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It’s a Top 25 Matchup as the No. 10 Louisville Cardinals face the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes. The Cardinals hit the road for the last time in the regular season as they face the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes. The Cardinals will need all hands on deck as they take on a battle tested Miami team.
Coral Gables, FL — The No. 10 Louisville Cardinals soar south to face the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes in the last road game of the regular season.
Louisville is on a four-game win streak and has won 19 of the previous 20 matches. The Hurricanes are the seventh top-25 team the Cardinals have faced this season. Louisville is 4-2 in contests against ranked teams.
The Cardinals have a 10-2 record on the road this season.
Last Time Out
Despite a late Boston College rally, the Cardinals held on to defeat the Eagles, 55-45.
The key for the Cardinals’ success was dominating the glass and forcing turnovers. Louisville outrebounded Boston College, 35-27. The Cardinals were able to pull down 23 defensive rebounds. Louisville converted 21 Boston College turnovers into 16 points.
The Cardinals finished the contest connecting on 43.6% from the field, while holding the Eagles to 35.3% shooting.
Louisville had four players post double-figures, three of which shot over 50% from the field: Myisha Hines-Allen paced the Cardinals racking up 18 points on 53% shooting from the field, while pulling down seven boards. Asia Durr tallied 14 points as she connected on 7-of-12 from the field. Cortnee Walton finished just shy of a double-double adding 12 points (6-of-9 shooting) and grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. Mariya Moore rounds out the top scorers for the Cardinals chipping in 10 points and dishing out three assists.
For the Eagles, Kelly Hughes connected on four three-point shots and added a lay up to finish the evening with a team-best 14 points. Mariella Fasoula was close behind Hughes adding 12 points while pulling down a team-high six rebounds.
Myisha Hines-Allen leads Louisville in scoring putting up 16.8 points and pulling down 7.7 rebounds while connecting on 53.7% of her shots. Mariya Moore sits at second racking up 15 points while dishing out 129 assists on the season. Briahanna Jackson is tallying 10.9 points and collecting a team-best 61 steals. Asia Durr rounds out the top scorers chipping in 10.9 points per game.
Cortnee Walton leads the Cardinals on the offensive glass, pulling down 121 on the season while chipping in 6.4 points per game.
The Hurricanes are fresh off a 67-56 overtime victory over Virginia Tech. Miami picked up their first overtime victory in more than four years in the matchup. The Canes enter Thursday’s matchup winning four of their last five contests.
The Hokies came out hot out scoring the Hurricanes, 18-11, in the first period. But a dominant defensive second period by the Canes’ held the Hokies to only six points. Miami entered the half with a 27-24 lead after a 14-2 run.
Miami kept the run alive out of the half, ultimately holding the Hokies scoreless for more than seven minutes across the second and third period. But Virginia Tech countered the Miami 19-2 run with an 11-6 run of their own. The Hokies cut Miami’s lead to three entering the final period, 38-35.
Miami led by as much as eight points with seven minutes remaining in the game. But the Hokies locked in and went on a 7-2 run to close out the final period. A last second shot by Chanette Hicks tied the game and sent the contest into overtime.
The Hurricanes’ wore down Virginia Tech, out scoring the Hokies 17-6 in overtime to steal the win, 67-56.
The Hurricanes defense sparked their offense as they held a 21-9 edge in points off turnovers and 12-4 advantage on second chance points.
Emese Hof paced the Hurricanes in the victory picking up a team-high 15 points. Adrienne Motley added 12 points while pulling down five boards and dishing out three assists.
On the season, Motley leads Miami in scoring averaging 15.9 point per game. Jessica Thomas is adding 11.6 points while dishing out a team-best 97 assists.
The Hurricanes’ are 13-2 at home on the season with losses only to Florida State and Syracuse.
The Cardinals and the Hurricanes tip-off at 7 PM EST. The contest will air on ESPN3.
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