|Louisville's Monique Reid, right, is fouled by Murray State's Ashleigh McBean during the second half of their NCAA women's college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville defeated Murray State 105-62. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)|
No. 10 Louisville cruises past Murray State
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Monique Reid scored 18 points to help No. 10 Louisville cruise to a 105-62 victory over Murray State on Tuesday night.
Shawnta' Dyer and Shoni Schimmel added 14 points each for the Cardinals (7-1), who opened the game with a 16-0 run. Louisville topped its previous season high of 86, set last Saturday at Florida A&M.
Mariah Robinson scored 22 points, including 5-for-9 shooting on 3-pointers, for Murray State (2-5). Kayla Lowe added 13 points and Erica Burgess had 10.
Senior guard Becky Burke scored eight of the Cardinals' first 10 points, capped by a 3 from the right corner with 16:54 to play that forced Murray State coach Rob Cross into a timeout, pulling all five starters for the second time in the game's opening minutes.
Burke and Sara Hammond finished with 10 points each.
Burke joined Reid in the 1,000-point club after scoring her first basket, a 3 just more than a minute into the game. Burke became just the 22nd player in school history to reach the mark and the two became only the third senior class in school history to have multiple 1,000-point scorers.
Murray State missed its first nine shots and started the game 1 for 18 from the floor before Mariah Robinson's 3 cut the lead to 20-5 with 12:23 left in the first half. Louisville held the Racers to 17.9-percent shooting (7 of 39) in the first half.
Antonia Slaughter's putback with 6:34 left to play in the first half pushed the lead to 34-7, and the Cardinals led 50-18 at halftime.
After Robinson opened the second half with her second 3, Louisville scored the next 12 points to take a 62-21 lead with 15:33 left. Robinson's 19 points in the second half helped the Racers cut the lead to 33 with just more than four minutes remaining before Louisville finished the game on a 17-7 run.
The final margin matched Louisville's largest lead.
The Cardinals next visit No. 12 Kentucky on Sunday.