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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

No. 5 Louisville Routs No. 24 Michigan Behind Second Half Defensive Effort

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The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals held the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines to only 12 second half points to secure a 74-49 victory and a trip to the WNIT Championship. Louisville has knocked down two top 25 teams in five days.

The Cardinals started out slow as Myisha Hines-Allen was the nearly the only Louisville player to find the bottom of the net in the first half.

“The first half, I apologize to the fans, that was absolutely embarrassing,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said. “We did not play hard, we played very immature.”

Louisville had no answer for Katelynn Flaherty. Flaherty was on fire from beyond the arc connecting on four of Michigan’s five triples in the first period and five total in the first half. Asia Durr, on the other hand, could not buy a bucket. Michigan blocked Durr out, keeping her from getting comfortable with a shot. Durr was able to pick up five points in the first 20 minutes, scoring on a jumper and getting fouled on a three-pointer. However, Hines-Allen ultimately kept the Cardinals in the game with her 14 points.

Aside from shooting 67% from beyond the arc, Michigan controlled the defensive glass. The Wolverines pulled down 13 defensive rebounds limiting the Cardinals to only six offensive boards.

Coach Walz was not pleased with Louisville’s rebounding in the first half.

“When the ball goes through the net and you get it, it doesn’t count as a rebound.” Coach Walz said in the post game interview. “We had a lot of those in the first half.”

The Cardinals were able to convert eight Wolverine turnovers into 11 points, which was essentially the best part of Louisville’s first half effort.

Louisville trailed Michigan by five at the half, 37-32.

It is unknown what Coach Jeff Walz said in the locker room during halftime, but Louisville looked like a different team in the third period.

“It was a great second half of basketball,” Coach Walz said. “We came out with passion, with some fight.”

Michigan was unable to score, starting off 0-of-5 from the field and turning the ball over five times. The drought forced Flaherty to cool off. She was visibly frustrated as she went to the line to miss two free throws. The Wolverines did not score until the 4:06 mark when Flaherty was finally able to connect on a layup. Michigan went on another scoring drought for two minutes.

The Cardinals held the Wolverines to 2 field goals, while forcing 10 turnovers. Louisville went on to rack up 19 points behind Durr and Hines-Allen’s combined 10 points.

The final period was no different. Louisville continued to offensively dominate Michigan. While defensively, the Cardinals, again, limited the Wolverines to just two made field goals.

Michigan only scored 12 points in the second half on 19% shooting from the field. The Wolverines biggest struggle was turning the ball over. Louisville converted 15 turnovers into 13 points. Michigan looked exhausted and overwhelmed in the second half.

Louisville outscored Michigan, 42-12 in the second half to secure a 74-49 victory.

Top Scorers:

The Cardinals had two players notch double-figures: Myisha Hines-Allen paced Louisville with 19 points on 50% shooting from the field. Hines-Allen also grabbed eight rebounds and two assists. Asia Durr added 13 points, five rebounds and two assists.

For the Wolverines, two players notched double-digits: Katelynn Flaherty led all scorers with 23 points, knocking down 5-of-6 three-pointers, while Hailey Brown added 10 points.

Next Up:

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals will face the winner of No. 10 Oregon Ducks and No. 18 Texas A&M on Sunday in the preseason WNIT Championship.

 

Cards Power Past Toledo 90-55

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Louisville, KY — The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals powered past the Toledo Rockets, 90-51, to advance to the semi-final of the WNIT.

Two Cardinals earned double-doubles in the matchup. Myisha Hines-Allen and Jazmine Jones both racked up 17 points and 10 rebounds. While Asia Durr showed no signs of fatigue, knocking down a team-best three triples.

Louisville got off to a sluggish start, turning the ball over five times in the first period, three of which came from Durr. Toledo was able to convert the turnovers into five easy points.

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Asia Durr, Myisha Hines-Allen Named To John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 Watch List

Junior guard Asia Durr and senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen have been named to the 2018 Preseason Top 30 John R. Wooden Award watch list.

The preseason top 30 represents the players who are considered strong candidates for the prestigious award. However, players not mentioned in the preseason top 30 can be added to the Wooden Award midseason list.

The award honors the player of the year in both men’s and women’s basketball.

JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD PRESENTED BY WENDY’S ANNOUNCES 2017-18 PRESEASON TOP 30

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AP Top 25 Women’s Basketball Poll

AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 2

RANK NAME RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS LAST WEEK
1 UConn 1-0 800 32 32 1
2 Texas 1-0 729 0 32 2
3 Baylor 2-0 719 0 32 3
4 South Carolina 1-0 685 0 32 4
5 Louisville 2-0 638 0 32 9
6 Notre Dame 1-0 637 0 32 6
7 Mississippi State 1-0 617 0 32 7
8 UCLA 2-0 608 0 32 8
9 Ohio State 1-1 583 0 32 5
10 Oregon 2-0 500 0 32 11
11 Duke 1-0 454 0 32 12
12 West Virginia 1-0 405 0 32 13
13 Tennessee 1-0 373 0 31 14
14 Stanford 0-2 357 0 32 10
15 Maryland 1-0 353 0 32 15
16 Marquette 0-0 309 0 32 17
17 Florida State 2-0 272 0 31 18
18 Oregon State 1-0 213 0 28 19
19 Texas A&M 2-0 198 0 32 20
20 California 1-0 179 0 27 20
21 Oklahoma 1-0 165 0 28 22
22 South Florida 2-0 157 0 29 23
23 Missouri 1-1 139 0 23 16
24 Michigan 2-0 121 0 28 24
25 Kentucky 2-0 56 0 18 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 41; Western Kentucky 24; Miami 17; Florida 9; Michigan State 6; Drake 5; DePaul 4; Virginia  4; Iowa 4; Gonzaga 4; Alabama 4; Kansas State 3; Indiana 2; Georgia Tech 2; Oklahoma State 2; Syracuse 1; Purdue 1.

Asia Durr Named ACC Player Of The Week

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After dropping 47 points on No. 5 Ohio State, junior guard Asia Durr has been named ACC Player of the Week.

Asia Durr’s 47 Points Lifts #9 Louisville Over #5 Ohio State

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Asia Durr’s career high 47 points led the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals to a HUGE 95-90 victory over the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Countdown to Columbus.

There were a number of WNBA scouts at today’s Countdown to Columbus matchup wanting to catch a glimpse of the high level talent on the court. The scouts did not leave disappointed.

In a fast paced matchup, the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals battled the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes in Nationwide Arena, the home of the 2018 Women’s Final Four.

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WBB: Southeast Missouri Highlights

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Check out the highlights from the Cardinals 80-40 victory over Southeast Missouri in the season opener.

No. 9 Louisville Set To Face No. 5 Ohio State In Countdown To Columbus

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The Cardinals are hitting the ground running this season. While Southeast Missouri seemed to be an easy victory for Louisville, the Cardinals have only one game behind them entering the matchup against No. 5/8 Ohio State.

Louisville will get its first taste of an NCAA Tournament atmosphere as the Cardinals play Ohio State in Nationwide Arena, the home of the 2018 Women’s Final Four.

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Southeast Missouri Post Game Press Conferences

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Myisha Hines-Allen & Jazmine Jones

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Louisville Women Sail To Victory In 40 Point Win

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In an extremely lopsided game, the Louisville Cardinals came away with a 40 point victory over the Southeast Missouri Redhawks. At the end of four quarters, Louisville outscored Southeast Missouri 80-40.

Here are a few takeaways from the matchup:

Louisville had four players notch double-figures

Even more impressive… None of which are named Asia Durr or Myisha Hines-Allen. Jazmine Jones led the Cardinals with 12 points. Jones added 4 assists, 4 rebounds and zero turnovers in 20 minutes. Freshman Dana Evans followed up with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Kylee Shook picked up where she left off last year, picking up 11 points and 4 rebounds. Rounding out the top scorers is Bianca Dunham who racked up 10 points and 5 rebounds.

Louisville has depth

The Cardinals tallied 36 points from its starting five. The remaining 44 points came off the bench. It’s comforting knowing Louisville has points on the bench when the starting five are having an off night.

Louisville isn’t without its flaws

While the Cardinals did not see anyone foul out, head coach Jeff Walz pointed out his team struggles with fouling.

“We like to score in transition, but the problem is we foul so much it kills the flow of the game. We’ve got to be able to defend without fouling.”

Coach Walz also emphasized the importance of holding on to the ball. The Cardinals turned the ball over 19 times. Lucky for Louisville, the Redhawks were only able to pick up 12 points off the turnovers.

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Myisha Hines-Allen Named To Katrina McClain Award Watch List

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Myisha Hines-Allen has been named to the 2018 Katrina McClain Award Watch List.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the list of 20 female collegiate power forwards. The award, in its inaugural year, honors the two-time All-American and 1987 Player of the Year, Katrina McClain.
Hines-Allen was named preseason All-ACC prior to the start of this season. She rounded out last season with 13.9 points on 49-percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds.

Adding to her resume, she ranks ninth of he schools all time scoring list with 1,482 points and sixth on the school’s career list in field goals and rebounds with 634 and 778 respectively.

The winner of the 2018 Katrina McClaim Power Forward Award will he announced during ESPN2’s broadcast of the national semifinal games in the 2018 Women’s Final Four on Friday, March 30th.

Louisville Women Ink Three In-State Players For 2018

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Coach Jeff Walz and the Louisville women inked three top in-state players for the 2018 class.

