UofL BASKETBALL | Cards Survive ACC Tournament Thriller
03/03/2017 02:03 PM
The number-five seed Louisville Cardinals held off the number-four seed North Carolina St. Wolfpack 59-58 in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal round thriller.
It’s the second time in nearly a month that the two teams have played a game that has come down to the wire.
In early February, the Wolfpack’s Miah Spencer hit a game-winning shot as time expired to beat the Cards 72-70.
Spencer was not as lucky on Friday. Her potential game-winning jumper was off the mark with three seconds to play. The rebound went to D.D. Rogers, who missed a potential game-winning lay-up with one second left.
The difference ultimately proved to be a pair of UofL free throws that forward Myisha Hines-Allen made inside 20 seconds to play.
Hines-Allen finished the game with another double-double, scoring 16 points and hauling in 10 rebounds.
She was not the leading scorer though for the Cards. That honor was earned by guard Asia Durr, who had 28 points in the contest.
Meanwhile, it was Spencer who led the way for the Wolfpack with 18 points.
A key reason why the Cards picked up the victory was because of their play down low. They out-rebounded the Wolfpack 36-25 and out-scored NC St. in the paint 26-16.
Friday’s game featured five ties and seven lead changes.
Up next for Louisville is a tournament semifinal round match-up against either number-one seed Notre Dame or number-eight seed Virginia. Tip-off is set for Saturday at 12 p.m. ET in Conway, SC.