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After cold start, No. 13 Louisville surges back in 3rd

Mariya Moore and Asia Durr were on fire for the Cardinals, scoring 22 and 21 points, respectively. The Cardinals notched their 15th-consecutive win. The score doesn't reflect how close of a game this started out, if it weren't for their dynamite third quarter, the end results may have been different.

Photo by Michelle Hutchins/GoCards.com

Chapel Hill, NC -- No. 13 Louisville brought the boom as they defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, 78-60.

In an interesting start to the game, the Cardinals picked up two points, as Mariya Moore went to the charity stripe before the tip off. The Tar Heels committed an administrative technical foul.

Louisville won the tip, but Carolina struck first on a jumper by Hillary Summers. Myisha Hines-Allen countered putting up two points to put the Cardinal up, 4-2. Summers' answered with another jumper for the Tar Heels.

The Cardinals and the Tar Heels were neck and neck in the first period, as each team struggled to pull away. However, Carolina went on an 8-5 run to end the first ahead of the Cardinals, 16-14.

North Carolina pulled ahead in the second period outscoring the Cardinals, 16-14. Destinee Walker struck first, but a foul sent Asia Durr to the line to shoot two. Carolina was able to pull ahead by eight with scoring from Walker and Stephanie Watts. But a drive to the bucket plus one for Durr and a three by Sam Fuehring, brought the Cardinals back within striking distance.

Going into the half, Carolina led the Cardinals, 32-28.

Carolina dominated the first half connecting on 41% from the field. The Tar Heels outrebounded the Cardinals 24-20, while scoring 16 points in the paint and forcing eight Louisville turnovers.

Louisville struggled offensively, hitting only 28% from the field in the first half. Durr and Moore led the Cardinals with nine and eight points, respectively.

In a tale of two halves, the third period saw a Louisville team that was firing on all cylinders. North Carolina entered the third quarter strong, pulling ahead of the Cardinals, 42-32. However, a foul by Summers sent Mariya Moore to the charity strip to shoot two. Hines-Allen drove to the basket for two and Durr laid it in, drawing a foul off Bryant. The Cardinals went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to five.

N'Dea Bryant connected on a jumper, but Durr, Arica Carter and Moore fired off shots from beyond the arc to put Louisville up by two. The Cardinals continued to accelerate, shooting 50% in the third period.

The Cardinals put up 35 points in 10 minutes, while holding Carolina to 15. Louisville led by 11, 63-52, heading into the final period.

Watts tried to shift the momentum connecting on a jumper to cut the lead to nine, but the Cardinals went on a 9-0 run, holding the Tar Heels scoreless for nearly six minutes.

Louisville's defense wore down Carolina in the final period, forcing two shot-clock violations, while limiting the Heels' to a dismal eight points.

The Cardinals had three players post double-figures: Mariya Moore racked up 22 points, connecting on a team-best three from beyond the arc. Asia Durr was close behind tallying 21 points, while pulling down eight rebounds. Myisha Hines-Allen rounds out the top scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Hines-Allen recorded her seventh career double-double.

For Carolina, three players posted double-digits: Stephanie Watts paced the Tar Heels firing off 16 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Hillary Summers grabbed a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Destinee Walker contributed 12 points.

Louisville finished the evening with a 35% field goal percentage. The Cardinals continued to dominate defensively forcing 19 turnovers.

The Cardinals improve to 10-0 in the ACC and notch their 15th-consecutive win.