The Cardinal previews U of L’s women’s basketball season Monday, Sep 7 2020 

By Cole Emery– 

After a 28-4 season with the first outright ACC regular season title in school history, the women’s basketball team is looking to repeat last year’s success. 

With Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook being selected 12th and 13th in the WNBA draft, the Cardinals will have some big shoes to fill. Both players were members of the All-ACC First Team, and Shook was the first player since 2009 to win a conference “Defensive Player of the Year” award.

Reigning ACC “Player of the Year” Dana Evans is entering her senior year with a lot of confidence. After transferring last year, Elizabeth Balogun and Elizabeth Dixon will be looking to make a bigger impact. Evans and Balogun started many games in the back court, so this experienced backcourt will be very helpful to next year’s squad. 

Three players were on the roster last year  but did not play a game. Nyah Green, a 6-foot-1 guard, redshirted her freshman year, but came to Louisville as a McDonald’s All-American and 12th ranked prospect by espnW Hoop Gurlz in the Class of 2019. Remani Parker, a 6-foot-4 forward, redshirted last year and was the 99th rated prospect by espnW Hoop Gurlz in the Class of 2019. Kiana Smith, a 6-foot guard, sat out last season after transferring from CAL due to NCAA transfer rules. 

The Cards are bringing on Hailey Van Lith, who was the top-ranked guard in the 2020 recruiting class according to espnW HoopGurlz. Van Lith was a member of the under 19 USA squad that won gold in the FIBA World Cup in 2019. She was also named 2019 FIBA 3×3 under 18 World Cup MVP and 2018 USA Basketball under 18 National Championship MVP.

Another big recruit coming next year is Olivia Cochran, a 6-foot-1 forward, who is ranked as the fourth-best forward in the 2020 recruiting class. She was also on the FIBA 3×3 under 18 World Cup team that won gold in 2019. 

Louisville is bringing in a new transfer as well. Ahlana Smith, a 5-foot-9 guard, played for UCLA during her freshman year then played for Gulf Coast State during her sophomore season. During her season at Gulf Coast State, she was named the 2019-2020 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. 

Even with some Louisville greats moving on from their collegiate career, the Cardinals continue to work towards success and are looking to have a talented squad entering the 2021 season.

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Former Miss Basketball of Kentucky transfers from Louisville Wednesday, May 6 2020 

By John McCarthy —

Lindsey Duvall, a former Miss Basketball of Kentucky, is entering the transfer portal following head coach Jeff Walz’s announcement on April 27.

“She’s decided that she does want to look for a place where she’s going to be able to have more of an impact,” said Walz.

Duvall had an electric high school career at Bullitt East in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Duvall started on the varsity team at Bullitt East when she was in seventh grade. She totaled 2,957 points throughout her high school career. The Miss Basketball award was presented to Duvall in 2017. The 5-foot-9 guard turned down offers from Kentucky, Ohio State, Colorado and South Carolina before committing to Louisville.

Duvall redshirted her freshman year at U of L while dealing with an injury. After recovering, she played a minor role on the team, averaging six minutes and three points per game over the course of her sophomore and junior season.

She will enter the transfer portal as a traditional transfer, meaning she will have to sit out a year of basketball before getting back on the court. “I told her if she doesn’t find anything that she will still have a scholarship with us. I’ve always been impressed with the type of person she is. She works hard for us day in and day out,” said Walz.

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Women’s basketball shows off defensive ability against Georgia Tech Sunday, Feb 23 2020 

The No. 5 Cardinals defeated the Yellow Jackets 58-47 Feb. 20 at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Ga. 

Even though the Cardinals are known as an offensive powerhouse, leading the ACC in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, the Cards displayed their defensive ability in this game. They racked up eight blocks compared to zero from Georgia Tech. 

Senior Kylee Shook said after the game, “We knew they can drive amazing and their posts can score, so we did a good job helping out. We were strong on the perimeter, too.”

Shook made her impact known early on with the first basketball of the contest from a three-pointer assisted by sophomore Elizabeth Balogun. 

The Cards jumped out to an early 12-4 lead before Georgia Tech showed any life on offense. 

Junior Dana Evans made her presence known in the second quarter, scoring seven points in less than two minutes of play.

Senior Jazmine Jones showed off the ice in her veins with a jumper right before the buzzer to end the first half.  

The Cardinals took a 36-26 lead into halftime. 

The third quarter was the lowest scoring quarter for both teams and the only quarter Georgia Tech outscored Louisville.  Even though the Yellow Jackets outscored the Cards this quarter, the Cards ended the quarter on a 6-0 run thanks to an Evans three-pointer and Jones scoring a free-throw along with a layup in the final minute of the quarter.

