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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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It was announced today that Deng Adel has been named to the preseason top 50 candidate list for the Wooden Award. The Wooden award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. Congrats to Adel!
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.
Congratulations and well wishes sent to Cardinal Forever & friend of the site, Damion Lee. He popped the question over the weekend to his long time girlfriend, and Steph Curry’s sister, Sydel Curry. Damion is currently playing in the G-League for the Warriors. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish nothing but a life full of happiness and love to the couple!
The first AP Poll of the regular season has been released. Duke remains at the top with Michigan State coming in at number two. UofL slides two and lands at number 18.
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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.
It certainly wasn’t pretty and it took much longer to get full separation than expected, but the Louisville Cardinals got their first win of the season against George Mason by a final score of 72-61.
Louisville sputtered offensively at times, and while Deng Adel turned in an impressive performance, freshmen Jordan Nwora and Darius Perry stepped up when needed most. Both freshmen were fearless down the stretch, hitting big time shots to fuel Louisville’s late run to put the game away. Nwora finished with 10 points including 3-3 shooting from beyond-the-arc. Perry provided intensity and energy to go along with his 17 points (3-3 from 3 point range and 8-8 from the free throw line). Deng Adel led the Cards in scoring with 20 points.
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Coach Jeff Walz
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.