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Streak snapped, Louisville looks to bounce back

After a tough loss to a fierce Norte Dame team, the Cardinals are ready to return to the court, begin a new streak. Before their loss they had won 15 straight. No heads are hung, ready for their next game Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh, PA -- The 12th ranked Louisville Cardinals fly north to face the Pittsburgh Panthers on Thursday.

Snapped Streak

The Cardinals' 15-game win streak was snapped as the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish edged Louisville in a 66-61 decision.

The Fighting Irish took sole possession of the ACC in the victory.

Last Time Out

The Cardinals suffered their first ACC loss of the season in a hard-fought game against an incredibly talented Notre Dame team.

Louisville finished the evening connecting on 36.2% from the field, hitting 25-of-69 shots. The Cardinals dominated the glass outrebounding the Fighting Irish, 44-35. Louisville also held Notre Dame to an uncharacteristic two made shots from beyond the arc.

The Cardinals had three players hit double-figures: Myisha Hines-Allen paced the Cardinals tallying 16 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Mariya Moore fell close behind racking up 12 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out three assists. Briahanna Jackson added 11 points, six rebounds and came up with

For the Irish, four players grabbed double-figures: Arike Ogunbowale led Notre Dame putting up 15 points. Brianna Turner and Madison Cable chipped in 13 points apiece. Cable also pulled down 12 rebounds, 11 defensive, to earn her third double-double on the season. Rounding out the top scorers, Lindsay Allen chipped in 12 points.

Power Players

Myisha Hines-Allen leads Louisville in scoring putting up 15.6 points and pulling down 7.7 rebounds while connecting on 51.7% of her shots. Mariya Moore sits at second racking up 14.7 points while dishing out 110 assists on the season. Briahanna Jackson is tallying 12 points and collecting a team-best 54 steals. Asia Durr rounds out the top scorers chipping in 11.4 points per game. Durr has collected double-digits in nine of the last ten matches.

Cortnee Walton leads the Cardinals on the offensive glass, pulling down 99 on the season while chipping in 6 points per game.

Scouting the Panthers

Pitt has fallen in seven of their nine games. The Panthers most recent loss was at the hands of Wake Forest in a 60-49 decision at home.

Pitt shot 28.8% from the field and connected on only 3-of-17 from beyond the arc.

The Panthers' defense struggled against Wake Forest's transition offense allowing 12 fast break points.

Despite Pitt's effort on the boards, outrebounding the Demon Deacons 34-33, the Panthers could not capitalize on the 19 Wake Forest turnovers, converting them into only nine points.

Stasha Carey paced the Panthers, putting up 11 points and blocking two shots. Brenna Wise racked up nine points and pulled down seven rebounds. Yacine Diop rounded out the top scorers adding nine points.

On the season, Wise leads the Panthers in scoring tallying 10.5 points per game and grabbing 7.6 boards. Kalista Walters is racking up 10 points and connecting on 51.8% from the field. Diop and Carey are chipping in 9.7 and 9.2 points per game respectively.

Nationally, Pitt ranks 10th in blocked shots with 130 on the season and 14th in blocked shots per game with 5.7.

The Cardinals and the Panthers tip off at 7:01 PM. The contest will air on ESPN3.