LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Jazmine Jones and Myisha Hines-Allen scored 17 points each to lead No. 5 Louisville to a 90-55 victory over Toledo in a preseason women's NIT quarterfinal game Tuesday night.
The Cardinals (3-0) overcame a slow start offensively, but used a strong second quarter to put the Rockets away. During one stretch, Louisville made 8-of-12 baskets to turn a six-point lead into a 41-19 advantage with 1:25 left in the first half.
Louisville, despite shooting just 31 percent in the opening quarter, finished shooting 48 percent overall as the lead grew to as many as 37 points late in the fourth quarter.
Asia Durr, coming off a 47-point performance Sunday against Ohio State, added 14 points for the Cardinals.
Toledo shot just 30 percent and missed 20 of 25 3-point attempts. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott led the Rockets (1-1) with 16 points.
Toledo: After enjoying a 52-14 scoring edge in the paint against St. Francis (Pa.) on Friday, the Rockets met their match against the taller Cardinals on Tuesday. Louisville outrebounded its guests 57-27 and took advantage of a 44-20 scoring margin in the paint.
Louisville: Just two days after needing overtime to beat the No. 9 Buckeyes in Columbus, the Cardinals still were able to take command of the game by midway through the second quarter. That enabled coach Jeff Walz a chance to give his regulars a breather. The Cardinals five starters played a combined 195 minutes in Sunday's win. Against the Rockets, they played a total of 101 minutes. That should give them more then enough rest for Thursday's semifinal and, potentially, Sunday's championship game.
Toledo: The Rockets return home to play a WNIT consolation bracket game against a Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
Louisville: The Cardinals advance to the WNIT semifinals and will play host to No. 24 Michigan on Thursday night.
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