jeff walz one win away from 300
March 26, 2018
March 26, 2018
A 76-43 rout of Oregon State to propel the Louisville women's basketball team to the 2018 Final Four is just another win in the record book for Jeff Walz. In fact, it is win number 299 for the program's most successful coach and winningest coach.
Prior to Walz joining the Cardinals in the 2007-08 season, he spent several years as an assistant an associate head coach at Maryland. He also has ties to Western Kentucky, Nebraska, and Minnesota.
Louisville had never reached a Sweet Sixteen before Walz arrived. This year marks their eighth appearance to the Sweet Sixteen, a fourth Elite Eight appearance, and their third trip to the Final four.
Under Walz, Louisville broke a 30-win season for the first time, surpassing the mark three times. The Cards have just one losing season with Walz and the reins.
With a potential victory number 300 coming against Mississippi State on Friday night here are some of Jeff Walz's biggest wins as head coach of the Louisville Cardinals:
Louisville 100, Notre Dame 67 (Jan. 11, 2018)
Continuing the best start in program history Louisville hosted the Irish in a primetime match-up. This game turned into one of the most lopsided Top 5 match-ups of all-time. The Cards pummeled Notre Dame from tipoff in front of a crowd of over 12,000 fans. Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen combined for 67 points, tying Notre Dame's point total for the game.
Louisville 82, Baylor 81 (March 31, 2013)
The biggest upset to ever happen in the women's NCAA Tournament came when the Cards upset 1-seed Baylor. The victory helped the Cards on their run to the championship, where they eventually fell to UConn.
UofL made 16 three-pointers during the game, shooting 64%. Shoni Schimmel scored 22 points and Nita slaughter scored 21. Bria Smith added 13 points. Brittney Griner was held to 14 points on the game, well below her season average.
Louisville 80, Kentucky 65 (Dec 20, 2007)
In his first season as head coach, Walz went on the road and defeated Kentucky. He is 5-6 against the Wildcats in his 11 seasons with Louisville. The win helped the Cards start 8-2 on the season before going on to make the Sweet Sixteen. Angel McCoughtry, Candyce Bingham, Patrika Barlow, and Brandie Radde all posted double-doubles on the game.
Louisville 61, Oklahoma 59
In just two seasons with Louisville, Walz had led the Cards to the Final Four. They eventually fell in the championship to UConn. Louisville rallied from a 12-point first half deficit after using a 15-1 run shortly after halftime. Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points and posted 11 rebounds.
A win against Mississippi State would be win number 300 for Walz, who is averaging 27 wins per season. The wins are just a small statement compared to many of the other accomplishments he has achieved in his time at Louisville. Maybe he'll reach 301 in the national championship this year.