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In his own words: Is this the year Jeff Walz leads Louisville back to the Final Four?

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Even casual women's basketball fans know that UConn and Notre Dame, maybe even South Carolina and Baylor are perennial powers in the sport, and leading candidates for the Final Four each season.

Louisville? Maybe not so much. The Cardinals, though, in nine seasons under coach Jeff Walz, have six trips to the NCAA Sweet 16, two of which culminated with NCAA runner-up finishes.

The ACC is a difficult conference, but Louisville has put themselves right at the top, and this may be the year that Walz leads the team beyond the Sweet 16. They are loaded with talent, and despite having only two seniors, it is a team that plays wise beyond their years and is a threat against any opponent.

It starts with junior forward Myisha Hines-Allen, last year's Blue Ribbon Panel ACC Player of the Year, and a preseason Dishie 3rd team All-American selection. Hines-Allen led the team in scoring and rebounding last year, and looks to improve on her 17.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

On the wing she is joined by 6'0 Mariya Moore, who was second on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and led the team in assists (4.4 apg). Briahanna Jackson provides senior leadership and speed on a team that loves to get out and run.

In the interview attached though, Walz seems most excited by the early performances of a healthy Asia Durr. Despite playing with nagging injuries that almost forced her to redshirt last year, Durr still was a conference all-freshman selection. Durr would be a k