UofL BASKETBALL | Dominant defense earns a big conference win for Women's team
01/08/2017 06:43 PM
No overtime was needed for the eighth ranked Louisville women’s basketball team to earn it’s second win in a row, taking down ACC foe Pittsburgh 73-52. The Cards leaned on four key figures for the majority of the offense, but the defensive side of the ball was a complete team effort.
It was just one point game at the end of the first quarter, with Louisville on top 19-18. The second period is when the Cards started to impose their will on the visiting Panthers. U of L outscored Pitt 15-7 in the second quarter to enter the break up nine. The second half started with a strong run by the visitors, getting back within two points, but then it was all Louisville to close the contest, the Cards shooting lights out to earn their 15th win of the season.
Louisville forced 24 Pittsburgh turnovers, the most they have forced in the past six games. Those takeaways allowed the Cards to put up 23 more shots than the visiting Panthers, and they were much needed possessions. Louisville shot an underwhelming 37.3 percent from the field, and less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
Louisville led by as many as 23 points in the second half, largely thanks to junior forward Mariya Moore who scored a team high 18. Moore stayed in the game despite falling hard on her knee in the first half, and was then accidentally scratched near the eye by a Pittsburgh player. She then went on to score 12 second half points, going 5-of-7 from the field down the stretch.
Three other Louisville players finished with 10 or more points. Myisha Hines-Allen netted 11 to go with a game high nine rebounds. Jazmine Jones added 13 points to the Louisville total, and Ciera Johnson chipped in 11 which is just the second time she has scored double figures this season.
The win improves Louisville’s record to 15-3 (3-1 ACC). They now have a few days to rest and recover before heading to another top-10 matchup against Florida State on Thursday. Tip off in Tallahassee is set for 7:00pm ET.