Cochran Powers No. 2 Louisville In 97-46 Rout Of Bellarmine
LOUISVILLE, Ky.: Olivia Cochran scored 15 points to lead No. 2 Louisville to a 97-46 victory over Bellarmine on Saturday.
Unlike Fridays victory over Northern Kentucky, when they needed a third- quarter run to overcome a deficit, the Cardinals (7-0) took command early against the Knights (0-5). A 13-2 first-quarter spurt gave Louisville a lead it would not relinquish.
The Cardinals shot 60.9% for the game, 13 of 16 in the second quarter to pull away.
Even when they missed, someone was there to clean up. Louisville got 17 offensive rebounds, leading to 25 second-chance points.
Louisville, which led by as much as 52-18 in the first half, continued adding to their advantage throughout the second half.
Cochran, a 6-foot-3 freshman, hit all seven of her shots, leading six Louisville players in double figures. Liz Dixon, a 6-5 junior, added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Norika Konno tied a career high with 11 points, and Dana Evans and Kianna Smith also scored 11. Ramani Parker finished with a season-best 10.
Bellarmine, which shot just 32.7%, was led by Lauren Deels eight points.
Bellarmine: The Knights, a first-year Division I program in Louisville, simply had no answer for a Cardinals team that outmuscled them on both sides of the court. Louisville outrebounded the Knights 48-18.
Louisville: After their 4-for-22 performance Friday, the Cardinals were more selective from the perimeter Saturday. Still, they made just 3 of 16 from beyond the arc. The production inside by Cochran and Dixon, though, give Louisvilles guards time to get their shots back. Over the past two days, Cochran and Dixon have shot a combined 24 of 29 from the floor.
Bellarmine plays next Saturday and Sunday at Lipscomb.
Louisville returns to Atlantic Coast Conference play when it hosts North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon.
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