Doss High School students remember assistant basketball coach who died suddenly Monday, Apr 19 2021 

He was an assistant basketball coach at Doss High School, but for many he was a mentor and role model that believed in them more than anyone else.

        

UofL’s Dana Evans selected by Dallas Wings in WNBA Draft Thursday, Apr 15 2021 

The senior guard guided the Cardinals to a 26-4 record and was honored as ACC Player of the Year and a first team All-American.

        

U of L women’s basketball will not advance to the Final Four Wednesday, Mar 31 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 2 Louisville women’s basketball played against the No. 1 Stanford women’s basketball on March 30 for a shot at the Final Four. U of L lost with a final score of 63-78 and will be closing out their 2020-2021 season.

During the first quarter of the game, Louisville came out with great defense. Senior guard Dana Evans was able to make 10 points and one turnover to put Louisville in the lead. Freshman guard Hailey Van Lith also came out strong, making three points and two rebounds. Louisville went into the second quarter with an eight point stretch over Stanford.

U of L continued to compete hard on defense during the second quarter. Redshirt-junior guard Kianna Smith scored six points during the second quarter and had a total of six rebounds during the first and second quarter. Louisville went into halftime with a 12-point lead.

After halftime though, Stanford came out as a different team. They were stronger on offense and their star player was making consistent three-point shots. Senior Stanford guard Kiana Williams made it tough for Louisville to score against, and it wasn’t long before Stanford started to catch up. Louisville went into the fourth quarter with only a 2-point lead.

During the fourth quarter, Louisville lost their lead to Stanford. Nonetheless, Evans continued to fight and was able to make 11 points. However, this was not enough to catch up before time ran out. U of L took a 15-point loss and will not continue on to the Final Four.

Photo Courtesy of Taris Smith // U of L Athletics

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U of L women’s basketball advances to the Elite 8 Monday, Mar 29 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

After a win against the Oregon Ducks on March 28, Louisville’s women’s basketball team will be advancing to the Elite 8. The Cards won yesterday’s game with a final score of  60-42.

During the first quarter, Louisville had a great start on offense and scored 10 points. Forward freshman Olivia Cochran, guard redshirt-junior Kianna Smith and freshman guard Hailey Van Lith are just a few of the players that contributed points during this quarter.

By the second quarter, senior guard Dana Evans came back on top after having several off games. She was successfully able to score 13 points, make one turnover and one rebound during her time out on the court. With her help, Louisville held a 15-point lead over Oregon going into the third quarter.

Evans continued to be the star player of the night during the final minutes of the game. She was able to make another seven points during the third quarter, which continued to put Louisville in the lead.

Lith also came out hot during the third quarter when she made two points and two rebounds. Her defense kept Oregon from scoring for most of the quarter and put Louisville at a 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

During the fourth quarter, U of L continued to take the lead the entire time on the court. Evans scored another nine points and made one rebound against the Ducks. This led the Cardinals to their win of the night and advanced them to the Elite 8.

“I would just say I played with a poise,” Evans said in a post-game interview. “My teammates are the best and they are always there for me to keep me going.”

She also said she’s excited to play against Stanford during the Elite 8. “I’m excited. They are a really good team with a really good coach, so we’ve got to come in ready to play.”

Louisville women’s basketball will be playing their Elite 8 game against Stanford University on March 30 at 9:00 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics 

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The U of L women’s basketball team advances to Sweet 16 Thursday, Mar 25 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

No. 2 seed University of Louisville women’s basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 yesterday. They won against Northwestern University on March 24 with a final score of 62-53. Now, they are preparing to play against Oregon University on March 28 at 7:00 p.m.

After a successful season of 24 wins and only 3 losses, the team is ready to take on their final match ups for this year’s March Madness tournament. This will be the first time they have attended as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, and they are more excited than ever to make history.

Thanks to the top players they have had this year, the team has been able to have a successful season. Senior guard Dana Evans, freshman guard Hailey Van Lith, junior guard Mykasa Robinson, redshirt junior guard Kianna Smith and freshman forward Olivia Cochran have all been some of the top players. Because of their efforts, the team has been able to have a record-breaking season.

