Three players scored in double figures for the University of Louisville women's basketball team on Wednesday night as the Cardinals built a 17-point lead and then had to hang on for a 65-58 win over N.C. State before 7,736 fans at the KFC Yum Center.
Mariya Moore led the Cardinals with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists. She was 6 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final minutes after the Wolfpack cut the lead to 55-51.
"I didn't have to say anything," U of L coach Jeff Walz said of when the lead was cut to four. "They knew it was all about effort. We had to give the effort."
Moore was just 4 of 12 from the field but hit 9 of 12 free throws.
Sara Hammond chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Shawnta Dyer chipped in 11 points and three rebounds in 23 minutes.
U of L was 25 of 53 from the field and 13 of 22 on free throws, while holding N.C. State (11-6, 2-2) to 21 of 57 shooting, including 6 of 20 three-pointers. The Wolfpack outrebounded U of L 40-33 but did turn it over 18 times.
The Cardinals are now 16-1 overall and 4-0 in ACC play after winning for an eighth time. U of L will host Virginia on Sunday at 3 p.m.