The individual accolades are flowing her way but Myisha Hines-Allen wants something much bigger.

The University of Louisville sophomore is going to need some extra walls to display all the awards she has earned for leading her women’s basketball team to a 25-7 won-lost record overall and a 15-1 mark and second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Following the season, Hines-Allen  was named ACC Player of the Year and a member of the ACC all-tournament team.

She was named ACC Player of the Week a third time during the season after she hit 11 of 14 shots against Pittsburgh in the regular season finale against Pittsburgh. She averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while scoring 20 points in 11 outings.

More honors to come, including the possibility of first team of the Associated Press All-America team. She also made one All-America team, being picked on the five-member team of College Sports Madness, a popular Internet web site. Other members included Breanna Stewart, UConn; Jamie Weisner, Oregon State; A’ja Wilson, South Carolina; and Makayla Epps, Kentucky.

The awards, the trophies, all the praise, those things are nice. But Myisha Hines-Allen has aspirations for more significant honors, more inclusive achievements she can share with her teammates. Those would be consistent with the stated goal of Coach Jeff Walz of winning a national championship. “That would be the ultimate,” she will inform.

Three more opportunities to make that a reality. She would never concede anything to UConn or Breanna Stewart.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.