-2 116 0 27 24
24 California 7-2 98 0 22 25
25 Iowa 10-1 55 0 20 NR

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

AP Women’s Basketball Poll: Week 4

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The Louisville women remain at #4 in this week’s AP Poll.

AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 4

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS PREVIOUS WEEK
1 Connecticut 5-0 775 31 31 1
2 Texas 5-0 723 0 31 2
3 Notre Dame 6-0 698 0 31 6
4 Louisville 6-0 695 0 31 4
5 South Carolina 6-1 611 0 31 3
6 Mississippi State 6-0 610 0 31 7
7 UCLA 5-1 609 0 31 5
8 Ohio State 7-1 569 0 31 9
9 Baylor 5-1 557 0 31 8
10 Oregon 5-1 470 0 31 10
11 West Virginia 6-0 446 0 31 11
12 Tennessee 6-0 428 0 31 12
13 Florida State 6-0 380 0 31 13
14 Duke 5-1 351 0 31 16
15 Maryland 5-2 324 0 31 15
16 Stanford 4-3 310 0 29 14
17 South Florida 6-1 259 0 29 17
18 Texas A&M 4-1 215 0 30 19
19 Missouri 5-1 207 0 29 23
20 Kentucky 6-0 174 0 29 22
21 Oregon State 3-2 166 0 28 18
22 Michigan 4-1 107 0 25 25
23 Marquette 2-2 101 0 24 20
24 California 3-2 66 0 18 21
25 Villanova 5-0 56 0 21 NR

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

Louisville Post Game Press Conferences & Highlights: Murray State

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

Highlights

Louisville Post Game Press Conferences – Michigan

No. 5 Louisville Routs No. 24 Michigan Behind Second Half Defensive Effort

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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.

Top Scorers:

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.

Next Up:

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.

 

Asia Durr Named ACC Player Of The Week

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After dropping 47 points on No. 5 Ohio State, junior guard Asia Durr has been named ACC Player of the Week.

WBB: Southeast Missouri Highlights

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Check out the highlights from the Cardinals 80-40 victory over Southeast Missouri in the season opener.

Louisville Women Sail To Victory In 40 Point Win

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In an extremely lopsided game, the Louisville Cardinals came away with a 40 point victory over the Southeast Missouri Redhawks. At the end of four quarters, Louisville outscored Southeast Missouri 80-40.

Here are a few takeaways from the matchup:

Louisville had four players notch double-figures

Even more impressive… None of which are named Asia Durr or Myisha Hines-Allen. Jazmine Jones led the Cardinals with 12 points. Jones added 4 assists, 4 rebounds and zero turnovers in 20 minutes. Freshman Dana Evans followed up with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Kylee Shook picked up where she left off last year, picking up 11 points and 4 rebounds. Rounding out the top scorers is Bianca Dunham who racked up 10 points and 5 rebounds.

Louisville has depth

The Cardinals tallied 36 points from its starting five. The remaining 44 points came off the bench. It’s comforting knowing Louisville has points on the bench when the starting five are having an off night.

Louisville isn’t without its flaws

While the Cardinals did not see anyone foul out, head coach Jeff Walz pointed out his team struggles with fouling.

“We like to score in transition, but the problem is we foul so much it kills the flow of the game. We’ve got to be able to defend without fouling.”

Coach Walz also emphasized the importance of holding on to the ball. The Cardinals turned the ball over 19 times. Lucky for Louisville, the Redhawks were only able to pick up 12 points off the turnovers.

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Louisville Women Face Southeast Missouri In Season Opener

The Louisville women’s basketball team opens the 2017-2018 campaign on Friday at 7PM. The Cardinals will face off against Southeast Missouri at the KFC Yum! Center.It makes the opening game of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The fully loaded field includes top 25 teams Michigan, Texas A&M and Oregon.

The Cardinals are guaranteed three games in the tournament. A fourth will be played if Louisville advances to the Championship game on Sunday, November 19th.

