Louisville women knock off Oregon to claim second WNIT title

Asia Durr  and Myisha Hines-Allen in above photos were selected for the WNIT first team after Louisville disposed of Oregon in the championship game (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Off to a great start, this University of Louisville women’s basketball team, already adding some nice hardware to the trophy cases.

Asia Durr would miss her first two field goal attempts, but make five straight shots for 14 points in the first quarter, giving UofL a nine-point lead over Oregon before a crowd of 6,162 on Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center.

From that point on, just a matter of time. UofL defeating Oregon 74-61 for its second pre-season National Invitation Tournament. UofL won its first pre-season WNIT during the 2013 season. The win raised the fifth-ranked Cardinals’ record to 5-0, a start that includes wins over three top 25 teams.

Durr, who scored in 26 points, sat most of the second quarter after collecting two fouls. Her teammate Myisha Hines-Allen made good on eight of 11 shots from the field for 17 points, and was named Most Valuable Player in the tournament. 

Freshman guard Dana Evans earning lots of playing time early in her career (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

No official accolades for freshman guard Dana Evans but she is making her presence felt. After a crazy fall that brought tears to her eyes late in the third quarter, Evans was back the next quarter, playing for the last six minutes of the game. She had six points, four assists and two rebounds in 23 minutes of playing time.

No denying how impressive the women have looked in their first five games. They will have five days to get their feet back on the ground, hosting Murray State at 1 p.m. Friday at the Yum! Center.

Hines-Allen leads Louisville women in Michigan thrashing

Michigan appeared to be on the verge of applying the knockout punch to the University of Louisville’s women’s basketball team, the Wolverines up 29-21 with eight minutes to go in the first half, hitting 66% of their shots.

Asia Durr scoring most her 13 points in the second half. Michigan had only 12 that half (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Asia Durr getting off to a slow start, making only one of nine field goal attempts in the first half. Things were about to get out of hand in a semi-final game of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. 

But checking out was not an option, not for Myisha Hines-Allen. She would score six points over the next few minutes, keeping the Cardinals within striking range, cutting the deficit to 37-32 at the half.

An entirely different story the next 20 minutes, Louisville holding Michigan to only 12 points en route to a 74-49 romp before a crowd of 5,651 at the KFC Yum! Center.

Senior Hines-Allen resembling the Hines-Allen of her sophomore year when she was named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year. Capturing team scoring honors with 19 points and grabbing eight rebounds. All this while holding 6-foot-5 Hallie Thome, a Big Ten standout, to only six points.

Katelynn Flaherty poured in 19 points in the first half for Michigan but was confined to only five in the second half by Arica Carter and Dana Evans. 

The UofL women will face Oregon Sunday at 3 p.m. for the championship of the WNIT. They are 6-0 in the invitational, having won the title in 2013.

 

Hines-Allen, Jones in control, UofL women pound Toledo

Asia Durr, in feature photo, was back in action, scoring 14 points in 17 minutes. Sophomore Jazmine Jones, above, had her best college game, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds (Cindy Rice Shelton photos).

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.

Myisha Hines-Allen looking for daylight beneath the basket, going on to score 17 points (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

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.

UofL Women rock SE Missouri in opener


Sophomore Jazmine Jones was in the starting lineup for the first time, scoring four of the first six points as the University of Louisville women’s basketball team raced to a 16-0 lead over Southeast Missouri. Jones would score 12 points to lead all scorer in an 80-40 win for the Cardinals before 6,054 fans at the KFC Yum! Center. The win moves UofL into the sweet 16 of the WNIT (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Moore transferring, breaking more than a few UofL hearts

Mariya Moore is transferring, taking lots of good memories with her (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Mariya Moore broke more than a few hearts when the news broke of her decision to leave the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. Like the girlfriend who breaks up without giving any reason, shaking one’s self-confidence.

Happy trails to Mariya Moore.

Hard to believe she’s gone, with all she’s been through in three seasons. She and Myisha Hines-Allen were team leaders during their sophomore and junior years, seemingly synonymous with UofL women’s basketball, ready for a big senior year.

A reminder that while “Louisville First, Cards Forever” is a good slogan, the players, often from distant locations, often have other priorities. The suggestion here is that Mariya wanted to be closer to her family in California. 

No indications of where she will wind up playing next. She could possibly wind up at St. Mary’s College, a Catholic liberal arts institution in Moraga, Calif.. where her grandfather and an uncle played basketball. Coincidentally her sister, Minyan, is transferring from Southern Cal after only one season there. 

The only hint of any discontent for Mariya was a one-game suspension in late February, with no explanation forthcoming. Moore started 36 games this season, averaging 12 points per outing, winding up with 1,365 points over three seasons.

One of Mariya’s most memorable games may have been her final game at the KFC Yum! Center. She would connect on five of five 3-point attempts, for 19 points to lead UofL to 74-65 win over a resurging University of Tennessee in the second round the NCAA tournament.

During her inaugural 2014-15 season, she would score 28 points in a victory over North Carolina. The next season she would lead UofL to a come-from-behind win at North Carolina State, scoring 24 points of 31 points in the second half.

For whatever reason, Moore was not invested in completing her career at UofL. That’s unfortunate for Mriya’s UofL fans, but hopefully her exit provides more opportunity for others committed to making the program reach the next level.  

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Cierra Johnson and Brianna Jones are transferring, too, both of them looking for more playing time. Johnson, a freshman becomes the second 6-foot-3 plus player to transfer in the past two years, following in the footsteps of Erin DeGrate. Jones played sparingly during three seasons at UofL.