Sara Hammond sparkles in Louisville’s win over Virginia

There are days when nothing goes right, as was the case Saturday when the University of Louisville men’s basketball team couldn’t hit wide open shots all day long.

Then there are some where everything goes right. It was one of those days Sunday for Sara Hammond, Myisha Hines-Allen and the UofL women’s team in a 67-55 win over a tenacious Virginia team before 11,332 fans at the KFC Yum! Center. The second largest home crowd of the season.

Sara Hammond 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one foul.
A game to savor for Sara Hammond.

Hammond had one of her better games in four years, finding numerous ways to get open, making good on her opportunities, scoring 16 of her team’s first 20 points in the first half. The law of averages would catch up with her in the second, and she would wind up with 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists and only one foul.

Hines-Allen, a freshman center, would play the game of her young career, emerging from the second 20 minutes with 15 of her 17 points.

Couldn’t come at a better time, against a determined Virginia team that refused to go away, rallying time after time on the back of Faith Randolph. Randolph seemed capable of hitting shots from any spot on the court, winding up with 22 for the game.

The women are 17-1 overall, 5-0 in the ACC. Next up is Florida State in Tallahassee on Thursday.

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Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.