Myisha Hines-Allen had a career-high 29 points, Cortnee Walton had a double-double, and No. 12 Louisville rolled to an 84-61 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Walton hit 8 of 9 shots for a career-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, seven on the offensive end, for the Cardinals (19-6, 11-1 ACC), who bounced back after their 15-game winning streak was ended by No. 3 Notre Dame on Sunday. Mariya Moore had 21 points and six assists.
Louisville outscored the Panthers 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 40-29 lead, shooting 52 percent. Then, the Cardinals shot 64 percent (18 of 28) in the second half, pulling away in the fourth quarter.
Hines-Allen had 12 of 17 shots and grabbed eight rebounds as the Cardinals had a 34-18 advantage on the boards – 15-5 on the offensive end.
Stasha Carey had 21 points for the Panthers (10-14, 2-9), who have lost eight of their last 10. Brenna Wise added 13 points.
Louisville returns to action on Monday, when it plays host to No. 22 South Florida in the KFC Yum! Center at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. The game is a ‘Red Out,’ with fans encouraged to wear red.
Team Records and Series Notes
· No. 13 Louisville improved to 19-6 overall, 11-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.· The Cardinals have beaten the Panthers in seven-consecutive meetings, pushing the series to 11-2 in Louisville’s favor.
· Louisville returns to action on Monday, when it No. 22 South Florida in the KFC Yum! Center at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Louisville Team Notes
· Louisville posted at least 80 points for the fifth time this season, improving to 5-0 when reaching the 80-point plateau.
· The Cardinals improved to 15-1 with the starting lineup of Myisha Hines-Allen, Mariya Moore, Cortnee Walton, Arica Carter, andBriahanna Jackson.
· Louisville, in the 84-61 win, improved to 15-1 when scoring 70 or more points this season. Under head coach Jeff Walz, Louisville boasts a 155-15 (.912) record when reaching at least 70 points.
· The Cardinals finished the game at 58.2 percent shooting and improved to 6-0 this year when connecting on at least 50 percent of their shots. Under Walz, Louisville is 77-1 (.987) when hitting at least half of its shots.
· Pittsburgh scored seven points in the second quarter, marking the 11th time this season a league opponent has scored less than 10 points in a period.
· Louisville scored 18 second-chance points on 15 offensive rebounds. Louisville has pulled down double-digit offensive rebounds in 22 games this season.
· The Cardinals dished out 21 assists, reaching at least 20 for the 10th time this year.
Louisville Individual Notes
· Myisha Hines-Allen scored a career-high 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting. It is the fifth time in her career that she has connected on at least 10 field goals.
· Cortnee Walton registered her first career double-double with a career-best 18 points and 10 rebounds. She had seven boards on the offensive end, her 11th game with double-digit rebounds on offense, and was a career-best 8-for-9 from the field.
· Mariya Moore scored 21 points on an efficient 7-for-11 shooting. She reached 20 points for the ninth time this season and connected on 4-of-6 3-pointers, her 12th game with at least three treys.
· Moore dished out six assists to just one turnover, her 11th game with at least five assists.