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Despite Loss, Louisville Is Still On Top (Bracketology)

According to Charlie Creme’s latest Bracketology release, the Louisville Cardinals are still sitting at a one seed.

Creme has Louisville protected as a one seed in the Lexington Regional.

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Louisville Falls To Florida State, 50 – 49

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All good things must come to an end. For the No. 2 Louisville Cardinals, its 20 game win streak was snapped by the No. 12 Florida State Seminoles.

It was not a particularly great game played by either teams. The Seminoles only shot 28% on the evening, well below its 48% season average. While the Cardinals struggled in the second half, scoring only 17 points.

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Louisville Runs Past Pitt, 77-51

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The No. 2 Louisville Cardinals cruised to a 77-51 win over the Pitt Panthers behind a huge fourth quarter.

The Cardinals, coming off a 100 – 67 victory over Notre Dame, had a week off to prepare for the matchup with Pitt. However, the first period saw a sluggish Louisville. The Cardinals struggled to score, hitting only 8 of its 18 shots. Despite the high-volume shooting, Louisville was able to perform on defense converting nine Panther turnovers into 12 points. The Cardinals also held Pitt to only six made field goals.

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Myisha Hines-Allen Named Citizen Naismith Player Of The Week

Another day, another honor for Louisville Basketball.

After a dropping a career-high 31-points, to go along with 12 rebounds, against Notre Dame, Myisha Hines-Allen has been named the Citizen Naismith Player of the Week.

The senior forward is nearly averaging a double-double on 14.3-points and 9.8 rebounds.

Jeff Walz Picks Up A Commitment From Highly Touted CA Forward

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UofL Women’s Basketball Coach Jeff Walz picked up a huge commitment yesterday from 2019 prospect Ramani Parker.

Parker is a 6’4 F/C from Central High School in Fresno, CA. She is ranked the 11th best F in the nation and is ranked 58th overall prospect in ESPN/HoopGurlz Super 60 rankings. She had offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, and Duke, among others.

CSZ Recruiting Contributor/Evaluator Sam Basden had this to say about Parker after watching her highlights:

She is a great shot blocker, really nice anticipation. (She) Can make the outlet passes to start breaks.

She can definitely be used as a stretch big, good lateral quickness for her size.

She’s also a quick second leaper.

(Parker) Does a great job of keeping the ball high so shorter defenders can’t get to it.

I watched some of her highlights as well and I’ll add a couple of things to Sam’s observations:

Parker seems to be a really good shooter with a pure stroke, a tough rebounder, and good finisher down low. She also has pretty good ball handling skills. Parker reminds me a lot of current Card Myisha Hines-Allen.

All in all, Walz found another gem and continues to recruit at insane levels.

Check out some of Parker’s highlights below from Hudl.

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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.

Myisha Hines-Allen Named College Sports Madness Player Of The Week

After dropping 31-points and pulling down 12 rebounds against Notre Dame, Louisville senior forward, Myisha Hines-Allen has been named College Sports Madness Player of the Week.

Hines-Allen is averaging 14.3 points per game and leads the ACC in rebounding with 9.8 per game.

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 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 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.

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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