Top-seeded Louisville rolls past Boise State 74-42 in NCAAs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kylee Shook had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead Louisville to a 74-42 blowout of Boise State on Friday in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
Beginning NCAA play as a top seed for the first time in school history, the Cardinals (33-2) used quick spurts early in both halves, along with defense, to cruise to victory. They shook off their initial sluggishness shortly after Shook entered midway through the first quarter. The 6-foot-4 sophomore alternated 3-pointers with Jazmine Jones’ layups for a 19-8 lead before adding her own layup to make it 21-11.
Louisville combined size and quickness to break it open coming out of the break, outscoring No. 16 seed Boise State (23-10) 16-4 for a 50-26 cushion. The Cardinals dominated most every category, from points in the paint points to rebounds (51-30) to fast-break and bench points.
Most importantly, Louisville held Boise State to a season-low 24 percent from the field (14 of 59).
Sam Fuehring had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Jones and Bionca Dunham each scored 10 and Myisha Hines-Allen had 14 rebounds for the Cardinals, who shot 30 of 62 (48 percent).
Shalen Shaw led the Broncos with 12 points.
Boise State: Playing a midday game in a time zone two hours ahead might have been a factor, but the Broncos couldn’t keep up with Louisville after six minutes. Shooting 7 of 31 in the first half certainly didn’t help on the road, and it became a wrap when Boise State allowed the Cardinals to start the third quarter fast and pull away.
Louisville: The Cardinals needed a few minutes to shake off nearly two weeks of rust, but they stayed in gear once Shook got them going. Louisville welcomed a rout after winning three Atlantic Coast Conference games by 10 total points.
Louisville faces the Dayton-Marquette winner in Sunday’s second round.