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CRAWFORD | Carter's offense gives Louisville women a boost in win over No. 22 USF

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Mariya Moore (4) and Arica Carter. (WDRB photo) Mariya Moore (4) and Arica Carter. (WDRB photo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The math, for University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz, is fairly simple.

“I’ve always said, if you’ve got three scorers, you’re a really good team,” Walz said. “If you can get four, you’re very good, and if you get five, then you’ve got a chance to compete for a championship.”

In Monday night’s ESPN2 game against No. 22 South Florida, No. 12 Louisville rode the scoring of three players in a 67-50 win before a crowd of 7,941 in the KFC Yum! Center.

Two are scorers Walz can count on every night: Myisha Hines-Allen, who scored 25 points on 10-14 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Mariya Moore, who added 19 points and five assists.

The third, however, was someone South Florida might not have expected.

Sophomore point guard Arica Carter had scored 16 points in her last four games combined, but she hurt South Florida with penetration into the lane, pulling up for midrange jumpers and hitting 2 of 3 from three-point range to finish with a career-high 15 points.

“When she’s aggressive and plays strong with the ball, it gives us another scoring option,” Walz said. “

“She made plays. And when she didn’t make a shot I thought she found the right people,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said of Carter. “She was very steady. I thought we did a good job of Briahanna Jackson. . . . But Hines-Allen was the key.”

South Florida was up by five with 1:58 to play in the first half when the Cards started forcing turnovers. A jumper by Jackson closed the deficit to three, then a pair of free throws by Moore further cut into it before a steal and layup by Carter put the Cards up by one.

After a South Florida miss and a timeout by Walz, Jackson drove and found Carter open in the corner for a three that completed a 9-0 run, and the Cardinals didn’t trail again, shooting 61.5 percent in the third quarter before pulling away late in the fourth.

Hines-Allen, coming off a 29-point performance against Pittsburgh, now is averaging 22.3 points over her past four games, shooting 59.6 percent from the field in that span.

“She did a great job,” Fernandez said. “Louisville made a lot of big shots and late shots in the shot clock, which good teams do. But they made the toughness plays, so credit them.”

Walz knows he’s going to get consistent scoring from Hines-Allen. He knows Moore is going to knock down shots. The third scorer he needs has been by committee, though he’s hoping it will be freshman Asia Durr, who had nine straight double digit games before struggling over the past three, including three points on 1-6 shooting Monday night.

“We’ve got to figure out how to get her back to just being more aggressive with the ball,” Walz said.

For the Cardinals, it was one, last major RPI test before the end of the regular season. They have four regular-season games left, including Thursday night at home against Virginia.

They’re 11-1 in the ACC, and have won 17 out of 18 after opening the season 3-5. 

“This was a test to see where we are,” Hines-Allen said. “We know this is a team that’s going to get to the NCAA Tournament so we want to see how we fit with this, and we showed up. We did what we had to do.”

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