The Yellow Jackets struggled to make a game-ending run. They brought their deficit to seven points, but sophomore Mykasa Robinson drained a jumper and assisted a Jones layup on the following possession. 

Shook made a couple of layups along with two Jones free-throws to hold off the Yellow Jackets from making a comeback in the fourth. 

Shook finished the game with 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. Jones finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Evans finished with 14 points, two rebounds and two assists.

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Louisville Women’s Basketball downed NC State Thursday, Feb 20 2020 

No. 9 Louisville women’s basketball defeated the No. 4 North Carolina State Wolfpack 66-59 Feb. 12 at the Reynolds Coliseum.

This victory for the Cardinals (22-3, 11-2) came a game after they were upset inside the Carrier Dome Feb. 9 by the unranked Syracuse Orange. With this win, the Cardinals sit atop the ACC standings along with NC State (22-2, 11-2).

Louisville will look to enter back into the top five in the AP poll come Monday after an impressive victory.

Senior Bionca Dunham provided an early spark for the Cardinals in the first four minutes, putting up three points and a defensive rebound. Senior Jazmine Jones struck in the first quarter as well, swishing a three-pointer and banking in a pair of layups. Junior Dana Evans contributed four points and dimed an assist in the first quarter.

By the end of the second quarter, the Cardinals lead grew to ten. Jones and Evans bottomed three-point jumpers. Sophomore Mykasa Robinson made a jumper and a free-throw and dished an assist to Evans for a three-point bucket.

Louisville came out in the second half shooting efficiently from the field, shooting 57% from the field in the first five minutes of the third quarter.

A late third-quarter run by the Wolfpack brought their deficit to five points.

After a two-minute drought for the Cardinals, Senior Kylee Shook drove into the lane for a layup, increasing the lead to six as the third-quarter clock expired.

The Cardinals did not score till the 7:25 mark of the fourth quarter, allowing North Carolina State to creep within three points of the lead.

Senior Yacine Diop stroked a three-pointer to free the Cardinals from their fourth-quarter jitters and spread the lead back to six.

Minutes later, Jones hit a three-pointer to increase the lead to eight before crossing into the five-minute mark. Three points was as close as the Wolfpack got from tying the game.

Louisville Head Coach Jeff Walz said, “We followed the scouting report and did exactly what we needed to do.” As time winded down the Cardinals played superb defense, shutting down North Carolina State. With 43 seconds remaining in the game, Junior Elizabeth Balogun drilled a dagger three-pointer to solidify the upset victory.

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Women’s basketball defeated by team USA Saturday, Feb 15 2020 

By Cole Emery —

The USA national team defeated the women’s basketball team 97-54 in their exhibition game Feb. 2.

The game started off with a layup by USA’s Skylar Diggins-Smith under the basket moments after the game opening tip. 

Senior Jazmine Jones answered with a layup of her own. Senior Kylee Shook drained a wide open three-pointer moments later. 

Redshirt senior Yacine Diop came off the bench to make an immediate impact with a layup then an assist to give the Cards a 14-13 lead. She then recorded a block after coming out of a timeout.

Louisville took a 21-17 lead going into the second quarter.

Despite a slow start for Team USA, Breanna Stewart helped surge the National Team with two layups in transition from long passes.

The matchup between Louisville’s Jones and former Cardinal Angel McCoughtry was an intense battle in the second quarter. Jones sparked the Cardinals after an abysmal start by draining a three-pointer. McCoughtry answered back by maneuvering around Jones for an easy layup the following possession.

Team USA took a 45-30 into halftime.

The experience National Team dominated the second half, but the Cardinals capitalized on some plays.

Senior Bionca Dunham drained a contested midrange shot followed by a three pointer by sophomore Elizabeth Balogun to start the second half.

Sue Bird began to light up from the three point line during the second half for team USA which seemed to be the ignitor towards a high efficiency on the offensive side of the ball.

Throughout the entire game, junior Dana Evans slashed inside and made her way to the basket time after time.

Despite the loss, Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said after the game, “It was good, because our players hear their coaches teaching in practice and they heard the same things we teach them.”

Jones led the team with 12 points and Evans had 11.

The Cardinals will face off against Florida State at the KFC YUM! Center Feb. 6 at 8:00 pm. 

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Women’s basketball handled Notre Dame Wednesday, Feb 5 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team defeated Notre Dame 86-54 at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind. Jan. 30. 

Louisville remains undefeated in ACC conference play and extends their current winning streak to 13 as they continue to blow by their fellow in-conference competitors. 

