Another day, another blowout for the Louisville women's basketball team.
The Cardinals had five of the 12 players that scored in double figures as they rolled to a 5-0 record with a 92-48 victory over Lafayette in the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge at the KFC Yum Center.
Asia Durr and Samantha Fuehring led the way with 13 points apiece, while Mariya Moore had 12 points and seven rebounds. Briahanna Jackson chipped in 11 points, while Kylee Shook had 10 and Myisha Hines-Allen added seven points and 14 rebounds.
The Cardinals scored the first 14 points of the game and led by 20 in the first quarter.
MVP of the game
Mariya Moore had the best game of her junior season so far with an all-around big effort.
Moore scored six of the first 14 points of the game, hitting 5 of 9 from the field and also chipping in seven rebounds and two steals with just one turnover un 18 minutes of action.
Moore is just four points shy of 1,000 for her career.
Three key takeaways
1. Balanced attack: While Asia Durr has led the Cardinals in scoring each of the five games and averages 22.2 points a game, she's go so much help from a number of different players.
Seven players are averaging more than five points a game and Fuehring is a player who can score in bunches. The number of scoring options for Jeff Walz's squad will make them a tough team to scout for opponents.
2. Getting better on the boards? Sure, Louisville outrebounded Lafayette 62-28 but it wasn't much of a test. The Cardinals got rebounds from all but two players and what the staff likes to see is the 28 offensive rebounds.
The Cardinals won't get tested on the boards until next weekend against South Carolina and they'll need to be better.
3. Free-throw shooting: Walz has been harping on making free throws and the Cardinals sure didn't show any improvement on Sunday. U of L was just 12 of 22 from the charity stripe.
Five different players missed free throws with Fuehring going 1 of 4.
The Cardinals must shore up the free-throw shooting.
*****Hines-Allen scored seven points giving her 1,036 for her career. She's now in sole possession of 25th place in the school’s career scoring list after passing Stephanie Edwards' 1,034 points.
*****U of L held Lafayette to seven points in the fourth quarter, marking the fourth time this season the Cardinals have held a team to single digits in a quarter. Louisville had 25 quarters where the opponents scored under 10 points last season.
*****The Cardinals pulled down 62 rebounds, which is the the most by a Louisville team since Nov. 9, 2013 against Loyola Chicago (68). It is tied for the third most in a game in school history.
U of L coach Jeff Walz:
"So in the next two weeks . . . three weeks we're going to learn a lot about our basketball team. Is it going to define us? No. I mean, we could win them all, and I'm not going to sit here and tell you, 'Oh yeah, we're going to the Final Four, and we're going to win the national championship.' There are too many good teams right now. I don't think anyone is head-and-shoulders just that much better than anybody else. Well Brianna Stewart's not out there right now. Well she is, but fortunately for all of us she's playing for the Seattle Storm, I believe.
"At the same time, we could drop a few of these ball games. It's going to be a good test for us. We're going to have to be prepared and learn from things. But like I've told them, 'You've got South Carolina. Win or lose, you've got about two and a half days to prepare for Maryland. Win or lose, you've got two days to prepare for Kentucky. You've got to be able to move on to the next real quick no matter if you win it or lose it because the next one that's coming at you is pretty darn good."
Up next . . .
Louisville will host a 3-2 Chattanooga team on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. The Mocs have won two in a row.