PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jude Schimmel scored 11 points, and No. 7 Louisville clamped down on defense late to avoid an upset in a 63-57 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.
The Panthers (10-5, 0-1 ACC) failed to score in the final three minutes.
Mariya Moore added 10 points for the Cardinals (13-1, 2-0 ACC).
Brianna Kiesel had 19 points and nine assists for the Panthers, but she was called for traveling with Pitt trailing by a point and 30 seconds left. Monica Wignot added 11 points.
Pitt led by as many as 10 points in the first half, making five 3-pointers. Louisville shot just 29.6 percent in the half.
The Cardinals took their first lead of the second half when Moore hit a 3-pointer to put them up 50-48 with 8:35 left.
Kiesel slashed to the basket to give the Panthers a 57-55 lead with just over three minutes remaining, but Louisville made eight free throws down the stretch to pull out the win.
Louisville: The Cardinals entered Sunday’s game as the ACC’s second-best offense, scoring 81.7 points per game. The 63 points marked their lowest output of the season.
Pittsburgh: The loss ended the Panthers’ longest winning streak at the Petersen Events Center at nine games. Pitt was seeking its first victory over a ranked opponent since 2008. The Panthers have never defeated a team ranked as high as seventh.
Louisville plays at Wake Forest Jan. 11.
Pittsburgh hosts No. 9 North Carolina Jan. 8.
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