It’s no doubt that Louisville’s Women’s basketball program has experienced a meteoric explosion in it’s rise to national prominence. Accidentally? No. Intentionally? Hell yeah! Louisville has experienced this explosive rise because:
1. They were deliberate in hiring not a good coach; but a great one.
2. The recruitment of quality players with great basketball skills and character.
3. Getting those players with high skill sets drafted into the WNBA.
4. The consistent ability of the coaches and players to secure significant program changing wins against some of the nation’s elite teams.
Asia enters her senior year as one of the best players in the country. Last year’s ACC player of the year will break into the 2,000 point club this season. In the 17-18 season she averaged almost 19 a game, while shooting 40% from 3 and 80 percent from the free throw line. She will again be an integral part of a team that is seeking their first national championship.
Louisville head coach Jeff Walz has been tabbed as the head coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U18 team.
Delaware’s Natasha Adair and UCLA’s Cori Close will serve as his assistant coaches.
The trio will lead the team at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The top four finishing teams earn a qualifying berth into next summer’s 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
The dates have yet to be announced for this summer’s contest.
“I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to work with USA Basketball again,” said Walz. “I had an amazing experience last summer in Japan as the head coach of the U23 team, and I have spent time with USA Basketball the past three summers. Working with USA Basketball is something that I have always dreamed of doing, and I look forward to leading the U18 team this summer. USA Basketball possesses impeccable standards and a winning tradition, and it is an honor to once again be entrusted with such an important role.”
The Louisville women’s basketball team dominated in Lexington this weekend and moved on to the Final Four in Columbus, OH. Louisville beat Oregon St. 76-43 in the Elite Eight with a performance that looked like they were ready to compete for a championship.
Check out the full recap: Louisville’s Quickness Stuns Oregon State, Cardinals Head To Final Four
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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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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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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.
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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.
No surprise here. Asia Durr is your 2018 ACC Player of the Year.
The Douglasville, Georgia native was also tabbed the ACC Preseason Player of the Year.
The selection of Durr marks the second time in three years that a Louisville player has earned the title. In 2015-16, Myisha Hines-Allen took home the honor.
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
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.
Jeff Walz may be a future Hall of Fame coach, and one of the best in the game, but his daughter is the real star of the family.
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.
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.
Fan favorite, Jeff Walz made his first public statement since the men’s basketball scandal broke. He has solidified that UofL is where he wants to be, and where he will stay.
Louisville Women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz has been selected to serve as the court coach for the 2017 USA National Team Training Camp.
This marks Coach Walz fourth USA Basketball assignment. Coach Walz previously served as an assistant coach for the gold-medal 2014 USA U18 National Team and the 2015 USA U19 World Championship Team. He most recently served as the head coach for the gold medal winning 2017 USA U23 National Team.
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.
Louisville, KY – Louisville Women’s Basketball is back and the expectations are high. The Cardinals ring in the season tabbed fifth in the preseason Associate Press poll.
It’s safe to say, the Cardinals are all in this season. Coming off an unexpected end in the post-season, this team touts the talent and focus to meet their high expectations.
With the season tipping off in a week, here are a few quick observations: