Walz and Louisville hope to beat UConn twice in season
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Walz knows that it's extremely rare for a team to beat UConn twice in a season. Only one school has done it over the past decade and that's Notre Dame.
Fuehring, Durr lead Louisville past Oregon State 61-44
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz breathed a big sigh of relief. His top-seeded Cardinals clamped down on defense again and now they're headed to the Elite Eight.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville didn't need its coach or starting point guard to roll past Robert Morris.
And with the Colonials missing shots for much of the first half, the Cardinals...
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in a long time there's no clear-cut favorite to win the women's championship. There are a half-dozen teams, including defending champion Notre Dame, that could...
No. 1 seed Louisville begins NCAAs minus coach Jeff Walz
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jeff Walz doesn't know yet where he'll watch Louisville's NCAA Tournament opener against Robert Morris.
The Cardinals coach, who is suspended for the game, hints at...
Wide-open field gives NCAA women’s bracket a new look
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in a long while there's no clear favorite to win the women's NCAA Tournament. At least a half dozen teams, including No. 1 overall seed Baylor and defending...
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz wanted to keep Clemson out of the paint and force the Tigers to take tough jump shots from long range.
There's a new defending champion at the Atlantic Coast Conference women's tournament. The favorite is a familiar one.
The five-day tournament begins Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina,...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Louisville used its stout defense to secure at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the second consecutive season.
Durr leads No. 4 Louisville past Boston College 87-51
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Coming off a loss in its last home game a week ago, No. 4 Louisville quickly made sure that wouldn't happen again.
Asia Durr scored 23 points to lead the Cardinals to...
Evans, Durr lead No. 4 Louisville past Virginia, 71-49
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Dana Evans and No. 4 Louisville knew they hadn't played their game in the first half at Virginia.
The Cardinals heard about it at halftime, then got back to doing...
Jones leads No. 3 Louisville to 76-44 win over Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz was pleased with how his players responded less than 48 hours after one of the biggest victories in program history. And he thinks it could mean even bigger wins down the road.
Jazmine Jones tied her career high with 17 points and the third-ranked Cardinals followed up their win over No. 2 UConn with a 76-44 victory at Clemson on Saturday.
Cardinal Moment: Jeff Walz and Louisville finally beat UConn
Jeff Walz has had some really good teams at Louisville since taking over the Cardinals program in 2007.
They've made three trips to the Final Four and appeared in the title game twice. Yet in his 12 years at the school, Walz and his Cardinals never could find a way to beat UConn.
No. 3 Louisville is making it hard for opponents to score
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — No. 3 Louisville's defense has been stingy since the Cardinals allowed a season high to Notre Dame in their lone loss.
After an 82-68 defeat to the then-top ranked Notre Dame women's team nearly three weeks ago, the Cardinals (19-1) have held five opponents under 50 points and a combined 32 percent shooting. Louisville is giving up just 59.6 points per contest heading into their Thursday night matchup with No. 2 UConn.
No Durr, no problem for No. 4 Louisville in win over Pitt
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Even without one of the top players in the country, No. 4 Louisville had little problem dispatching an overmatched foe.
Dana Evans scored 16 points to guide the short-handed Cardinals to a 70-42 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday. Evans got a start in place of Asia Durr, who was rested by coach Jeff Walz in preparation for Thursday's marquee nonconference home game against No. 3 Connecticut.
Durr scores 29, No. 4 Louisville women top No. 22 Florida St
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Asia Durr bounced back from her worst game of the season with one of her best.
Durr scored 29 points as No. 4 Louisville jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 68-49 win over No. 22 Florida State on Thursday night.
"Asia Durr is an All-American," Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. "We saw why tonight. We had our kids going out and contesting the way they contested everybody all year. And we needed to go out further."
Balanced effort leads No. 4 Louisville in rout of Virginia
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Midway through the fourth quarter Thursday night Louisville coach Jeff Walz caught an errant pass from one of his players, so he gave in to temptation and put up a shot. The long-range jumper clanged off the rim, one of just a few misses by the No. 4 Cardinals on Thursday night.
Asia Durr scored 20 points in 23 minutes and all 11 Louisville players scored in a 91-43 rout of Virginia, thanks to a season-best 57 percent shooting effort.
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No. 2 Louisville looks to make history vs No. 1 Notre Dame
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — No. 2 Louisville looks to make history if the Cardinals can continue their recent mastery of top-ranked Notre Dame.
The unbeaten Cardinals can achieve their first-ever No. 1 ranking in women's basketball by running the table this week against the defending champion Irish and Georgia Tech. It would be the next step toward their bigger goal: winning the national championship.
It's the first time Louisville has played in No. 1 vs No. 2 matchup.
Carter helps No. 3 Louisville women rout Duke, 73-51
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Arica Carter kept taking, and making, 3-pointers for No. 3 Louisville. It added up to a career day — and the Cardinals' first victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Carter had career highs of 23 points and seven 3-pointers in Louisville's 73-51 rout of Duke on Sunday.
Evans leads No. 4 Louisville women over Northern Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dana Evans understands her role for No. 4 Louisville is to provide a spark off the bench. The sophomore guard did that and more Saturday.
Evans scored a career-high 21 points and tied her career best with four steals to lead the Cardinals to a 92-59 victory over Northern Kentucky. It's the seventh time in Louisville's last eight games that the former McDonald's All-American reached double figures.
No. 5 Louisville pounces on UT Martin in 102-62 blowout
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville proved its potent combination of defense and offense was no aberration as the No. 5 Cardinals rung up another impressive blowout.
Asia Durr scored 25 points, Arica Carter had 16 and Louisville's defense stifled UT Martin in a 102-62 rout on Tuesday night.
No. 5 Louisville women blow out Tennessee State 107-52
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Once his regulars finally settled into a steady rhythm against Tennessee State, Louisville coach Jeff Walz found it easier to weave in others for substantial minutes.
Those multiple combinations culminated in the No. 5 Cardinals' most decisive victory this season.
Asia Durr scored 19 points, Dana Evans added 17 and No. 5 Louisville used several runs over the final three quarters to blow out Tennessee State 107-52 on Sunday.
No. 5 Louisville women beat Hartford 86-69 after slow start
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz stood in disbelief as he watched Hartford guard Jabria Ingram take a half-court pass, dribble 40 feet and sink an uncontested jumper at the third-quarter buzzer.
"Are you kidding me?" Walz shouted at his players as they walked toward the bench.
It didn't matter that his team was up 17 points. For a program that has Final Four aspirations each year, every possession counts, and Walz's message got through in the second half.
Durr helps No. 5 Louisville run past Boise State
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Louisville is fast building a reputation for its bursts to start the third quarter. And Monday night, the Cardinals needed one in the worst way after slogging through the first half.
Holding a 31-28 tenuous halftime lead, the fifth-ranked Cardinals utilized a 17-3 third-quarter run to race past Boise State 74-55.
Durr scores 24, No. 5 Louisville women beat Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz was scrambling to find games to fill his schedule after a December tournament was unexpectedly cancelled. Chattanooga had an opening, but Mocs coach Katie Burrows insisted on playing on her team's home court.
The experience benefited both.
Asia Durr scored 24 points as the fifth-ranked Cardinals, opening the season with five games away from home, used another third-quarter burst to pull away and beat Chattanooga 75-49 on Friday night.
Durr scores 33 as No. 5 Louisville beats W Kentucky 102-80
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — With his mentor across the floor working the television broadcast, Louisville coach Jeff Walz reached a career win milestone.
Asia Durr scored 33 points to help No. 5 Louisville beat Western Kentucky 102-80 on Tuesday night and get Walz his 300th career win.
Durr scored the first 11 points for the Cardinals (1-0) and had 21 by halftime as the team shot an efficient 56 percent from the floor and 47 percent from 3-point range.
ND, Louisville enter as teams to beat in ACC women’s hoops
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Notre Dame is defending a different kind of women's basketball championship. For the first time in a long while, Louisville has to defend one, too.
The Fighting Irish and Cardinals again look like the teams to beat in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville has sweetened the contracts of its longtime baseball and women's basketball coaches.
The university's athletic board approved bumps in base salary for head baseball coach Dan McDonnell on Tuesday. His contract runs through the next eight years.
Women's basketball coach Jeff Walz had his contract extended through the 2024-25 season. The details of both men's contracts were not disclosed on Tuesday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz received a one-game NCAA Tournament suspension for comments he made toward NCAA committee members and staff at the scorer's table during the Final Four.
The NCAA issued a public reprimand to Walz on Friday.
McGraw wins AP women’s college hoops coach of the year
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw is The Associated Press women's college basketball Coach of the Year for the fourth time.
This might be McGraw's best coaching job. She lost four players over the course of the season to ACL injuries and still managed to go 32-3.
She was presented the award Thursday after receiving 10 of the votes from a 32-member national media panel.
Louisville hikes winning streak to 11 games after cruising past Oregon State
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Louisville players proudly strutted around the court in championship T-shirts and hats, some adorned with a little piece of the net.
Cardinals coach Jeff Walz brushed off confetti dumped on him during an interview to climb the ladder and clip the rest of the nylon, happily twirling it to celebrate his top-seeded team's dominant run through the NCAA Tournament's Lexington Regional.
Louisville routs Oregon State 76-43 to reach Final Four
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Louisville players proudly strutted around the court in championship T-shirts and hats, some adorned with a little piece of the net.
Cardinals coach Jeff Walz brushed off confetti dumped on him during an interview to climb the ladder and clip the rest of the nylon, happily twirling it to celebrate his top-seeded team's dominant run through the NCAA Tournament Lexington regional.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville hopes home court gives the Cardinals an advantage and helps them advance.
If they are victorious this weekend, Louisville would have a short trip to make in the next round of the tourney in what it hopes is a march the Final Four.
Louisville (32-2) is a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history and will open the tournament Friday against No. 16 seed Boise State (23-9) while No. 8 seed Marquette (23-9) takes on No. 9 seed Dayton (23-6).
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville guard Arica Carter needed a moment to digest coach Jeff Walz's comparison of her to a recreation league player. But after reflecting on her days playing pickup games, she realized he was praising her for quietly doing the little things needed to win.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz clipped the final piece of net, twirled it over his head and flung it back toward the court. Myisha Hines-Allen proudly wore it around her neck.
Savor it, Cardinals. For the first time in a quarter century, you can call yourselves conference tournament champions.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Fourth-ranked Louisville hasn't had an easy time in either of its two Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament games. Yet here the Cardinals are, moving on to their first championship game.
Sam Fuehring scored 15 points to help Louisville hold off No. 23 North Carolina State 64-59 in Saturday's semifinals, earning a trip to Sunday's final against No. 5 Notre Dame after three previous semifinal losses.
Louisville’s Durr, Walz top list of ACC yearly honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Fourth-ranked Louisville ended up with the Atlantic Coast Conference's player and coach of the year.
Junior guard Asia Durr was named the league's top player while Jeff Walz earned top coaching honors Wednesday from the league's head coaches as well as the panel featuring media members along with school representatives.
ICYMI: Louisville and Notre Dame share ACC women’s crown
NEW YORK (AP) — Louisville and Notre Dame each came away with a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference women's crown.
The two schools were co-champs, finishing the regular season with one loss apiece in ACC play. It's the first time the Cardinals have won a regular-season title in 17 years, since back when they were in Conference USA.
Defense propels No. 4 Louisville past Virginia 51-39
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — No. 4 Louisville was so good on defense it was able to overcome a lousy night on the other side of the floor.
