CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Shawnta Dyer had a season-high 20 points, Miraya Moore scored 15 and No. 9 Louisville cruised to an 81-49 win over Clemson on Thursday night.
Sara Hammond added 12 points and Myisha Hines-Allen 10 to help the Cardinals (21-3, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) win for the fourth time in five games.
Louisville used a quick start and a 19-2 run that straddled both halves to go to 4-0 all-time against the Tigers.
Nikki Dixon and Shelbie Davenport scored 10 points apiece to lead Clemson (9-16, 1-11), which couldn’t handle Louisville’s ACC-leading defense and lost its 11th straight. The Tigers have lost 72 of their past 73 games against ranked opponents.
The Cardinals opened with a 21-5 burst and turned things up again with its big run after the Tigers cut the lead to 10 points late in the opening period.
Louisville, averaging 75 pointers per game, was coming off a 48-35 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday. However, the Cardinals didn’t have any offensive troubles against the Tigers, hitting 10 of their first 15 shots to build their 16-point over the first 8 minutes.
Clemson clawed back to get the lead down to 31-21 over the next 10 minutes. That’s when the Cards turned it on again, finishing the half on an 8-0 run to lead 39-21 at the break.
The charge continued in the second half, Louisville eventually building a 39-point midway through the period.
Eight of Louisville’s nine players used in the first half scored points as the team shot 48.5 percent (16 of 33).
Louisville’s league-best defense was in full effect against Clemson, which had 12 turnovers in the first half and was outrebounded 23-10.
The Cardinals had 18 offensive rebounds for the game, just one fewer than Clemson’s total rebound total.
Louisville locked down on Dixon, holding her to 3-of-8 shooting to finish five points fewer than her team-leading average.
Louisville: The Cardinals, as the ACC’s newest member, haven’t played Clemson since 1993 when both schools were at the UNLV Tournament.
Clemson: The Tigers are closing in on the program’s longest losing streak of 12 straight defeats accomplished twice, the last time when they lost the final 11 games of the 2005-06 season and the opener the next year.
Louisville: Hosts No. 17 North Carolina on Sunday
Clemson: At No. 7 Florida State on Feb. 19
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