By Mike Gilpatrick–
The ninth-ranked women’s basketball fell in overtime to No. 19 NC State, 72-70, ending Louisville’s five-game win streak.
Tied after the first four minutes, the Cards had a 14-2 run. A pair of fouls paused Louisville’s run, but threes by Kylee Shook and Mariya Moore extended Louisville’s lead to 12 with a minute left.
In the second quarter, NC State’s Ashley Williams launched a 3-point basket, kicking off a 16-4 run. The Cards didn’t go out quietly as Ciera Johnson hit a basket at the buzzer. NC State outscored the Cards 18-7 in the second quarter.
Chelsea Nelson’s layup gave Wolfpack their first lead of the evening. After her basket, NC State put together a 9-0 run, extending their lead to eight. Mariya Moore made a three-point basket, sparking a 7-2 run for Louisville. At the end of the third, Louisville trailed 52-45.
Baskets by Durr and Moore put Louisville within two with two minutes left. With 36 seconds left, Durr made two free throws to tie the game at 59. With 11 seconds left, NC State’s layup put the Wolfpack up by two.
Durr sent the game to overtime by making two free throws.
Louisville won the tip to begin overtime, where the Cards rebounded the ball three times before Jackson made a jumper and a plus one. Two free throws by Moore gave the Cards a one-point lead, though Wilson’s three erased it. Durr tied the game after she made another pair of free throws.
NC State’s Miah Spencer nailed a shot at the buzzer, stunning the crowd and clinched the 72-70 win.
Jackson finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Durr scored 22 and Moore added 20. Cortnee Walton led in rebounding with 12.
Louisville faces seventh-ranked Notre Dame Feb. 6.
Photo by Karen Nguyen / The Louisville Cardinal