LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 4 Louisville women’s basketball (28-2, 14-1) hosts Pittsburgh in its final regular season game and senior day on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.
The lone senior, Myisha Hines-Allen, will be recognized prior to the game.
With a win on Sunday, UofL will clinch its first ACC regular season title. It will mark their first regular season title since they won the C-USA in 2001.
At 28-2, despite returning only two starters from last season’s team, the Cards can also match last year’s win total (29-8) with a victory against the Panthers.
Hines-Allen will graduate as one of the best players in program history.
She has played in 133 games, with 123 starts for the Cardinals and burst onto the scene as a sophomore, averaging 17.6 points per game and 8.4 rebounds, while shooting nearly 55 percent from the floor, en route to becoming the first UofL player to be named ACC Player of the Year.
As a junior, she again was named All-ACC, and as a senior leads the ACC with 9.7 rebounds per game and ranks second with 13 double-doubles.
Her 42 career double-doubles are the most among active ACC players and rank second in Louisville women’s basketball history.
In her four years, Louisville has compiled 110 wins to just 25 losses and the Cardinals have won at least 26 games in each of her four seasons.
This season, she helped the Cardinals win their first 20 games, which marked the school’s best start, the longest winning streak in school history and propelled them to the No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press poll, the highest ranking ever in school history.
She ranks fourth all-time in school history with 1,890 points and her 1,070 career rebounds rank second. She is just one of two players in Louisville women’s basketball history, joining Angel McCoughtry, with 1,000-plus points and 1,000-plus rebounds.
ABOUT THE PANTHERS
Pittsburgh (10-18, 2-13) has lost its last five games and nine of its last 10. They are just 2-8 away from the Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers are one of the best shot blocking teams in the country, as they lead the ACC and rank eighth in the NCAA with 170 total blocks and 10th with 6.1 blocks per game.
Junior Yacine Diop leads the team and ranks 12th in the ACC with 15.5 points per game. She is also tied for the team-lead with 6.6 rebounds. She ranks second on the team with 1.2 blocks and third with 2.4 assists.
Junior Kalista Walters also averages 6.6 rebounds and leads the team with 1.9 blocks, while ranking second with 10.0 points. She leads the ACC, shooting 67.2 percent.
Sophomore Jasmine Whitney ranks fifth in the ACC with 4.7 assists.
Series History: Louisville leads 15-2 (Home 7-0, Away 6-2, Neutral 2-0)
Last Meeting: W, 77-51 (Jan 18, 2018 at Pitt)
UofL is 15-2 all-time against the Panthers with wins in its last 11 contests, including a 77-51 win at Pitt a little over a month ago. Louisville outscored the Panthers, 24-8, in the fourth quarter to pull away. Last year, the Cards swept the two-game series with a 73-52 win at home on 1/8/17 and a 63-48 win at Pitt on 1/29/17. The Cards have never lost to Pitt in Louisville. The Cards’ last loss to Pitt came on 2/14/10 in Pittsburgh (L, 72-69).
Date: Sunday, Feb. 25
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court (22,000), Louisville, Ky.
Promotion: Senior Day
Video: ACCNE; Don Russell, play-by-play; Sara White, analyst; Cortnee Walton, sideline
Radio: WKRD, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analyst
Next UofL Game: Friday, March 1 – ACC Tournament
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