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Asia Durr Named USBWA Player Of The Week

Asia Durr keeps racking up the honors.

Just one day after being named ACC Player of the Week and espnW Player of the Week, Durr has now been named the USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Week.

The junior guard is pacing the Cardinals with 21.1 points per game. In her last outing, Durr racked up 36-points against then No. 2 Notre Dame.

Asia Durr Earns Multiple Player Of The Week Honors

Louisville junior guard, Asia Durr, is having a fantastic season.

For the second time this season, Durr is the espnW Player of the Week. She also earned the honors of ACC Player of the Week.

Durr is leading the Cardinals with 21.8 points per game. She’s also scored more than 30-points in four of Louisville’s matches this season.

She’s not just having 30+ point games against subpar competition. No, she is dropping 36+ on teams that were ranked in the top five at the time Louisville played them.

In her latest performance, Durr connected on eight three-pointers, collecting 36-points.

Louisville Acheives Highest Ranking In School History

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It’s no shock, but after routing Notre Dame 100 – 67 on Thursday, the Louisville Cardinals are now ranked # 2. Louisville is 19-0 with wins against five AP Top 25 teams.

AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 11

1 UConn 15-0 800 32 32 1
2 Louisville 19-0 766 0 32 3
3 Mississippi State 19-0 729 0 32 4
4 Baylor 15-1 698 0 32 5
5 Notre Dame 16-2 665 0 32 2
6 Tennessee 16-1 630 0 32 6
7 Oregon 17-2 615 0 32 8
8 Ohio State 16-2 563 0 32 10
9 Texas 14-2 540 0 32 7
10 South Carolina 14-3 510 0 32 9
11 Missouri 15-2 478 0 32 12
12 Florida State 16-2 445 0 32 13
13 UCLA 13-4 419 0 32 14
14 Maryland 15-3 381 0 32 11
15 Duke 14-4 326 0 31 16
16 Texas A&M 14-5 272 0 31 17
17 West Virginia 15-3 256 0 29 15
18 Oregon State 13-4 236 0 30 22
19 Michigan 15-4 183 0 28 23
20 Iowa 15-3 148 0 26 18
21 California 13-4 123 0 25 24
22 Arizona State 13-5 108 0 23 18
23 Green Bay 14-2 99 0 25 25
24 Oklahoma State 12-4 96 0 20 20
25 Rutgers 17-3 90 0 21 21

Check out where the voters put each team: AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 11

The Barbour Shop: Time To Recognize The Best Team On Campus Right Now-UofL Women’s Basketball

After a holiday slumber, the Barbour Shop is back open. The hot topic in the shop today is UofL women’s basketball and I have to say that UofL women’s basketball is the best team at UofL right now. I repeat, UofL women’s basketball is the best team at UofL right now. That’s right, I just typed that. Not to mention that it’s hard to argue that Jeff Walz isn’t the best coach on campus right now because wait for it….he is!

The drubbing of 2nd ranked Notre Dame was the nation’s introduction to a very special team of young women. For some UofL fans, it may have been their introduction as well. It was exciting basketball. The player movement, the passing, the shooting, the incredible defense; it was a gorgeous display of the game of basketball.

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Louisville Drops 100 On No. 2 Notre Dame

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The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals ran the No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish out of the KFC Yum! Center in a 100 – 67 beat down.

“Louisville is the best team in the country,” Notre Dame head coach Muffett McGraw said.

That’s a high remark from a coach who has faced South Carolina and UConn.

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Louisville’s Stellar First Half Lifts Cardinals To 67 – 56 Victory

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No. 3 Louisville’s first half offensive clinic boosted the Cardinals to a 67 – 56 victory over Virginia Tech. But, the Cardinals, for the second consecutive game, struggled in the second half.

“For the last two games, we’ve been starting off strong,” Asia Durr told the media. “But, I think the challenge that Coach Walz and the staff is trying to tell us is play hard for four quarter, all four quarters, and that’s what we’re trying to do.

