By Luke Graham —

The No. 9 Cardinals protected their home court Nov. 14 against Central Michigan 76-63.

A slow start for Louisville left fans a little worried, but a 12-6 run to cap off the first quarter helped Louisville go into the second quarter with a 22-15 lead.

Central Michigan had control in the second quarter as Louisville could not fully get their footing. A short 5-0 run was about the most Louisville did in the second but that was followed by an 8-1 run by Central Michigan that ended the first half with a three-point difference advantage Cards.

The third quarter may have made the difference as Louisville finished the quarter with a 20-10 difference. Even though both teams matched at 17 points a piece in the fourth, the third quarter was enough for the Cards to take home the win.

Louisville had some help to pull off the tight win with 19 turnovers made by Central Michigan. They only shot 27 percent from three this game, but that was 10 percent better than Central Michigan’s 17 percent. Turnovers have been a problem over the last few games for the Cardinals as they had over 20 against Murray State.

Leading scorers for the Cards were junior Dana Evans with 24 points and senior Jazmine Jones with 25 points. Both scorers set a new career high.

Senior forward Kylee Shook dominated on both ends of the court with 12 rebounds and added 15 points to finish the night with a double-double.

The Cards look to stay undefeated on Nov. 21 against UT Chattanooga at 6:30 p.m.

Photo by Anna Claire Will / The Louisville Cardinal