Photo Courtesy of Taris Smith// Louisville Athletics

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Malik Williams ready for his fifth year with the Cards Wednesday, Mar 24 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

After having multiple injuries this season, forward/center senior Malik Williams announced in a media interview, his decision to stay on Louisville’s men’s basketball team for a fifth year.

Williams has had problems with his right foot throughout most of his time playing college basketball. He started getting injuries during the 2019 season, and he hasn’t seemed to be able to recover since. During the beginning of the 2020-2021 season, Williams had surgery on his right foot and had to miss 15 games.

After recovering from the surgery to his foot, Williams made the decision to play in the Duke game. He seemed to be strong and scoring just as well as he had prior to the injury. However, he had another injury to his ankle during the middle of the game while landing on a Duke player’s foot.

Doctors estimated that he would be sidelined for another 4-6 weeks after his second injury. Now, he is getting ready to start practice again for the 2021-2022 season.

“My right ankle is doing fine. On the injury with my left ankle, I went in to get a scope and some shaving done to the bone,” Williams said in an interview March 24. “Now I am just ready to start strengthening my foot to get back out [on the court].”

Williams went on to talk about how it was a rough season for him. He felt as if he was letting down a lot of his teammates for not being able to play like he has in the past.

He also said that he felt as if he had let himself down. These reasons are why he wants to stay with Louisville for another year before going pro.

“You come into college basketball wanting to be a future one-and-done, and then end up turning into a fifth-year player. That’s not easy for anyone to cope with,” he said. “I think it was just about exploring my options. That’s all it really was.”

Williams said he looks forward to being able to bring next year’s freshman to the NCAA championship during the 2021-2022 season. He also hopes to have a good season next year, so he can prove to the pro-level teams that he can play without having consistent injuries.

Photo Courtesy of Maggie Boulton // U of L Athletics 

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Men’s basketball loses against Duke in first match of ACC tournament Thursday, Mar 11 2021 

By Hannah Walker — 

Men’s basketball entered the ACC tournament on Mar. 10 to play against Duke’s Blue Devils at the Greensboro Coliseum. Louisville ultimately lost to Duke’s successful offense and defense with a final score of 56-70.

During the first half of the game, U of L was left hanging on by a thread. Duke was looking for a win after losing two games against Louisville previously this season.

With the help of Duke’s sophomore forward Mathew Hurt, the Blue Devils were able to tread a 10-point lead against Louisville during most of the first half.

Nonetheless, after a timeout made by the Cardinal’s head coach Chris Mack, Louisville came out during the bottom of the first half with much more energy.

Graduate guard Carlik Jones scored 9 points and 2 rebounds for the Cards. Sophomore guard David Johnson also scored points for Louisville, making 7 points and 5 rebounds.

After a turnaround for U of L, the Cardinals went into halftime with a score of 29-30.

Going into the second half, the fans were sure that Louisville would be able to keep up their performance for the rest of the game. However, Duke held an extensive lead for the majority of the second half.

Johnson continued to be the star player for the Cardinals after scoring 7 points and making 6 rebounds during the second half. But it wasn’t enough to counter the points made by Blue Devil freshman center Mark Williams, who scored 15 points and 10 rebounds by the end of the second half.

“I give credit to Duke,” Mack said in a post-game interview. “They played extremely well and they made some well adjustments from the first couple of games.”

Duke’s ability to play on Mar. 11 against Florida State will be determined after a positive COVID case was detected after the game. Louisville’s position for the NCAA tournament will be determined in later days.

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U of L NCAA allegations referred to independent review board Wednesday, Mar 10 2021 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The NCAA granted the University of Louisville’s request to resolve its case regarding alleged violations in the men’s basketball program through the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP). The IARP is responsible for reviewing complex infraction cases in Division I.

This move is the final step in the ongoing NCAA Allegations case involving the University of Louisville. The IARP’s decision is final and the university will not be able to make appeals.

The NCAA’s original Notice of Allegations included one Level I and three Level II violations relating to the sex and recruitment scandal under former head coach Rick Pitino.

U of L has challenged the allegations, thus leading to the request of the case’s resolution to the IARP. Further, the university chose to refer to the IARP because it has cited doubts about being given a fair hearing by the NCAA.

