The University of Louisville women's basketball team won its NCAA opener against Chattanooga

The University of Louisville women's basketball team won its NCAA opener against Chattanooga. The Cardinals whipped the Mocs 82-62 in the opening round at the KFC Yum Center.

The University of Louisville women's basketball team opened the NCAA Tournament with a victory.

The Cardinals got a huge game from Asia Durr, had four players in double figures and rolled to an 82-62 win over Chattanooga in the opener at the KFC Yum Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals had 28 assists on 36 made field goals and turned it over just 12 times.

U of L trailed much of the first quarter but used a 15-0 run to take the lead and then ended with a 24-13 run in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals had 46 points in the paint and had 23 points off the bench.

MVP of the game

Sophomore Asia Durr did it again for the Cardinals.

Durr had her 16th game of the season where she scored over 20 points as she hit 10 of 16 from the field and had 27 points.

She was 5 of 9 from three-point range and hit 2 of 3 free throws. Durr also had three rebounds, two assists and just two turnovers.

Leading the team in scoring at 18.8 a game, Durr has hit 113 three-pointers this season and is just five behind Shoni Schimmel's single-season record of 118 made three-pointers.

Three-pointers

*****Freshman Jazmine Jones was one point off her career high with 14 points. She was 7 of 8 from the field, while freshman Kylee Shook added 10 points for the Cardinals.

*****Mariya Moore had 10 assists in the game, marking her fourth game of 10 or more. She has 29 assists in her last three games and is just seven shy from becoming the school's 10th leading all-time assists leader.

*****The Cardinals hit 36 of 59 from the field, including 9 of 14 in the third quarter.

Quotable

U of L women's coach Jeff Walz after the game:

"First off, I'd like to start off by congratulating Coach Foster and Chattanooga on a great season. They do a good job with that program. We knew it was going to be a tough ballgame throughout. We were able to pull away there towards the end, but it was never a game I felt really comfortable, especially with the way they shoot the three. But really, really pleased. Looking forward to have the opportunity to play on Monday night and see what we can do."

Up next . . . 

The Cardinals are 28-7 and will play the Tennessee-Dayton winner on Monday night.

The game time will be announced later after all of Saturday's games are complete.


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