Louisville Cardinals beat No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels in ACC women's college basketball
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Louisville is facing a crucial final stretch with one month left in the women’s basketball season.
The Cardinals (16-8, 7-4 ACC) begin their February slate hosting No. 14 North Carolina (16-5, 7-3) at noon Sunday at the KFC Yum Center. The six other remaining games include two matchups against eighth-ranked Notre Dame, home games against Clemson and Miami, and road contests against Virginia and Boston College.
U of L, which has not lost more than four conference games in a season since joining the ACC, is trying to improve its ACC Tournament seed with these next seven games, but it will not be easy.
“I think they (the players) understand the importance. There's no question about that,” U of L head coach Jeff Walz said about the upcoming games. “It's a lot of great basketball games. We've got to make sure that we come prepared every single night.”
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Sunday's matchup with UNC, currently fourth in the ACC and on a seven-game winning streak, will "probably" feature Walz's new starting five, he said.
The Cardinals started Chrislyn Carr, Hailey Van Lith, Morgan Jones, Olivia Cochran and Liz Dixon most of the season, but on Jan. 29 against Syracuse Walz made big changes by inserting Mykasa Robinson, Norika Konno and Nyla Harris with Van Lith and Cochran.
Robinson responded with a career-high 12 assists in the 79-67 road victory over the Orange, the most assists in a single game by a Cardinal since 2015. And Konno and Harris, a true freshman, made their first career starts for the Cardinals. Harris scored a career-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds and three blocks.
Walz said he wants to add more scoring punch to the bench. Dixon scored 11 points to join Van Lith as a 1,000-point scorer.
“They want to win. I mean, that's the bottom line is they all want to win,” Walz said. “We're just trying to figure out what's going to be the best lineup for us to win and substituting and different things like that.”
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What time is the Louisville vs UNC women's basketball game?
When: 12 p.m. Sunday
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville
What TV channel is the Louisville-UNC women's basketball game on?
Courtney Lyle (play-by-play) and Carolyn Peck (analyst) will call the game on ESPN2 (Spectrum: channel 30; AT&T U-Verse channel 606; DirecTV Louisville channel 209; Dish Network channel 143).
How to stream Louisville women's basketball vs North Carolina
Qualified subscribers can watch the game through WatchESPN.com, the WatchESPN app, ESPN+ or fuboTV.
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How to stream Louisville vs North Carolina women's basketball game for free
You can stream ESPN on YouTube TV, which offers a free trial here, and can get a free trial with fuboTV here.
How to listen to Louisville vs UNC WBB game
Nick Curran (play-by-play) and Courtnee Walton (analyst) will call the game on the Cardinal Sports Network (WLCL 93.9-FM and WGTK 970-AM in Louisville).
Louisville WBB vs UNC series history
This will be the 13th meeting between the two teams, dating back to 1984-85. Louisville women's basketball leads the series 8-4 and is 4-0 at home. The Cardinals are 8-2 against the Tar Heels with Walz at the helm.
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