GAME FACTS – Miami at Louisville
Date: Thursday, Feb. 25
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Site: BankUnited Center (8,000), Miami, Fla.
Television: The game will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Joe Zagacki (play-by-play) and Kelly Schumacher (analyst) on the call.
Radio: WKRD 790 AM will broadcast the game, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
Series History: The series is tied 1-1 (1-1 Louisville). Louisville defeated Miami 68-55 in the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 15, 2015.
Next UofL Game: Sunday, Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh, KFC Yum! Center (22,000), Louisville, Ky., 12:30 p.m. ET (RSN/FOX)
For the first time in school history, the No. 10 University of Louisville women’s basketball team will play on the road against No. 17 Miami at 7 p.m. on Thursday night in BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla.
The contest will tip off at 7 p.m. ET and air on ESPN3, with Joe Zagacki (play-by-play) and Kelly Schumacher (analyst) on the call. The radio broadcast will be available on WKRD 790 AM (also on TuneIn) in Louisville, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
Louisville (22-6, 13-1 ACC) is on a four-game winning streak, earning 19 victories in its last 20 contests. Miami will be the seventh AP top-25 opponent that the Cardinals have played this season, and Louisville is 4-2 in matchups against ranked teams. Louisville has a +12.7 scoring margin in its four wins against AP top-25 teams and has forced them to 23.25 turnovers per game.
Louisville defeated Boston College 55-45 on the road Sunday. The Cardinals scored 16 points off 21 Boston College turnovers. Louisville also held Boston College to just 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) shooting from the field in the fourth quarter.
Myisha Hines-Allen scored a game-high 18 points and was one of four Louisville players that reached double-digit points. Freshman Asia Durr compiled 14 points off the bench, and Mariya Moore registered 10 points. Cortnee Walton grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and scored 12 points.
On the season, Hines-Allen is leading the Cardinals in scoring (16.8) and rebounding (7.7), shooting 53.7 percent from the field. Moore is second in scoring (15.0), with a team-leading 129 assists. Briahanna Jackson is pacing Louisville in steals (61), and Durr is averaging 9.7 points off the Cardinals’ bench. Walton, meanwhile, ranks first in the ACC with 4.3 offensive rebounds per game.
Nationally, Louisville ranks in the top 25 in multiple categories: steals (12th, 289), assists (13th, 462), turnover margin (17th, +4.86), steals per game (21st, 10.3), turnovers forced (23rd, 19.96), and assists per game (24th, 16.5).
Miami (22-5, 10-4) enters Thursday night’s game after a 67-56 overtime victory over Virginia Tech at home in the BankUnited Center for its fourth win over the last five games.
Virginia Tech’s Chanette Hicks made a tough runner to send the game into overtime, however, Miami held the Hokies to just six points and went on a 15-1 run in the extra period. The Hurricanes scored 21 points off 23 Virginia Tech turnovers en route to their first overtime win since 2011.
Emese Hof compiled a team-high 15 points and was one of 10 Miami players that scored. Adrienne Motley registered 12 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists.
On the season, Motley is Miami’s scoring leader, averaging 15.9 points per game, good for fourth in the ACC. Jessica Thomas is second in scoring (11.6) and is Miami’s best distributor, with 97 assists and a 1.8 turnover ratio. Keyona Hayes is third in the ACC in field goal percentage (.563), and Laura Cornelius is second in 3-point field goal percentage (.460).
Nationally, Miami ranks in the top 40 in several categories: scoring margin (32nd, +12.4), assists (36th, 427), steals (36th, 261), assists per game (37th, 15.8), and rebounds (40th, 1,111).
SERIES HISTORY – Miami vs. Louisville
The two teams have played twice (1-1), with Louisville defeating Miami last season 68-55 in the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 15, 2015.
Louisville’s reserve players outscored Miami’s 42-12, led by Myisha Hines-Allen, who registered a game-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Bria Smith scored 13 points off the Cardinals’ bench and compiled six assists.
The Hurricanes defeated Louisville 59-58 in Freedom Hall on Jan. 11, 1989. Miami’s Frances Savage scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Cardinals’ Renee Jones registered the game’s only double-double, with 17 points and 11 boards.
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