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GEORGE | Louisville women's basketball cruises past Central Arkansas

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The No. 3 seed University of Louisville women's basketball team hosted No. 14 seed Central Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cards trailed early but cruised past the Sugar Bears winning 87-60. 

Myisha Hines-Allen led the Cards with 25 points to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. 

Louisville started off slow, trailing 25-22 after the first period. The Cards went back and forth with the Sugar Bears in transition. Central Arkansas last led 30-29 with 7:20 left in the second period. 

Tied at 32-32, the Cards pulled away with a 17-0 run surging past the Sugar Bears before heading into the locker room at the half.

Myisha Hines-Allen scored 19 points in the first half, shooting 9 of 12 from the field. 

Coming out of half, the Cards controlled the game offensively and defensively in the third and fourth periods, increasing their lead over the Sugar Bears. 

Mariya Moore scored 16 points. 

Head Coach Jeff Walz said his team lacked effort and did not perform well defensively early on. 

"You take away that first period, I thought we did some good things as the game progressed, but you can't start the game like that," said Walz. 

The Cards got a spark from red-shirt junior guard Dakota Weatherford. Walz noted her 7 points but said her effort and defensive hustle gave the team a huge lift. But heading into the second round on Sunday, Walz said his team has work to do.

"We'll talk about it tonight, we'll watch film tonight, we'll practice tomorrow, watch some more film and we have to make sure that they are completely prepared," said Walz. 

Louisville will face the No. 6 seed DePaul Blue Demons on Sunday. The start time has not been announced.

DePaul beat James Madison 97-67 in the first game Friday at the KFC Yum! Center. DePaul made 11 3-pointers and tallied a season-high 55 rebounds to beat the No.11 seed JMU Dukes. 

The Louisville coaching staff was very impressed by DePaul's performance, Walz said he hoped his players took notice. 

"They watched the first half of that DePaul, James Madison game, if they didn't see how good DePaul is, then I don't know what to tell them, because it was quite a performance that DePaul put on. It was fun to watch," said Walz.

KFC Yum! Center officials will reportedly announce Sunday's start time sometime Saturday morning. 

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