Looking for more consistency from Myisha Hines-Allen, Louisville Coach Jeff Walz benched the freshman forward in hopes of motivating her. The tactic worked.
Hines-Allen scored a career-high 23 points, making 10 of her 11 shots, to help the No. 4 Cardinals rally to beat Miami 68-55 on Sunday.
"I think she was really mad that she wasn't starting," Walz said. "Which was part of why I did it. I wanted to see what kind of fight she had."
After scoring just four points in Thursday's 68-63 loss at No. 17 Florida State, Hines-Allen picked up her play as Louisville erased a 29-16 first-half deficit.
"It just made me push harder, but I have to play like that every single game," Hines-Allen said.
Louisville (18-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held Miami to a single field goal in the first 101/2 minutes of the second half and built a 56-39 with 5:38 to play.
The Cardinals fell behind early for the second straight game, but completed the comeback after failing to score a field goal in the final six minutes of the FSU loss.
Bria Smith added 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Hines-Allen, Louisville's second leading scorer, came off the bench for just the second time this season and added eight rebounds. Shawnta' Dyer started in place of Hines-Allen and scored 10 points and had eight rebounds.
Don't be surprised if Hines-Allen is sitting again when No. 23 Syracuse visits Thursday.
"I wanted her to show me, 'Hey, you're wrong.' Unfortunately she showed me too well, so she won't start again on Thursday," Walz said.
■ Walz now is now one victory short of 200. His record now stands at 199-72.
No. 5 Tennessee 59, No. 22 Georgia 51: Jordan Reynolds scored a career-high 15 points and Tennessee came from behind in the second half for a victory over visiting Georgia, which lost leading scorer Shacobia Barbee to an injury.
Barbee got hurt with less than three minutes left in the first half, was helped off the court and walked to the locker room on crutches just before halftime. She didn't return in the second half.
Tennessee (17-3, 7-0 SEC) won despite failing to score in the first eight-plus minutes of the second half, which allowed Georgia to take a 35-30 lead. Georgia (17-4, 5-3) had a scoring drought of its own that lasted nearly seven minutes later in the game.
■ Both teams' next matchup will be in Lexington: Tennessee on Thursday and Georgia on Sunday.
No. 15 Duke 74, No. 12 North Carolina 67 (OT): Elizabeth Williams scored a career-high 33 points to help Duke win at North Carolina. Freshman Rebecca Greenwell (Owensboro Catholic) added 14 points and a career-best 14 rebounds for the Blue Devils (14-6, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot just 39 percent but snapped a five-game road losing streak — their longest in two decades.
No. 7 Maryland 84, Indiana 74: Lexie Brown scored 21 points and Brionna Jones added 10 and 14 rebounds to help Maryland remain unbeaten in Big Ten play with a win at Indiana. Maryland (17-2, 8-0 Big Ten) has won 11 straight since falling to Notre Dame on Dec. 3.
The Hoosiers (12-7, 2-6) got 11 points and five assists from former Madison Central star Larryn Brooks.
No. 17 Florida State 110, Wake Forest 80: Morgan Jones came off the bench to score 16 points and the five starters all scored between nine and 15 for host Florida State. Former Kentucky point guard Maegan Conwright had 11 points and two steals.
Iowa State 58, No. 8 Texas 57: Nikki Moody scored 14 points, including two free throws with 17. 5 seconds left, to help Iowa State upset host Texas.
No. 2 Virginia 50, Virginia Tech 47: Justin Anderson led the Cavaliers on a critical 12-0 run late in the game to give them a victory at inspired Virginia Tech and sold-out Cassell Coliseum.
"I think he understood it was time," forward Anthony Gill said of Anderson, who scored eight points in the run. It was time to go ahead and pick it up and that's what he did. He really carried us in those last couple minutes."
The Cavaliers (19-0) trailed 43-33 after the Hokies outscored them 30-9 in a long stretch spanning the halves. It included a drought of 9:14 between the Cavaliers' first basket of the second half and its next points.
No. 8 Notre Dame 81, N.C. State 78 (OT): Jerian Grant scored 25 points and blocked a last-second shot that helped Notre Dame win at Raleigh, N.C.
The Fighting Irish (19-2) erased an 18-point first-half deficit, rallied in the final minute to force overtime, then made the decisive stop in the extra session to win their fourth straight.
Ohio State 82, No. 23 Indiana 70: D'Angelo Russell (Louisville native) scored 22 points and added 10 assists, and Jae'Sean Tate had a career-high 20 points in the Buckeyes' win in Columbus.
Ohio State (16-5) won consecutive games for the first time since wins against in-state foes Miami and Wright State on Dec. 22 and 27, respectively.
Butler 77, No. 24 Seton Hall 57: Andrew Chrabascz scored 15 of his 16 points in the first half to lead Butler to a win in Indianapolis.
Butler reserves Kelan Martin (Ballard) and Jackson Davis (Lafayette) scored 10 and four points, respectively.