Full speed ahead for Sam Fuehring and her braided ponytail. Sam would not get a field goal but was four of four from the free throw line. In top photo Jazmine Jones gets loose for two of her 10 points (Cindy Rice Shelton photos).
Kylee Shook added four points and blocked two shots in 14 minutes (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

One banner came down in the KFC Yum! Center a couple of days ago. But if all goes well, the University of Louisville women’s basketball team will have earned the right to hang another.

The UofL women are in a position to earn their first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference banner come Sunday afternoon against visiting Pittsburgh. The Cardinals have not won a regular season conference championship since winning a Conference USA title.

Technically Louisville is currently tied with Notre Dame with identical 14-1 conference records. They likely wind up sharing the title, but the Cardinals will go down as the better team, defeating the Irish 33 points in January. UofL would also get the tiebreaker and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

Jeff Walz’ team overcame Virginia 51-39 before a crowd of 8,434 on Thursday night, Asia Durr with 13 points and seven rebounds leading the way. Louisville led most of the way against a Virginia team that played incredible defense but had a terrible shooting night. UofL’s offense wasn’t much better, hitting on 38% of its shots to only 26.5% for the Cavaliers.

Myisha Hines-Allen, in her next to last home game at UofL, added seven points, as did Arica Carter. Jazmine Jones keeps getting better, adding 10 points and two assists.

Look for a banner day on Sunday.

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By Charlie Springer

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