“Five members of the IARP’s 15-person Independent Resolution Panel will conduct a hearing, determine whether violations took place and prescribe penalties. The details of U of L’s case will remain confidential until the IARP announces a decision,” the Courier Journal reported.

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Jones, Johnson, Withers Earn All-ACC Honors Monday, Mar 8 2021 

By Kenny Klein–

Three University of Louisville men’s basketball student-athletes have received postseason recognition in the Atlantic Coast Conference for their accomplishments this season.

Graduate guard Carlik Jones was honored as a first team 2020-21 All-ACC selection, sophomore guard David Johnson earned honorable mention All-ACC honors, and freshman forward Jae’Lyn Withers was chosen as a member of the ACC All-Freshman team in a vote of media and league coaches.

Jones is only the third Cardinal to earn first team honors in Louisville’s seven years in the ACC, joining Jordan Nwora (2020) and Donovan Mitchell (2017).  Jones received the third-highest votes and finished tied for second in the conference player of the year vote.

Jones is the only player in the ACC to rank among the top five in scoring (17.0 ppg, 5th in the ACC), assists (4.6 apg, 3rd), assists/turnovers ratio (2.16, 3rd) and free throw percentage (.826, 3rd). He has 100 career double-figure scoring efforts, including 40 of his last 41 games (17 of his 18 at Louisville). He is the first person in UofL history to reach double figures in his first 17 games at Louisville.

It is Johnson’s first all-conference honor and with Jones’ selection, the pair matches Jordan Nwora’s All-ACC first team and Dwayne Sutton’s honorable mention selections from last year.  Johnson is the only player in the ACC among the top 25 in both rebounding and assists, averaging 12.6 points, 3.3 assists (11th in the ACC) and 5.5 rebounds (25th).  He has nearly doubled his scoring and rebounding averages from a year ago and has buried six times his number of three-pointers from last season (team leading 30-of-79 threes this year, .380).

Withers is the first Louisville freshman to be named to the conference All-Freshman team in the Cardinals’ seven years in the ACC and he is the first Cardinal to receive a similar honor since Chane Behanan was named to the Big East All-Rookie team in 2012.

Withers is the leading freshman rebounder in the ACC for all games (7.9 per game, 6th overall) and in conference only games (8.4, 3rd overall).  After redshirting last season, Withers is averaging 10.2 points while shooting a team-best 56 percent from the field.  The only player to start every game this season for the Cardinals, he has averaged 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds over the last three games.

Louisville (13-6, 8-5 ACC) will enter the 2021 ACC Tournament as the number six seed and play on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday’s game between Duke and Boston College. The complete bracket is available here (PDF).

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Louisville takes a loss against the Virginia Cavaliers during last ACC game Sunday, Mar 7 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

The Louisville men’s basketball team played their last ACC game Mar. 6 at the KFC Yum! Center against the Virginia Cavaliers. U of L lost with a final score of 58-68 and will be going into the conference tournament in the seventh seed.

During the first half, Louisville maintained their defense with the help of guard/forward sophomore Samuell Williamson. Williamson was able to score 4 of U of L’s points, make 7 rebounds and managed to make 1 assist during the first 20 minutes of the game.

Following his performance was sophomore guard David Johnson who made 6 of U of L’s points during the first half as well as 2 rebounds. By the end of the first half, Louisville was down 7 points with a score of 21-28.

Going into the second half, Louisville needed to increase both their percent scoring and their percent turnovers. The Cardinals only made 40% of scores during the first half of the game and 6% turnovers. Louisville would need to make at least 20% more scores and 10% more turnovers than Virginia to gain a decent advantage.

However, Louisville only had an 8% increase in scoring during the second half and continued to decrease in turnovers. Although their offense continued to get better throughout the game, they lacked defensively against Virginia’s team.

Nonetheless, Johnson continued to be Louisville’s star player during the second half of the game, as well as redshirt freshman forward Jae’Lyn Withers. Johnson was able to score 8 points for the Cardinals and Withers was able to score 12 point and 4 rebounds during the final stretch of the game.

When asked what happened today at the senior game, coach Chris Mack said the Cavaliers were a tough team to score against.

“We missed some points at the free throw line and some lay ups,” Mack said. “Those things you just can’t do against UVA.”

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