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.

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Charlie Springer

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

One thought on “Dana Evans back when basketball returns to Louisville

  • April 1, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Yes, cheering news indeed. But let’s amend your final sentence: Welcome relief for UofL women’s basketball fans needing good news. Actually any news for any UofL athletics fan would be a welcome relief these days.
    Go Cards!

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