Junior Kylee Shook put the Cardinals in the score column first with a layup on the right side of the basket. Junior Dana Evans provided an early lift for the Cardinals with eleven points in the first quarter. Shook sent away a shot with a hefty block, grabbed a steal and drained a three-pointer. Senior Bionca Dunham scored six points in the first to add to the total. Louisville led the Fighting Irish 27-11 after the first quarter. 

The second quarter was a showcasing moment for senior Jazmine Jones. She bottomed eight points, all of which coming via jumpshot. 

Senior Yacine Diop dished out three assists and hit a jumper. Louisville grabbed six rebounds in the second quarter, two of them being offensive rebounds that turned into four points for the Cardinals. Louisville led Notre Dame by 21 points going into the halftime break.

Jones swished two free-throws to get the Cardinals going coming out of halftime. Seconds later, Jones banked in a lofty-layup off of an Evans assist. 

The Cardinals went cold from the field for two minutes in the third quarter, but that would be their longest drought of the game. At the 5:46 mark, sophomore Elizabeth Balogun put the Cardinals back on track with a silky jumper. A minute later Shook drained a three-pointer off of a Balogun assist. 

Evans kept the formula going by assisting Diop on her three-pointer. Louisville jumped out to an insurmountable margin going into the final quarter, leading the Fighting Irish 74-43. 

In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals toned it down on the offensive end, but turned up the heat on the defensive end. Louisville held Notre Dame to eleven points in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals racked up three steals and a block.

Evans finished with 17 points and six assists. Shook totaled 12 points and six rebounds. Jones shot for 14 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists. Balogun snatched five rebounds and shot for 11 points. 

Louisville will play No. 14 Florida State Feb. 6. The Seminoles currently stand at third place in the ACC conference rankings and will look to challenge the Cardinals. The game will be at the KFC Yum! Center at 8 p.m.

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Cardinals blowout Pittsburgh for twelfth straight win Monday, Jan 27 2020 

By Matthew Keck —

It was a scoring frenzy at the KFC Yum! Center Jan. 27 as the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals blew out the Pittsburgh Panthers 83-49. This marked the Cardinals’ twelfth straight win of the season.

The Cards (20-1, 9-0) got off to a slow start early on but led 21-13 after the first quarter. They weren’t looking back either, going on a 9-0 run in the second quarter to head into the half with a 17-point lead.

Six players contributed to the win, scoring in double digits against the Panthers (3-16, 0-8). They also posted an impressive 23 assists among eight players and 15 steals from seven Cards.

Sophomore Elizabeth Balogun, senior Bionca Dunham, junior Dana Evans and senior Kylee Shook led the team in scoring with 12 points each. Senior Jazmine Jones added 11 and sophomore Elizabeth Dixon 10 points toward the win.

Dunham was on fire from the field, shooting 5-7 and perfect at the free throw line. She also managed to pull in the second most rebounds with three offensive and defensive, for six total.

The Cards dominated the glass on defense with 29 rebounds on that side of the ball. Balogun and sophomore Mykasa Robinson topped the team with the most rebounds grabbing eight all together.

In addition to her 12 points, Shook had five rebounds and one block and steal. Evans finished shooting 4-9 and with three rebounds, four assists and one steal.

Redshirt senior Yacine Diop helped the Cards with eight points, two rebounds and assists and one steal. Robinson made her stamp with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals while scoring four points.

As a team, the Cardinals shot 47 percent from the field, going 7-24 from three-point range. The bench was also a big factor, scoring 24 points in their victory over the Panthers.

This win marks U of L’s tenth-straight 20-win season, and their twelve game winning streak is their best since the 2018-2019 season when they won 14 in a row.

Louisville’s coach Jeff Walz said after the game how happy he was with the Cardinals consistent scoring across the team. He praised his players for their ability to share the ball.

“We needed a game like this at home,” said Walz. “We haven’t played extremely well here [this season], like we have in the past.”

The Cards are headed on the road to South Bend, Ind., to take on Notre Dame Jan. 30. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Women’s basketball flew right past Boston College Wednesday, Jan 22 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals beat unranked Boston College Jan. 16 at the Silvio Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill 81-70. This was the 12th time this season where the Cardinals defeated an opponent by 10 points or more. 

Both teams got off to rusty starts by trading turnovers on their first possessions. However, the Cardinals (17-1, 6-0) picked up speed with 7:03 left in the first quarter. A block by sophomore Elizabeth Balogun led to a layup by junior Dana Evans. The rest of the first quarter consisted of the Cardinals and Eagles trading buckets. Louisville gobbled up three steals in the first quarter. 

