The University of Louisville women's basketball team rolled to win No. 3 on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 22-9 lead after one quarter, finished with three players in double figures and rolled over Middle Tennessee State 91-72 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Middle Tennessee made it into the NCAA Tournament last season but hit just 9 of 29 from the field in the first half.
Louisville (3-0) will play three games at home this weekend.
MVP of the game
Give this one to junior Mariya Moore.
The guard played outstanding on both ends of the floor, going for 27 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals and one blocked shot. She was 9 of 14 from the field, including 2 of 6 from three-point range.
Moore, who averaged 13.4 points as a freshman and 14.1 as a sophomore, is now averaging 16.3 points for the Cardinals. She has scored 981 career points and has really improved her all-around game this season.
While she had a solid sophomore season, Moore didn't feel like she lived up to her ability. She worked hard in the offseason and has come out strong in the first three games for the Cardinals.
Three key takeaways
1. Hines-Allen hasn't missed a beat: Preseason ACC Player of the Year Myisha Hines-Allen hasn't led the Cardinals in scoring in any of the three games, but she really hasn't missed a beat.
Hines-Allen had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes of play against the Blue Raiders. She scored her 1,000th career point during the win over Middle Tennessee and was 2-for-2 from three-point range.
The junior is averaging 11 points and 8.3 rebounds a game.
2. Better on the boards: U of L coach Jeff Walz challenged his team to get better on the boards and the Cardinals won the battle 44-30. Ciera Johnson, who had 18 points and no rebounds on Sunday, had six points and nine rebounds.
Every player who saw more than one minute of action had at least one rebound.
3. Three-point range: The Cardinals are going to be a solid team from three-point range this season. Louisville hit 8 of 21 in the Middle Tennessee game and is 22 of 59 for the season.
Asia Durr is 15 of 31 and will be one of the top three-point shooters in the country, while Moore and Hines-Allen have combined for six. Briahanna Jackson, Taylor Johnson and Sydney Zambrotta will all be solid shooters from long range.
*****Louisville already has 17 blocked shots in three games. Freshman Kylee Shook had four of her five on the season against Middle Tennessee, while Johnson has six to lead the team.
*****Sophomore Sam Fuehring had four points and five rebounds in just 10 minutes of action.
*****Louisville is averaging 88 points a game and allowing just 59.7 points a contest.
Next up. . . .
Louisville is home this weekend for three games in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic. The Cardinals will play Bowling Green on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Lafayette on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and Chattanooga on Monday at 7:30.