Here Ye! Here Ye! Look who’s coming down the pipe this time. Jeff Walz and your UofL women’s basketball staff are at it again. This time, they are knocking on the door of 5 star 6’3 wing Ms Rickea Jackson. Could this be a good time now to mention she’s the number 9 rated player in her class?
Rickea Jackson is the number 9 ranked player in her class for now. She can easily move into a top five spot by the end of her senior year at Detroit Edison Public Academy – she’s that good folks. Jackson also has a very impressive list of schools, as she is wanted by just about every Division 1 program.
The do-it-all Jackson is spectacular in the open floor, in fact she’s spectacular in just about every phase of the game (passing, dribbling, shooting, rebounding, and defense).
Louisville isn’t looking to rebuild anymore: they are in reload mode. There is no better weapon to reload with other than Rickea Jackson!
Jackson’s athleticism is second to none. With her 6’3 frame she can do a lot of damage in the post and from the mid range. Rickea also has a nice array of post moves that she can use to counter defenders if they try to smoother her in the mid-range area. The Detroit Edison star is almost an instant mismatch every time she steps on the court. She uses her impressive wingspan to be a force on the defensive end and also on the offensive and defensive boards. Jackson is a quick leaper and has a very quick first step for anyone, despite being 6’3.
Kylee had a productive year in 2017-18 as she played in 37 games, averaging 5 points and 4 rebounds. She is a weapon from outside, as she shot close to 40% from 3 last year and she creates a match up problem against opposing post players. Look for big things from her next season as a junior.
It’s no doubt that Louisville’s Women’s basketball program has experienced a meteoric explosion in it’s rise to national prominence. Accidentally? No. Intentionally? Hell yeah! Louisville has experienced this explosive rise because:
1. They were deliberate in hiring not a good coach; but a great one.
2. The recruitment of quality players with great basketball skills and character.
3. Getting those players with high skill sets drafted into the WNBA.
4. The consistent ability of the coaches and players to secure significant program changing wins against some of the nation’s elite teams.
As a freshman Dana appeared in all 37 games and was named to the ACC All-Freshman team. She also led all ACC freshman with 3.7 assists per game. She will be an important spark off of the bench as the team chases a national championship.
Jazmine saw her role increase significantly last season, as she ended up starting all 37 games. She averaged 9 points a game on 51% shooting and a positive assist to turnover rate. Her contributions will be key in the pursuit of a national championship next season.
Arica Carter was a steadying force for a run to the Final Four last season. In the 2017-18 season she started all 36 games, shot 40% from 3, and had a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. Next season, her senior year, she will be relied on to take care of the ball and get the ball into the hands of her play makers.
Asia enters her senior year as one of the best players in the country. Last year’s ACC player of the year will break into the 2,000 point club this season. In the 17-18 season she averaged almost 19 a game, while shooting 40% from 3 and 80 percent from the free throw line. She will again be an integral part of a team that is seeking their first national championship.
All Hail, Vince Tyra.
In his first year – actually first few months – the Louisville Athletic Director has secured a five star head Basketball Coach in Chris Mack, revised the contracts of both Ken Lolla and Dan McDonnell. Now, Tyra has ensured Louisville’s Jeff Walz will remain with the Cardinals.
The University of Louisville’s Athletic Association personnel committee approved a contract extension for Louisville Basketball head Coach Jeff Walz.
Sam Fuerhing was one of the most important players on this year’s Final Four team. She is the toughest player on the court and she is expected to have a big year in her senior season.
Today in laughable NCAA news: The NCAA has reprimanded Louisville head coach Jeff Walz.
According to the release, Coach Walz directed, “inappropriate and profane language,” toward committee members and NCAA staff seated at the scorers table during the loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four.
The NCAA has, “publicly reprimanded,” Coach Walz and issued a few laughable penalties. Coach Walz is suspended for the first NCAA post season game and his Final Four per diem allowance will be withheld.
Yacine Diop will transfer from Pitt to Louisville for her final season of eligibility.
Diop was Pitt’s leading scorer and rebounder averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Last season, Diop tied her career high of 26 points against Louisville.
The forward will be immediately eligible.
Myisha Hines-Allen is headed to the Washington Mystics!!
With the 19th pick, the Mystics selected Hines-Allen. While the Mystics are set in the post, Hines-Allen will add great value and undoubtedly will earn her time in the spotlight.
Congrats, Myisha!! We are so proud of you!!
Louisville head coach Jeff Walz has been tabbed as the head coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U18 team.
Delaware’s Natasha Adair and UCLA’s Cori Close will serve as his assistant coaches.
The trio will lead the team at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The top four finishing teams earn a qualifying berth into next summer’s 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
The dates have yet to be announced for this summer’s contest.
“I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to work with USA Basketball again,” said Walz. “I had an amazing experience last summer in Japan as the head coach of the U23 team, and I have spent time with USA Basketball the past three summers. Working with USA Basketball is something that I have always dreamed of doing, and I look forward to leading the U18 team this summer. USA Basketball possesses impeccable standards and a winning tradition, and it is an honor to once again be entrusted with such an important role.”
What better way to send off senior Myisha Hines-Allen than celebrating with her on one of the most important days of her life??
Hines-Allen is hosting a WNBA Draft Party on Thursday, April 12th from 7PM – 10PM.
Space is limited so RSVP ASAP.
To reserve your spot, click here.
- Berrytown Recreation Center
- 1300 Heafer Road, Louisville, KY 40223
- $5 for children & students
- $10 for adults
- Proceeds will go to the Metro Parks Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR). This non-profit organization offers a wide range of recreational activities for individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities, along with their friends and families.
To honor the Louisville Women’s Basketball team, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has declared Friday, March 30th, ‘Wear Red Day 2018.”
All Louisville residents are encouraged to wear red in support of the Louisville Cardinals as it battles for a spot in the National Championship.
Gather your favorite red clothing, your red wig, your face paint, your accessories, your beads, your poms and line Floyd Street to send the Cardinals to Columbus for the Final Four.
Louisville will depart from the Yum! Center Practice Facility ( 2432 S. Floyd Street ON CAMPUS).
Fans are encouraged to arrive around 4. PM. The team will depart at 4:30 PM.
Lexington, KY — The top-seeded Louisville Cardinals dominated the Lexington Regional to earn a spot in the Women’s Final Four.
Junior guard, Asia Durr, was named the Lexington Regions Most Outstanding Player, while Sam Fuehring, Arica Carter and Myisha Hines-Allen were named to the All-Region team.
Despite his team’s amazing season, Louisville head coach Jeff Walz says he more proud of his team’s accomplishments off the court.
The Louisville Cardinals are headed to the Final Four!!
After a complete domination of sixth-seeded Oregon State, the Cardinals will head to Columbus, Ohio to face the winner of the Mississippi State/UCLA game.
UConn is “bad for women’s basketball.” Geno Auriemma is a “bully.” It reads like an angry second grader wrote it. But, here we are… Again.
A number of articles have been published recently claiming Connecticut is the problem with women’s basketball. One article went so far to say that the Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma is a “bully” because of the beatdown UConn handed to St. Francis (PA).
But, that could not be further from the truth.
UConn is a dynasty. It’s the perfect example of what can happen when an administration invests in its women’s basketball program.
Louisville women’s basketball continued their march towards a championship with a third round victory over Stanford in Lexington on Friday night. Click Here for full recap.
Couldn’t make it to the game? We got you covered from both ends of the court. Here is another great photo gallery from Jeff Nunn & TJ Barr from Cardinal Sports Zone. Enjoy!