Dana Evans back when basketball returns to Louisville

Dana Evans flirted with the idea of moving on to the WNBA but in the end her heart belonged to the University of Louisville (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).
Dana Evans was sixth on her team one year, conference player of the year the next season (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

All that speed, all those points, and, yes, those distinctive and adorable eye lashes, she’s coming back to the University of Louisville women’s basketball team.

Dana Evans, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, announced Wednesday that she will be back for her senior season. That’s apparently after seriously considering putting her name in the draft for the Women’s National Basketball Association.

That’s assuming, of course, the dreadful COVID-19 scourge will have finally subsided by next October. One can only hope and pray, and maintain social distancing.

Dana’s trademark eye lashes endear her to UofL fans (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Whether she would have drafted into the WNBA at only 5 feet, 6 inches is debatable. What’s not debatable is that she will continue to be a major force for UofL. She led the team in scoring this past season, averaging 18 points while making 4.3 assists per game. She made 90 three-pointers in 30 games.

Other honors included All-ACC First team, All-ACC Academic Team and All-ACC Tournament Team. She was also named Associated Press Second Team All-American, USBWA Second Team All-American.

Dana wrote on her social media accounts:

“In my first three years at Louisville, we have accomplished a lot. Three ACC championships, an ACC Tournament Championship and a trip to the 2018 Final Four. It has been three of the best years of my life.
 
“After this season came to an abrupt halt, I had many discussions with my family, Coach Walz and the coaching staff about my future. I have decided that the best thing for me is to return to Louisville for my senior season.
 
“My first three years have helped prepare me for what I believe will be an extremely special senior year and I can’t wait to play in front of the best fans in the country next season.

Welcome relief for UofL women’s basketball fans needing good news.

Louisville women in a yawner over Pittsburgh, now 20-0

Apparently a challenge for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team to get excited about playing Pittsburgh with all those empty seats at the Peterson Events Center.

Wake me when it’s over, the Cardinals ambulating to a 77-51 win over the Panthers.

The Cardinals led by only four points at the half and by 10 after three quarters. Bionca Dunham would erupt for six straight points in the fourth quarter to ignite a 16-0 run for the Cardinals. Dana Evans making life difficult for the Panthers as well, with three steals, two 3-pointers and eight points.

Yacine Diop of Pitt taking advantage of UofL’s lethargy and post Notre Dame letdown, hitting almost everything she threw at the basket in the first half, getting 19 points.  Her magical night ending when her shots stop falling and she runs out of fouls, but good for 26 points.

Myisha Hines-Allen getting off to a slow start but picking up her game in the second half. Chalking up the 37th double-double of her four-year tenure. She would score 13 points and grab a career high of 18 rebounds.

Asia Durr maybe saving her best stuff for the better teams, with only one 3-pointer and nine points. Steady Sam Fuehring good for 12 points.

Cardinals are 20-0 overall, 6-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Another cakewalk for Louisville women

On the surface not much to take away from the University of Louisville women’s basketball team’s 91-56 win over UT Martin. Making it look easy, the Cardinals improving their record to 9-0.

Myisha Hines-Allen leading all scorers with 16 points in 20 minutes (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Despite the margin of victory, Coach Jeff Walz was not that pleased with the win, stating, “I keep telling them, it’s not who you play but how you play,” he said. “That’s how playing time is going to be determined.”

Myisha Hines-Allen would lead all scorers with 16 points, all but six of them in the first half. The only reason she didn’t notch another double-double was she was only in the game 21 minutes. Asia Durr and Jazmine Jones would contribute 14 apiece during their abbreviated playing time.

Kylie Shook getting a rare start, but the 6-foot-4 sophomore managing only two points. Having a tough time converting shots, making only one of six. She was a major factor on defense, however, grabbing four defensive rebounds while blocking four Tennessee Martin shots.

Asia Durr turning in 14 points but making only four of 11 shots (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Plenty of action from the bench again, giving the 6,279 fans at the KFC Yum! Center another good look at the depth available to Coach Jeff Walz. The more time the subs get, the more they will contribute during the upcoming nitty-gritty of the schedule.

If anything else is to be concluded, it would be that freshman guard Dana Evans is a serious player. She never takes a play off and is equally intense on both the defensive and offensive ends of the court. Evans had only six points but she also had six assists and three steals to go with three fouls.