LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Asia Durr scored 19 points in 20 minutes, and No. 4 Louisville nearly matched a historical best Saturday night in its 80-26 victory over Middle Tennessee.
Wrapping up a busy week in which they routed UT Martin and Vanderbilt, the unbeaten Cardinals lowered the boom on another team from Tennessee. A 28-1 first-quarter run put the game away early.
The Cardinals (11-0), off to their second-best start in program history, had one of their best-ever shooting halves. Louisville shot 70.8 percent in the first half and 56.3 percent for the game. Bionca Dunham added 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
Durr also made 5 of 6 shots, including all four of her 3-point attempts.
The Blue Raiders (5-3) were missing two starting guards because of injuries, which allowed Louisville to overwhelm the Middle Tennessee backcourt throughout the first half.
Middle Tennessee scored just one more point than the fewest ever by a Louisville opponent. The Cardinals last held an opponent to 25 points against Tennessee State on Dec. 31, 2012.
Jess Louro led Middle Tennessee with seven points. The Blue Raiders shot just 20.5 percent and committed a season-high 31 turnovers.
Middle Tennessee: The Blue Raiders entered the game holding four of their first seven opponents below 50 points. Louisville, which capitalized on easy opportunities created by its pressure defense, reached that plateau with 2:46 left in the first half.
Louisville: For the fourth time this season, the Cardinals never trailed, this time against a team that featured several key players from last season's 23-win squad.
Middle Tennessee hosts Troy on Thursday.
Louisville concludes a four-game homestand when it hosts Tennessee State on Tuesday.
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