To keep Louisville’s winning streak going, they needed seven points in 25 seconds. They did just that.
The Louisville women’s basketball team finished Sunday’s game at NC State on a 7-0 run, capping a comeback from 14 down at the half to stun the Wolfpack.
A 92-90 victory continued the Cardinals’ 11-game winning streak and perfect start in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
U of L trailed 90-85 with 25 seconds to go before freshman Asia Durr hit a 3-pointer, Mariya Moore dropped four straight free throws and Dakota Weatherford, the former walk-on, forced a steal that led to the game-winning points.
“It’s a win. Now, am I pleased? No,” said Cardinals coach Jeff Walz. “We got extremely lucky. In my opinion, we got out-played. NC State deserved to win that game, but unfortunately for them and fortunately for us, we had a few bounces at the end that went our way.”
The Cardinals (14-5, 6-0 ACC) came back while allowing NC State to shoot 43 free throws and 52 percent from the field. They also finished without starting guards Arica Carter and Briahanna Jackson, who both fouled out in the fourth quarter.
But U of L managed to score 26 points in the final 4:14, the point when the Wolfpack held their final double-digit lead of the afternoon.
Moore tallied a career-high 31 points, delivering 15 of those in the third period as her team showed some life. To come all the way back looked too far flung until guards Taja Cole and Durr hit back-to-back 3 pointers inside of three minutes to go, drawing the Cardinals to within two points.
Durr finished with 19 and Carter added 13 for the Cardinals.