LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The U of L and UK women's basketball teams both ventured into the Carolinas with mixed results. The Cardinals were winners while the Wildcats upset bid came up short.
The U of L women fell behind by ten points early in the third quarter before roaring back to beat North Carolina 78-60. The Cardinals are 10-0 in the ACC, keeping pace with Notre Dame atop the league standings. They are 18-5 overall after winning for the 15th straight time.
Louisville used a 35-point third quarter to take control after trailing 32-28 at halftime. Mariya Moore led the offensive attack with 22 points. Freshman Asia Durr had 21 off the bench and Myisha Hines-Allen amassed 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Kentucky put a scare into unbeaten and second-ranked South Carolina in Columbia. After going scoreless in the first half, Wildcats point guard Makayla Epps caught fire with a 13-point third quarter. Her three-point play with two seconds left in the quarter pulled UK to within a point of the Gamecocks, but it was just enough time for Khadijah Sessions to back home about a 70-foot heave at the buzzer giving SC a four-point cushion. They turned back the Wildcats 78-68.
South Carolina (22-0, 10-0) were led by Alaina Coates' 27 points and 13 rebounds. A'ja Wilson added 18. Epps led Kentucky with 17. The Wildcats have lost four of five.
Next up for Louisville is a first-place showdown with Notre Dame Sunday at Noon at the KFC Yum! Center. Kentucky hosts LSU Sunday at Noon.