Time to relax with UofL enjoying an insurmountable lead. Olivia Cochran, Hailey Van Lith, Emily Engstler and Assistant Coach Jonneshia Pineda. (Mike DeZarn photo).

Cardinal birds rout Tennessee Martin flock

Chelsie Hall and Kianna Smith get the ball down court en route to another Louisville romp (Mike DeZarn photo).

Emily Engstler off to another impressive start, with two 3-pointers, 13 points and a couple of steals in the first quarter. The University of Louisville women’s basketball team will coast to another blowout win a second night in a row with a 62-30 win over Tennessee Martin.

Mykasa Robinson enjoys a light moment with an official during a pause in the action (Mike DeZarn photo)

Engstler making it look easy, hitting four of four 3-point attempts and 20 points to lead all scorers. Another short night for the transfer from Syracuse, but making the most of her 20 minutes. “I was really impressed with how well we passed the ball tonight,” head coach Jeff Walz said. “Emily shot the ball well tonight and I thought her teammates did a great job of finding her.”
 
Louisville closed the first quarter with an 8-0 run to take an 18-5 lead, Engstler and Kianna Smith combining to score all the Cardinals’ first 18 points. Smith would wind up with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point arc.

Hailey Van Lith continues to get a lot of defensive attention, managing only two points on one of four field goal attempts. She doesn’t show it if her lack of offensive production is bothering her, contributing six rebounds and three assists. When she’s not scoring, she seems to double her efforts on defense.

Olivia Cochran is a force to be dealt with under the basket, adding six points and seven rebounds. Liz Dixon chipped in six points and four rebounds.

Walz says the great teams commit around 10 turnovers a game. The Cardinals may be on the right track with only 11 miscues against Tennessee Martin.

The Cardinal Bird keeps fans young and old entertained during UofL games (Mike DeZarn photo).
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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.