Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Louisville women's basketball -- Durr named USBWA National Freshman of the Week -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple
DURR FIRST CARDINAL TO RECEIVE USBWA FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS
It wasn't too shabby of a week for UofL WBB Freshman Asia Durr last week. She started out being selected as the ACC Freshman of the Week. She averaged 15.5 points, 2.5 steals and 2 rebounds in Louisville wins over Virginia and NC State. She was 6 for 9 from the three point arc. Her 13 second-half points against Louisville helped the Cards erase a 10-point deficit against the Wolfpack.
And, now...she is the USBWA Freshman of the Week.
The expectations were high for the Douglasville, GA. All-American and #1 ranked player in the 2015 class when she got to the corner of Floyd and Brandeis streets. A groin injury suffered last summer slowed her progress and abilities early in the season though and the Cards started 1-4 on the season...mirroring her slow start.
Good news arrived from the doctors. The groin was healing properly. It was just a case of pain management in Ms. Durr situation. The realization of such was a huge boost to the emotional and psychological state of the talented freshman. The next step was clear. Deal with it and get back to the business of playing basketball.
The Cards trip to Michigan State on Dec 3rd. gave Cardinal fans an inkling of what was to come when she had 20 points, 3 steals and 3 threes in Louisville's 85-78 upset win
over Spartie. As she adjusted to playing with the continuing pain of the injury...there were good and bad nights, but
12 points in a win against UT Martin and nine in the upset of Florida State gave an inkling that she might be ready to be that steady, dependable first off-the-bench for the UofL squad.
Playing anywhere from 25 to 30 minutes in the Cards last five games...Durr has been in double figures in each and sank ten threes. She is a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line and is shooting 79.4% from the charity stripe for the season.
With a healthy and dependable Durr available for those 25-30 minutes...the Cards add a fourth scoring option to their line up that opponents have to worry about. Blink and she'll drive past you and make a layup. Guard her too loosely and she'll burn you with a three from the corner or at the top of the circle. She leads the Cards in three-point percentage and free-throw percentage.
She's had the most impact on the Cards' successes this season of the five freshman on the roster (which you would expect...based on her high school ranking) and is showing that acceleration and quickness that made her the best in the land her senior season at St. Pius X High School.
Paige Sherrard, of Swish Appeal and a frequent analyst on the CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR uses the old Minnesota Vikings term "the Fearsome Foursome" when speaking of Mariya Moore, Briahanna Jackson, Cortnee Walton and Myisha Hines-Allen. With Durr revving up on all eight cylinders...she'll need to coin a new moniker for the addition of Durr to the mix. The Fantastic Five? The Fabulous Five?
We'll leave the titling to her...just realize for now that with the M&M girls, AC, AD, BJ, TC and 'Grandma' Walton in the Cardinals kitchen...the alphabet soup being served up these days on the Belknap Campus is a tasty dish and bottomless bowl...