For the first time in program history, the Louisville Cardinals earned a one seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Cardinals will take on the Lexington Region, which includes the two-seed Baylor, three-seed Tennessee, fifth-seeded Missouri and familiar foe 11-seeded Western Kentucky University.
Louisville, being a top-four seed, gained home court advantage and will host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Put your PTO or half day requests in now. The Cardinals will tip off tournament play on Friday at Noon against Boise State.
This marks the Cardinals 21st tournament appearance and its eighth consecutive appearance. Louisville, under Coach Jeff Walz, boasts a 23 – 9 tournament record with seven Sweet Sixteens, and two Final Fours in the last nine tournament appearances.
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Greensboro, N.C. — The top seeded Louisville Cardinals held off Virginia Tech behind a stellar performance from its forwards.
Louisville’s leading scorer, Asia Durr, started out 0-of-8 from the field and picked up two fouls before knocking down her first bucket, a three-pointer, midway through the second frame.
With Durr rendered ineffective, Louisville struggled to keep up with Virginia Tech’s lights out shooting. Knocking down three triples in the first five minutes and seven in the first half alone, the Cardinals had its hands full.
“A lot of people stepped up in game when Asia was struggling from the field,” Hines-Allen said. “That’s what makes us such a great team because anyone can step up. It’s anyone’s game when we’re playing how we normally play.”
Most effective for the Hokies was freshman Aisha Sheppard who fired off four of Virginia Tech’s seven three-pointers.
Louisville looked to junior forward Sam Fuehring to keep the Cardinals in the game. Fuehring racked up nine points, on 4 – of – 6 shooting, and five rebounds. Her dominance on the defensive glass kept Virginia Tech from getting easy second chance points.
Despite picking up two fouls early in the first period and spending time on the bench, Louisville senior and former ACC Player of the Year, Myisha Hines-Allen started to heat up before the half. Hines-Allen only played 10 minutes in the first half, but she was able to contribute five points and two boards.
Nearly everything that could go wrong for Louisville in the first, did go wrong. The Cardinals could not find its groove. Players were in foul trouble. Durr only hit two field goals. Virginia Tech could not miss from beyond the arc. At the half, Louisville trailed 39 – 33.
“We knew they were going to give us their best shot,” Myisha Hines-Allen told the media. “They are going to play hard for 40 minutes and we weren’t too caught up in the score. We knew what we had to do to adjust so we can win the game.”
And adjust it did. Louisville came out of the half re-energized and focused. Hines-Allen picked up nine easy points in the first five minutes, taking Louisville on a 7 – 0 run by herself. Hines-Allen, unfortunately, picked up her fourth foul with 4:54 remaining in the third quarter, but it did not phase the Cardinals.
Louisville extended the run, outscoring Virginia Tech 14 – 2 to take a 49 – 43 lead. The Cardinals collected 23 points in the third frame, 13 of which came from Louisville forwards, Fuehring and Hines-Allen.
But, the Hokies refused to quit. Taylor Emery, who was unconscious throughout the entire game, and Rachel Camp grabbed four quick points to bring Virginia Tech within two.
When the momentum started to shift, Fuehring provided a spark for the Cardinals, hitting a crucial jump-shot to lead Louisville on a 7- 0 run. Heading into the final period, Louisville held a 56 – 52 advantage.
Virginia Tech was able to pull within one, 60 – 59, before Fuehring and Hines-Allen led Louisville to another 7 – 0 run. Hines-Allen grabbed five quick points firing off a three-pointer and grabbing a layup.
Louisville coach Jeff Walz joked in the post game press conference that the team said a prayer when Hines-Allen fired off the triple.
Hines-Allen responded, “it was answered.”
With 3:40 remaining and the momentum in Louisville’s favor, the game seemed over.
However, in March, nothing is as it seems. Emery, refused to go down without a fight. The junior guard connected on two triples and a layup to, again, bring Virginia Tech within striking distance. But, it was too late.
