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UofL women picked to finish third in ACC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the second-consecutive season, the University of Louisville women’s basketball team has been picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s coaches’ and Blue Ribbon Panel’s preseason polls, the league office announced Wednesday morning.

The Cardinals capped their inaugural season third in the league standings, going 27-7 overall, 12-4 in ACC play, in 2014-15 and advancing to the program’s sixth Sweet 16. Louisville received 649 points from the Blue Ribbon Panel, including a pair of first-place votes, while earning 190 points from the league’s 15 head coaches. Notre Dame was picked to win the title in both polls.

Sophomore Mariya Moore, one of four returning letterwinners, was voted to both the coaches' and the Blue Ribbon Panel's all-ACC teams. The Hercules, Calif., native was named an All-American by the Associated Press (honorable mention) and Full Court (first team) in addition to securing postseason all-conference accolades. She paced Louisville a season ago in scoring (13.4), while totaling 121 assists and 55 steals.

Louisville freshman Asia Durr was named to the ACC Newcomer Watch List, comprised of true and redshirt freshmen, also by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the coaches. The top-ranked recruit in the class of 2015 and a two-time Miss Georgia Basketball selection, Durr finished her prep career with 2,764 points on better than 50 percent shooting, 706 rebounds, 254 assists, 266 steals, and 75 blocks.

Louisville is one of just three schools - others are Duke and Notre Dame - with at least one student-athlete on each of the four lists (ACC coaches' and Blue Ribbon preseason all-ACC teams and coaches' and Newcomer Watch Lists).

In addition to Moore, Louisville regains the services of All-American and all-ACC freshman team member Myisha Hines-Allen, sophomore and classmate Arica Carter, and redshirt junior Cortnee Walton. Hines-Allen averaged 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds as a freshman, while Carter totaled 52 assists and 31 steals in a reserve role. Walton played in four games, but was sidelined for the remainder of the season following a foot injury originally sustained in the preseason.

The Cardinals will be supplemented by the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Headlined by Durr, the five-player group boasts McDonald’s All-Americans Taja Cole (Richmond, Va.) and Sam Fuehring (Wanaque, N.J.) and highly touted out-of-state products Erin DeGrate (Waco, Texas) and Brianna Jones (North Babylon, N.Y.).

Under the direction of ninth-year head coach Jeff Walz, Louisville opens the 2015-16 campaign on Nov. 15 at home against 2013 Final Four opponent California. Season ticket information is available on GoCards.com.

Walz, the winningest coach in program history, has guided Louisville to a 208-77 mark and seven NCAA Tournament appearances in eight seasons. Twice, he directed the Cardinals to the national championship game.

For the latest information on Louisville women's basketball, log on to GoCards.com, or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow the team's Twitter account at www.twitter.com/UofLWBB or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UofLWBB.

Predicted Order of Finish (as selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel)

1. Notre Dame (753, 41 first-place votes)

2. Florida State (695, 8 first-place votes)

3. Louisville (649, 2 first-place votes)

4. Duke (638)

5. Syracuse (544)

6. Miami (477)

7. North Carolina (435)

8. Virginia (364)

9. NC State (336)

10. Pitt (329)

11. Georgia Tech (328)

12. Boston College (204)

13. Virginia Tech (148)

14. Wake Forest (139)

15. Clemson (81)

Preseason Player of the Year (as selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel):

Brianna Turner, So., F, Notre Dame

Preseason All-ACC Team (as selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel)

Rebecca Greenwell, R-So., G, Duke

Azura Stevens, So., F/G, Duke

Adut Bulgak, Sr., C, Florida State

Leticia Romero, Jr., G, Florida State

Mariya Moore, So., G, Louisville

Adrienne Motley, Jr., G, Miami

Lindsay Allen, Jr., G, Notre Dame

Brianna Turner, So., F, Notre Dame

Alexis Peterson, Jr., G, Syracuse

Faith Randolph, Sr., G, Virginia

Newcomer Watch List (as selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel)

Angela Salvadores, Fr, G, Duke

Asia Durr, Fr, G, Louisville

Destinee Walker, Fr., G, North Carolina

Marina Mabrey, Fr., G, Notre Dame

Arike Ogunbowale, Fr., G, Notre Dame

Predicted Order of Finish (as selected by the Head Coaches)

1. Notre Dame – (221, 11 first-place votes)

2. Florida State (212, 4 first-place votes)

3. Louisville (190)

4. Duke (185)

5. Syracuse (162)

6. Miami (146)

7. North Carolina (118)

8. Virginia (113)

9. NC State (105)

10. Pitt (93)

11. Georgia Tech (85)

12. Boston College (57)

13. Virginia Tech (52)

14. Wake Forest (43)

15. Clemson (18)

Preseason Player of the Year (as selected by the Head Coaches)

Brianna Turner, So., F, Notre Dame

Preseason All-ACC Team (as selected by the Head Coaches)

Rebecca Greenwell, R-So., G, Duke

Azura Stevens, So., F/G, Duke

Adut Bulgak, Sr., C, Florida State

Leticia Romero, Jr., G, Florida State

Mariya Moore, So., G, Louisville

Adrienne Motley, Jr., G, Miami

Lindsay Allen, Jr., G, Notre Dame

Brianna Turner, So., F, Notre Dame

Alexis Peterson, Jr., G, Syracuse

Faith Randolph, Sr., G, Virginia

Newcomer Watch List (as selected by the Head Coaches)

Kyra Lambert, Fr, G, Duke

Angela Salvadores, Fr., G, Duke

Asia Durr, Fr., G, Louisville

Destinee Walker, Fr., G, North Carolina

Stephanie Watts, Fr., G, North Carolina

Arike Ogunbowale, Fr., G, Notre Dame

*due to a tie in voting, an extra member was added to the Newcomer Watch List

Official release from UofL sports information

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