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.
But if you are more into pictures telling the story, you are in luck. For the first time ever at any UofL sporting event, the incomparable TJ Barr and I were both in attendance with our cameras. You will get a look at the game from both ends of the court. I present to you the WBB Mega-gallery.
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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.
CardNation, Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen need your help.
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.
Through March 23rd, go to HoopHall Awards and vote for Durr and Hines-Allen.
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The accolades keep rolling in this week for the Cardinals. Today, it was announced that Louisville senior, Myisha Hines-Allen has been tabbed as a finalist for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award.
The award, in its inaugural year, honors the top Power Forward in Division I Women’s Basketball.
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.
What a way to send out lone senior Myisha Hines-Allen. The Cardinals, with a 15 – 1 league record, are the 2018 ACC Regular Season Co-Champions. Louisville and Notre Dame finished with the same record. However, Louisville owns the tiebreaker over the Fighting Irish and will enter the ACC Tournament as the One Seed. Read the rest of this entry
With it’s 81 – 49 victory over the Pitt Panthers, the Louisville Cardinals clinched its first ACC Regular Season Title.
Check out the team as they cut the net.
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.
Forget flowers and candy, Kyrie Irving gifted his shoes to Myisha Hines-Allen before the Celtics game on Valentine’s Day.
Check out Myisha’s priceless reaction.
** I mean, Jemele ain’t lying. **
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 Louisville Cardinals will participate in the 2018 Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge, the largest fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
During the month of February, Louisville fans can compete against fans from universities across the country with each free throw the Cardinals hit.
To support the Louisville Women, you can make a pledge for every free throw the Cardinals make during the month of February. To make a pledge, click here.
The money raised will go towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s mission to extend and improve the lives of those battling cancer.
You can keep up with Louisville’s progress on the National Leaderboard. The team that raises the most money will be crowned champion.
Louisville hosts its annual Play4Kay “Pink Out” game on Thursday, February 22nd. The Cardinals will wear pink uniforms.
Pink t-shirts, benefiting Gilda’s Club, will be available for purchase at the game. Cancer survivors will be recognized at halftime.
For more information, visit GoCards.com/wbbpink.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.