GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Louisville 101, Eastern Kentucky 58

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Hailey Van Lith scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead No. 5 Louisville to a 101-58 victory in its home opener over Eastern Kentucky.

The Cardinals (2-0) used a 16-2 run to start the second quarter, take a 35-14 lead with 5:17 left in the half and put the game away. They would lead by as much as 40-16 in the half.

Van Lith, a McDonald's High School All-American last season, lived up to expectations in her home debut. She made 7-of-13 shots, including five 3-pointers.

Senior guard Dana Evans also scored 20. A preseason All-American, Evans made just 7-of-16 shots Sunday, but added seven assists.

Amerah Steele's 11 points led the Colonels (0-2), who shot just 33.9 percent and committed 20 turnovers.

Louisville was supposed to play at Cincinnati Saturday, but that game, like many others across the country, was canceled Thursday after Cincinnati discovered a positive COVID-19 case within the program.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz went to Twitter in an attempt to find a weekend opponent. Just a day later, the Cardinals announced with the game with the Colonels, coached by Samantha Williams, a former Walz assistant at Louisville.


Associated Press

November 29, 2020