Cardinals honor hines-allen, win acc regular-season title against pitt
By Mike Gilpatrick
February 25th, 2018
February 25th, 2018
Myisha Hines-Allen took the court for her final time in the regular season as a Louisville Cardinal. The Cards sent her away with a memorable performance, and an ACC regular-season championship. They defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers 81-49. 10,431 showed up to watch the Cards wrap up a spectacular season.
Hines-Allen also had a great performance for her last regular-season game in a Louisville uniform. She had a double-double, 18 points, and 16 rebounds. She was joined by Sam Fuehring as the other Card with a double-double. Asia Durr had over 20 points.
Louisville opened on an 8-2 run. Four points were scored by Jaz Jones and Sam Fuehring each. A few minutes later, Asia Durr made two threes, with Hines-Allen's first bucket in-between. The Cards had a double-digit lead within the first six minutes. They ended the quarter making five of seven field goals. At the end of one, Louisville led 20-12.
Hines-Allen to Durr opened the second. Then, the lone Senior hit a jumper. It kicked off a 14-2 run, putting Louisville up by 20 with five minutes left before half. Then, Pittsburgh put together a little bit of a run. Louisville wasn't hitting shots. They made four turnovers within three and a half minutes. Pittsburgh went on an 6-0 run. Jones ended the cold streak with a layup. Hines-Allen made a bucket with eight left, putting Louisville up by 16 at the half.
The Cards shot 60 percent from the field in the first half. They were four for 11 from deep. They out-rebounded Pitt 17-10. Hines-Allen and Durr led the offense with 12 each.
Pittsburgh put up a fight in the third. The Panthers went on an 11-2 run in the middle of the period. They were hitting over 60 percent for much of the quarter. Meanwhile, Louisville wasn't hitting shots. The Cards were under 30 percent for the first two and a half minutes. Then, Louisville ended the period on an 11-1 run, and a massive three-pointer at the buzzer. Louisville led 61-39 with one quarter until an ACC regular-season championship.
The Cards maintained in the fourth. They had a massive 12-0 run to close out the game. Hines-Allen checked out of the game in the middle of it to a standing ovation. Most of the crowd stuck around to witness Louisville's first regular-season title.
Louisville finishes the regular season 29-2, and 15-1 in the ACC. The Cardinals will have a double-bye, and the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament. Their first game will be Friday.
images from the game
Photos by Jared Anderson