The University of Louisville women's basketball team opened the season with a blowout on the road on Friday night.
And the Cardinals scored another one in the home opener on Sunday.
The Cardinals had three players score in double figures and opened a 32-point lead before rolling to a 73-50 victory over Belmont, an NCAA tournament team from last season, at the KFC Yum Center.
The Cardinals got 18 points from Asia Durr and freshman Ciera Johnson and 13 from Mariya Moore and nine players scored.
MVP of the game
Could have gone with Ciera Johnson, but the 18 points and no rebounds was a cause of contention for Jeff Walz. So, we'll go again with Asia Durr for the second straight game.
After scoring a career-high of 24 points on Friday in the blowout of UT-Martin, Durr continued her hot start to her sophomore year with 7 of 12 shooting, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
Durr also had three assists, two steals one rebound and just one turnover in 22 minutes.
Three key takeaways
1. Durr could be leading scorer: Durr is healthy and ready to roll for the Cardinals this season, which means she could end up leading this team in scoring this season.
ACC Preseason Player of the Year Myisha Hines-Allen should have it a little easier moving forward because of Durr.
The former No. 1 player in the country, Durr is playing like it right now.
2. More minutes with effort: Hines-Allen only had 15 minutes in the game, finishing with four points and eight rebounds.
Walz made it clear after the game that he wants to see more from his star junior, noting she will play more as the season goes on.
"I've got options," Walz said. "As a coach, I've got options if you are not playing up to like I want you to play."
3. The added length is a huge lift: It's only been two games but you can already tell the added length with Johnson (6-5) and Kylee Shook (6-5) is going to be a huge boost for the Cardinals.
Johnson had two blocked shots and while Shook didn't get credit with a block she altered a ton of shots.
*****With the victory against Belmont, the Cardinals have won 27 of their last 31, dating back to last season.
*****Hines-Allen now has 999 career points.
*****The Cardinals shot 6 of 13 from the free-throw line with Johnson going 6-for-9. Sam Fuehring and Jessica Laemmle both missed two free throws in the fourth quarter.
Quote of the night
U of L coach Jeff Walz wasn't happy his team was outrebounded 52-32.
“We have to get better at it,” Walz said. “Getting out-rebounded by 20 isn’t too impressive.”
Next up . . .
Louisville will hit the road again, headed back to the Volunteer State.
The Cardinals will play at Middle Tennessee State on Wednesday in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The last meeting between those two schools was the 2013 NCAA Tournament when U of L won 74-49.