Asia Durr had 13 points, and the Cardinals shut down Virginia for a 51-39 victory on Thursday.
No. 4 Louisville pulls away late to beat North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Louisville finished its weeklong trip with a flourish.
Asia Durr scored 19 points to help the fourth-ranked Cardinals rally past North Carolina 67-57 on Sunday.
Arica Carter added 14 points for Louisville (27-2, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which finished 8-0 on the road in conference play for the second time in four years.
Durr leads No. 4 Louisville women in rout of Boston College
BOSTON (AP) — Asia Durr and her teammates were left with a bad taste after No. 4 Louisville's loss at No. 1 Connecticut earlier this week. They were ready to turn the page Thursday night against Boston College.
Durr scored 16 points to lead the Cardinals to an 87-52 victory against the Eagles for their sixth win in seven games.
"We try to take it one game at a time," Durr said. "It was a great game, but we've got to start getting off on faster starts. We can't get off on slow starts."
UConn, Louisville renew rivalry
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn and Louisville have played each other for national titles and conference championships.
On Monday, the nation's No.1 and No. 4 teams will renew their rivalry for the first time in four years, but this time with nothing more at stake than rankings, and a gauge of where each team stands in advance of the postseason.
Syracuse’s Tiana Mangakahia an assist machine
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz was fresh from an important road victory over Syracuse, and the first thing he wanted to talk about was the Orange's point guard.
That would be Tiana Mangakahia, a 5-foot-6 sophomore from Australia in her first season of Division I ball. She had 20 points and 10 assists — her 12th double-double of the season — against the fourth-ranked team in the nation, and the Cardinals coach was impressed.
Durr’s 21 lead No. 4 Louisville past Virginia, 77-41
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Louisville was on the ropes, up just two early in the second half and with Virginia's fans begging for more.
Then, with the speed of Asia Durr slicing to the basket, or the efficiency of Bionca Dunham laying in a basket, the Cardinals were home free in what coach Jeff Walz said was simply a matter of his team getting back to doing what it does best.
No. 2 Louisville women stay undefeated, top Pittsburgh 77-51
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Once Myisha Hines-Allen and No. 2 Louisville recognized how they were being guarded, the rest came easy.
Hines-Allen got 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as the Cardinals stayed undefeated, beating Pittsburgh 77-51 Thursday night for their NCAA-leading 20th win of the season.
Pitt stretched out its 2-3 zone defense, determined to stop Asia Durr. The guard was the preseason pick as ACC Player of the Year and came into the game averaging 21.1 points.
Louisville is No. 2 behind UConn in women’s basketball poll
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Walz has Louisville in uncharted territory.
The undefeated Cardinals moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll Monday, the highest ranking in school history.
"I'm really excited for them," Walz told the AP in a phone interview. "Obviously being No. 2 in January is a great honor and shows the work our players have done, but it's not our ultimate goal. We're quite aware there's a lot of basketball left to be played against a lot of very good teams."
No.3 Louisville holds off Wolfpack 55-47.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The margin of victory is shrinking, but the number of wins keeps growing for Louisville.
Myisha Hines-Allen had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 3 Louisville beat North Carolina State 55-47 on Sunday.
Hines-Allen leads No. 3 Louisville past Air Force 62-50
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Louisville put its undefeated record up against winless Air Force on Wednesday.
The test proved more difficult than most would have thought.
Myisha Hines-Allen scored 16 points and freshman Dana Evans tied a career high with 14 points and No. 3 Louisville struggled in a 62-50 victory over the Falcons.
Durr leads No. 4 Louisville in rout of Middle Tennessee
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After seeing his No. 4 Louisville squad defend well in spurts, coach Jeff Walz wanted to see if his Cardinals could defend for a full game.
They did, and they almost set a record in the process.
Asia Durr scored 19 points in 20 minutes for the Cardinals, who crushed Middle Tennessee 80-26 on Saturday night.