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Louisville Holds Off Late Rally From Duke To Win, 66 – 60

The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals continue its hot streak, knocking out the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils in a 66 – 60 decision.

But, it was not an easy win for the Cardinals. Louisville fought off a rallying Duke team in the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils held the Cardinals to only 10 points in the final 10 minutes, while Duke went on to pick up 18. With less than one minute remaining, Duke only trailed by three points. However, a foul sent Sam Fuehring to the charity stripe with the game on the line. Fuehring nailed both free-throws to solidify the 17th consecutive win for the Cardinals.

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Asia Durr Named ACC Player Of The Week

Junior guard Asia Durr has been named the ACC Player of the Week.

This marks the second time this season, and third time in her career, that Durr has earned the honor.

The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals are off to the best start in program history, 16-0.

Durr has been a contributing factor to the team’s stellar start. The junior is averaging 20.1 points per game which puts her in the top three scoring in the ACC.

Durr has connected on a triple in her last 54 outings and leads the Cardinals with 48 threes made this season alone.

Louisville Overcomes Georgia Tech In 74 – 71 Thriller

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The Louisville Cardinals kicked off conference play in a thriller against Georgia Tech that literally came down to the last second.

Asia Durr fired off a triple to start the match, but Francesca Pan and Kaylan Pugh were the highlight of the first period. Pugh picked up eight of Georgia Tech’s 20 points, while Pan added 10.

Georgia Tech’s stellar defense forced Louisville to commit seven turnovers. The Yellow Jackets took a 20 – 13 lead into the second period.

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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

Louisville Stuns Vanderbilt With Huge Run As Cards Soar

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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.

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Quick Thoughts On Louisville’s 91-56 Win Over UT Martin https:

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.

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Four Takeaways From Louisville’s 72-59 Win Over Indiana

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…

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AP Top 25 Women’s Basketball Poll: Week 3

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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

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS LAST WEEK
1 Connecticut 3-0 800 32 32 1
2 Texas 3-0 740 0 32 2
3 South Carolina 4-0 712 0 32 4
4 Louisville 5-0 696 0 32 5
5 UCLA 3-0 672 0 32 8
6 Notre Dame 3-0 647 0 32 6
7 Mississippi State 3-0 617 0 32 7
8 Baylor 3-1 580 0 32 3
9 Ohio State 4-1 571 0 32 9
10 Oregon 3-1 478 0 32 10
11 West Virginia 3-0 439 0 32 12
12 Tennessee 2-0 416 0 30 13
13 Florida State 4-0 375 0 32 17
14 Stanford 2-2 361 0 32 14
15 Maryland 2-2 314 0 32 15
16 Duke 2-1 310 0 31 11
17 South Florida 3-0 265 0 30 22
18 Oregon State 2-1 255 0 31 18
19 Texas A&M 2-1 183 0 31 19
20 Marquette 1-1 155 0 24 16
21 California 2-1 151 0 25 20
22 Kentucky 4-0 144 0 29 25
23 Missouri 3-1 135 0 23 23
24 Arizona State 4-0 106 0 25 NR
25 Michigan 2-1 93 0 20 24

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

Asia Durr Named espnW Player Of The Week

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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

Louisville Post Game Press Conferences And Highlights

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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

Highlights

No. 5 Louisville Flies Past No. 10 Oregon To Win Preseason WNIT

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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.

Top Scorers:

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.

Tournament Honors:

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.

Next Up:

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.

Top Ten Stories Of The Week At CSZ (11-18-17)

Here are the top 10 stories from this week here at CardinalSportsZone.com!

10 Pitino Releases Statement Following Latest FBI Accusations 

9 Lamar To Jaylen: #SCTop10

8 Lamar Jackson Highlights Vs Virginia

7 Lamar Back In The Heisman Rankings

6 Cardinal Forever, Damion Lee Gets Engaged

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Video Highlights: No. 5 Louisville vs No. 24 Michigan

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.

Louisville Post Game Press Conferences – Michigan