By Sam Draut–
Final- Notre Dame defeats Louisville 66-61. Hines-Allen scores 16 points and Moore adds 12.
27.8 seconds left- Notre Dame leads Louisville 64-61. Jackson hits a three-pointer from the wing, Walz calls a timeout.
1:01 fourth quarter- Notre Dame leads Louisville 63-58. Walz calls a timeout.
3:07 fourth quarter- Notre Dame leads Louisville 59-58. Hines-Allen fouls out after battling for a rebound.
5:58 fourth quarter- Louisville leads Notre Dame 57-55. Hines-Allen hit a jumper near the free-throw to stop the Notre Dame run. Walz calls a timeout. Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner scored on three consecutive possessions earlier, Cardinals have had an answer for her in the fourth quarter. Hines-Allen and Jackson each have four fouls headed into the final stretch, losing either of those two would hurt the Cardinals on both ends of the floor.
End of the third quarter- Louisville leads Notre Dame 49-45. Jackson hit a midrange jumper at the buzzer to give Louisville a two possession lead. After trailing by nine points, Notre Dame was able work back into by finding mismatches near the low-block.
4:49 third quarter- Louisville leads Notre Dame 43-36. Jackson had a big rebound and pushed the ball up the floor. Moore received the pass from Jackson but had the ball knocked away out of bounds. Louisville will inbound the ball on the baseline after the media timeout.
6:09 third quarter- Louisville leads Notre Dame 43-34. Muffet McGraw calls a timeout after Jackson hits a jumper to give Louisville its largest lead of the game. Jackson has scored on back to back possessions.
Halftime- Louisville leads Notre Dame 35-30. Mariya Moore leads Cardinal scorers with 12 points. Louisville is shooting 14 of 33 from the field. Both teams have been clean with the ball, Notre Dame has six turnovers and Louisville has five.
3:56 second quarter- Louisville leads Notre Dame 29-24. Durr had a nice drive to the basket and pull up jumper in the lane. Moore and Durr will need to carry the Cardinals scoring these final four minutes as Hines-Allen and Jackson sit with two fouls. Notre Dame has tried to work the ball down to second-leading scorer Brianna Turner, the 6-foot-3 forward has six points.
6:25 second quarter- Hines-Allen picks up her second foul, like Jackson, she will be sitting for the remainder of the first half.
End of the first quarter- Louisville leads Notre Dame 24-19. Carter was fouled with .4 seconds left and hit one free-throw to extend the Louisville lead. Moore has eight points and two assists. Cardinals are 10 of 20 from the field and only have one turnover.
2:18 first quarter- Jackson picks up her second foul on a reach in 40 feet from the basket, she will probably sit for the remainder of the first half.
4:29 first quarter- Louisville leads Notre Dame 13-11. Jackson forced a backcourt violation on the last possession. Hines-Allen has six points, but all five of Louisville’s starter picked up a foul in the first five minutes. Defensively, Jackson is providing good pressure on the perimeter, disrupting the opening sequences of Notre Dame’s half-court offense. As of Wednesday, Louisville had sold over 10,000 tickets, so the YUM! Center’s upper deck is opened up, great environment and crowd.
Starting five- Myisha Hines-Allen, Mariya Moore, Arica Carter, Briahanna Jackson and Cortnee Walton.
A showdown between the ACC’s two top teams, 13th-ranked Louisville hosts third-ranked Notre Dame on Sunday at the KFC YUM! Center. Both teams are riding 15-game winning streaks and sit atop the ACC standings at 10-0.
The Cardinals (18-5) return home after defeating North Carolina 78-60 on Thursday. Louisville’s three leading scorers in ACC play led the way in Chapel Hill. Mariya Moore scored 22 points, Myisha Hines-Allen finished with her seventh career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Asia Durr scored 21 points.
Considered one of the best teams in the country, Notre Dame ranks first nationally in 3-point field goal percentage and fourth in field goal percentage.
“It should be a great environment,” coach Jeff Walz said. “It’s a game that has some implications.”