Louisville, KY — The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals flew past the Univ. Tennessee - Martin Skyhawks, 91 - 56, behind a balanced effort both offensively and defensively.
The UT Martin Skyhawks (3-5) led for 34 seconds before Louisville (9-0) took over and never looked back. The Cardinals ran out to a 13-5 lead after starting off on a 13-3 run. After the first period, Louisville held a 29-9 advantage.
In a game that was never close, the Cardinals made a few statements.
Louisville's bench is productive
The Cardinals have had outstanding production from its bench throughout the first nine games. Against Murray State, Louisville's bench had 76 of 115 total points. Tonight, the Cardinals' bench knocked down 35 points.
The Cardinals bench was led by Sydney Zambrotta's 13 points. Zambrotta fired off three triples to go along with a few shots from the charity stripe and an uncontested layup.
The Cardinals are more than Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr
Sophomore Jazmine Jones is having a breakout season. Jones averaged 4.5 points per game just a season ago. This season, Jones has not only earned a starting position, but she's a crucial producer for the Cardinals. She is now averaging 9.8 points per game and sits at sixth in the ACC for field goal percentage.
In tonight's outing, Jones notched 14 points (including her first three-pointer on the season) and five boards.
Louisville has also gained significant production from junior Sam Fuehring. While Fuehring did not have her most impressive performance on the season, she did add four points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. She has become a defensive threat, perfecting the ability to draw a charge and force a turnover or head to the free throw line.
Louisville is dominating the paint
The Cardinals outscored the Skyhawks, 44 - 20 in the paint. Louisville was able to connect on 20 layups.
The Cardinals have exceeded 20 points in the paint in its last three outings, including a season-high 66 paint points against Murray State.
The Cardinals have a balanced offensive attack
On the evening, Louisville shot 52%, which is a little above its season average of 49.5%. The Cardinals dished out 21 assists on 34 made field goals.
Overall, the Cardinals had five players notch double-figures: Myisha Hines-Allen led Louisville with 16-points on 70% shooting and eight rebounds. Both Jazmine Jones and Asia Durr added 14 points apiece. Sydney Zambrotta racked up 13 points, while Arica Carter picked up 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Louisville returns to action on Thursday at 7 PM as the Cardinals face off against Vanderbilt at the KFC Yum! Center.