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.”