It wasn't a good start for the University of Louisville, missing its first seven shots.
But in the end it really didn't matter as the Cardinals overwhelmed Idaho 88-42 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
"We're very fortunate to be able to do some things defensively to disrupt what they like to do offensively," U of L coach Jeff Walz said. "I was very proud of our kids. I thought we fought through the first four or five minutes of the game that we did not play extremely well, but we played hard, and finally got things under control, relaxed, and thought we did some really good things offensively and defensively." Sara Hammond led five players in double figures with 16 points, while Jude Schimmel had 14 points and Asia Taylor scored 13 for the Cardinals (31-4). Shoni Schimmel had 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
U of L will now play Marist or Iowa on Tuesday night in the second round.
After the slow start, the Cardinals gained control and ended the half on a 28-10 run to go up 42-20 at the half. U of L scored 23 points in the first eight minutes of the second half as the lead swelled to 63-30.
U of L has now won six times in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament under Jeff Walz.
The Cardinals outscored Idaho (25-9) 32-2 on points off turnovers, while having just nine miscues. Shoni Schimmel had no turnovers.