By Sam Draut–
Louisville’s 60-50 win over Georgia Tech in the ACC quarterfinals yesterday marked the fourth-consecutive season the Cardinals have advanced to the conference tournament semi-finals. Louisville turns its attention to 17th-ranked and third-seeded Syracuse with a spot in the ACC Championship on the line.
The two teams met earlier in the season on Jan. 25 at the Carrier Dome. Louisville (25-6 overall, 15-1 in the ACC) defeated Syracuse 71-53. Syracuse (24-6 overall, 13-3 in the ACC) is on a 10-game winning streak.
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Final: Syracuse defeats Louisville 80-75. Hines-Allen scores 27 points and Durr adds 23 points.
18.1 seconds left- Syracuse leads Louisville 78-75. Timeout Louisville. It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals try to extend the game with a two or go for the tie.
20 seconds left- Syracuse leads Louisville 76-75. Hines-Allen took an 18-foot jumper for the lead a possession ago, shot hit the front iron, Syracuse rebounded and fouled.
1:11 fourth quarter- Syracuse leads Louisville 76-73. Walz calls a timeout.
5:33 fourth quarter- Louisville leads Syracuse 68-66. Moore had a bad turnover inbounding the ball after a miscommunication with Cole. Walz calls a timeout.
End of the third quarter- Louisville and Syracuse tied 62-62. A back and forth third quarter, Louisville took a three point lead at the 1:00 mark. Hines-Allen has been a forced in the low-post, she has 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting.
2:23 third quarter- Syracuse leads Louisville 59-55. Timeout Syracuse. The pace of play has picked up in the past few minutes. Durr hit a 3-pointer to tie the score 51-51 at the 5:01 mark in the third quarter. Louisville has struggled to put together consecutive defensive stops. Moore checking in the for the first time in the second half.
5:36 third quarter- Syracuse leads Louisville 51-48. Durr hits a 3-pointer off of an offensive rebound by Walton, her first rebound of the game. Timeout Syracuse. The three point deficit is the closest Louisville has been since the 1:18 mark in the first quarter.
Halftime: Syracuse leads Louisville 39-33. Jackson hits a 3-pointer as time expires to trim the deficit to six points. Hines-Allen and Jackson each have 10 points. Louisville has seven turnovers compared to Syracuse’s two. The Cardinals played a better second quarter, but had a few lapses on defense that allowed for open 3-pointers. Moore, Louisville’s second leading scorer played only eight minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.
4:00 second quarter- Syracuse leads Louisville 28-22. Hines-Allen draws an offensive foul. Louisville trailed by as many as 12 points. Interesting stat, Walton has played 12 minutes, but has yet to pull down a rebound, she is the second leading rebounder for Louisville.
End of the first quarter- Syracuse leads Louisville 21-14. The Cardinals had seven turnovers yesterday in the first quarter, and today hasn’t been much better. Louisville has six turnovers and shooting 31.3-percent from the field. Hines-Allen has six points and Durr has five.
1:19 first quarter- Syracuse leads Louisville 21-14. Walz calls a timeout after the Cardinals have gotten beat to the basket on consecutive possessions.
4:26 first quarter- Syracuse leads Louisville 12-9. Asia Durr goes coast-to-coast and scores on a transition layup. Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman calls a timeout.
4:54 first quarter- Syracuse leads Louisville 12-6. Sam Fuehring, the first Cardinal off the bench was fouled and will shoot two free-throws after the media timeout. Hines-Allen has all six points for Louisville. Similar to yesterday, the Cardinals are turning the ball over, already with three turnovers five minutes in.
Starting five- Myisha Hines-Allen, Mariya Moore, Cortnee Walton, Briahana Jackson and Arica Carter.