GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Louisville 85, Tennessee-Martin 67

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dana Evans scored 26 points to lead the No. 5 Cardinals to an 85-67 victory over UT Martin.

The Cardinals (4-0) struggled early on, making just five of their first 21 shots. However, they used an 18-3 run over the final 6:58 of the first half to take a 40-27 halftime lead and break away from a solid Skyhawks team playing its first game of the season.

Evans, last season's Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, scored 10 of her points during that spurt.

The guard made 9 of 18 shots, including 4 of 9 3-pointers to lead Louisville, which shot 42% from the floor. She sat after three quarters and finished just two points shy of tying her career high set last year against Oklahoma State.

Freshman Hailey Van Lith and junior Kianna Smith scored 10 each for the Cardinals.

Chelsey Perry, last year's Ohio Valley Conference player of the year, scored 26 for the Skyhawks, who shot 41.2% and committed 19 turnovers. Dasia Young added 12.

Junior forward Liz Dixon scored seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and posted a team best plus-20 rating in 17 minutes. That complemented a seven-point, 10-rebound performance by starting forward Olivia Cochran.


Associated Press

December 6, 2020