Hoops Wrap-Up: Cortnee Walton

Cardinal Authority hopes you enjoy our "Hoops Wrap-Up" series of stories, featuring a look at each player on the men and women's teams on the University of Louisville rosters. A look back at the season and forward to the future: Our fifth women's feature is on sophomore Cortnee Walton:

Cortnee Walton

6-3, Soph., Forward

Surprise, Ariz.

Averages: Walton played in 37 games and saw action in 12.2 minutes per game, averaging 2.6 points and 3.2 rebounds a game. She also had 20 assists, 14 steals and five blocked shots for the Cardinals.

Overview: Walton was a valuable backup inside player for the Cardinals this season and saw her minutes go up and down as the season went on. She played a lot of minutes during the blowouts early on and in the final seven games of the season also saw double-digit minutes in six of those. Walton played in 37 of the 38 games and hit 49.3 percent from the field – 37 of 75. She set career highs in every statistical category this season and showed major improvement.

Best game: Walton was at her best in 21 minutes against Austin Peay, hitting 5 of 9 from the field and scoring a career high 13 points. She also had seven rebounds and three assists in that win over the Lady Govs.

Projected future: Walton will be a major key for the Cardinals next season. She will have to make some improvement during the offseason but her minutes are likely going to go up and she will need to play her role. Walton has the strength to make the transition to the ACC, while her skills have improved.

Quotable: "I've grown a lot through the season. Coach (Jeff) Walz can yell at me because he knows I'm one of the kids who can take the yelling," Walton said. "I know when he yells at me that he expects a lot out of me. I just take that and try to take the message more than the volume. I listen to what he's saying and try to help the team any way that I can. I think I have improved a lot. But a lot of that is knowing the coaches have enough faith in me to put me out there."

Fun stat: Walton doubled her assist total from her freshman season, going from 10 to 20 as Walz said she "has become a better passer."

Bottom line: Walton has to continue what she's been doing with her strength and conditioning, while also honing her skills more in the offseason. She will be a major role player in the post next season and in the future.

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