University of Louisville basketball coach Jeff Walz has told his team he doesn't need anyone to score 20 or more points on the season.
But instead he wants everyone to chip in for the Cardinals.
Walz had to be happy on Sunday as all five starters scored in double figures and the Cardinals used defense to spark a 19-2 run in a 77-43 win over UT-Martin before 7,892 fans at the KFC Yum! Center in the home opener.
"Coach told us he just needed us to have a team effort," senior Sara Hammond said. "It has to be everyone. I think when you have all five of our starters in double figures, we are going to be pretty hard to stop."
Freshman Myisha Hines-Allen led the Cardinals with 14 points and seven rebounds, while senior Bria Smith chipped in 14 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Freshman Mariya Moore added 12 points, while Hammond had 11 points and five rebounds and senior Jude Schimmel added 10 points, three steals and two assists.
U of L hit 27 of 66 from the field but was just 2 of 11 from three-point range. The Cardinals only turned it over eight times and freshman Arica Carter was the only player of the 11 who played that didn't score. She had three rebounds and two assists.
The Cardinals (2-0) won their home opener for the fourth consecutive season and for the 10th time in 11 years. U of L will play Belmont at home on Thursday night at 7 p.m.