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Louisville women take care of Western Kentucky in season-opener

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It’s a 1-0 start for the No. 5 team in America.

Louisville v Mississippi State Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

For the first couple of minutes of the game it seemed as if Asia Durr might be on pace to score 10,000 points this season. The Cards took a quick 11-2 lead and Asia Durr had all 11 of those points.

Coach Walz said, “We did a really nice job getting Asia the ball. We came out and had a play set up to start the game and we executed it perfectly, and she knocks down a three…Get the player that’s hot the basketball.”

She led all all scorers with 33 points in Louisville’s 102-80 victory over Western Kentucky.

When the starters went to the bench things got a little shaky at times. Near the end of the first half the Cards were only up 46-41. Still, it was a good learning experience for freshmen Mykasa Robinson and Seygan Robins as well as redshirt freshman Lindsey Duvall.

Another newcomer who had a strong game was Pitt grad transfer, Yacine Diop who took over the jersey #2 after Myisha Hines-Allen graduated. She notched her first double-double as a Cardinal with 11 points and 10 rebounds. After the game Coach Walz joked, “I just think it’s the #2. You know it’s a double-double—it’s right back at it.”

Arica Carter did not start the game but gave the team a boost off the bench. She picked up where she left off last year with steady leadership and solid shooting. She finished the game with 19 points. If there was an area of concern it was under the basket. Coach Walz said, “I’ve got to get Sam Fuerhing and Bionca and Kylee to be able to defend better in the post. And we’ve got to be able to score a little better in there.”

He also praised all the fans who traveled to Bowling Green to watch him get his 300th win. “It was fantastic. We just have great fans. It really shows the type of loyalty that we have and it was exciting to have them all here.”

Next up the Cards travel to Tennessee to play UT-Chattanooga on Friday, Nov. 9th at 7pm.