UofL WOMEN'S BASKETBALL | #9 Cards Fall at Buzzer in Overtime to #19 NC St.
02/02/2017 10:47 PM
The #9 Louisville Cardinals and #19 North Carolina St. Wolfpack could not settle their game in 40 minutes on Thursday night.
They needed an extra five-minute overtime period, and in the end, it was the Wolfpack (17-6, 7-3) that topped the Cardinals (20-5, 7-3), thanks to a buzzer-beater courtesy of guard Miah Spencer.
The two-point basket gave NC St. the 72-70 victory in what was a back-and-forth game.
The two teams swapped the lead eight times and were tied seven other times.
Spencer, the hero for the Wolfpack, went 11-of-17 (64.7%) from the field. She scored 22 points in the contest.
UofL also had a player with 22 points, guard Asia Durr.
Durr, like Louisville as a team, struggled from the field, only going 5-of-16 (31.3%) from the floor, but, Durr went 10-of-12 (83.3%) from the free throw line. Many of those free throws were crucial in helping the Cards force overtime.
Two other Cardinals joined Durr in double-figures, guard Mariya Moore, who had 20 points, and guard Briahanna Jackson, who scored 11.
The Cards came out of the gate on fire. UofL led 24-10 after the first quarter thanks in part to hot shooting, going 10-of-19 (52.6%) from the field as a team.
But, the next three quarters, the Cards struggled from the field. UofL ended the game only shooting 22-of-68 (32.4%) from the field.
Meanwhile, NC St. ended the game 29-of-58 (50.0%) from the field.
Another key difference in the game was points in the paint. The Wolfpack had a 40 to 20 advantage in that category.
The loss snaps UofL’s five-game winning streak.
The Cardinals will hope to bounce back on Monday when they take on #7 Notre Dame in South Bend, In. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.