No. 5 Louisville cruises past Belmont 73-50 in home opener

Belmont's Lauren Thompson (14) battles Louisville's Taylor Johnson (15) for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 in Louisville Ky. Louisville won 73-50. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Asia Durr and Ciera Johnson scored 18 points apiece as No. 5 Louisville defeated Belmont 73-50 in the Cardinals' home opener on Sunday.

Maya Moore added 13 points for Louisville (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which shot 47.7 percent from the field, compared with 31.7 percent for Belmont (1-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley Conference).

Louisville opened the game shooting 7 of 10 from the field and took a 10-point first quarter lead.

In the second quarter, Belmont cut Louisville's lead to nine after a 7-0 run capped by a 3-pointer by Kylee Smith. Louisville coach Jeff Walz called a timeout and the Cardinals ended the final 4:16 of the first half on a 15-2 run.

For the second consecutive game, Louisville surpassed the 20-assist total as a team. Moore had six of Louisville's 21 assists, along with 5 rebounds.

Smith scored a team-high 13 points for Belmont.