LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Myisha Hines-Allen scored 16 points and No. 4 Louisville broke away early to cruise past UT Martin 91-56 on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals (9-0) are off to the second-best start in program history. The 2006-07 team started 15-0.
Louisville closed out the first quarter on a 16-2 run to build a 29-9 lead in the final minute of the period. It was a spurt spurred by reserves as the Cardinals scored 14 points after coach Jeff Walz made three substitutions with 4:24 left in the quarter.
The Cardinals shot 17 of 32 after halftime in extending their lead. Asia Durr and Jazmine Jones each added 14 points for Louisville, which had five players finish in double figures.
Chelsey Perry led the Skyhawks (3-5) with 15 points.
UT Martin: The Skyhawks entered the game as one of the worst defensive teams in the country, with their 73.7 scoring average against tied for 301st in Division I. Louisville exploited that weakness by topping 90 points for the fourth time this season.
Louisville: The Cardinals took full advantage of their size to overpower the Skyhawks. At the beginning of the game, UT Martin resorted to using Kendall Spray, a 5-7 guard, to defend the 6-1 Hines-Allen. Mismatches like that allowed the Cardinals to post a season high 10 blocks and outscore the visitors44-20 in the paint.
UT Martin: The Skyhawks return home to host NCAA Division III foe Rhodes College on Thursday morning.
Louisville: The Cardinals also have a short respite as they return to the court Thursday evening to face Vanderbilt.
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