No. 4 seed Louisville received double-digit efforts from it's trio of All-ACC players to defeat No. 5 Tennessee 75-64 on Monday night in front of 5,698 at the KFC Yum! Center.
Asia Durr paced the Cardinals with 23 points, with 12 coming in the team's 29-point fourth quarter. Mariya Moore added 19 points for her best scoring effort since early February, and Myisha Hines-Allen recorded her ACC-leading 17th double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The victory advances Louisville to the program's seventh Sweet 16.
Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr are certainly MVP worthy, but the nod goes to Mariya Moore.
The junior forward has struggled from the floor in recent weeks, averaging just seven points an outing over the season's last five contests. During the last four regular season games, she connected on just 1-of-21 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. That stretch caused her three-point accuracy to drop nearly 30 percent points to .305 on the season.
She regained her earlier season form on Monday against the Lady Vols, connecting on all five of her long range attempts and 7-of-10 overall to finish with 19 points. She also pulled down nine rebounds to equal her second-best effort of the season, while also handing out four assists.
Her ability to score was most notable with her team trailing 47-46 after three quarters. She opened the fourth quarter by going on her own 8-0 run, hitting three consecutive shots, including a pair of three-pointers, to lift the Cardinals to a 54-47 advantage.
"She was outstanding today," Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick said.
*** Despite being out-rebounded by two, the Cardinals won the overall battle in the paint by out-scoring Tennessee 36-20 down low. Myisha Hines-Allen led the way for the Cardinals by grabbing a team-high 13 rebounds.
"Every rebound that I pulled down I thought that it was one step closer," Hines-Allen said. "That was just the mindset - if we get a stop we're one step closer in going to the Sweet 16."
*** Louisville's victory over Tennessee is the first NCAA second round loss in the long history of Lady Vols program. Tennessee is now 28-1 all-time in the second round of the event.
*** Louisville's defense limited Tennessee to just 33.3 percent shooting for the game, including just 28 percent (5-of-18) from three-point land. The Cardinals also forced 13 turnovers, scoring 11 points off of them.
U of L women's head coach Jeff Walz:
"What makes this game fun for me is there are two or three [plays] that we drew up in the timeout that we hadn't run before. Because you get a feel of how they're guarding you and what we're going to do. As a coach, that's what makes it fun. But you've got to have players that can sit there for for two minutes or 30 seconds, see it, and then go out and execute it and we did. We made big-time baskets at crunch time when we needed them."
Louisville advances to the Sweet 16 in Oklahoma City where the Cardinals will face Baylor.