The rivalry never gets old, never any lack of intensity.
Two of the best women’s basketball teams to compete in the Louisville vs. Kentucky rivalry, entering the game with identical 9-0 records. Cruising in the pre-conference season, each wanting another signature win. But mostly wanting to knock their rival from the ranks of the unbeaten.
UofL ranked fifth in the nation, UK 19th. Even more motivation for the Wildcats, wanting to move up in the poll, wanting the Cardinals to slide. Louisville equally fired up for Kentucky, the last thing UofL needs is a loss to the arch rival.
Louisville would win this showdown 80-75 before a crowd of 13,786 crowd of heavily red-clad fans at the KFC Yum! Center. It was UofL’s third straight in the series, and probably the most impressive win yet a team that could be among UK’s best in recent years.
Ugly Sweater Night for University of Louisville women’s basketball has always brought out the best in holiday cheer in the past and this year was no exception. All sorts of Christmas apparel was in evidence among the 7,104 fans on hand for the recent game against Tennessee Martin.
Asia Durr led the way again, scoring 25 points in a 102-62 win that improved UofL’s won-loss record to 9-0 for the season. Arica Carter, Bionca Dunham and Dana Evans added 16, 14 and 11 points respectively.
Sunday is Pack the House day as UofL entertains unbeaten Kentucky (9-0) at 2 p.m. Tickets for $4 are available at the UofL ticket office with a Kroger Plus Card.
A special group of young women, with players getting along great together, adding one milestone after another, deserving everything they earn.
Before Jeff Walz arrived at the University of Louisville 11 seasons ago, the women’s basketball program had never been to the Sweet 16. He updated the record on Sunday, noting that every four-year player he has coached at UofL has been to the Final Four.
The Louisville women will so0n be hanging still another banner at the KFC Yum! Center in the near future. A Final Four banner for sure, with still a shot at the ultimate, having already achieved one of the best seasons in the school’s history.
The Cardinals continued their impressive run in the 2018 NCAA Tournament with a dominating 76-43 win over Oregon State team in the Lexington Regional at Rupp Arena. A school record 36th win over the season against only two losses. UofL moves to the Final Four for the third time in Coach Jeff Walz’ tenure.
The dominance was total, with the Cardinals forcing Oregon State into 17 turnovers and making only three themselves . UofL would outscore the Beavers 24-0 on turnovers. Four of those steals coming in the third quarter when UofL would erupt, extending a seven-point halftime lead to 30 points.
Louisville would also hold the Beavers, who were averaging nine 3-pointers a game, to only five in this one, and limiting them to only 15 field goals. Oregon State wrapped up the season with a 26-8 record.
Four Cardinals scored in double figures, led by 18 points from Asia Durr, the regional’s Most Outstanding Player. Myisha Hines-Allen scored 16 points and made three steals. Sam Fuehring scored 14 and Carter added 10. Jazmine Jones scored all four of her points during that explosive third quarter.
While Walz was thrilled with the effort, he said he was even more impressed with his team’s performance off the floor. “We truly do have young women who are wonderful role models to my children,” he said, pausing to gather himself. “That means more to me than winning basketball games.
“When my daughter is out there in the yard and tells me she’s Lola Hines-Allen, my other daughter tells me she’s Lucy Durr, and she tells mom ‘You’re going to be the official.’ The impact our players have on their lives means everything to me.
“It’s a wonderful experience to get back to the Final Four, and I want to thank the players for being the kind of people they are.”
Asia Durr not making shots? Myisha Hines-Allen not hitting? Two conference players of the year playing tentatively, not getting off to good starts in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Jeff Walz will pull both of them quickly, letting them relax on the bench for a while. Kylee Shook and Dana Evans will see early action, along with Bionca Dunham. The University of Louisville women’s basketball team lives up to its No. 1 seed in dismantling Boise State 74-42 at the KFC Yum! Center.
The game seemed to be tailor made for Shook. The 6-foot-4 sophomore would hit two 3-pointers within a minute, alternating between Jazmine Jones layups for a 19-8 lead before adding her own to make it 21-11.
Meanwhile, Sam Fuehring providing a intimidating presence on defense while cleaning up around the basket for another 14 points. Fuehring and Shook would pull down 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively.
Hines-Allen, never able to get going offensively, would wind up with only four points but still manage to get 14 rebounds. Arica Carter was passing out assists all afternoon, finding her teammates for seven baskets.
Asia Durr, unable to conceal her concern about her shooting touch from behind the 3-point line, still managing to get nine points. She was 0-4 on 3-point shots.
Durr attracts a lot of attention on and off the court. She needs to find her shot soon, return the favor to her teammates, if she and UofL are to make a serious run in the NCAA tournament.