Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball epic comeback shocking Louisville in ACC Tournament

Mar 4, 2022; Greensboro, NC, USA; Mandatory Credit: William Howard-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2022; Greensboro, NC, USA; Mandatory Credit: William Howard-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball team went on a 17-0 run over the last 4:29 and held Louisville scoreless for the last 5:45 to shock the fourth-ranked Cardinals 61-59 in the ACC Tournament semifinals Friday night. Miami has virtually secured an NCAA Tournament berth with its seventh win in their last eight games.

The Miami Hurricanes won the game on a buzzer-beater by Destiny Harden who scored 27 points. Miami defeated Louisville eerily similar to the men’s buzzer-beater at Virginia Tech by Charlie Moore in January. Harden and Moore both graduated from Morgan Park High School in Chicago, wear number three and ran off the floor.

Miami was carried in the fourth quarter by Harden who scored the last 15 points of the game. Harden had 15 of the 23 Miami points in the fourth quarter. Miami improves to 19-11 with the win. The Hurricanes were not in the NCAA Tournament discussion a month ago before the seven wins in their last eight games.

Miami faces the winner of Georgia Tech and Notre Dame on Saturday at 2:30. The Men tip-off at Syracuse at 1:00 PM. With the victory, the Miami women reach the ACC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2017. Miami finished the 24–9 in 2017 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Charlie Creme of ESPN

had Miami as one of the last four byes on Friday morning. That means that Miami was barely in the NCAA Tournament and just outside having to play in the inaugural women’s First Four. Creme had projected Miami as an 11 seed against sixth-seeded Florida in the Storrs Subregional.

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The winner was projected to play the victor between host Connecticut and Fairfield. Miami is clearly in the NCAA Tournament with the win over Louisville and should move up in the seedings. The Hurricanes have not played in the NCAA Tournament since finished the season 25–9 and lost in the second round.