The University of Louisville women's basketball team didn't start strong and at times looked out of sorts on the offensive end of the floor against Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
But the Cardinals did the job on defense and closed it out strong. Louisville outscored the Panthers 21-9 in the fourth quarter and forced 24 turnovers in a 73-52 victory before 8,039 fans at the KFC Yum Center.
U of L only led by four points at one point during the third quarter but Mariya Moore scored 12 of her team-high 18 points in the second half to lead the way. The Cardinals had four players in double figures.
It marks the 15th win of the season for U of L (15-3, 3-1).
MVP of the Game
It's easy with this one - Mariya Moore.
The junior played the second half with a band-aid on the right side of her face after getting hit late in the first half and she also played the second half as well as she's played any half this season.
Moore was in control of her game and led the Cardinals to the win.
Moore hit 4 of 10 from the field, including 3 of 8 three-pointers, and added 7 of 8 free throws. She finished with 18 points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist in a team-high 30 minutes.
A few leftovers . . .
**Myisha Hines-Allen was just one rebound away from her fifth consecutive double-double. She finished with 11 points and nine rebounds on just 5 of 14 from the field in 19 minutes of action. She has 1,229 career points and is 15th on the school's all-time list.
**It was the best game of the season for Jazmine Jones off the bench. She hit 5 of 8 field goals and finished with 13 points, two rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes for the Cardinals.
**Jones helped the U of L bench outscore the Panthers 35-9. Ciera Johnson added 11 points and four rebounds, while Kylee Shook added seven points and two blocks and Brianna Jones had four points in seven minutes.
**Asia Durr was just 1 of 9 from the field in the first half for three points. Walz said he didn't play her in the second half because "she looked tired. I wasn't going to play her unless I needed too."
**The Cardinals committed a season-low six turnovers. It is the second-fewest turnovers in a game in school history and the fewest since it tallied five against Virginia on Jan. 18, 2015.
U of L women's coach Jeff Walz on the win:
"Well, you know it's always a good thing when you know what color jersey you're wearing," Walz said with a laugh. "We simply just threw to the people in white. You know, it's a pretty simple thing. The bakery was shut down today, which is very nice because we weren't passing out those turnovers. We just had better focus. We had better focus. I mean it's one of those things. We didn't force as many of those passes tonight.
"But we were still very stagnant on offense. We held the ball way too much. We just got to get better as players in understanding who has made shots and where they are on the floor."
Up next . . .
The Cardinals head to the road for a Thursday night matchup with No. 6 Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Seminoles are 15-2 on the season with the two losses coming to No. 1 Connecticut by two points and N.C. State.