Raise your hand if you thought this was how the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team’s season would start. Outside of doomsday preppers, it is safe to say that no one should have their hand up. Sitting at 1-4, Jeff Walz was dealt some additional bad news on Wednesday when he announced that his number one signee, in the number one signing class, may be forced to redshirt.
Asia Durr has struggled throughout the off season as she has attempted to return from an injury to her groin which required surgery. Walz said Wednesday that he would try to practice Durr to see if she could go, but had previously indicated that he was fairly certain she would redshirt.
The Cardinals play Michigan State on Thursday night in the Breslin Center as part of the ACC – BIG10 Challenge. In limited action so far this year (two games) Durr has averaged 9.5 points and 21 minutes.
While Durr’s loss is impactful, it is not the only injury facing this young Cardinals team. Junior transfer Briahanna Jackson, who leads the team in scoring, was largely ineffective on Sunday during the 79-66 loss to Dayton. (Missing all of her field goals.) Jackson suffered a ruptured a bursae in her knee during the previous game against Purdue, but is expected to be available for Thursday’s matchup with Michigan State. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
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