It wasn't a thing of beauty but in tournament time it's survive and advance.
And the University of Louisville women's basketball team is now in the ACC Tournament semifinals after a 60-50 victory over Georgia Tech before about 3,000 fans in the Greensboro Coliseum.
Myisha Hines-Allen scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Cardinals outrebounded the bigger Yellowjackets and won despite hitting just 22 of 63 from the field, including 1 of 14 on three-pointers.
"We knew it was going to be a battle," U of L coach Jeff Walz said. "The kids played hard. We didn't shoot it well, but we rebounded and they played hard. I'd rather come in and play something like this than have a 40-point blowout."
Hines-Allen, the ACC Player of the Year, was 10 of 20 from the field and the rest of the team went 12-for-43.
"I think you saw why Myisha is the ACC Player of the Year," Georgia Tech coach Machelle Joseph said. "She's a phenomenal talent. Every big shot, every big play, she was part of it."
Sophomore Mariya Moore added 11 points but was just 1 of 12 from the field, iuncluding 0-for-9 from three-point range. Moore was 9 of 10 on free throws and had five rebounds and four assists.
Asia Durr scored seven points, while Sam Fuehring came off the bench for six points and six rebounds in 14 minutes. Cortnee Walton, playing after suffering a broken finger last weekend, had four points and 11 rebounds.
"I didn't expect this to be an easy ball game by any means," Walz said. "We knew we would have to battle."
The Cardinals started the season 1-4 but have now won seven straight games and 22 of the past 23 contests. U of L will play the winner of the N.C. State-Syraucse game in Saturday's 2:30 p.m. semifinal.