Toledo was focused on stopping Asia Durr two nights after she set an all-time single game scoring record of 47 points for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. She scored only 14 points but she played only 17 minutes in this game.
The visiting Rockets discovered there are some other scoring threats on this UofL team — namely Myisha Hines-Allen and Jazmine Jones who each scored 17 points apiece and pulled down 10 rebounds. Plenty of power in the middle for the Cards this season, with Kylie Shook coming through with eight rebounds and four points.
Louisville a 90-55 winner before a crowd of 5,444 at the KFC Yum!
Freshman Dana Evans getting tons of playing time and filling up the stats sheet during her 27 minutes — six points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and, whoops, five turnovers. She’s a high energy player, confident and assertive.
Junior Sydney Zambrotta also impressing Coach Jeff Walz with her defensive intensity, seeing 16 minutes on the floor, actually starting in the second half. Her 3-point shot still beautiful, sinking both of her attempts. She also pulled in three rebounds and was credited with a couple of assists.
The UofL women, ranked fifth in this week’s Associated Press poll, will host 24th ranked Michigan at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Always nice when the University of Louisville women’s basketball team coasts to a win over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. Especially when the opponent is North Carolina and the score is 87-57.
The UofL women would start slow and finish going away before a crowd of 9,739 fans at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday. A “Pink Out” day for cancer awareness, with UofL wearing pink, UNC that Carolina blue, posing a challenge for at least one color blind observer.
Hines-Allen seems to be over whatever was slowing her down a few games ago.
The Cardinals getting some extra motivation in the second quarter when Myisha Hines-Allen was wrestled to the floor by UNC’s Alyssa Okoene. Both players getting up with fire in their eyes, their teammates restraining them. Technical foul called on Okoene, with the Cardinals scoring six quick points to claim a 34-21 lead at the intermission.
Another dominating performance by Asia Durr, scoring 10 points in the first half, a flurry of eight straight points in the third quarter, and a total of 28 points for the game. She keeps gaining confidence, improving her shot selection, and making it look so easy in some games.
Coach Jeff Walz seemed to most pleased with Durr’s four assists. “She’s improving other parts of her game,” he said. “She’s even more of a threat when she can find open teammates.”
Hines-Allen seems to be over whatever was slowing her down a few games ago, turning in another double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. That’s her 12th double-double this season and the 24th in her three-year career at Louisville.
Only two more games remaining in the regular season, senior night at home against Virginia on Thursday, and a road game at Wake Forest next Sunday. The Cardinals are 23-6 overall and tied for fourth with N.C. State in the ACC with identical 10-4 conference records. N.C. State has the advantage if a tiebreaker is needed, virtue of a win over UofL.
An awestruck 8,586 fans witnessed an historic performance at the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday — a keeper they will store in their treasure box of University of Louisville memories.
They were there the night when Syracuse looked almost unbeatable in the first half, jumping out to an 11-2 starts, owning 12-point leads over Louisville in the second quarter. UofL considering itself lucky to trail by only seven points at the half.
Things had not gone well for Asia Durr in the first half, looking apprehensive, tentative, afraid to shoot. And for good reason, missing all five of her field goal attempts. She would eke out two points during the first 20 minutes, making two free throws.
What happened in the second is the stuff of legend. Asia scoring 18 points in the third quarter with UofL outscoring Syracuse 29 to 4 to own a 20-point lead. She wasn’t done yet, tacking on an additional 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead Louisville to an epic 91-76 win over the visitors.
Yes, 34 points for Durr in that second half. She would wind up with a career high 36 points for the game, making 10 of 18 field goal attempts, including seven 3-pointers, and 9 of 12 free throw attempts.
“The first half was tough,” she said afterwards. “I gained a lot of confidence in that second half. I’m not the type of player who if things don’t go well is going to shut down. I love this game too much. It’s how you bounce back.”
Nobody was happier than Coach Jeff Walz about that mesmerizing second half. “We didn’t start the game well,” he said. “Asia wasn’t really looking to score in the first half. It’s kind of hard to score if you don’t shoot. She looked scared.
“I told her at halftime she was wide open at times and she wasn’t looking to score. She’s a scorer. That’s what she has to do for us. The second half she finally started to attack. Credit her teammates for getting the ball to her.”
Memorable night, too, for Mariya Moore and Myisha Hines-Allen. Moore coming through with a triple-double, with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Hines-Allen contributing 18 points and six rebounds. Those two keeping UofL close in the first half, setting the stage for Durr’s milestone performance.
A significant win over a quality opponent, with Coach Jeff Walz describing Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes of Syracuse as “two of the best guards in the country.” They would wind up with 31 and 21 points, respectively.
The win improved UofL’s won-lost record to 13-2, getting the Cardinals off to a good start in ACC play. Next up is Duke at Durham, N.C. on Monday.
Durr’s confidence builder couldn’t have come at a better time.
The heart of the schedule has arrived for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team and the Cardinals are learning some hard lessons. The latest a 78-72 loss to Maryland.
UofL showed some grit in rallying from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarters to twice take the lead. Didn’t faze Maryland, with Brenda Frese chalking up her third win against former assistant Jeff Walz in four tries.
A disappointed Jeff Walz would question his team’s heart and desire to win. “Personally I hate losing more than I like winning,” said Walz. “Young people today are used to just showing up getting participation trophies just for playing. Just showing up is going to get you beat.”
With Asia Durr leading the way, UofL would build a 24-20 lead at the end of the first quarter. She was open early and often, scoring 17 of her team high 20 points in the first 20 minutes, keeping her team within four points of the visiting Terrapins at half time.
Miserable shooting night for the rest of the Louisville women who could make only 31 of 79 (33.3%) field goals attempts. Shot after shot falling short of the rim most of the night. Maryland, meanwhile, was 25 of 54, or a 61.5% clip.
The Cardinals were outrebounded 48-35 by the smaller Terrapins and could connect on only 6 of 14 free throw attempts.
Myisha Hines-Allen, picked pre-season ACC player of the year, regained some of her shooting form in the second half, winding up with 16 points.
Nobody questioning Briahanna Jackson’s desire to win. She would have eight assists and three steals while contributing 9 points.
After six straight wins to open the season, UofL has lost two straight and is staring down the muzzle of a loaded Kentucky team on Sunday. The Wildcats are 8-1 and have won five straight games over UofL and six out of the last seven in the series.
Asia Durr’s three-point shot is about as smooth as they come, text book smooth. Give her a little daylight, just watch her shoot.
Durr would score three consecutive 3-pointers and 13 of her team’s points in the first three minutes of the second half. An 18-2 run providing the knockout punch for the University of Louisville women in an 83-58 win over Bowling Green.
For the game, she would make 13 of 18 field goal attempts, including eight 3-pointers and a couple of field goals. Durr would wind up with a career-best day of 34 points to lead all scorers — the most by a UofL player since Shoni Schimmel scored 38 at South Florida in January of 2013.
A crowd of 8,194 attended the game on the first day of the three-day Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge at the KFC Yum! Center.
“It’s amazing to watch just from last year and to see how she’s playing right now,” said Myisha Hines-Allen who contributed 13 points. “She’s grown so much with her confidence. I knew she was a great player already, but just to see this – actually playing with her on the court – is amazing.”
Durr would score her 34 points with only 23 minutes of playing time, leaving with less than five minutes left in the third quarter. Only a sophomore, she is averaging 24.5 points per game.