Evans Named Kay Yow Scholar-Athlete of the Year Wednesday, Mar 3 2021 

By Nick Evans–

After being named ACC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season on Tuesday, University of Louisville senior guard Dana Evans has been named the Kay Yow Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The ACC women’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is named in memory of the legendary Yow, who won 737 games as a head coach while directing NC State to four ACC Tournament championships and the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team to a gold medal. Yow, who passed away in January of 2009, is also remembered for her leadership and courage in her fight against breast cancer.

“I am thrilled that Dana Evans has been named the Kay Yow Scholar-Athlete of the Year,” said head coach Jeff Walz. “Beyond Dana’s obvious talent on the basketball court, she has been named to the Dean’s List multiple semesters, has been on the ACC Honor Roll every year and will be the first in her family to earn a college degree. I know Coach Yow would be proud, as are we. Congratulations Dana!”

Evans is the second Louisville player to win the Kay Yow award, joining Asia Durr who won the award in 2018 also after winning back-to-back ACC Player of the Year awards. Evans headlines a group of five Cardinals who were named to the All-ACC academic team, as she is joined by Elizabeth Dixon, Mykasa Robinson, Kianna Smith and Hailey Van Lith. Louisville and NC State tied for the conference lead with five selections each.

Evans is averaging 21.0 points per game this season, which ranks first in the ACC and 19th in the country, while leading the league and ranking second in the country with a 93.8 free throw percentage.

She is averaging 4.3 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the ACC, and in the win at Notre Dame on Sunday she became the sixth player in program history to eclipse 500 career assists.

Evans will graduate in the spring with a degree in sport administration and a minor in communication. She has a 3.493 cumulative grade point average, along with a 3.721 GPA in fall 2020. She is a six-time member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and four times has been named to the Dean’s List. Three times she has been named to the ACC Honor Roll and a Red & Black Scholar Athlete. She was also named to the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society in 2020-21.

She was also named to the ACC All-Academic team following her sophomore and junior seasons.

Dixon is pursuing a degree in management. She had a 3.512 GPA last semester and a 3.355 GPA for her career. Three times she has been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, she was named a Red & Black Scholar Athlete in 2020-21 and to the ACC Honor Roll in 2019-20. She was also named to the Dean’s List in the fall 2020.

A candidate for the ACC Most Improved Player, Dixon has improved in several statistical categories. Her scoring average has moved from 4.4 to 8.7 points per game, while her field goal percentage has improved from 49.6 to 59.3 percent. She is also averaging 5.9 rebounds per game after averaging just 3.6 per game as a sophomore.

Robinson is pursuing a degree in exercise science, with a minor in sport administration. She had a 3.006 GPA last semester and a 3.281 GPA for her career. Five times she has been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, twice she was named to the ACC Honor Roll and a Red & Black Scholar Athlete, and she was named to the Dean’s List in spring 2020.

Yesterday, Robinson was named to the ACC All-Defensive team, cementing her spot as not just one of the best defenders in the conference, but in the country. In the win at Notre Dame, she drew an impressive five charges and has drawn 19 charges in 16 ACC games.

Smith is pursuing a degree in marketing. She had a 3.812 GPA last semester and a 3.71 GPA for her career. She has been named to the Dean’s List and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll three times and was twice was named a Red & Black Scholar Athlete and to the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. She was also named to the ACC Honor Roll in 2019-20.

One of the best shooters in the league, Smith ranks fifth in the ACC with a 39.1 3-point field goal percentage, 11th with 45 made 3-pointers and 12th with 2.14 3-pointers made per game. She ranks second on the team with 11.7 points per game.

Van Lith is pursuing a degree in business and has a perfect 4.0 GPA. The freshman was named a Dean’s Scholar, a Red & Black Scholar Athlete and to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

A member of the ACC All-Freshman team, Van Lith ranks sixth among ACC freshmen with 11.0 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. Her 35 made 3-pointers rank third among ACC freshmen. Early in the season, she had 20-plus points in back-to-back games against Eastern Kentucky and DePaul, becoming the first UofL freshmen with consecutive 20-point games since Myisha Hines-Allen did so in January of 2015.

ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters. The award is based 60 percent on academic achievement and 40 percent on athletic accomplishment.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.

After claiming its fourth straight ACC regular season title, No. 5 Louisville (21-2, 14-2) will be the 1-seed in the 2021 ACC Tournament in Greensboro, NC. The Cardinals open play on Friday, March 5 at 12 p.m. against either 8-seed North Carolina or 9-seed Wake Forest.

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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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