Louisville, KY — The top-seeded Louisville Cardinals are moving on to the Sweet Sixteen after running past the Marquette Golden Eagles in a 90 – 72 decision.
In her last game at the KFC Yum! Center, Myisha Hines-Allen put on a show. The lone senior started out 10 – of – 10 from the field and ended with 24 points and 13 rebounds, earning her 16th double-double on the season.
The University of Louisville women’s basketball team had a pretty successful first round victory in the 2018 NCAA tournament. For a full recap click here.
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The top-seeded Louisville Cardinals powered through a sluggish first half to blow out the 16th seeded Boise State Broncos, 74 – 42. With Louisville’s leading scorers struggling to grab buckets today, the Cardinals looked to its bench for momentum.
Louisville head coach Jeff Walz let his feelings be known early when he pulled a few of the Cardinals’ starters and replaced them with Kylee Shook and Bianca Dunham. Coach Walz was not getting what he wanted from his starters. But, Shook and Dunham turned the game around making an immediate impact.
Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen have both earned USA Today All-American honors for Louisville.
Durr, the ACC Player of the Year, was named a USA Today First Team All-American. Durr is averaging a team-best 19.5 points, and leads the ACC in 3-point field goals made.
Hines-Allen was named a USA Today Third Team All-American. The Senior was named First Team All-ACC and also earned the title of ACC Tournament MVP. Hines-Allen leads the ACC in rebounds with 9.9 per game.
Check out some of the photos and videos of Louisville celebrating its first ACC Tournament Championship.
Junior guard, Asia Durr, has been named a John R. Wooden Award Finalist.
Durr is one of 15 players competing for the prestigious award, which recognizes the most outstanding player in college hoops.
The Douglasville, Georgia native is averaging 19.2 points per game and has knocked down more than 99 triples this season.
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Durr is one of five finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award for best shooting guard and Hines-Allen is one of five finalists for the Katrina McClain Award for best power forward.
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No surprise here. Asia Durr is your 2018 ACC Player of the Year.
The Douglasville, Georgia native was also tabbed the ACC Preseason Player of the Year.
The selection of Durr marks the second time in three years that a Louisville player has earned the title. In 2015-16, Myisha Hines-Allen took home the honor.
Asia Durr, Myisha Hines-Allen and Dana Evans have earned All ACC honors.
Durr and Hines-Allen both earned All ACC First Team Honors from both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league head coaches.
Dana Evans earned a spot on the All Freshman Team.
The Cardinals, ranked fourth in the latest AP Poll, are the number one overall seed going into this weeks ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The no. 4 Louisville Cardinals clinched the ACC Regular Season Championship with an 81 – 49 victory over the Pitt Panthers.
Undoubtedly, the Cardinals will enter the ACC Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, as it owns the tie breaker over Notre Dame. Louisville has not won a conference championship since 2001, in its Conference USA days. The Cardinals’ 15 – 1 league record matches its best all-time ACC record in 2015-2016. However, that season the Cardinals finished second in the conference heading into the ACC Tournament.
“It’s something we talked about, building a program and not just a team.” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said. “I think we have done that over 11 years. We’ve turned this into a nationally known program that’s going to be there year in and year out.”
The Cardinals were nearly unstoppable in the first period. Unlike its last few games, Louisville came out hot. The Cardinals knocked down nine field goals on eight assists, while shooting 64%.
Jazmine Jones and Sam Fuehring kicked things off for Louisville grabbing its first eight points. After going 0-of-2 in the first few minutes, Asia Durr finally connected on a triple. Durr’s first points of the game lead Louisville on an 8 – 0 run, which included another Asia triple and a bucket by Myisha Hines-Allen. The Cardinals took an early 16 – 6 lead over the Panthers and forced Pitt to burn a timeout with 4:40 remaining in the frame.
Louisville set the tone in the first five minutes, dishing out seven assists on seven made field goals and shooting 70%. The Cardinals finished the quarter with a 20 – 12 advantage.
Louisville, again, came out strong behind Hines-Allen and Durr, outscoring Pitt, 12 – 2, to a 32 – 14 lead. Louisville’s dynamic duo combined for 14 of the Cardinals 18 second period points.
However, Pitt began to chip away at the Cardinals’ lead getting out on a 6 – 0 run, while forcing five Louisville turnovers. The Panthers held the Cardinals scoreless for nearly four minutes. Pitt was able to bring the score within 16 points at the half, 38 – 22.
“We’re shooting about 60% from the field and then we have five turnovers right there in the last four minutes, five minutes of the second quarter,” Coach Walz said. “So I gave them the old math quiz, ‘if we get shots instead of turnovers, how many shots are we going to make if we’re shooting 60%’.”
He continued, “I tried to explain instead of being up 16, you’re up 22 just by getting shots instead of throwing the ball out of bounds and getting sloppy with it.”
