LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A season that started the wrong way, ended too soon for the U of L women Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center against DePaul.
The Cardinals turned their season around after a 1-4 start, finishing second in the ACC and earning a number three seed with a chance to stay home for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. But their old conference rivals from Chicago led nearly the entire game and scored last to claim a 73-72 victory and keep the Cards home for the sweet sixteen for the first time in four years.
Briahanna Jackson led U of L with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assist. Jackson tied the game at 72 with a reverse lay-in, but then committed a foul on the ensuing inbounds pass with 15 seconds left, leading to a DePaul free throw. Mariya Moore had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Louisville. Fellow Sophomore Myisha Hines-Allen had 14 points and 9 rebounds. She sat much of the first half with foul trouble and was called for a charge with 1.7 seconds left essentially sealing the win for the Blue Demons.
Jessica January led DePaul with 25 points and 8 rebounds. They advance to the sweet sixteen for the third time in the last six years.
"We started off 1-4," said head coach Jeff Walz. "We finished the month of November and there were a lot of question marks. We got to 3-5 and then we finally realized our backs were against the wall and I thought they came out and gave great effort in practice, figured it out and then went on a remarkable run. But unfortunately it's like I told them in the locker room, this loss has to hurt them as bad if not worse than it hurts me because come May, if this loss doesn't still sting and hurt then you aren't gonna become the player you need to be."
Louisville finishes the year 26-8 and will add another strong recruiting class to a team that returns nearly all of its key contributors.
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