Jeff Walz Closes in on 300 Wins
By Jared Anderson
February 5, 2018
February 5, 2018
The Louisville women's basketball program has grown tremendously since Jeff Walz took the reins as head coach. The Northern Kentucky alum came to Louisville for the start of the 2007 and is in his 11th season.
Louisville has appeared in two national championships, falling to UConn in both, under Walz's leadership. There have been 10 additions to the 1,000-point club under Jeff Walz. Louisville has also had some of their biggest program wins and milestones since then. Here are a few...
Biggest Program Win
82-81 over Baylor in Sweet 16, 2012-13
Louisville silenced the mighty Brittney Griner and #1 Baylor in the biggest shocker of the tournament. Griner was held scoreless in the first half. Shoni Schimmel scored 22 and Antonita Slaughter scored 21 in the win.
Furthest to Advance in NCAA Tournament
National Runner-Up, 2008-09 & 2012-13
It took Jeff Walz two seasons to get to the NCAA Championship. He did it again four years later. Unfortunately, he has not been successful in topping Geno and his Connecticut Huskies. Still, it's Louisville's only two appearances to the Final Four or further.
Most Wins in a Season
The original Final Four squad featuring Angel McCoughtry went 34-5. The second most wins was 33 in 2013-14 season. Then there's 29 in 2012-13 and 2016-17. The top four winning seasons at Louisville all happened under Walz.
As the all-time winningest coach in Louisville women's basketball history, Walz is edging closer to 300 wins. The coach closest to Walz is Bud Childers, who finished with 152 wins. At the end of the 2016-17 season Walz had 263.
With 24 wins this season Walz's win total is up to 287. There's six regular season games remaining, plus the ACC and NCAA Tournament so here are the scenarios for the 300 win mark...
By reaching the Final Four
-win out regular season, win ACC Tournament, and win Elite Eight game
By reaching the NCAA Championship
-win out regular season, lose in ACC Championship, and win Final Four game
-lose one remaining game in regular season, win ACC Championship, and win Final Four game
By winning the NCAA Championship
-win out regular season, lose in ACC semifinal, and win NCAA Championship
-lose one remaining game in regular season, lose in ACC Championship, and win NCAA Championship
-lose two remaining games in regular season, win ACC Championship, and win NCAA Championship
*Note: based off Louisville receiving a top four seed in ACC Tournament and receiving a double bye*
There are six scenarios in which the 300 win mark this season, so the feat is possible. Keep following the Cards to see when win #300 happens. Their next game is at home Wednesday night against Clemson, one of three home games remaining.