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Sophomores rise up as Louisville knocks off USF

Myisha Hines-Allen continues to be the difference maker for the Cardinals. Louisville defeated the Bulls behind Hines-Allen's 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Cards created plenty of offense for themselves collecting 11 steals on the night and turning over the Bulls 20. Courtney Williams didn't back down for the Bulls, posting the same double-double as Hines-Allen yet it wouldn't be enough.

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Louisville, KY -- No. 11 Louisville picked up their 20th win of the season, defeating No. 19 South Florida, 67-50.

The Cardinals won the tip, but could not score. Alisia Jenkins grabbed the rebound and laid the ball in to put two on the board for the Bulls. Louisville quickly countered as Myisha Hines-Allen drove to the basket for two. But Courtney Williams put up a jumper to pull the Bulls ahead, 4-2.

Mariya Moore fired off a shot from beyond the arc followed by a Hines-Allen layup to put the Cardinals up by three. Midway through the first period, Louisville was shooting 41.7% from the field. Hines-Allen had collected eight points. The Bulls and the Cardinals battled for the lead, finishing the first period with the Cardinals just edging the Bulls, 13-12.

South Florida came out hot in the second period, scoring the first four points to take a 16-13 lead over Louisville. However, buckets from Moore and Hines-Allen pushed the Cardinals ahead. Louisville closed the half on a 9-0 run. The Cardinals held a steady 31-27 lead.

Louisville connected on 13-of-32 from the field in the first half, hitting 40.6% of their shots. The Cardinals forced nine South Florida turnovers, converting the turnovers into 10 points. Mariya Moore paced Louisville posting 12 points and dishing out four assists, while Myisha Hines-Allen added 10 points and five rebounds.

South Florida shot 38.7% from the field, 16.7% from beyond the arc in the first half. Courtney Williams dominated for the Bulls posting 13 points and grabbing seven boards.

Louisville struck first in the third period as Hines-Allen drove to the bucket for two. Laia Flores connected on a jump shot to cut the Louisville lead to four. However, Arica Carter fired back for the Cardinals putting up a jump shot to give Louisville a six-point lead before Williams countered with two points for USF.

The Bulls went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to two after Flores connected on a three-point shot and Kitija Laska fired off a jump shot. But the Cardinals fought to extend the lead finishing the third period ahead of the Bulls, 52-43.

Louisville grabbed the first four points in the fourth period as Briahanna Jackson connected on 1-of-2 from the line and Hines-Allen put up two plus one. The Cardinals posted their largest lead on the evening going up 13 points and forcing a South Florida timeout.

Despite Courtney Williams' five points in the fourth period, the Bulls could not mount a comeback. Louisville outscored South Florida 15-7 in the final period. The Cardinals grabbed their 20th victory of the season and their fourth victory over a top-25 opponent.

Louisville had three players post double-digits: Myisha Hines-Allen lead the Cardinals earning a double-double after racking up 25 points and 10 rebounds. Mariya Moore tallied 19 points while dishing out a team-best five assists. Arica Carter rounds out the top scorers with a career-high 15 points.

The Bulls were lead in scoring by Courtney Williams, who grabbed 25 points and 10 rebounds. Alisia Jenkins dominated the glass grabbing 13 boards.

On the evening, Louisville shot 42.4% from the field and connected on six shots from beyond the arc, while limiting the Bulls to 39.3% shooting from the field.

Louisville remains at home as they host the Virginia Cavaliers on February 18th at 7 PM.