Louisville's Dana Evans returning for senior season

ACC Player of the Year Dana Evans will return for her senior season at Louisville rather than enter the upcoming WNBA draft, according to an Instagram post from her account Wednesday.

Louisville subsequently confirmed that Evans intends to return.

"After this season came to an abrupt halt, I had many discussions with my family, Coach Walz and the coaching staff about my future," Evans wrote in her post. "I have decided that the best thing for me is to return to Louisville for my senior season."

A 5-foot-6 guard, Evans averaged 18 points and 4.2 assists per game this season. Both marks led the Cardinals and represented career highs for the junior. She was also the ACC's most prolific and accurate 3-point shooter, making 43.1 percent of her 209 attempts.

While she played significant minutes in each of her first two seasons, her development as a junior was crucial for a team that had to replace Asia Durr, the two-time ACC Player of the Year who was the No. 2 pick in last year's WNBA draft. With Evans leading the way, Louisville won the ACC regular-season championship this season and finished with a 28-4 record.

"We are excited Dana decided to come back for her senior year," Louisville coach Jeff Walz told ESPN. "We were supportive of her and her family as she was making the decision to enter the draft or return to school. Dana has been a very key part of our success, and I am excited about the team we will have this upcoming season."

Evans announced her decision to return the same week that Texas A&M star Chennedy Carter announced she would forgo her final season to enter the draft. Carter joined UConn's Megan Walker and Oregon's Satou Sabally as underclassmen available in the April 17 draft.

Evans was eligible to declare for the draft because she turns 22 in the same calendar year as the draft.