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Louisville 75, Western Kentucky 56

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dana Evans had 19 points, Elizabeth Balogun and Elizabeth Dixon combined for 25 points and 17 rebounds in their Louisville debuts, and the No. 9 Cardinals pulled away from Western Kentucky 75-56 Tuesday night in the opener for both teams.

Balogun and Dixon, Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team selections at Georgia Tech before transferring last spring, jump-started a Cardinals squad moving on from the departures of consensus All-America Asia Durr, guard Arica Carter and forward Sam Fuehring. Balogun had 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter as Louisville made its first seven shots. Dixon added 13 rebounds, 10 rebounds and a block.

Evans took over from there with 15 second-half points, including three 3-pointers. Bionca Dunham added 10 points while Jazmine Jones had 10 assists, eight points and eight boards to help the Cardinals shoot 49% and stay ahead of their in-state rivals.

Sherry Porter had 15 points, Dee Givens 13 in the second half and Whitney Creech 10 for the Hilltoppers, who shot just 33% (19 of 57) from the field but were within 10 early in the fourth.

Associated Press

November 5, 2019