louisville women's basketball dominates through difficult stretch
By Mike Gilpatrick November 20th, 2017
Myisha Hines-Allen smiles during the Cards win over Michigan on November 16th, 2017 in the preseason WNIT. She was named the tournament MVP, after leading the Cardinals, and averaging a double-double nightly. Photo by Jared Anderson, River City Cards
Enjoy the break, Louisville women's basketball, you've earned it
The fourth-ranked Louisville women’s team is about to go on a short break for Thanksgiving. And they earned it. The Cards had one of the toughest four-game stretches imaginable, playing three top-25 opponents, two of which were in the top-10. It was brutal. But what’s most impressive, is that the Cards won all four, in an outstanding fashion.
It began with last Sunday, when Louisville went up to Columbus and played then-No. 5 Ohio State. The Cards won in overtime, behind an unreal 47-point performance by Asia Durr. Then, The next Thursday, after dominating Toledo at home; Louisville downed No. 24 Michigan, behind a stellar 42-12 second half after trailing 37-32 heading into the lockers. And finally, they defeated No. 10 Oregon, 74-61, to win the women’s preseason WNIT.
When this team gets going, THEY GET GOING. Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen are two of the best players in the country. They play at a fast tempo. Durr can drop over 20 on any given night. Hines-Allen is a physical player that gets a double-double almost nightly. Jaz Jones brings a spark to the court.
But the impressive thing is that different women are contributing each night. Three other Cards had over ten against Ohio State, but were overshadowed by Durr’s 47. They had 21 from the bench against Michigan. Dana Evans leads the team in assists from the bench, leading three others with more than ten assists.
They’re averaging 82.6 points per contest, and holding opponents to just 59.
They very well could give Connecticut, South Carolina, and Notre Dame a run for their money. And the RPI agrees. Louisville is first right now. And while the pre-thanksgiving RPI typically doesn’t mean anything, you have to think about the stretch the Cards just went on. How many other teams have No. 5, No. 24, and No. 10 within ten days of each other?
The Cards have earned a break. They deserve to visit family for a little while, and enjoy Thanksgiving. But the day after, they get back to work, and play Murray State at 1. Tickets are as low as $8.00.