Mykasa Robinson, a guard from Ashland Blazer High School, Seygan Robins, a guard from Mercer County High School and Molly Lockhart, a forward from Butler High School all signed National Letters of Intent.

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ESPNW Ranks Myisha Hines-Allen 24th In Top 25 Players


ESPNW released its top 25 players list and senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen landed at number 24.

“Almost since her arrival in Louisville, Hines-Allen has established herself as one of the best multidimensional, offensive power forwards in the game. As good as her post-up game is with an uncanny ability to push around her defender, she might be even more dangerous now facing the basket from 15 feet and in, as her jump shot has improved. Her 17 double-doubles ranked 12th in the country.” – Charlie Creme espnW

Hines-Allen was named preseason All-ACC prior to the start of this season. She rounded out last season with 13.9 points on 49-percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds.

Adding to her resume, she ranks ninth of he schools all time scoring list with 1,482 points and sixth on the school’s career list in field goals and rebounds with 634 and 778 respectively.

 

Asia Durr Named To 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List


Junior shooting guard Asia Durr has been named to the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award watch list.
The award, in it inaugural year, will honor the nations top female shooting guard in college basketball.

Durr is one of 20 collegiate shooting guards named to the list.

Read more: Asia Durr Named to the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List

Women’s Hoops Adds Veteran Coach Beth Burns

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The University of Louisville has announced the addition of former Division I head coach Beth Burns. Burns will serve as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Women’s Basketball and Special Advisor to the Head Coach.
Burns has been a collegiate basketball coach for 30-years most recently as the associate head coach of the women’s basketball team at Southern California from 2014 to 2017.

“We are lucky to have such an experienced and skilled teacher to add to our staff,” said head coach Jeff Walz. “Beth will bring insight from thirty-plus years in the collegiate game and I look forward to working and learning from her this coming season”.

Burns boasts an impressive resume. With 21 years as a Division 1 head coach, six conference titles and two regional Coach of the Year Awards, Burns will bring experience to the staff. Her teams have made eight NCAA appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2010.

Read more about Coach Burns: Women’s Basketball adds veteran coach Beth Burns to staff

AP Top 25 Preseason Women’s Basketball Poll

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AP Top 25 Preseason Women’s Basketball Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 UConn 36-1 800 32 32 1
2 Texas 25-9 722 0 32 14
3 Baylor 33-4 709 0 32 5
4 South Carolina 33-4 674 0 32 3
5 Ohio State 28-7 635 0 32 11
6 Notre Dame 33-4 629 0 32 2
7 Mississippi State 34-5 619 0 32 7
8 UCLA 25-9 612 0 32 15
9 Louisville 29-8 546 0 32 13
10 Stanford 32-6 527 0 32 6
11 Oregon 23-14 485 0 32 NR
12 Duke 28-6 435 0 31 9
13 West Virginia 24-11 359 0 32 22
14 Tennessee 20-12 344 0 31 NR
15 Maryland 32-3 325 0 32 4
16 Missouri 22-11 315 0 31 25
17 Marquette 25-8 264 0 31 NR
18 Florida State 28-7 234 0 30 10
19 Oregon State 31-5 201 0 26 8
20 California 20-14 169 0 24 NR
20 Texas A&M 22-12 169 0 29 NR
22 Oklahoma 23-10 143 0 23 23
23 South Florida 24-9 117 0 22 NR
24 Michigan 28-9 113 0 25 NR
25 DePaul 27-8 65 0 17 19

Others Receiving Votes: Kentucky, 42, Arizona State 25, Virginia 23, Miami 21, LSU 11, North Carolina 9, Gonzaga 9, Florida 8, Quinnipiac 6, North Carolina State 6, Washington 4, Drake 4, Purdue 4, Michigan State 4, Georgia Tech 3, Kansas State 3, Syracuse 2, Alabama 2, Washington State 1, Indiana 1, Oklahoma State 1.

Asia Durr To Participate In Women’s Basketball National Media Day

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Junior guard, Asia Durr, is one of six collegiate players selected to participate in  the Women’s Basketball National Media Day on Thursday. The event is hosted by the NCAA and ESPN.
Durr will have a one-on-one sitdown interview with ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo and ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe. Durr is also scheduled to attend a session with the NCAA and ESPN social media platforms, a one-hour press conference with national media, an appearance on the Around the Rim podcast and an hour session with espnW.

This marks the second consecutive year that a Louisville representative has been present. Last year, head coach Jeff Walz was asked to participate.

Content from throughout the day will be gathered for later use on various ESPN platforms.

Sports Illustrated Ranks Louisville Women Fourth


Sports Illustrated released its preseason top 10 for women’s hoops.
The Louisville Cardinals come in at number 4.

Read more here: Women’s College Hoops Preview: Top 10, All-America Team and Geno Auriemma Q&A