Daughter of Damon and Shwanda Evans; has three brothers (Damon Evans Jr., Justin Mitchell, Lawrence Jones).
Majored in sport administration.
Dana grew up in Gary, Indiana, where although she did not play basketball until the fourth grade, she immediately excelled at it. She was praised for her skills on defense, and was said to have garnered an offer to play college basketball by Valparaiso head coach Keith Freeman in the sixth grade. The first girl from Gary to make it to the McDonald's All-American Game, Evans averaged over 35 points per game in her senior season, also winning three Class 4A sectional titles for West Side Leadership Academy.
HIGH SCHOOL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
A five-star prospect that is ranked ninth overall in the class of 2017, according to espnW HoopGurlz.
The No. 3 recruit by ProspectsNation, seventh by All-Star Girls Report, and 10th by Preferred Athlete Scouting Service.
Named a McDonald's All-American Team and Jordan Brand All-Star selection in 2017.
Ranks sixth in Indiana history with 2,832 points
Led West Side to back-to-back Class 4A sectional titles and three in the last four years
Averaged 35.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 4.8 steals as a senior.
IBCA Supreme Underclass All-State in 2015, 2016
Named a Naismith High School All-American and earned USA Today all-Indiana first team accolade in 2016.
Helped USA Basketball to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U-18 championship in Valdivia, Chile.
Averaged 35.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in her junior season.
Started all 23 contests as a freshman, producing 21.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists, before contributing 26.0 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.0 steals as a sophomore.
A 2015 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association underclass all-state honoree.
Chose Louisville over Purdue and Tennessee.
FRESHMAN YEAR AT LOUISVILLE
Freshman Year (2017-18):
Named ACC All-Freshman Team.
Led all ACC freshmen, ranked 11th in the league with 3.7 assists per game.
Ranked fourth in ACC with 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Led Cards in assists 16 times.
Arica Carter (151) and Dana Evans (134) both eclipsed the 100-assist plateau on the season.
Her 1.3 steals ranked fourth amongst ACC freshmen.
Averaged 5.1 points per game.
Nine points, all in first half, vs. MSU in national semifinal vs. Mississippi State on 3/30.
Five assists and zero turnovers in regional final vs. Oregon State on 3/25.
8 assists and 1 turnover at BC on 2/15.
9 points on 2-2 shooting from deep at Miami on 1/25.
8 points on 2-3 shooting from deep and 7 assists at Pitt on 1/18.
Tied career high with 14 points, while shooting 8-8 from FT line in first career start at Air Force.
First career double-double with 11 points and 10 assists vs. UK on 12/17.
Career high 14 points and 7 assists vs. MSU on 11/24.
Career high 7 rebounds, while adding six points, five assists and two steals vs. Toledo on 11/14.
11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and was 6-8 from FT line in debut vs. SEMO on 11/10.
Named to Preseason ACC Newcomer Watch List.
SOPHOMORE YEAR AT LOUISVILLE
Sophomore Year (2018-19):
Named ACC Sixth Player of the Year
Named to ACC All-Academic team.
Played in all 36 games with five starts, averaging a career-high 10.4 points and 4.0 assists, while shooting 50-130 (.385) from 3-point range.
After starting the first two games, has come off the bench in 31 of the last 34.
In 16 ACC games, averaged 10.1 points, while shooting 33-73 (.452) from deep.
Against AP Top 25 teams, averaged 10.1 points, shooting 20-51 (.395) from deep, and 3.8 assists.
Ranked third in ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2), 10th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (.385) and eighth in assists (4.0 per game)
In ACC play, ranked fourth in 3-pt. field goal percentage (.452), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9), 12th in assists (3.9 per game) and 14th in 3-pt. field goals (2.1 per game).
Went 36-92 (.391) from deep in last 17 games, was 14-38 (.368) in first 19 games.
Led Louisville with 4.0 assists per game and ranked third with 10.4 points per game.
Recorded 100-plus assists as a freshman (134) and a sophomore (145).
Tied career high with five steals in regional final vs. UConn on 3/31.
10 points on 4-10 shooting with three assists in second round vs. Michigan on 3/24.
13 points on 4-8 shooting with team high five assists and six rebounds in first round vs. Robert Morris on 3/22.
Tallied game-high six assists in career-high 38 minutes vs. Notre Dame in ACC Championship on 3/10.
15 points on 6-12 shooting with team-high five assists vs. Clemson in ACC quarterfinals on 3/8.
