LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jazmine Jones scored 14 points to lead No. 9 Louisville to a 76-40 victory over Murray State on Friday night.
Jones, a senior, made all six of her shots in the victory. Kylee Shook added 13 points and 12 rebounds, Dana Evans finished with 12 points, Elizabeth Balogun had 11 points and nine of the Cardinals’ 12 players scored.
Macey Turley scored 18 points to lead the Racers (0-1).
Louisville (2-0) scored the game’s first 13 points, but the Cardinals didn’t necessarily race out to the lead. While Murray State missed its first 13 shots, the Cardinals made just five of their 14 shots in the first quarter and committed 10 turnovers in the period.
Louisville still carried a 38-10 lead into halftime, thanks partially to the play of Evans. The junior guard scored eight consecutive points in a 1:08 span, ending her own mini-run with a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left in the second quarter.
Shook did most of her damage in the third quarter. She scored all of her points in the period and had six of her 12 rebounds in the quarter. Her putback with 1:57 left in the period gave the Cardinals a 61-20 lead, its largest of the game.
Murray State: The Racers, picked to finish eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference this season, had a very difficult test to start their season. Coach Rechelle Turner played eight freshmen and sophomores in the first half against a bigger, deeper Cardinals squad.
Louisville: After shooting 49.2 % in their season opener Tuesday against Western Kentucky, the Cardinals looked far less sharp offensively, at least in the beginning, against an inferior foe. However, they dominated the boards, outrebounding the Racers 59-34, and held Murray State to just 24.6% shooting.
Murray State: At Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday
Louisville: Hosts Central Michigan on Thursday.
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