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Louisville wins first ACC Championship

NCAA Womens Basketball: ACC Tournament - Notre Dame vs Louisville Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville WBB had not won a conference championship since 1993...until today. Despite having three starters who sat much of the first half with foul trouble (as opposed to Notre Dame who had 4 fouls in the first half—total), the Cards were only down 37-35 going into halftime.

In the second half Louisville pushed the lead to 7 but Notre Dame never let the game get away from them. The Cards were clutch in the final minutes with Arica Carter, Asia Durr, and Sam Fuehring all making big shots and calmly sinking free throws to give Louisville a 74-72 victory.

All of Louisville’s scoring came from its 5 starters. Despite only having 4 points in the first half Asia Durr lead the team with 17. Arica Carter, who has taken full advantage of the extra attention given to Asia for several games now, finished the game with 16. Sam Fuehring and Myisha Hines-Allen both finished with 15. Jazmine Jones had 11. Myisha was named the MVP of the tournament. Ironically the only starter not named to the ACC Tournament team was Asia Durr.

NCAA Womens Basketball: ACC Tournament - Notre Dame vs Louisville Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

After the game Coach Walz said, “What an unbelievable performance from a gutty group of women. They’re not just good basketball players—they’re high character people.” He added, “I guess everybody who said it was a fluke we beat them the first time—-I guess they were wrong.” There was also a small bit of controversy when Coach Walz said something to Notre Dame coach, Muffet McGraw, in the handshake line....

Jeff gets salty after a win.

The women’s selection show is Monday the 12th. It’s expected that Louisville will get a 1 seed and play the first two rounds at home. In fact, tickets have been on sale for about a week. Dates/times/opponents to come.

Until then....GO CARDS 2018 ACC CHAMPIONS!!