By LARRY VAUGHT
Myisha Hines-Allen scored 17 points to reach the 2,000-point mark in her career to help Louisville demolish Stanford 86-59 Friday night in Lexington in the NCAA Tournament region semifinals.
Hines was 8-for-15 from the field and also added five rebounds for the balanced Louisville attack.
She is the second UofL player to reach 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
Her brother, Josh Allen, a starting linebacker at Kentucky, was in Rupp Arena cheering for his sister,
“If my brother wouldn’t have came to the game, I probably would have had to beat him up because he’s here, so it’s like — I’m just happy that he came, though. He’s in support of us, and Sunday he’ll be wearing red. Yeah, impressive,” the Louisville senior said.
Louisville will Oregon State Sunday at noon for a berth in the Final Four.
“Mya is a heck of a player. I have so much fun playing with her. She brings me so much confidence. It’s been nice to see her grow as a player,” Asia Durr, Louisville’s top scorer, said.
“Each year she’s gotten better. I mean, she plays her butt off, and she does some great things on that floor. I feel like she’s the best post player in the country.”
Hines-Allen said she knew she had reached the 2,000-point mark.
“It means a lot. I mean, I really can’t explain it. It’s just like 2,000 points, not a lot of people can do that or get that,” Hines-Allen said. “But Angel McCaughtry and Shoni Schimmel in this program have gotten it.
“Just to be with those type of players is amazing, and I know Asia Durr is about to be up there, too, soon. Just to be in company with those players is crazy just to think about it.”
Hines-Allen thinks it would be even crazier to get to play in her first Final Four if Louisville can beat Oregon State.
“We’re not stopping here. We want to go to the Final Four. We want to compete for a national championship,” Hines-Allen said.
“We know we have to take care of business on Sunday, so it’s going to start once we get back to the hotel with treating your body good, making sure whatever it is that Carissa our trainer needs us to do, we’re doing it, so we have a chance to actually compete to get to a Final Four.”