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Louisville women shut down NC State free throw buffet line

The Internet stream from stalls with two seconds remaining in the game, the score between the University of Louisville and North Carolina State women’s basketball teams tied at 90-90. Mariya Moore at the free throw line for two shots.

Somebody on the NC State scorer’s table possibly pulling the plug as Moore sinks both free throws giving the UofL women a two-point win. The little round circle going round and round endlessly, probably still circling even now.

Mariya Moore finishes with 28 points.
Mariya Moore finishes with 28 points.

A shame because Louisville fans who hung around through all the fouls and free throws deserved to see Louisville finally prevail after trailing NC State by 11 points midway through the fourth quarter. Every time an NC State player got close to the UofL basket in the second half, the officials would cry foul on a Louisville player. Almost every time, predictable, right on schedule.

UofL was whistled for a total of 35 fouls in the game, leading to 34 points for NC State. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, were called for 23 while giving up only 16 points at the free throw line to Louisville. Many of the fouls visible only to the officials making the calls.

Moore had sunk two free throws at the 17-second mark capping an 11-point comeback for UofL in the fourth quarter. She would lead all scorers with 31 points, collecting 24 of them in the second half. Asia Durr made her presence felt as well, scoring 13 of her 21 points in the final 20 minutes.

Thank Dakota Weatherford for forcing a jump ball with three seconds, giving UofL the ball, and Moore a chance to clinch the win. Which UofL fans missed, thanks to whoever pulled the plug on the NC State scorer’s table.

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Charlie Springer

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

2 thoughts on “Louisville women shut down NC State free throw buffet line

  • January 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    A brutally rugged game to watch by means of a jerky video, but happy to see a victory for the Lady Cards. Frustrating, however, to have to resort to a cell phone app to see the final score. With only two seconds left, watching that little circle spin and spin and spin. Maddeningly dramatic. Listening to radio call the alternative but that was a few seconds ahead of the video. Thanks, Lady Cards and Coach Walz for a thrilling win, even if it wasn’t a work of art. Go Cards!

  • January 17, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Went back to the NC State site to watch the highlights but there were no UofL highlights in the NC State video. NC State did everything right but win the game in the video. No video of that great Louisville comeback. Come on, guys, share the love.

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