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Women’s Hoops Racks Up Accolades At ACC Media Day


Jeff Walz’s team is racking up the accolades at ACC Media Day.

As announced in a previous post, junior guard Asia Durr was tabbed ACC Preseason Player of the Year by the ACC coaches.

In addition, Durr and senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen earned All-ACC preseason honors from both the league’s coaches and the Blue Ribbon Panel. While, Freshman Dana Evans was one of five players named to the Newcomer Watch List.

The Cardinals were picked to finish second by the league’s 15 coaches, receiving one first place vote. While the Blue Ribbon Panel also pegged Louisville to finish second, receiving five first place votes.

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Asia Durr Named ACC Preseason Player Of The Year

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Junior guard, Asia Durr, has been named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year by the ACC coaches.

This marks the second consecutive season that a Louisville player has been given the prestigious title. Last year, Myisha Hines-Allen earned the honor.

Breaking: Louisville Women To Face UConn In ESPN2 Primetime Showdown

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Louisville, KY — The Louisville Women’s Basketball team is taking center stage on national television when they face the 11-time National Champion UConn Huskies.
The Cardinals and the Huskies will face off on February 12th, 2018 at 7PM. The match will be aired live on ESPN2.

This will be the first time Louisville has faced their former conference foe since 2014.

UConn holds a 15-1 advantage in the series.

Women’s Hoops Releases 2017-18 Non-Conference Schedule

IMG_1585Louisville, KY — The Louisville women’s basketball team will face six teams during its non-conference slate that won 20 or more games last season.

“Once again, we have a tough non-conference schedule, but that’s what it is all about,” said head coach Jeff Walz. “We want to play the best because it helps us get better throughout the year and prepares us for conference play.”

Louisville kicks off the season on November 10th at the KFC Yum! Center as the Cardinals face Southeast Missouri in the opening round of the WNIT.

The first road game will be Louisville’s first test of the season. The Cardinals take on the Buckeyes of Ohio State in the Countdown to Columbus Tournament on November 12th. Ohio State went 28-7 last season, bowing out of the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet Sixteen.

Other notable teams the Cardinals will face include Murray State, Indiana, South Dakota State, Vanderbilt, MTSU and Air Force.

As usual, Louisville will also face in State rival, Kentucky, in Lexington on December 17th.

The Cardinals will take on Air Force on December 20th before entering league play.

However, Louisville takes a break from the ACC slate and heads to Storrs, Connecticut to battle 11 time National Champion UConn Huskies on February 12th.

Jeff Walz, UofL Pick Up Local Star

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Louisville, KY — Butler senior, Molly Lockhart, has committed to Jeff Walz and the Louisville Cardinals.

Lockhart says her desire to stay close to home for college was important, which made her commitment to Louisville easy.

Lockhart originally committed to St. Louis University in March, but a change of heart this summer influenced her decision to attend Louisville.

“It was really important to me,” Lockhart said. “I have a lot of people at home that like to watch me play like my grandparents, so being close to home was a lot more helpful.

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Durr, Hines-Allen Accept Invites to USA Basketball U-23 Training Camp

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Press release from UofL,

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball’s Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen accepted invitations to attend the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U-23 National Team training camp, the organization announced on Tuesday.

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Clash of the Titans: Louisville vs Tennessee

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Louisville, KY – The stage is set for two of the top women’s basketball programs in the nation as the 4 – seed Louisville Cardinals take on the 5 – seed Tennessee Volunteers.

This matchup has the potential to be one of the greatest games of the NCAA Tournament. On one hand, you have the legendary Tennessee Volunteers, who have been inconsistent at times this season, but have turned the corner in the nick of time. On the other, you have Louisville, a relatively new powerhouse looking for its first National Championship in women’s hoops. The Cardinals have been to the championship game twice in the past 10 years, but have yet to win the coveted title.

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Durr’s 27 Points Lifts Louisville To Victory

 

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Louisville, KY — Asia Durr and the Louisville Cardinals knocked out the 13 seeded Chattanooga Moc’s, 82-62, to advance to the round of 32.

“We knew it was going to be a tough ball game throughout,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said. “We were able to pull away there towards the end. But it was never a game that I felt real comfortable especially the way they shoot the three.” 

Despite a 20 point victory, the game was certainly not a cake walk for the Louisville Cardinals.

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UofL WBB Quarterfinal Presser

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Check out the post game press conference from Coach Jeff Walz, Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen: Game 8 Press Conference

Louisville Heads To The ACC Semifinals

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Conway, S.C. — The 5th seeded Louisville Cardinals narrowly defeated the 4th seeded NC State Wolfpack, 59-58. The Cardinals will advance to the semifinals to face the winner of Notre Dame and Virginia.