15 points on 6-13 shooting with team-high six assists and three steals vs. NC State on 2/28.
Tied career high with 34 minutes, team-high 13 points on 5-10 shooting, team-high six assists and three steals at Virginia on 2/21.
14 points on 5-13 shooting (4-7 from 3-pt. range) with four assists vs. Miami (Fla.) on 2/17.
12 points on 4-8 shooting (4-7 from 3-pt. range) with six rebounds, four assists and four steals vs. Syracuse on 2/7.
15 points on 6-10 shooting with five assists at Clemson on 2/2.
20 points on career-best 5-10 3-pt. shooting with team-high four assists vs. UConn on 1/31.
Team-high 16 points with career-highs in 3-pt. field goals (four) and rebounds (seven) vs. Pitt on 1/27.
14 points on 6-6 shooting (2-2 3-pt. shooting) with team-high four assists vs. Virginia on 1/17.
16 points on 5-7 shooting with four assists and career-high five steals at Duke on 1/6.
10 points on 3-8 shooting with three rebounds vs. North Carolina on 1/3.
Career-high 34 minutes at CMU on 12/20, finished with six points on 2-10 shooting, 0-4 from deep.
Career-high 21 points on 8-12 shooting, along with team-high six assists and career-high four steals vs. NKU on 12/15.
10 points on 4-7 shooting with two assists vs. Kentucky on 12/9.
11 points with season-high five assists vs. UT Martin on 12/4.
Scored career-high 17 points on 5-8 shooting with three assists and two steals vs. TSU on 12/2.
Tied career-high with 14 points and team-high six assists vs. Miami (Ohio) on 11/26.
11 points on 4-7 shooting with team-high six assists vs. Hartford on 11/24.
Scored 11 points on 5-8 shooting with team-high six assists vs. ASU on 11/23.
Posted team-high nine assists and two steals at UTC on 11/9..
JUNIOR YEAR AT LOUISVILLE
Junior Year (2019-20):
Named ACC Player of the Year, the first player in ACC history to go from Sixth Player of the Year to ACC Player of the Year.
Named All-ACC First Team, All-ACC Academic Team and All-ACC Tournament Team.
Named one of 10 WBCA All-Americans, joining Angel McCoughtry and Asia Durr as one of three WBCA All-Americans in program history.
Named Associated Press Second Team All-American, USBWA Second Team All-American.
Named Wooden Award National Ballot, Dawn Staley Midseason Watch List, Citizen Naismith Trophy Semifinalist, Ann Meyers Drysdale Finalist and Wade Trophy Midseason Watch List.
Played in 30 games with 29 starts, leading the team with 18.0 points 4.2 assists and 90 made 3-pointers.
Named All-ACC Tournament team after averaging 19.5 points and knocking down nine 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting.
In five games against AP Top 25 teams, averaged 16.6 points, 6.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds.
Made 90 3-pointers this season, which ranks 8th all-time in program history. Was six away from tying Shoni Schimmel (2012-13) and Asia Durr (2018-19) for sixth with 96.
Led the league and ranked 12th in the country with 90 made 3-pointers.
Shot 43.1 percent from beyond the arc, which led the league and ranked 20th in the NCAA. Overall, she shot 41.6 percent from the floor, which ranked 13th in the ACC.
10 20-plus point games are tied for fourth in the league.
Scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games played.
Ranked third in the ACC with 18.0 points per game, 17.2 points per game in ACC play ranked fifth.
Led the league and ranked 10th in the country with an 89.0 free throw percentage.
4.2 assists per game ranked eighth in the ACC and her 1.68 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked fourth.
Missed games at Pitt and vs. Boston College with ankle injury.
Scored team-high 23 points on 6-10 shooting from deep in win over Syracuse in ACC Quarters.
Posted a team-high 18 points against Notre Dame on 2/16 while also finishing with seven assists.
Became the 31st player in program history to join the 1,000-point club vs. Florida State on 2/6. Had a team-high 18 points and 6 assists against the Seminoles.
Scored 21 points on 8-14 shooting, while adding a season-high six rebounds and three steals vs. Virginia on 1/23. Marked her fourth straight game with 20-plus points.
Named ACC Player of the Week by the league and College Sports Madness after averaging a team-high 24.5 points per game, while shooting 48 percent from the floor in road wins at Boston College and North Carolina. She also was 10-of-17 from 3-point range and a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line.
Led the team with 23 points while adding six assists in the Cards’ 74-67 win at North Carolina.
