Columbus, OH — The Louisville Cardinals ended its magical season with a crushing 73 – 63 loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The loss marks the end of Cardinal great, Myisha Hines-Allen’s career. The senior from New Jersey finished her career with 2,028 points and 1,151 rebounds. She is one of the only Louisville players to collect 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career, second to Angel McCoughtry. Hines-Allen ranks third in all-time in scoring for the Cardinals, second in career double-doubles with 45, and led the ACC in rebounding in 2017-18 averaging 9.9 per game.
“You’re looking at a kid that scored over 2,000 points and 1,000 offensive rebounds,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said of senior Myisha Hines-Allen. “There’s only one other player that’s done that, Angel McCoughtry, and she’s pretty good. She’s right up there with the best of them. I couldn’t be more proud of her. I’ll miss seeing her in practice, there’s no question.”
Though her last outing was not her highest scoring, Hines-Allen left everything on the floor. She fought to bring the Cardinals to victory, but ultimately, the team fell short.
As predicted, Louisville struggled with Teaira McCowan’s size on the inside. The junior – who is averaging 14.4 rebounds on the season – collected a record breaking 25 boards in the match. McCowan also added 21 points in her 45 minutes played.
“We were trying to push her out away from the basket, trying to make it as difficult as we could.” Coach Walz said.
He continued, “Teaira’s a great player. I mean, we all know that. She did a phenomenal job on the offensive glass, and that was the one concern that we had was trying to keep her off the offensive glass, trying to face guard or do whatever we could. Unfortunately, we just weren’t able to do it.”
Mississippi State held a one point advantage, 31 – 30, at the half. The Cardinals shot 43% in the first half and pulled down 17 rebounds. But, the Cardinals were not led by the usual scorers. The Bulldogs seemed to have missed Louisville freshman, Dana Evans, on the scouting report because the guard picked up nine points on 4 – of – 6 shooting in the first half.
Despite a pretty decent first half performance, and a great defensive effort, the Cardinals struggled to keep Victoria Vivians from scoring and McCowan from attacking the glass.
However, Louisville came out strong in the third period. The Cardinals outscored the Bulldogs, 18 – 15, limiting Vivians to only seven points and McCowan to six points. Louisville junior, Asia Durr, took over for the Cardinals scoring eight points. She knocked down back-to-back triples to put Louisville ahead, 48 – 46 at the end of the third.
The Cardinals would jump out to a seven point lead in the final frame before a huge – and momentum crushing – turning point. With 2:42 remaining in the match, Sam Fuehring committed a foul and slapped the floor out of frustration. The junior, who had three fouls, picked up a fourth plus a technical. The Cardinals held a 54 – 53 advantage before Morgan William went to the line to hit two to put the Bulldogs up by three.
Louisville would go back up by three points with only 11 seconds remaining. But, Roshunda Johnson hit the shot of her career, connecting on a triple to tie the game at 59 as time expired.
The extra 5:00 was all Mississippi State. The Bulldogs outscored Louisville, 14 – 4.
The Cardinals’ record breaking season came to a close in Columbus as Louisville fell to Mississippi State, 73 – 63.
Louisville had three players notch double-figures: Asia Durr paced the Cardinals with 18 points. Jazmine Jones added 15 points and nine boards, while Myisha Hines-Allen collected 11 points and four rebounds.
For the Bulldogs, four players grabbed double-digits: Victoria Vivians led all-scorers with 25 points on 11 – of – 21 shooting. Teaira McCowan added 21 points and 25 rebounds. Jordan Danberry and Morgan William each collected 10 points a piece.