LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The improving U of L women's basketball team began the new year with one of its most impressive perfomarnces of the season.
The Cardinals (9-5) jumped out to a 19-6 lead after one quarter and remained in control most of the way in a 79-69 victory over 15th-ranked Florida State (10-4) Friday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center. It's Louisville's sixth consecutive win and second over a top 25 team this season.
Sophomore Mariya Moore led the way with 20 points, hitting 4-of-7 3's. She is growing as a leader for this young team.
"To play at this level you've got to work and she's really bought into that," said coach Jeff Walz about Moore to ESPN. "She's done a great job. She's not only doing it on the floor, she's trying to do it off the floor as a leader and without any upperclassmen really, that's what we have to have. We need some of our younger ones to lead by example."
Briahanna Jackson sparked a third-quarter burst and finished with 15 points and 4 steals. Myisha Hines-Allen had 13 points and a career-best 3 blocks and Arica Carter hit all four of her shots from the field and both free throw attempts for 11 points.
Louisville forced 24 turnovers which turned into 30 Cardinal points. But Walz said defense is still the team's achilles heel, saying teams either turn if over or make a shot.
The Cards have a quick turnaround, travelling to Atlanta for a Sunday meeting at Georgia Tech. It's a 2:00 pm tip.
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