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Women’s Basketball Candidates Announced for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award

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30 NCAA® women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates today for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to fields of 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four® this spring. The list is included below, for more information on the canidates visit SeniorClassAward.com

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Indiana State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Joey Wells Resigns

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On Tuesday morning it was announced that Indiana State Head Women’s Basketball coach Joey Wells had resigned.

The University released a statement saying “After meeting with him this morning Joey Wells has submitted his resignation as head women’s basketball coach,” said the school’s athletics director, Sherard Clinkscales. “The team’s competitive performance over the past three years and specifically its performance over the last year and half have not shown the progress that either Coach Wells or I had hoped.”

The Indiana State Sycamores are currently 2-11 on the year. Wells had a record of 44-59 during his three plus seasons at ISU.

You have to feel for Sycamore fans as this was the second abrupt departure from a coach after former Head Coach Teri Moren left Indiana State to become the head coach at Indiana University. Hopefully the next coach will stick and be able to turn Terre Haute into their self-appointed nickname of Terredise.

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#3 Louisville Remains Undefeated Beating #17 Duke 66-60

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(Photo, Pat McDonogh, Courier Journal)

On Thursday night, the #3 ranked Louisville Cardinals continued their hot streak taking down the #17 ranked Duke Blue Devils 66-60 in the Yum Center. The win marked the longest win streak in school history as the Cardinals moved to 17-0.

 

The first half was a record breaking one for Duke, as they got off to a hot shooting start going 80% from the field in the first quarter setting a new school record for the best field goal shooting percentage in a quarter. Shockingly, they were still down 26-16 at the end of the first quarter.

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(Photo, Pat McDonogh, Courier Journal)

It was a scary scene in the Yum Center during the second quarter when star guard Asia Durr was carried off the floor by Louisville training staff with an ankle injury. The Blue Devils were unable to capitalize on Durr’s absence as the Cardinals we’re able to walk into the locker room with a 10 point lead at halftime. After the game Coach Jeff Walz joked about the Cardinals first half saying “I got a text from the concession stands saying ‘hey, stop scoring so people will come buy some food,” Coach Walz said jokingly. “The first half no one wanted to leave their seats.” (source)

The second half was tougher for the Cardinals, as they only made 7 of 26 shots going 27% from the field. The Blue Devils were able to cut the game to 3 points at 63-60 before missing their final three shots allowing Louisville to pull off the 6 point victory.

After the game, Jeff Walz voiced his displeasure after the Cardinals almost let Duke steal a victory, “We allowed wide open shots like we didn’t even guard, and that wasn’t the plan,” he said. “If you want to try it once to try and psych somebody out, then fine, but when they make it, you might want to guard them after that and we never even made an attempt.” (source)

Overall, the game felt promising for Duke as they were able to hang with Lousiville despite a bad game from Lexie Brown (2 for 12 from the field, 8 points) and no Rebecca Greenwell. Haley Gorecki lead the way for the Blue Devils with 25 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Duke will be looking to bounce back at home against NC State this Sunday.

For the Cardinals, Asia Durr ended up finishing with a team high 22 points and Myisha Hines-Allen notched a double double putting up 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Cardinals will be looking to keep their record breaking win streak going when they host Virginia Tech at home this Sunday.