No 5 Louisville wallops Miami in home opener 9573

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kylee Shook scored a season-high 17 points to help No. 5 Louisville to a 95-73 rout of Miami (Ohio) on Monday night.The Cardinals (6-0) started strong and never looked back. They jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first 2:30 as they forced the RedHawks (4-1) into four turnovers in that span. Three baskets came on fast break opportunities.A balanced attack propelled the Cardinals to victory. Shook, a junior forward, made 6-of-9 shots and was one of six Louisville players to score in double figures. The Cardinals shot 51.5 per cent and forced Miami into committing 21 turnovers.Asia Durr scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half for Louisville, which also got a season-high 15 points from Bionca Dunham. Five Cardinals also pulled down at least six rebounds.Durr ended the first half in spectacular fashion, getting a backcourt turnover in the waning seconds and converting a reverse layup just before the buzzer to give the Cardinals a 46-28 lead at the break.Freshman guard Nia Clark scored 17 points to lead the RedHawks.BIG PICTUREMiami: A veteran-laden team with four starters returning from a 21-win team that reached the WNIT, the RedHawks found themselves down by as many 18 points late in the first quarter and never recovered.Louisville: After playing their first five contests on the road or at neutral sites, the Cardinals returned home and showed no ill effects from playing the first three weeks away from the Yum Center. Coach Jeff Walz also got a chance to showcase his depth as nine players saw action in the first half.SIDELINED DIOP: Louisville guard Yacine Diop will miss the rest of this season after tearing her left anterior cruciate ligament against No. 19 Arizona State. Diop was injured in the first minute of Friday’s 58-56 semifinal victory at the Southpoint Shootout in Las Vegas. She averaged 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in four games with two starts for the Cardinals.UP NEXTMiami: The RedHawks travel to Illinois-Chicago for a Saturday afternoon contest.Louisville: The Cardinals return to action Thursday evening when they host Nebraska as part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.Steve Bittenbender, The Associated Press

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