Pitt attempted to build on the momentum it began to build before the half. The Panthers were able to hang with the Cardinals for the first five minutes of the second half, both teams collecting eight points into the media timeout. Out of the break, Pitt held Louisville without a field goal for nearly two and a half minutes and cut the Cardinals lead to 12.
But, Louisville responded finishing the third behind an 11 – 1 run to take a 61 – 39 lead.
“When they play with emotion like they did today, they are even more dangerous.” Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “We just didn’t have enough to battle with the intensity, the emotion they played with today.”
Louisville’s intensity was clear in the final period. The Cardinals outscored the Panthers 20 – 10 and closed the game behind a 10 – 0 run.
With the victory, on Hines-Allen’s senior day, the Cardinals finish the regular season 15 – 1 in conference play and 29 – 2 overall.
“This is the hardest that I’ve pushed a team in the regular season,” Coach Walz told the media. “Once we came out here and we beat Notre Dame here at home, everything was in front of us. I pushed them hard and they have responded.”
The Cardinals had three players notch double-figures: Asia Durr led all scorers with 20 points and six assists. Myisha Hines-Allen played with emotion on her senior day, earning her 43rd career double-double on 18 points – on 58% shooting – and 16 rebounds. The senior also dished out four assists. Junior Sam Fuehring grabbed her fourth career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
For the Panthers, two players collected double-digits: Yacine Diop paced Pitt with 18 points, while Jasmine Whitney added 16 points.
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals head out to Greensboro, North Carolina for the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Cardinals will face the winner of Game 5 between # 8 Syracuse and # 9 Virginia Tech on Friday, March 2nd at 2 PM.
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals used its defense to get past the Virginia Cavaliers in a 51 – 39 decision.
Louisville and Virginia battled through much of the first quarter. With 3:14 remaining in the first frame, the Cardinals and the Cavaliers were tied at 11. But, a pair of free throw shots from Bianca Dunham pushed Louisville ahead, 13 – 11. The Cavaliers would not come closer than four points the remainder of the match.
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals out scored the No. 1 Connecticut Huskies 52 – 45 in the final three periods, but the Huskies seasoned defense held the Cardinals off behind a 19 – 0 first period run. The Cardinals fell only for the second time this season, 69 – 58.
UConn got out to a fantastic start behind Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier. The Huskies brutal defense held Louisville scoreless for more than seven minutes while the offense got out on a 19 – 0 run. The Cardinals could not buy a bucket in the first period.
Another day, another accolade for Louisville junior guard, Asia Durr.
Aside from being named ACC Player of the Week, Durr has been named to the John R. Wooden Award’s Late Season Top 20.
Durr is averaging 20 points per game, which is second best in the ACC and 32nd best in the country.
The winner of the award will be announced during ESPN College Basketball Awards (ESPN2) on Friday, April 6, 2018.
For the fourth time this season, junior guard Asia Durr has earned ACC Player of the Week honors.
Last week, in wins against Virginia and Syracuse, Durr averaged 24 points on 54.5% shooting from the field and 50% from three.
Durr scored 21 points against Virginia and 27 against Syracuse.
A huge third period effort, led by Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr, propelled the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals to an 84 – 77 victory over the Syracuse Orange.
Louisville and Syracuse got into a running match in the first five minutes. The Orange held the 16 – 12 advantage as Digna Strautmane fired off two triples and Tiana Mangakahia added two layups. Louisville’s Jazmine Jones keep the Cardinals in the game knocking back six points.
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals cruised to an easy 77 – 41 victory behind a huge third period.
The Cardinals kicked off the match behind an 8-0 run. But, Virginia stormed back. At the end of the first 10 minutes, Louisville and Virginia were tied at 15.
The Cavaliers took a three point lead early in the second period, but it was short lived as Asia Durr and Arica Carter led the Cardinals to six unanswered points and forcing a Virginia timeout.
The Cavaliers would never get closer than four points.
Louisville junior guard Asia Durr has been no stranger to the spotlight season.
She kicked off the season being selected as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year and she’s likely to end the season with the same accolade.
In her first major game this season against then No. 5 Ohio State, Durr dropper 47 points in Louisville’s, 95 – 90 victory.
University of Louisville junior guard, Asia Durr, was named as one of the 10 finalists for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award top 10 list.
The award, in its inaugural year, recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
Durr has been crucial in Louisville’s success this season. The junior is averaging 19.7 points per game, ranking third in the ACC. She has connected on 46% of her shots from three-point range, which puts her at eighth in the country.
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals converted 22 Wake Forest turnovers into 28 points in the 89 – 52 beatdown.
After a crushing 50 – 49 loss to Florida State at home last Sunday, the Louisville Cardinals were determined to move past the lackadasial offensive effort.
Louisville did not disappoint. Sophomore Jazmine Jones scored the first eight points for the Cardinals, including back-to-back layups in less than 15 seconds. Louisville put on a fantastic offensive showcase in the first period, outscoring Wake Forest, 24 – 13.