Louisville, KY -- The No. 11 Louisville Cardinals put on another spectacular second half, led by Myisha Hines-Allen, to defeat the Virginia Cavaliers,74-59.
Louisville won the tip, and Briahanna Jackson struck first on a jump shot. Breyana Mason fired off a jump shot of her own to tie the Cardinals.
Louisville and Virginia played cat-and-mouse as each team traded jumpers. Mariya Moore pulled the Cardinals ahead connecting on a three-point shot midway through the first period. A foul committed by Lauren Moses sent Myisha Hines-Allen to the line to connect on one of two and put the Cardinals up 14-10.
However, Faith Randolph drove to the basket for two and drew a foul for a plus one. A missed jump shot by Cortnee Walton and a defensive rebound by Mone Jones put the ball back in Virginia's possession. Randolph fired off a jumper, and the Cavaliers took a 15-14 lead with 2:56 remaining in the first period.
Mariya Moore fired off a shot beyond the arc to pull the Cardinals back ahead, but a jump shot by Jones brought the game back to a tie at 17. Asia Durr connected on a three-point shot and Aliyah Huland El fouled Moore sending her to the line to connect on two. The Cardinals took a 22-17 lead at the end of the first period.
The Cavaliers controlled the second period outscoring Louisville, 16-15. Virginia was able to score five points off of two offensive rebounds. Despite outscoring the Cardinals, the Cavaliers could not pull ahead in the second period.
Louisville led by as much as eight in the second period after Durr fired off a three-point shot and Jackson drove to the bucket for two. However, the Cavaliers cut the lead to one after going on a 13-5 run.
Virginia connected on back to back threes from J'Kyra Brown and Huland El. A steal by Randolph and a foul by Jackson put Mikayla Venson at the charity stripe to connect on two shots. Louisville led 34-33 with 2:18 remaining in the half.
The Cardinals were able to muster up a four-point lead going into the half, pushing ahead of the Cavaliers, 37-33.
Mariya Moore paced the Cardinals putting up 16 points in the first half as she connected on 5-of-10 from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Louisville shot 50% from downtown in the first half firing off five three-point shots.
Out of the half, Cortnee Walton connected on a jump shot to extend the Cardinals lead, but Faith Randolph countered with a layup.
Myisha Hines-Allen dominated the third period for the Cardinals. Hines-Allen connected on 3-of-6, grabbing seven points for Louisville. The Cardinals capitalized in the paint grabbing 10 of their 15 points.
Louisville held Virginia scoreless for nearly four minutes before closing out the third period ahead of the Cavaliers, 52-45.
The Cardinals proved to again be a force in the paint in the final period grabbing 12-of-22 points. Louisville's defense proved to be the difference-maker in the final period as the Cardinals outscored Virginia, 22-14.
The Cardinals were able to force four Virginia turnovers, converting the turnovers into eight points. Despite Randolph's attempt to rally the Cavaliers in the final period, the Cardinals shut down all efforts. Louisville closed out the contest on an 8-0 run to defeat the Cavaliers, 74-59.
The Cardinals had four players post double-figures: Myisha Hines-Allen paced Louisville posting 22 points and grabbing 11 boards (eighth career double-double). Mariya Moore's dominate performance in the first half earned her 18 points and five assists. Asia Durr tallied 15 points in 23 minutes played, and Briahanna Jackson added 11 points and four assists.
Louisville shot 49.1% from the field connecting on 28 shots from the field, five from beyond the arc. The Cardinals held the advantage on the boards outrebounding the Cavaliers 41-27.
Virginia was led by Faith Randolph, who put up 17 points and Breyana Mason, who added 11 points. The Cavaliers converted 13 Louisville turnovers into 15 points.
"I'm just really really pleased with the win," Coach Jeff Walz told the media, "It was a gutty win by our kids."