UofL BASKETBALL | Cards grind out win over Virginia on senior night
02/23/2017 10:33 PM
In what the team hopes is not the final home game of the season, the 14th ranked Louisville women’s basketball team pulled off a big senior night victory over visiting Virginia, 66-55.
Junior guard Mariya Moore and redshirt senior Briahanna Jackson did not play in the game. Afterwards, head coach Jeff Walz announced that both were serving a one game suspension, issued by him, for violating team rules. Jackson was also sidelined with back injury, which Walz said he hopes is healed in time for the NCAA tournament.
The game started out sloppy and never really cleaned itself up. The teams combined for 33 turnovers in 40 minutes, and neither team shot better than 42 percent. But the home team Cardinals were able to grind out a win thanks to the persistence around the rim.
U of L out-rebounded the Cavaliers by 43-24, scored eight more points in the paint, and converted 24 second-chance points compared to UVA’s six.
Sophomore guard Asia Durr and junior forward Myisha Hines-allen teamed up for 45 of the Cards’ 66 points. Durr finished the game 9-20 shooting for a game high 24 points, and was second on the team with seven rebounds. Hines-Allen finished with 21 points and nine boards.
It was the final home game of the regular season, so the team carried out senior night festivities. Cortnee Walton, Taylor Johnson, and Briahanna Jackson are the team’s outgoing members, and each was presented a framed jersey by Jeff Walz before the game, to commemorate their time spent in the Louisville uniform.
It might not be the last home game of the year however, because if the Cardinals win their remaining game at Wake Forest on Sunday, they will be in good shape to earn at least a four seed in the NCAA tournament. Unlike the men’s tournament, the one-four seeds host the first two rounds, meaning the team could earn home-court advantage in the most important part of the season.
The Cards play at Wake Forest Sunday at 2:00 pm ET.