U of L women win ACC opener

The University of Louisville women's basketball team won its first-ever game in the ACC Tournament on Friday night, beating North Carolina 77-75 in overtime during a quarterfinal game of the event in Greensboro, N.C. The Cardinals (25-5) will play Florida State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the semifinals.

University of Louisville senior Sara Hammond had one of her best games of the season on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.

Hammond matched her season-high with 20 points and grabbed four rebounds, hitting 8 of 9 free throws to lift the Cardinals past North Carolina 77-75 in overtime.

Myisha Hines-Allen added 17 points to help the third-seeded Cardinals (25-5) win in their debut. Shawnta Dyer had nine points and five rebounds, while Jude Schimmel added nine points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Freshman Mariya Moore was just 1 of 8 shooting but hit 4 of 4 free throws in overtime and finished with seven points and six assists.

UNC freshman Jamie Cherry sent the game into overtime with a 40-foot heave at the regulation buzzer but missed a long three-pointer at the final horn.

Hines-Allen hit a free throw with 4.8 seconds left to put Louisville up by two points before Cherry missed the last shot.

The Cardinals erased the only double-figure deficit of the game with a late 15-2 run that turned a 10-point hole into a 59-56 lead.

U of L plays Florida State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the semifinals on ESPNU.


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