University of Louisville Magazine

WINTER-SPRING 2018

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37 WINTER/SPRING 2018 regular season game, Durr gave all the credit for her performance to her teammates. Encouraging her teammates to be the best, to play strong, to be in top shape, and to keep positive is where Durr truly shines. All season Durr counseled freshman point guard Dana Evans. She kept up freshman guard Lindsey Duvall's spirits after Duvall suffered an injury. She pushed freshman Loretta Kakala to stay in shape even when she isn't getting playing time on the court. "I'm just trying to stay in their corner with posi- tive things," Durr said. It's good training for Durr's future, which includes plans to become a coach or trainer after playing professional ball. "I would maybe like to be a high school coach or something like that, teaching kids the game of basketball. I just love to teach people the game and see how they can grow." A born leader, but always refreshingly humble. If Durr won't acknowledge her leading role on the team, her teammates certainly will. "Playing with her at USA Olympic trials, I really got to see what Asia is capable of doing and now everyone is seeing what she is capable of doing," Hines-Allen said. "I think she is the best player in college basketball, and I'm just happy she is on my team." "I'M JUST HAPPY SHE IS ON MY TEAM." – MYISHA HINES-ALLEN The 2017-18 season has been good to the Louisville Cardinals women's basketball team. Really good. But as the team prepares to start the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history, they're not content with settling for a really good season — they've got a champi- onship in their sights. "We've got more business to take care of here," said senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen. The list of accomplishments thus far is long. • The Cardinals ended the regular season with a 29-2 record, the most regular season wins in school history. • They clinched the ACC regular season title for the first time. • They won the ACC tournament as a No. 1 seed, and Hines-Allen was named MVP. • Junior guard Asia Durr is ACC Player of the Year. • Jeff Walz is ACC Coach of the Year. • Durr and Hines-Allen were named to the All-ACC First Team, while freshman guard Dana Evans was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team. • Hines-Allen was named to the USA Today All-American third team. Durr was named to the first team. The stellar results are a combination of hard work and an undeniable team chemistry. "It's a unique group," Walz said. "It's been the most enjoyable year that I've had and it's not because we're 29-2. This season our team chem- istry is so good. Our locker room is really good. How they handle themselves is fantastic." Walz said he knew this team was special from the first week they played together. Nevertheless, as the team prepares to enter post-season play, Walz and his coaching staff are concentrating on making them even better. "Now it's just a matter of getting them dialed in to realize that we've got to be sharper," Walz said. "We have to approach every game like it's the last because it is." NOT THROWING AWAY THEIR SHOT Cardinals seek to cap off a stellar season with tournament wins FOR AWARDS. EDITOR'S NOTE: This magazine was printed prior to the start of the 2018 NCAA tournament. For the latest updates, visit gocards.com.

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