Cards Fight for a Win

P They were comprised of several ladies who ended up playing for the WNBA. Their talents and cohesion as a team easily afforded them the ability to take down USF in the NCAA tournament. This year’s team is less experienced, but they are just as hungry. They managed to come out on top, but on Monday, February 15, UofL had to fight for their win.

The first half didn’t go so well, but as previously mentioned, UofL was able to bounce back from a 13-for-32 first half. The desperation for the win was palpable throughout the game, and it was obvious that the UofL women wanted to gain a seat in the lauded top ten that they rightfully deserve. The second half lit a fire under them, and they were able to get fans on their feet as they changed the final score to 67-50 in their favor.

Myisha Hines-Allen is always a dependable shooter for the Cards, and, like clockwork, she earned a whopping 25 points and 10 rebounds. Mariya Moore, also reliable, scored 19 points, and Arica Carter was in rare form and contributed a career-high of 15 points.

This win isn’t the first one UofL has earned from playing a well-ranked team. It was actually the fourth this season after fantastic games against Michigan State, Florida State and Duke, making for an impressive 17 wins in 18 games for the Cards so far.

Carter was most certainly the MVP of this game, and while every woman on the team more than adequately contributes to the team’s overall success, she’s never quite shone like this before, hitting threes both to end the first half and at a shot clock buzzer that gave them their second-half momentum.

At the time, the Cards’ lead was four. From there, they went on to lead by as many as 17.

USF just couldn’t keep up with the Cardinals, who finished 42.4 percent from the field and allowed only seven points in the fourth quarter. VT

Photos by Bill Wine

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Asia Durr was guarded by South Florida\'s Alisia Jenkins during first quarter action.South Florida\'s Courtney Williams has her second quarter shot attempt blocked from behind by Louisville\'s Briahanna Jackson.Louisville\'s Briahanna Jackson was fouled by South Florida\'s Courtney Williams during second quarter play.Myisha Hines-Allen took a shot while being double teamed in the second quarter. Hines- Allen halftime stats included 10 points, 2 blocks, 1 assist and 5 rebounds.A South Florida fan cheered for his team.Arica Carter drilled this 3- point shot with 00.03 seconds left in the second quarter to give Louisville a 31-27 halftime lead over South Florida. The shot followed a defensive rebound by Louisville\'s Briahanna Jackson and a 30 - second Louisville timeouThe Lady Cards celebrated the 3-point shot at the second quarter buzzer by Arica Carter ( center of the photo between Briahanna Jackson, # 23, and Erin Degrate, # 1).Seven players all crashed the boards to rebound but the long rebound bounced to the perimeter.Louisville\'s Arica Carter took a short jump shot in the third quarter. Carter was one of four Cardinals to play in excess of 32 minutes. She scored 15 points and had 3 steals in the 67-50 victory against South Florida.South Florida\'s Alisia Jenkins grabbed one of her 13 game - high rebounds during the third quarter.Corrente Walton grabbed one of her 9 rebounds during the game.South Florida\'s Courtney Williams took a 3-point shot in the fourth quarter. Williams scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes.South Florida\'s Courtney Williams\' shot was blocked by Myisha Hines-Allen in the fourth quarter.Myisha Hines-Allen and South Florida\'s Katelyn Weber battled for a loose ball on the floor in the fourth quarter.Louisville\'s Cortnee Walton vied for a rebound against South Florida\'s Shaleth Stringfield, # 23, and Katelyn Weber, # 45, during the fourth quarter.