Just one day after springing the biggest upset in Louisville women's basketball history over No. 5 Rutgers, the Cardinals came out of the gates strong against the Mountaineers.
Louisville (24-8) attacked West Virginia in the paint and on the boards in the first half and took a commanding 20-point lead into the locker room at halftime. Chauntise Wright had eight first half points, while backup center Keisha Hines came off the bench and made a positive contribution.
West Virginia trimmed Louisville's advantage to five with two minutes left in the game, but McCoughtry hit a jumper and Candyce Bingham, Brandie Raddie and Patrika Barlow made three free throws down the stretch to hold off the Mountaineers late comeback bid.
The star again for Louisville, though, was junior All-American Angel McCoughtry. McCoughtry played 40 minutes and had 24 points and 9 rebounds. She hit 7-18 shots from the field and 9-12 free throws. McCoughtry has scored 68 points in three Big East Tournament games against St. John's, Rutgers and West Virginia.
Brandie Raddie added 10 points, while Wright and Patrika Barlow pitched in eight points each. Candyce Bingham had 9 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Cards to a 38-23 advantage on the back board.
Louisville will face top-rated UConn Tuesday night for the Big East Tournament championship at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The Huskies beat the Cardinals 92-71 earlier this season before a record-crowd at Freedom Hall.