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Myisha Hines-Allen Named To Katrina McClain Award Watch List

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Myisha Hines-Allen has been named to the 2018 Katrina McClain Award Watch List.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the list of 20 female collegiate power forwards. The award, in its inaugural year, honors the two-time All-American and 1987 Player of the Year, Katrina McClain.
Hines-Allen was named preseason All-ACC prior to the start of this season. She rounded out last season with 13.9 points on 49-percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds.

Adding to her resume, she ranks ninth of he schools all time scoring list with 1,482 points and sixth on the school’s career list in field goals and rebounds with 634 and 778 respectively.

The winner of the 2018 Katrina McClaim Power Forward Award will he announced during ESPN2’s broadcast of the national semifinal games in the 2018 Women’s Final Four on Friday, March 30th.

Louisville Women Ink Three In-State Players For 2018

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Coach Jeff Walz and the Louisville women inked three top in-state players for the 2018 class.

Mykasa Robinson, a guard from Ashland Blazer High School, Seygan Robins, a guard from Mercer County High School and Molly Lockhart, a forward from Butler High School all signed National Letters of Intent.

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ESPNW Ranks Myisha Hines-Allen 24th In Top 25 Players


ESPNW released its top 25 players list and senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen landed at number 24.

“Almost since her arrival in Louisville, Hines-Allen has established herself as one of the best multidimensional, offensive power forwards in the game. As good as her post-up game is with an uncanny ability to push around her defender, she might be even more dangerous now facing the basket from 15 feet and in, as her jump shot has improved. Her 17 double-doubles ranked 12th in the country.” – Charlie Creme espnW

Hines-Allen was named preseason All-ACC prior to the start of this season. She rounded out last season with 13.9 points on 49-percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds.

Adding to her resume, she ranks ninth of he schools all time scoring list with 1,482 points and sixth on the school’s career list in field goals and rebounds with 634 and 778 respectively.

 

Asia Durr Named To 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List


Junior shooting guard Asia Durr has been named to the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award watch list.
The award, in it inaugural year, will honor the nations top female shooting guard in college basketball.

Durr is one of 20 collegiate shooting guards named to the list.

Read more: Asia Durr Named to the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List

Women’s Hoops Adds Veteran Coach Beth Burns

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The University of Louisville has announced the addition of former Division I head coach Beth Burns. Burns will serve as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Women’s Basketball and Special Advisor to the Head Coach.
Burns has been a collegiate basketball coach for 30-years most recently as the associate head coach of the women’s basketball team at Southern California from 2014 to 2017.

“We are lucky to have such an experienced and skilled teacher to add to our staff,” said head coach Jeff Walz. “Beth will bring insight from thirty-plus years in the collegiate game and I look forward to working and learning from her this coming season”.

Burns boasts an impressive resume. With 21 years as a Division 1 head coach, six conference titles and two regional Coach of the Year Awards, Burns will bring experience to the staff. Her teams have made eight NCAA appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2010.

Read more about Coach Burns: Women’s Basketball adds veteran coach Beth Burns to staff

UConn’s Geno Auriemma Says He Would Hire Rick Pitino

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One of the most winningest coaches of all time, Geno Auriemma, says he would hire Rick Pitino despite his firing from Louisville.
Auriemma was asked if he would hire Rick Pitino on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast.

“If I had a job opening? Yes,” Auriemma said. “Well, I mean, everybody’s got baggage. You know, what are you going to do? You know, he did his time. He’s serving his sentence. He lost a great, great job. And you know what? So what. That’s a life sentence? I don’t know, I don’t think so.”

Auriemma also appeared on ESPN’s First Take where he defended his response stating, “who is better?? Nobody.” To which Stephen A. Smith agreed.

Check out the exchange on First Take: Geno Auriemma Says He Would Hire Rick Pitino

Auriemma has been the head coach of the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team, leading the Huskies to an NCAA record 11 National Championships. His coaching record is an impressive 991-135.