 

The first quarter was a battle from beyond the arc. Both teams combined for 7 made triples. For the Cardinals, Asia Durr knocked down three to account of 9-of Louisville’s- 18 first quarter points. While Miah Spencer fired off two and Ashley Wilson and Dominique Williams connected on one a piece.

NC State dominated the first period. The Wolfpack did not commit a single turnover, but forced 4 Louisville turnovers. NC State was able to capitalize on Louisville’s mistakes grabbing 4-points off the 4 turnovers. The Wolfpack also controlled the glass, holding an 8-6 advantage over the Cardinals.

NC State was able to sprint out to an 8-0 run as Spencer connected on two from the charity stripe, followed by a triple and Dominique Williams added a triple of her own. The Wolfpack took a 19-10 lead.

But, Louisville’s silence was broken as Durr fired off her third three-pointer of the period.

Despite shooting 54% (7-of-13) from the field and (3-of-6) 50% from beyond the arc, the Cardinals trailed by as much as 10 points.

At the end of the first period, Louisville trailed 28-18.

The Wolfpack’s momentum continued in the second quarter as Wilson and Spencer picked up 4 quick points. NC State But, the momentum shifted as NC State senior Jennifer Mathurin went down with what appeared to be an injury to her leg or ankle. Mathurin was immediately taken back to the locker room to be evaluated.

Without Mathurin, the Wolfpack struggled offensively. The Cardinals were able to take advantage of NC State’s offensive woes. Louisville’s defense locked in holding the Wolfpack scoreless for nearly 4:00. The Cardinals racked up 6 unanswered points to cut the lead, 32-24.

Spencer broke NC State’s scoring drought, but Louisville’s defense, again, locked down. The Cardinals closed out the first half behind a 14-2 run.

Louisville outscored NC State, 14-6, in the second period. However, NC State held a slight advantage, 34-32.

Louisville shot 48% in the first half and 40% from beyond the arc. The Cardinals were led by Durr,who racked up 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including four three-pointers.

However, the Cardinals struggled to hold on to the ball. Louisville committed 11 turnovers in the first half, allowing the Wolfpack to pick up 8-points off turnovers.

The Cardinals struck first in the third quarter as Myisha Hines-Allen drove to the bucket for two. But, a foul sent Wilson to the line to convert a three-point play.

NC State was able to fight back to regain a 3-point lead. The momentum shifted back into the Cardinals favor as Spencer picked up her third foul with 5:46 remaining in the third period. Without Mathurin and Spencer in foul trouble, the Wolfpack struggled.

Louisville, however, picked up 9 unanswered points to take a 47-43 lead. The Cardinals hit 4-of its previous-4, while holding NC State scoreless for more than 5:00.

The Wolfpack picked up three quick points at the end of the third period. At the end of three, the Cardinals held a slight advantage, 47-46.

A foul sent Nelson to the line early in the fourth to hit two from the charity stripe. But, Hines-Allen grabbed four points as the Cardinals extended their lead to 3-points.

Both teams went an extended period without scoring. But, a triple from Wilson pushed NC State ahead, 58-57, with 56 seconds remaining.

However, a foul committed by DD Rogers put Hines-Allen on the line to shoot two with 19 seconds remaining. Hines-Allen banked both free-throws giving Louisville a one point advantage, 59-58.

The Wolfpack got the ball in Spencer’s hands. Spencer hit the last second shot in the regular season game to give NC State the win. However, this time, it was not in the cards for Spencer.

Louisville narrowly defeated NC State, 59-58, to advance to the ACC Semifinals.

The Cardinals connected on 20 field goals for 43% shooting, including 4 three-pointers. Louisville struggled to hold on to the ball, turning the ball over 17 times. However, Louisville controlled the glass, out rebounding NC State, 36-25.

High Scorers 

The Cardinals had two players notch double-figures: Asia Durr paced Louisville racking up 28 points on 8-of-19 shooting. Durr knocked down all four of Louisville’s triples. Myisha Hines-Allen earned a double-double putting up 16-points and pulling down 10 boards.

Next Up

The Cardinals will tip off against the 1st seeded Notre Dame on Saturday at noon.

 

Three CARDS Make All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team

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Conway, S.C. — Three Louisville Cardinals have been named to the All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team.

Myisha Hines-Allen, Briahanna Jackson and Cortnee Walton were named to the prestigious team.

According to the press release from the ACC, in order to qualify for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have achieved a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester, as well as a 3.0 cumulative grade point average throughout one’s academic career.

To view the entire All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team, check out the press release: All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team Announced

Preview: CARDS Set To Face No. 17/18 NC State

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Conway, S.C. – The No. 14/13 Louisville Cardinals are set to face the No. 17/18 NC State Wolfpack in the ACC Quarterfinals.

