Louisville 71, No. 25 Cincinnati 65
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Amanda Wolke scored a career-high 25 points to lead Louisville to a 71-65 victory over No. 25 Cincinnati in the Conference USA opener for both teams on Friday night.
LaKisha Hoffman added 13 points and Kim Graham had 12 for the Cardinals (9-5, 1-0), who earned their first win over a ranked team since January 2000.
Tamara Douglass scored 14 points and K.B. Sharp added 12 for Cincinnati (11-1, 0-1), which was trying to match a school-record 12-game win streak.
The Bearcats led 32-28 at halftime. The Cardinals tied it at 36 tie early in the second half, but Douglass scored inside near the 16-minute mark to start an 8-2 Bearcats’ run.
Louisville answered with eight straight points with Graham’s basket with 11:33 left put Louisville up 46-44.
The lead changed hands three times before Douglass converted a three-point play with 8:32 left to tie it at 50.
The teams were tied again at 60 when Nord hit a floater in the lane with 2:23 remaining. Valerie King re-tied the game with two free throws 30 seconds later.
Wolke then scored down low with 1:43 left, Nord made a steal at the other end and Hoffman hit two free throws with 49 seconds left to build a 66-62 Louisville lead.
Laura Wilder sank a 3-pointer from the wing with 34.3 seconds left to cut the lead to one. But the Bearcats got no closer, as Louisville went 5-of-6 from the free-throw line down the stretch.