CORAL GABLES, Fla. — For Louisville forward Myisha Hines-Allen, the bounce-back win was great and the rebounding milestone a pleasant surprise.
But her biggest postgame grin came as she savored her swished shot from outside.
“You saw my 3, huh?” Hines-Allen said. “I air-balled one last game, so I had to redeem myself.”
The senior sank her eighth career 3-pointer for her final basket to finish with 26 points Thursday, helping No. 4 Louisville rebound from its only loss of the season by beating Miami 84-74.
The Cardinals (21-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) were coming off a loss Sunday against now-No. 8 Florida State.
“We definitely learned from our last game,” Hines-Allen said. “The mindset was basically to bounce back and play strong and try not to make the same mistakes you made in the previous game.”
Hines-Allen shot 11 for 13 — mostly from in the paint — and was surprised to learn she surpassed the 1,000 mark in career rebounds by grabbing 11.
“Hines-Allen is just a beast,” Miami coach Katie Meier said. “She’s throwing us around like we’re rag dolls. She just goes and gets the ball.”
The Hurricanes (14-7, 4-4) had a three-game winning streak snapped. They fell to 1-4 against ranked teams but still heard plenty of cheers, with hundreds of youngsters from 22 elementary schools creating a noisy atmosphere for the 11 a.m. tipoff.
“A lot of students got an opportunity to see a women’s basketball game,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “It was great.”
Cardinals junior Sam Fuehring scored a career-high 17 points, while teammate Asia Durr tied her season low with seven, 13 below her average. Durr’s lone field goal came on a buzzer-beater at the end of the first half to put the Cardinals ahead 37-30, and the margin was never less than seven in the second half.
Hines-Allen helped the seal the win with her 3 in the final minutes.
“As long as it goes in, it’s a good shot,” Walz said.
Half an hour after the game, Meier was still shaking her head.
“Really, Myisha?” Meier said. “You’re killing us inside. Now you’re going to step out and hit a very composed 3?”
Louisville went more than five minutes without a basket as Miami cut a 26-19 deficit to 28-27. But Hines-Allen then scored back-to-back baskets to give the Cardinals a cushion they kept.
They shot 55 percent, and 67 percent in the second half. Louisville had a 37-25 rebounding edge against the Hurricanes, who were also hurt by shooting 5 for 19 from 3-point range.
Emese Hof led Miami with 20 points in 21 minutes off the bench.
The Miami men beat Louisville 78-75 in overtime on the same court Wednesday.
Hines-Allen increased her career rebounding total to 1,009, a total that ranks second at Louisville to Angel McCoughtry’s 1,261.
“I didn’t know I got a thousand,” Hines-Allen said. “That’s pretty awesome.”
Louisville remains the only ACC opponent Miami has never beaten in a league game. The Hurricanes are 1-3 against Louisville, with their lone victory in 1989 before the teams joined the conference.
Repeated courtside confusion regarding the shot clock and substitutions turned the game into a marathon, and neither coach was happy.
“The scorer’s table was a struggle all game long,” Walz said. “You can’t have as many errors as they had. It wasn’t well-run.”
“So disjointed,” Meier said. “Lots of stoppages. It was hard to coach.”
Louisville plays at home Sunday against Wake Forest.
Miami plays Sunday at Virginia Tech.