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AP Women’s Basketball Poll, Week 6

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AP Women’s Basketball Poll:

 

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS LAST WEEK
1 UConn 8-0 800 32 32 1
2 Notre Dame 9-1 749 0 32 3
3 Louisville 11-0 736 0 32 4
4 South Carolina 9-1 685 0 32 5
5 Mississippi State 9-0 664 0 32 6
6 Baylor 8-1 625 0 32 8
7 Tennessee 10-0 620 0 32 11
8 Texas 7-1 593 0 32 2
9 Oregon 8-1 519 0 32 9
10 West Virginia 9-0 504 0 32 10
11 UCLA 7-2 459 0 32 7
12 Florida State 10-0 443 0 32 13
13 Ohio State 9-2 439 0 32 12
14 Duke 8-2 390 0 31 14
15 Maryland 9-2 354 0 32 15
16 Missouri 9-1 293 0 32 17
17 Oregon State 6-2 226 0 30 19
18 Stanford 5-4 221 0 28 18
19 Texas A&M 8-2 180 0 30 21
20 Villanova 9-0 177 0 32 22
21 Green Bay 8-1 147 0 32 23
22 South Florida 7-2 141 0 26 16
23 Michigan 8-2 116 0 27 24
24 California 7-2 98 0 22 25
25 Iowa 10-1 55 0 20 NR

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma State 54; New Mexico 39; Syracuse 22; Oklahoma 12; Arizona State 10; Marquette 8; Southern California 8; Kentucky 7; South Dakota State 3; Rutgers 1; Florida Gulf Coast 1; Ball State 1.

See how all the votes fell: AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 6

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 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

Myisha Hines-Allen Named ACC Player Of The Week

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The honors just keep coming for senior forward, Myisha Hines-Allen. One day after being named MVP of the Preseason WNIT, she has now been named ACC Player of the Week.

Hines-Allen is averaging a double-double through five games with 14.6 points and 11.2 rebounds.

Louisville Post Game Press Conferences And Highlights

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No. 5 Louisville defeated No. 10 Oregon to win the Preseason WNIT Championship. Check out the post game press conference and game highlights.

Coach Jeff Walz

Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr

Highlights

No. 5 Louisville Flies Past No. 10 Oregon To Win Preseason WNIT

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The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals defeated the No. 10 Oregon Ducks in a grind-it-out battle to win the Preseason WNIT. The victory marks Louisville’s third top-25 victory and second top-10 victory in one week.

“They beat us tonight,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “There’s no other way to put it. They were better right from the get-go.”

Louisville was dominant in the first period, outscoring Oregon, 23 – 14. The Ducks struggled with turnovers early committing four in 4:00, while also going on a scoring drought. Louisville was able to capitalize on the scoring drought sprinting out to a 9-0 run and extending its lead to 13 – 5.

Asia Durr grabbed 14 of Louisville’s 23 points, while Myisha Hines-Allen added another seven.

The Cardinals continued its hot streak in the second period, outscoring the Ducks, 20-13. However, Louisville did this without leading scorer, Durr who picked up her second foul in the first few minutes of the period. Durr did not reenter for the Cardinals until there was 14 second remaining in the half.

“I took Asia out with eight to go in the second quarter, we’re up 10 and we go into the half up 16,” Coach Jeff Walz said. He added, “I took her out, we’re up 10, she’s got two fouls. The last thing I wanted to do was see her pick up a third. My goal was to see if I could go for two or three minutes. Well, when we started extending the lead, there was no sense to put her back in the game.”

Without Durr on the court, Louisville looked to three-point shooter, Sydney Zambrotta and freshman Dana Evans to make plays. Neither disappointed. Zambrotta knocked down a crucial triple to put Louisville up 13 with 6:15 remaining in the half. While Evans added six points. The Cardinals were able to, not only maintain the lead, but extend the lead without its best player on the floor.

Oregon was unable to catch up to Louisville. In the first half, the Ducks committed 10 fouls, sending the Cardinals to the charity stripe to go 9-of-10. Oregon also struggled to hold on to the ball. Louisville converted 14 Oregon turnovers into 14 points.

A huge defeat for the Ducks was how well the Cardinals kept Sabrina Ionescu from scoring. Ionescu leads Oregon with 20 points per game. However, in the first half, she was 0-of-4 from the field with two fouls and three turnovers. Ionescu was essentially rendered useless for the Ducks, limiting the Oregon offense.

“It’s a team effort,” Myisha Hines-Allen said of Louisville’s plan to shut out Ionescu. “Jaz [Jazmine Jones] did a phenomenal job with [Ionescu]. That was her assignment, try to limit her shots and try to disrupt everything she would try to do.”

At the half, the Cardinals held a 16 point advantage, 43 – 27.

Ruthy Hebard led the Ducks in the third period grabbing six crucial points. Behind Hebard and Maite Cazorla, the Ducks were able to cut the lead to 11 points. Unfortunately, Louisville’s offensive hits kept coming. Jazmine Jones added eight points for the Cardinals

Oregon tightened up, only turning the ball over four times, while committing just two fouls.

Despite Louisville’s strong lead, the Ducks outscored the Cardinals 19-18. However, Louisville still held a 15 point advantage heading into the final period.

Ionescu finally showed up for the Ducks in the final 10 minutes. She knocked down eight points, including one triple. But, the damage had already been done.

Nothing could stop the Cardinals from grabbing its third top-25 win and second top-10 win in a week. Not Oregon’s improvement offensively and defensively. This Louisville team trailed by three-points a few minutes into the matchup, but never looked back. At one point, Louisville held an 18 point advantage on Oregon.

The Cardinals, behind perhaps the best resume in women’s college basketball right now, knocked out its third top-25 opponent and secured a victory in the preseason WNIT. Louisville finished the evening outscoring Oregon, 74 – 61.

Top Scorers:

Louisville had three players notch double-figures: Asia Durr paced the Cardinals with a game-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting. WNIT Tournament MVP, Myisha Hines-Allen earned her third double-double on the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Hines-Allen also knocked down a three-pointer for the Cardinals, further proving she can do it all on the court. Rounding out the top scorers for Louisville is Sam Fuehring, who added 10 points and four rebounds.

For Oregon, Ruthy Hebard led with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Maite Cazorla added 13 points. Mallory McGwire put up 11 points and seven boards. While Satou Sabally notched 10 points and four rebounds.

Tournament Honors:

Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen were named to the Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team. Hines-Allen was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Next Up:

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals go a few days without a game as the team enjoys Thanksgiving. Louisville returns to the KFC Yum! Center on Friday, November 24th at 1 PM EST to face Murray State.

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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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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Louisville Women Face Southeast Missouri In Season Opener

The Louisville women’s basketball team opens the 2017-2018 campaign on Friday at 7PM. The Cardinals will face off against Southeast Missouri at the KFC Yum! Center.It makes the opening game of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The fully loaded field includes top 25 teams Michigan, Texas A&M and Oregon.

The Cardinals are guaranteed three games in the tournament. A fourth will be played if Louisville advances to the Championship game on Sunday, November 19th.

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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.

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.