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.
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.
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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
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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.
Louisville, KY — In a race to the final buzzer, the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes gave the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals all it could handle. But, it was the Cardinals who emerged victorious, 63-59.
“They are a good team,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said of Miami’s ability to hang in the game. “They’re a top 15, top 12 team. That’s what going to happen.”
The No. 14 Miami Hurricanes entered the game looking for its third road win against a top-25 team. The Hurricanes are 2-1 on the road this season against ranked opponents and 2-2 versus top-15 opponents. Miami, fresh off handing Virginia Tech its first loss of the season, came into the KFC Yum! Center looking for a second consecutive top 15 win.
Louisville, KY — Louisville women’s hoops grabs two more McDonald’s All-Americans.
Late last night, ESPNU announced both the girls and boys selections for the McDonald’s All-American game.
Louisville signees Dana Evans (Gary, IN) and Loretta Kakala (CA) were selected to play in girls game. Evans will represent the East, while Kakala will represent the West.
The duo are the 10th and 11th signees in school history to earn the prestigious distinction. All of which have been recruited by Coach Jeff Walz.
Dana Evans, a 5’6 guard, is a five-star prospect currently ranked seventh overall by espnW HoopGurlz.
Earlier this week, Evans’ was also named to the Naismith High School Girl’s Player of the Year Midseason Team.
Loretta Kakala, a 6’3 forward, is also a five-star recruit currently ranked 25th by espnW HoopGurlz.
The McDonald’s All-American Game is on Wednesday, March 29th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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Louisville, KY — The Louisville Cardinals opened the 2016-2017 season with a huge win over Lindsey Wilson. While the game was only an exhibition, Louisville showed their growth as a team.
The Cardinals outscored the Blue Raiders, 97-50. Louisville dominated every facet of the game.
Despite the game being lopsided, here are a few takeaways:
Asia Durr is Playing at 100%.
In her freshman year, Asia Durr suffered from a nagging injury that plagued her throughout the season. Durr is now healed and according to Coach Walz, playing at 100%.
In her first outing, Durr put up 19 points, hitting 70% of her shots. In the first period alone, Durr went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and grabbed one layup to tally 14 points.
Defensively, Durr grabbed three steals and five defensive boards.
“Last year I played through a lot of pain, and it feels so good to be pain-free now,” Asia said.
Coach Walz added, “I’m really excited for her. I still don’t think 10 shots is enough for her, so that’s one thing she’s going to have to figure out a way to get more shots up.”