After last month's 63-57 win at Pitt, Louisville Coach Jeff Walz anticipated another bruising affair in Sunday's rematch.
Walz got the defensive struggle he expected as No. 8 Louisville endured its worst shooting performance of the season but shut down the Panthers late to win 48-35.
"I knew it was going to be a slugfest," Walz said. "I knew going into it, especially with how things were up there. They do a very good job defensively. I'm just really impressed with how they came out and guarded us."
Louisville shot 31 percent (17 of 55) but held Pitt to just 13 of 62 from the field (21 percent). Former Rockcastle County star Sara Hammond's 11 points and 13 rebounds led the Cardinals (20-3, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Shawnta' Dyer added 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench as Louisville rebounded from Monday's loss at No. 15 Duke.
The Cardinals held Pitt's leading scorer Brianna Kiesel to two points, her lowest outing of the season.
"The whole game we were just trying to make her uncomfortable, because if she gets going early, she's one of the top scorers in the ACC," Hammond said.
No. 15 Duke 89, Clemson 60: Elizabeth Williams had 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists as host Duke cruised past Clemson for its fifth straight win.
It was Williams' seventh double-double of the season and 26th of her career. She was one assist shy of her second career triple-double.
Rebecca Greenwell hit three from distance and finished with 19 points for Duke (18-6, 9-2 ACC). The former Owensboro Catholic standout moved one three-pointer shy of the freshman school record for makes.
No. 9 Florida State 80, Miami 60: Adut Bulgak had 19 points and 17 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season, and host Florida State got its ninth straight win.
Former Kentucky point guard Maegan Conwright added 13 points for the Seminoles (22-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
No. 6 Tennessee 64, Florida 56: Isabelle Harrison scored 17 points and Jordan Reynolds added 13 to lift Tennessee to a win in Gainesville, Fla.
The Lady Vols have won 11 straight games against the Gators, dating back to March 6, 2009. Florida is now 15-106 all-time against top-10 ranked opponents.
IU Southeast 77, Oakland City 70 (OT): Mary Dye (South Oldham) scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in IU Southeast's win in New Albany, Ind. Heather Wheat (Butler) added 17 points, five rebounds, six steals and three assists.
No. 20 Ohio State 79, Rutgers 60: Freshman D'Angelo Russell had 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for his first college triple-double and visiting Ohio State took command early and rolled to a victory over Rutgers, sending the Scarlet Knights to their eighth straight loss.
"It's a great feeling," Russell said. "More importantly, I'm just glad we won. Just to be in the same category as those guys is just a blessing. I feel like I've been flirting with it all year and I finally got the chance to do it and we got the win and that was more important to me."
Indiana 70, Michigan 67: Troy Williams had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Hoosiers to a victory in Bloomington, Ind. Yogi Ferrell had 18 points.
Saturday's late game
No. 2 Gonzaga 81, San Francisco 70: Kyle Wiltjer scored 29 points and made a pair of three-pointers in a key second-half run that helped visiting Gonzaga win its 17th straight game.
"It showed that we are able to execute down the stretch and get stops when they really matter," the former Kentucky standout said. "We don't like close games obviously. But I think it really is helping us find an identity and what we can do and where we can go in late-game situations."
Kevin Pangos added 17 points and Byron Wesley had 12 for the Bulldogs (24-1, 11-0 West Coast Conference), who are off to the best start in school history.