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Louisville turns back North Carolina, 77-75, in Friday night quarterfinal
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Sara Hammond matched a season high with 20 points and No. 10 Louisville held on to beat No. 15 North Carolina 77-75 in overtime on Friday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinal.
Freshman Jamie Cherry sent the game into overtime with a 40-foot heave at the regulation buzzer but missed a long 3 at the final horn.
Myisha Hines-Allen had 17 points to help the third-seeded Cardinals (25-5) win their ACC tournament debut.
They will face No. 7 Florida State (28-3), the tournament’s second seed, in a semifinal on Saturday.
Jessica Washington scored 16 points and hit three 3-pointers.
Stephanie Mavunga added 12 points and 16 rebounds for the sixth-seeded Tar Heels (24-8).
Hines-Allen hit a free throw with 4.8 seconds left to put Louisville up by two points before Cherry missed the last shot.
Hammond matched the high she set Jan. 18 against Virginia for the Cardinals, who ended the regular season by losing two of three to No. 2 Notre Dame and the unranked Cavaliers.
N’Dea Bryant had 13 points for North Carolina and Brittany Rountree added 11 and put the Tar Heels up 73-72 with a layup with 47.3 seconds left. Shawnta Dyer put the Cardinals ahead to stay with a hook shot in the lane with 39.3 seconds to go.
Mariya Moore extended the lead to 76-73 with two free throws with 16 seconds left. Cherry drove the lane and missed twice from close range before her layup with 4.8 seconds left made it a one-point game.
Louisville appeared to have sewn up the victory in regulation after Hammond scored the Cardinals’ final seven points, including a free throw with 7.4 seconds left that put them up 66-63.
The Tar Heels inbounded to Cherry, whose heave from a couple of steps inside the midcourt stripe swished through to force OT.
North Carolina: Gray became the 35th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark. She got it on a free throw with 6:09 left in the first half.
Louisville: The Cardinals erased the only double-figure deficit of the game with a late 15-2 run that turned a 10-point hole into a 59-56 lead. Hammond capped it with a layup that put Louisville up three with 4½ minutes left.
North Carolina: Awaits an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Louisville: Plays No. 7 Florida State on Saturday in an ACC semifinal.