The second quarter was all Louisville. Senior Yacine Diop ignited the Cardinals with a three-pointer assisted by Evans. Balogun followed suit a minute later with a three-pointer of her own assisted by senior Jazmine Jones. Then, later in the quarter, Evans netted three three-pointers in the span of two minutes. The Cardinals tallied up five three-pointers, giving themselves a 40-30 lead going into halftime. 

Boston College (9-8, 2-4) fought back in the third quarter. The Eagles sank three three-pointers in the third, but Louisville fired back to stay in the game. Evans buried two more three-pointers to add to her already impressive total. Senior Kylee Shook gathered a rebound and five points in the third. Louisville led Boston College 64-52 heading into the fourth quarter.

Diop continued the trend for the Cardinals by sinking a three-pointer with 8:25 left to play, giving Louisville their first basket of the final frame. Solid defense and rebounding held off the Eagles for the final four minutes.

Louisville had five players score 10 or more points. Evans finished with 27 points and four assists. Jones finished with 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists. 

The Cardinals will travel to North Carolina to face the Tar Heels Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. 

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No. 7 Louisville rolled past Clemson in ACC bout Friday, Jan 3 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The Cardinals defeated Clemson 75-50 in their away ACC matchup at the Littlejohn Coliseum. 

Sophomore Elizabeth Balogun led the offensive charge for the Cards in the first quarter with effective shooting from the field and beyond the arc. Stout defensive play allowed Louisville (13-1, 2-0) to secure a double digit lead early in the game.

The second quarter opened up with a three point make by junior Dana Evans. Evans, who was coming off a poor performance against Syracuse, scored more effectively against Clemson. She hit four three-pointers in the second quarter alone.

The second half offered more effective shooting and defense from the Cards. Clemson (5-9, 1-2) outscored the Cards in the fourth quarter, but it was too late and not enough to make a difference.

Even though Clemson won the rebound battle for the evening, the Cardinals’ ability to shoot beyond the arc was too powerful of a weapon. Louisville converted 39% of their three-point shots, making 12 of them overall. 

Louisville was more effective as a passing team, racking up 14 team assists compared to only four team assists by Clemson. The Cards were also a force to be reckoned with on defense, fighting their way for eight steals and seven blocks.

Evans finished the game for the Cards with 27 points, four assists and three rebounds. Balogun put up 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and five blocks. 

Louisville will be facing off against the Duke Blue Devils at the KFC Yum! Center, Jan. 5 at 2:00 p.m.

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Women’s Basketball: Players to look out for this season Saturday, Nov 9 2019 

By Riley Vance–

There are a few players fans can expect to see putting numbers up on the board as the women’s basketball team prepares for the 2019-20 season.

Sophomore guard Elizabeth Balogun and junior guard Dana Evans have been selected to the 2019-20 Preseason All-ACC Team, and freshman guard Nyah Green has been placed on the Newcomer Watch List.

Transfer Balogun was named ACC Freshman of the Year, as well as ACC Freshman of the Week four times while at Georgia Tech. She started all 30 games for the Yellow Jackets and averaged 14.6 points per game. As a freshman, Balogun scored 437 points last season, the seventh most points in Georgia Tech history.

Evans was named ACC Sixth Player of the Year and to the ACC All-Academic team. She ranked third with an averaged 10.4 points in the 16 ACC games she played in last season. Evans held a team best 4.0 assists per game.

Green comes to Louisville as a five-star prospect. She is the No. 12 player and seventh-best guard in the class of 2019. Green led her high school team, Bishop Lynch, to a TAPPS 6A state runner-up as a junior, averaging 18.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 37 games.

Seniors Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook also show great promise. Jones started in 36 games last season, averaging 7.6 points. She posted a season-high 10 rebounds at Duke.

Shook started in three games last season, but played in a total of 35. She averaged 7.1 points per game. Shook was ranked seventh in ACC in blocks with 1.5 per game. She tallied career-highs with 15 rebounds and three assists.

In ACC play, Shook came in fifth in blocks with 1.7 per game, ninth in field goal percentage (.519), 14th in defensive rebounds with 4.9 per game, and 15th in rebounding with 7.0 per game.

Redshirt senior Yacine Diop is coming back from a season-ending knee injury last season, and senior Bionca Dunham will be completing her fourth season as a Cardinal.

Louisville has a talented group this year, but these are just a few standouts.

They breezed through their first game of the season on Nov. 5 against WKU with a 75-56 win.

Women’s basketball takes on Murray State on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the KFC Yum Center.

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