Scored 27 points and tied career-high with seven made 3’s (7-10) at BC. Shot 7-8 from 3-pt range to open game.
Finished with team-high 20 points and 9 assists vs. Wake Forest on 1/12.
Knocked down career-high seven 3-pointers (7-13) en route to scoring 27 points at Clemson on 1/2.
Played career-high 50 minutes in 71-63 double-overtime win at UT Martin (22 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds).
Named College Sports Madness ACC Player of the Week after recording second career double-double with 18 points and 10 assists at Kentucky (12/15). Both of her double-double have occured at Kentucky.
Named espnW and USBWA National Player of the Week, ACC Player of the Week and Paradise Jam MVP after averaging 21.3 points, while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 11-21 (.524) from 3-point range.
17 points and six assists, while knocking down clutch 3-pointer five feet beyond arc to put Cards up nine in 72-62 win over No. 1 Oregon.
Career-high 28 points, while knocking down career-high six 3-pointers (6-9) vs. Oklahoma State.
Finished with 20 points and team-high 8 assists vs. Boise St. 11/24.
Team-high 18 points on 8-12 shooting, 2-5 from 3-point range, vs. Chattanooga on 11/21.
Career-high 24 ponts on 6-18 shootiong, 2-3 from deep and 10-11 from the line, while adding six rebounds vs. CMU.
Scored 12 points on 5-12 shooting, 2-6 from 3-point range, against Murray State on 11/8.
Led the Cardinals with 19 points and knocked down three 3-pointers (3-6) vs. WKU on 11/5.
Named to Wooden Award Watch List.
Named preseason All-ACC by Blue Ribbon Panel.
SENIOR YEAR AT LOUISVILLE
Senior Year (2020-21):
Selected with the 13th pick by the Dallas Wings in the 2021 WNBA Draft. Evans is the 14th Louisville player selected in the history of the WNBA Draft. Of the 14 WNBA Draft picks, 12 have played under head coach Jeff Walz. Louisville's six selections over the past three WNBA Drafts are tied with Baylor for most in country.
Named WBCA Coaches' All-American for the second straight season. She is just the third Louisville player to earn WBCA Coaches' All-American team honors, the others being Angel McCoughtry in 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 and Asia Durr in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Named Associated Press First Team All-American. She is just the third player in program history to be named an AP First Team All-American, joined by Angel McCoughtry (2008-09) and Asia Durr (2017-18; 2018-19). Last season, Evans was named an AP Second Team All-American.
Named USBWA, Wooden Award, espnW, Senior CLASS Award and Sports Illustrated First Team All-American.
Named one of four Finalists for Naismith’s Women’s Trophy and the Wade Trophy.
Named ACC Player of the Year for second consecutive season, joining Asia Durr as the only players in program history to earn conference player of the year multiple times. She is the ninth player in ACC history to win the award in back-to-back years. Last season, she became the first player in league history to go from winning ACC Sixth Player of the Year to winning ACC Player of the Year the following season.
Named the ACC’s Kay Yow Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She is the second Louisville player to win the Kay Yow award, joining Asia Durr who won the award in 2018 also after winning back-to-back ACC Player of the Year awards.
Named to ACC All-Academic Team for the third consecutive season.
Named to ACC All-Tournament First Team.
Named Drysdale Award Top 5 Finalist, Dawn Staley Award Finalist and Honda Sports Award Finalist.
Rated No. 2 on espnW Top 25 - “Evans has gone from complementary standout as a freshman to emerging star as a junior and now the reigning ACC player of the year with all of that responsibility and pressure.”
Twice named ACC Player of the Week (Jan. 25, 2021, Feb. 8, 2021), named USBWA National Player of the Week on Jan. 26, 2021 and espnW National Player of the Week on Feb. 8, 2021.
Named ACC Preseason Player of the Year and preseason First Team All-ACC.
Named one of five Associated Press Preseason All-Americans.
ACC/NCAA Ranks - 20.1 ppg (ACC -1, NCAA - 27); 87.3 free throw percentage (ACC - 2, NCAA - 16); 117 assists (ACC - 3); 3.9 assists per game (ACC - 8); 1.83 assist-to-turnover ratio (ACC - 4); 71 3-point field goals made (ACC - 2, NCAA - 17)
In ACC games, led league in points per game (21.4 ppg) and free throw percentage (.966), ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.00), ranks sixth in assists per game (4.1 apg) and 3-pointers made per game (2.38 pg), ranks ninth in minutes played per game (35.8 mpg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.358) and ranks 11th in field goal percentage (.432).
Scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games and scored in double figures in the first 23 games and 40 straight games overall prior to scoring eight points against Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament opener. It marked the longest streak at UofL in the last 20 years.
Reached 20-plus points in 19 games this season, which ranked seventh nationally entering the tournament.
Made at least one 3-pointer in 15 straight games from 1/10- 3/5 and 25 of 30 games overall. Made multiple 3-pointers in 21 of 30 games.
Evans is the lone senior and finished with career record of 122-15 (.890). She concludes her career at Louisville with the fewest losses and the best winning percentage in program history. She is the only player in program history to claim four regular season conference titles.
Excelled in late game situations - in 71-65 win vs. ND, scored the final five points, including a deep 3-pointer to put UofL up 69-65 with 56.7 seconds remaining and a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to ice the game, in 79-76 win vs. Miami, she scored UofL’s last 12 points, 12 of 14 points and shot 8-8 from the stripe in the fourth quarter, in 65-63 win at WF, she scored 10 of final 16 points, including game-winning and-one layup with 8 seconds left, in 71-67 win at VT, she scored four of last six points, including bucket at 2:43 to put Cards up 65-64 and bucket at 0:23 to put Cards up 69-67 and then got steal with 10 seconds to go to seal the game.
Scored 24 points on 9-20 shooting, including a season-high tying six made threes in the Elite 8 vs. Stanford on 3/30.
Tied her career-high with 29 points on 11-21 from the field in addition to two rebounds, an assist, a steal, and no fouls in 39 minutes in the Sweet 16 vs. Oregon.
Recorded 14 points, marking her 27th time in double figures this season, in addition to two assists and two steals in the second round of the NCAA Tournament vs. Northwestern.
Tied a career-high 29 points on 11-20 from the field at Pitt, marking her eighth time in the last nine games with 20 points or more.
In a five-game stretch from 2/1-2/18, scored 20-plus points in every game, which equaled the longest stretch of her career. Had 133 points (26.6 points per game) in those games, her best five-game scoring stretch in her career. She twice tied her career-high with 29 points (vs. NCST, at Pitt) during the stretch. Asia Durr was the last player to score 20-plus in five straight, she did it twice during the 2016-17 season, scoring 135 points from 2/2-2/23.
Recorded 25 points, seven assists, and four rebounds, converting on 8-8 from the free throw line, on her senior night vs. Georgia Tech.
Named ACC and ESPNW Player of the Week after averaging 26.3 points, 3.7 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in games against NC State, Boston College and Notre Dame.
Connected on her fourth three of the game with 56.7 seconds remaining to complete a team-high 27 points and five assists performance vs. Notre Dame on 2/7.
Recorded 23 points, four rebounds, five assists, three steals, and no turnovers at Boston College on 2/4.
Tied a career-high 29 points, playing all 40 minutes for the third time this season, tenth time in her career, vs. NC State on 2/1.
Went 8-8 from the line and scored the last 12 points, recording 20 points and a team-high five assists vs. Miami on 1/26.
Scored 25 points, including the game-winning and-one layup with 8.0 seconds remaining, in 40 minutes at Wake Forest on 1/24.
Scored a team-high 21 points on 9-20 shooting, adding seven assists, while playing all 40 minutes in a win over No. 23 Syracuse on 1/21.
Recorded a season-high eight assists in addition to 12 points in a home win vs. Florida State on 1/17.
Recorded 24 points on 9-16 shooting from the field, including converting on her last seven shots, in a home win vs. Boston College on 1/14.
Led the way with 22 points on 11-22 shooting, including four points in the final minute-plus, in a 71-67 win at VT on 1/7.
Recorded a career-high 29 points on 10-12 shooting in a win vs. UT Martin on 1/5. Made 6-7 3-point attempts, including her first six attempts.
Scored 24 points on 9-20 shooting in a season-high 39 minutes in a win at Duke on 12/9.
Scored a team-high 26 points on 4-9 shooting from deep in just 27 minutes in a win over UT Martin on 12/6.
Finished with 20 points and a team-high seven assists vs. DePaul on 12/4.
Recorded a team-high 20 points and seven assists, while shooting 4-9 from deep, in a win over EKU on 11/29.
Scored a team-high 15 points on 6-15 shooting, while dishing out a team-high six assists and recording a block at SEMO on 11/25.