BOWLING GREEN, Ky -- WKU cut a 16-point deficit to three points in the second half but eventually the Cardinals pulled away as No. 4/3 Louisville defeated WKU 74-61 in E.A. Diddle Arena on Wednesday night in front of 3,725 fans.
Louisville opened with an 18-2 run to begin the game before the Lady Toppers closed the deficit to three on four occasions. WKU closed the Louisville lead to three at 33-30, 35-32 and 37-34 in the opening half and at 39-36 after scoring the first basket of the second half.
An outstanding shooting performance in the second half by the Cardinals allowed Louisville to pull away and record their seventh consecutive win to open the season. The Cardinals shot upwards of 75 percent for a majority of the second half before settling at 56.0 percent for the second half and 55.4 percent for the game.
Postgame notes and box score are attached.
Junior All-America candidate Chastity Gooch scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead WKU.
The game was a matchup of former colleagues as WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard and Louisville coach Jeff Walz served together at Nebraska under Paul Sanderford and Clark-Heard served as an assistant to Walz at Louisville during the Cardinals' 2009 Final Four run.