--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Seth Spalding
The Louisville Cardinals won 95-73 against Miami on Monday.
Dana Evans was a bright spot in the victory. The former five-star recruit appears to be hitting her stride as a Sophomore.
The guard from Gary, Indiana had 14 points and 6 assists in the win. She was a perfect 6 for 6 from the free-throw line. It was Evans’ third consecutive game with more than 10 points.
It’s just the tip of what she had done during the season. Evans leads the team in assists, with 33. She’s 15 ahead of second-place Asia Durr. Evans is third on the team scoring. Her 14 points improved her 7.4 point average to 8.5.
Monday marked the third consecutive game Evans was in double-digits scoring. It appears she may be hitting her stride.
“The points are great, I’m just really impressed with the way she’s passing the ball right now.” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said after the game; “The last three ball games, she [Evans] has 18 assists and four turnovers. She’s taking care of the ball. She’s getting it to people at the right time and the right place, doing exactly what we need her to do."
Evans was recruited as the ninth overall recruit in the class of 2017. She was a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand All-Star in high school.
Her freshman year, Evans hit just .364 from the field, and just .224 beyond the arc. In 21 minutes per game, Evans averaged just 5.1 points. She made her name on assists, though. Her 134 assists were second on the 2017-18 team, behind Arica Carter’s 151.
Carter averaged just nine minutes more than Evans.
It appears that Evans’ scoring had caught up to her assists. This year, she is hitting 48.6 percent from the field, and 40 percent from three.
“I think I’m just finding my way now.” Evans said after the game, “Last year was a lot of ups and downs; I feel like I’m more comfortable now, and I know where I can get my shots from.”
Walz spoke about how he doesn’t have a set starting lineup, and will play matchups. Monday, he went with a more traditional- three guard and two forward look. On some nights, like in Bowling Green for the season opener, Walz could opt for an outside-shooting heavy four-guard look.
“She’s scoring within the offense.” Walz said “That’s something that I’m really excited about- The maturity of Dana and just the evolution of her game as she continues to grow.”
Evans should see more playing time, especially after grad-transfer Yacine Diop’s injury over the weekend. Evans is emerging as an integral part of the Louisville women’s basketball team.
Dana Evans and the Louisville Cardinals will host Nebraska on Thursday, November 29th, at 7pm. The game will be on ACC Network Extra. Tickets are as low as $11.00.