Despite outscoring Louisville, 11 – 6 in the final three minutes, the Cardinals held on to grab a 73 – 70 victory.
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
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals clinched not only the ACC Regular Season Title, but also the # 1 overall seed for the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Louisville finished the season with a 15 – 1 conference record and held the tiebreaker over the 15 – 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Cardinals will have a double-by, playing its first game on Friday, March 2nd.
As it’s set, Louisville will face the winner of Game 5 between # 8 Syracuse and # 9 Virginia Tech.
For the fourth time this season, junior guard Asia Durr has earned ACC Player of the Week honors.
Last week, in wins against Virginia and Syracuse, Durr averaged 24 points on 54.5% shooting from the field and 50% from three.
Durr scored 21 points against Virginia and 27 against Syracuse.
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 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.
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.
Louisville junior guard, Asia Durr, is having a fantastic season.
For the second time this season, Durr is the espnW Player of the Week. She also earned the honors of ACC Player of the Week.
Durr is leading the Cardinals with 21.8 points per game. She’s also scored more than 30-points in four of Louisville’s matches this season.
She’s not just having 30+ point games against subpar competition. No, she is dropping 36+ on teams that were ranked in the top five at the time Louisville played them.
In her latest performance, Durr connected on eight three-pointers, collecting 36-points.
After dropping 31-points and pulling down 12 rebounds against Notre Dame, Louisville senior forward, Myisha Hines-Allen has been named College Sports Madness Player of the Week.
Hines-Allen is averaging 14.3 points per game and leads the ACC in rebounding with 9.8 per game.
It’s no shock, but after routing Notre Dame 100 – 67 on Thursday, the Louisville Cardinals are now ranked # 2. Louisville is 19-0 with wins against five AP Top 25 teams.
AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 11
Check out where the voters put each team: AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 11
The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals ran the No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish out of the KFC Yum! Center in a 100 – 67 beat down.
“Louisville is the best team in the country,” Notre Dame head coach Muffett McGraw said.
That’s a high remark from a coach who has faced South Carolina and UConn.
No. 3 Louisville’s first half offensive clinic boosted the Cardinals to a 67 – 56 victory over Virginia Tech. But, the Cardinals, for the second consecutive game, struggled in the second half.
“For the last two games, we’ve been starting off strong,” Asia Durr told the media. “But, I think the challenge that Coach Walz and the staff is trying to tell us is play hard for four quarter, all four quarters, and that’s what we’re trying to do.
The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals continue its hot streak, knocking out the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils in a 66 – 60 decision.
But, it was not an easy win for the Cardinals. Louisville fought off a rallying Duke team in the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils held the Cardinals to only 10 points in the final 10 minutes, while Duke went on to pick up 18. With less than one minute remaining, Duke only trailed by three points. However, a foul sent Sam Fuehring to the charity stripe with the game on the line. Fuehring nailed both free-throws to solidify the 17th consecutive win for the Cardinals.
The Louisville Cardinals kicked off conference play in a thriller against Georgia Tech that literally came down to the last second.
Asia Durr fired off a triple to start the match, but Francesca Pan and Kaylan Pugh were the highlight of the first period. Pugh picked up eight of Georgia Tech’s 20 points, while Pan added 10.
Georgia Tech’s stellar defense forced Louisville to commit seven turnovers. The Yellow Jackets took a 20 – 13 lead into the second period.
The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals completed its four game home stretch against Tennessee teams with a 95 – 56 victory over Tennessee State.
The Cardinals held the Tigers to 31% shooting from the field and forced 18 turnovers that Louisville converted into 27 points.
AP Women’s Basketball Poll:
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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
The Louisville women remain at #4 in this week’s AP Poll.
AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 4
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Others Receiving Votes: Green Bay 31, Arizona State 26, Oklahoma 25, New Mexico 19, Iowa 17, Michigan State 16, DePaul 8, Syracuse 6, Minnesota 5, Oklahoma State 5, Kansas State 4, Georgia 3, Southern California 3
To see how everyone voted, click here: AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 4