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.

Asia Durr for 28, Louisville women rip North Carolina

Louisville Coach Jeff Walz sends a message to officials after Myisha Hines-Allen was pulled to the floor on a rebound in the second quarter. A technical foul was assessed to a North Carolina player. 

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.

Louisville women escape Virginia but Jeff Walz awaits

All games don’t need to be this hard, like the University of Louisville women’s basketball team trailing by 13 points at the half, needing a desperate second half rally before outlasting Virginia 86-81 in overtime at Charlottesville.

Myisha Hines-Allen keeps slow-starting UofL within striking distance in the first half.

Coach Jeff Walz not pleased with how his team started the game, apparently requiring him to raise the decibel level in the locker room at the half. After the win, a relieved Walz lamented that some players needed to expend more energy, play with more heart, and invest in the team — rather than just putting in their time.

Although Cardinals have won two of their last three games, they have struggled early, needing to overcome deficits in games against Syracuse, Duke and Virginia. The coach concerned about the slow starts, the lack of intensity, and the cumulative effect of the less than convincing effort.

Obviously not a problem with Myisha Hines-Allen who, with 13 points and six rebounds in the first half, was keeping Louisville in the same gym with Virginia. She would finish the game with a career-high 31 ponts and 17 rebounds before fouling out in overtime with 1:45 remaining in overtime.

Mariya Moore was making 23 points, including four 3-pointers, along with six rebounds and  three assists. Asia Durr was making only two of 11 shots from beyond the 3-point arc, finishing with 16 points and three rebounds.

Transfer Taylor Johnson would hit two key free throws to give UofL a four-point lead with 20 seconds remaining in the overtime. Jazmine Jones would add a couple of more to ice the win with six seconds remaining.

Dakota provides spark, Myisha the points. UofL women moving on


Central Arkansas was dreaming big, playing in its first-ever NCAA tournament game, hoping to derail the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. Wanting some respect, eyeing an upset, wearing a lean and hungry look.

Myisha Hines-Allen for two more.
Myisha Hines-Allen for two more.

Making a good first impression, matching UofL basket for basket early, owning a 25-22 lead at the end of the first quarter. Gaining confidence, only to run into a brick wall three minutes into the second quarter.

That’s when Louisville would score 17 straight points, with Myisha Hines-Allen making good on a layup and a free throw to put UofL ahead 34-32. The ACC player of the year would score 11 of her game-high 25 points during the surge. Hines-Allen, who had seven rebounds would play only 23 minutes, the only thing preventing a 12th double-double this season.

Louisville would win 87-60 before a crowd of 5,823 at the KFC Yum! Center, advancing to the second round 2:30 p.m. Sunday against DePaul, which easily handled James Madison 97-67 in an earlier game.

Dakota Weatherford provides the spark.
Dakota Weatherford brings energy.

Credit Dakota Weatherford, a sparingly used former walk-on for keeping Louisville close early on, providing a much-needed spark in the second quarter. shaking the doldrums, sparking the Cardinals with a 3-pointer and three steals.

“She’s really the only player I’ve got right now that will dive on the floor after loose balls,” Walz said. “Whenever there’s a 50-50 ball, and you watched Dakota during that game, she’s on the floor.”

Hines-Allen concurred, “We started taking advantage of our advantage in the post,” she said. “and we started scoring better in the transition.”

As would Mariya Moore, “It’s really great, especially because we know how hard she works in practice,” she said. “Just to see it translate to the game is awesome.”

Weatherford transferred to Louisville from Evansville a year ago, thinking she had given up basketball until Walz discovered she was on campus. “It was definitely hard getting back out there after a year off, but I like it,” she said.

She’s still a blur to Central Arkansas.