USA Today Sports

Louisville's No. 5 ranked women's basketball team has opened the season with a 100-57 blowout of Tennessee-Martin on the road

Louisville's No. 5 ranked women's basketball team has opened the season with a 100-57 blowout of Tennessee-Martin on Friday night in Martin, Tenn. The Cardinals had three in double figures, including 24 by Asia Durr.

The University of Louisville women's basketball team scored the first 21 points of the new season, opening a huge lead and rolling to a 100-57 win on the road Friday night in the opener against Tennessee-Martin.

Louisville forced 32 turnovers, hit 56.1 percent from the field, had three in double figures and crushed the home team.

It was a rousing start to the season for the Cardinals, who were ranked No. 5 in the preseason Associated Press poll.

MVP of the game

Asis Durr is back and healthy.

The former No. 1 player in the country was injured during her freshman season and played through it but said in the summer that she was "feeling great and ready to get back" on the court for the cardinals.

And she proved it right off the bat.

Durr hit 7 of 13 from three-point range and finished the night with 24 points in 21 minutes.

"She's feeling great; she's playing well," U of L coach Jeff Walz said. "Really excited for her because she is finally healthy and feeling good. That's what I recruited. That's what I thought she could do.

"She's a dynamic basketball player that can score and understands the game, and she's fortunate to be playing with some great players, too, that can get her the ball."

Three key takeaways

1. Lost of talent and depth on the floor: Walz said during U of L's Tipoff Luncheon that he felt like he had as much talent on this team that he's had during his 10-year career with the Cardinals.

And he's spot on.

U of L had 11 players score points, 10 players grab a rebound and six players dish out an assist in the blowout.

Durr led the way with 24 points, but ACC preseason Player of the Year Myisha Hines-Allen had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Briahanna Jackson added 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Mariya Moore chipped in nine points.

2. Freshman class is talented: The freshman class was ranked as one of the top five recruiting classes in the country last season and they're off to a solid start for the Cardinals.

Kylee Shook had eight points, three rebounds and one blocked shot, while Jazmine Jones had six points and six assists, three steals and three rebounds and Sydney Zambrotta chipped in seven points. Bionca Dunham had five points and four rebounds.

Ciera Johnson had two points, two rebounds and three blocked shots, while walk-on Jessica Laemmle had four points, two steals one rebound and one assists in just nine minutes.

3. Defense will be a key: The Cardinals were smothering on defense.

U of L forced 32 turnovers, held UT-Martin to 17 of 43 from the field and finished with 14 steals.

Three pointers

*****Louisville scored 100 or more points for the 20th time in school history. The Cardinals are 20-0 in those games and it was just the sixth time in school history that U of L has scored 100 points on the road.

*****After easily surpassing the 70-point mark, the Cardinals boast a 155-15 record when reaching the plateau under Walz. The Cardinals were 14-1 when scoring at least 70 points last year.

*****The Cardinals dished out 23 assists, the most since recording 26 against Syracuse on Jan. 29, 2015.

Quote of the night

UT-Martin coach Kevin McMillan

"Let's give our kids a little bit of a pass. that's really unfair to do to an inexperienced team, to put that as your opening game. That's not fair. But they're going to learn a lot more from that game a lot quicker than they would if they didn't have that game first."

Next up. . . . 

Louisville will open the season at the KTC Yum Center on Sunday at 2 o'clock against Belmont.

Coached by former U of L assistant Cameron Newbauer, Belmont beat Fort Wayne in the opener on Friday night.

Cardinal Authority Top Stories