The Cardinals and the Wolfpack met on February 2nd at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville entered the game without Myisha Hines-Allen, a huge loss for the Cardinals. The absence of Hines-Allen was evident. NC State nearly edged Louisville on the glass, 42-40. The Cardinals were led on the glass by Cortnee Walton, who pulled down 12 boards.

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Asia Durr is Unstoppable

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*  Story from Swish Appeal. Please visit SwishAppeal.com to see more of Paige’s work. *

Louisville, KY — In the annual Play 4 Kay game, the No. 14 Louisville Cardinals, behind the Big Three, dominated the North Carolina Tar Heels, 87-57.

The 14th ranked Louisville Cardinals honored those with Breast Cancer in the annual Play 4 Kay game. In a truly remarkable gesture during the team introductions, each Louisville starter was accompanied by either a current Breast Cancer patient, a survivor or the family member of a loved one lost. The tear-jerking moment set the tone for the Cardinals. Louisville took the floor motivated to fight hard for a win.

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800: Louisville Women Hit Milestone in Victory over Clemson

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Clemson, SC — The No. 9 Louisville Cardinals handed the Clemson Tigers its 39th straight conference loss in a 60-46 decision.

The Louisville Cardinals, picking up its 800th program win, struggled to put the Clemson Tigers away.

“We’ll take the win,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said. “We did not come out prepared to play. I watched them in warm ups screwing around. We tried to address it, we tried to get their focus. Unfortunately, it showed.”

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Louisville Picks Up Win 100 At The KFC Yum! Center

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Louisville, KY — A monstrous first half gave the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals a 40 point win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 91-51.

The No. 9 Louisville Cardinals entered the evening looking for its 100th victory in the KFC Yum! Center on Denny Crum Court. Fresh off a 63-59 win against the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes, Louisville wanted to continue its streak.

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Myisha Hines-Allen Named ACC Co-Player Of The Week

 

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Myisha Hines-Allen was named ACC Womens Basketball co-Player of the Week! She averaged 21 points,  13 rebounds, 3 steals & 2.5 assists per game.

Virginia Has NO Answer For Hines-Allen

 

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This post is from SB Nation’s Swish Appeal. Please see the original story and more of Paige’s work on SwishAppeal.com.

Charlottesville, VA — The Virginia Cavaliers had NO answer for reigning ACC Player of the Year, Myisha Hines-Allen. Hines-Allen led the Cardinals to an 86-81 victory behind a career-high 31-points and 17-rebounds.

Fresh off a loss to the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday, the Cardinals entered a hostile environment at John Paul Jones Arena, where Virginia is undefeated. Both teams entered the game looking to avoid a second straight loss.

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No. 8 Louisville overcomes No. 25 Syracuse in ACC Opener

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Louisville, KY — The No. 8 Louisville Cardinals overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat No. 25 Syracuse Orange, 91-76.
In typical ACC fashion, this matchup was nothing short of dramatic. The Cardinals, down 12 at one point in the first period, fought back to a 15-point victory. Mariya Moore notched her first career triple-double with 11 points, 11 boards, and 10-assists, while Myisha Hines-Allen picked up her 5th double-double on the season.

But, it was Asia Durr who stole the show. Durr posted a career-high 36 points, 34 of which came in the second half.

“The first half, I was ready to give the money back to our fans for our effort that we gave, which was less than desirable.” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said in his post game interview. “We came out flat, we did not look excited.”

Louisville started out cold, shooting only 22-percent in the first period. The Cardinals struggled with the smothering Syracuse defense. Louisville committed 7-turnovers, allowing the Orange to convert the turnovers into 7-points.

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UofL Womens Basketball Vs #25 Syracuse Pressers

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Pain Free Asia Durr Showing Potential For Louisville

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As seen on SB Nation’s Swish Appeal

Louisville, KY — The Louisville Cardinals opened the 2016-2017 season with a huge win over Lindsey Wilson. While the game was only an exhibition, Louisville showed their growth as a team.
The Cardinals outscored the Blue Raiders, 97-50. Louisville dominated every facet of the game.
Despite the game being lopsided, here are a few takeaways:
Asia Durr is Playing at 100%.
In her freshman year, Asia Durr suffered from a nagging injury that plagued her throughout the season. Durr is now healed and according to Coach Walz, playing at 100%.
In her first outing, Durr put up 19 points, hitting 70% of her shots. In the first period alone, Durr went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and grabbed one layup to tally 14 points.
Defensively, Durr grabbed three steals and five defensive boards.
“Last year I played through a lot of pain, and it feels so good to be pain-free now,” Asia said.
Coach Walz added, “I’m really excited for her. I still don’t think 10 shots is enough for her, so that’s one thing she’s going to have to figure out a way to get more shots up.”

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