UofL Athletics Considering Building An ACC Network Production Studio

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The ULAA announced today it is considering funding options to build an $8 Million ACC Network production studio. This would be something that happens in the next two years, but would be a huge benefit for UofL for game day shows and productions. It would also benefit all students if the University does add a minor in broadcasting in the near future.

Four Takeaways From The Women’s Basketball Tip Off Luncheon 


It’s been the longest off season in the history of off seasons. But here we are, a few weeks out from the first tip off of the  season.

Today the women’s basketball team hosted its annual tip off luncheon.

There was a different vibe this year. You could feel the excitement and anticipation.

You could also feel the longing for something… Anything to get past the drama that unfolded last week.

Coach Jeff Walz delivered. His flawless speech was inspiring. It gave fans the reassurance we needed, letting fans know he’s either going to retire or get fired at Louisville.

“Look around at what a remarkable crowd we have here again, supporting these young women,” said Walz. “It has been an interesting few weeks, but these women have stayed focused, taking care of business in the classroom, and working extremely hard on the basketball court.”

Here are four takeaways from the luncheon:

1. This team is stacked.

  • Myisha Hines-Allen is in the best shape of her playing career. Hines-Allen has been one of the most physical players in the game. She had speed, accuracy. Yet, somehow she’s going to be better this season… That’s scary.
  • Asia Durr is fresh off a summer of representing Team USA. Durr was Team USA’s leading scorer in Tokyo for the U-23 Four Nations Tournament. She was also invited to the Team USA Training Camp to compete against 25 WNBA players and four other collegiate players for a spot on the national team. She played along side some of the games greatest, such as Sue Bird.
  • Sam Fuehring noticeable looks different. Gone is the lanky girl. She has been replaced with a woman who looks like she could go out and win the Kentucky Muscle body building competition. She was already one of the most physical players on the court. Now she has the strength to battle in the paint. This can only translate to success on the court.
  • Arica Carter is back. AC spent last season on the bench next to Coach Walz. She learned another facet of the game. Coach Walz joked that AC was 0-of-18 from three her freshman season. Now, she’s become a reliable shooter.

2. This team is in shape. Durr spoke about it during her Q & A session at the luncheon. She said the team has been running… A LOT.

“The hard work in the preseason has paid off and everyone is just so excited for this year. I can’t wait to get started,” Durr told fans.

Looking at the women, they look leaner, stronger. Two qualities that translate well on the court.

3. This team has all the pieces to make a deep run in March. Again, the unforgiving schedule will be an advantage come post season. Out of the gate, Louisville faces Ohio State in Columbus. The Cards will matchup against six non-conference opponents that reached the NCAA Tournament just a season ago, five of them before conference play begins. There are no off games this season.

4. From strength of players to strength of schedule, it’s certainly going to be a fantastic season. You do NOT want to miss out. Go to GoCards.com/WBBTickets to secure your seats today.

Check out some of the sights and sounds from today’s luncheon below.

Women’s Hoops Racks Up Accolades At ACC Media Day


Jeff Walz’s team is racking up the accolades at ACC Media Day.

As announced in a previous post, junior guard Asia Durr was tabbed ACC Preseason Player of the Year by the ACC coaches.

In addition, Durr and senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen earned All-ACC preseason honors from both the league’s coaches and the Blue Ribbon Panel. While, Freshman Dana Evans was one of five players named to the Newcomer Watch List.

The Cardinals were picked to finish second by the league’s 15 coaches, receiving one first place vote. While the Blue Ribbon Panel also pegged Louisville to finish second, receiving five first place votes.

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Asia Durr Named College Sports Madness Preseason All-American

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Junior Guard, Asia Durr, is already racking up accolades and we’re still a month out from the first tip off.
On Tuesday, Durr was named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-American Team. She is one of 20 women to receive the honor.

For more information about Asia Durr or how to obtain season tickets, check out GoCards.com.