After cruising to an easy win against Murray State, No. 10 Louisville turned its focus to the Cardinals' next opponent: 12th-ranked Kentucky.
Monique Reid (Fern Creek) scored 18 points, Shawnta' Dyer and Shoni Mitchell added 14 each, and Louisville beat the Racers 105-62 Tuesday night. The Cardinals (7-1) opened the game with a 16-0 run and topped its previous season high of 86, set last Saturday at Florida A&M.
Now, it's all about Kentucky on Sunday.
"It's everything for us," Louisville senior Becky Burke said of the upcoming matchup at Lexington's Memorial Coliseum. "We're not going to go out and get embarrassed like we did our sophomore year. This is our last time playing UK ... so it's kind of a little extra incentive. We're going to do everything we can to get the win."
The embarrassment Burke referenced came in Louisville's last trip to Lexington, a 101-67 rout by the Wildcats in 2009. Louisville was in a rebuilding year after reaching the NCAA title game the previous year. The Cardinals did get a measure of revenge last season, beating then-No. 8 Kentucky at home, 78-52.
Louisville has already faced the defending national champion, losing to then-No. 6 Texas A&M 76-58, but Burke said Kentucky's style could present a different level of intensity.
"They're going to pressure you, they're going to get out and deny, they're going to run on you," Burke said. "And we know that. Some of the more experienced players have got to share with our freshmen this week coming up what to expect. It's definitely something we've seen a little bit of with Texas A&M but it's a different level."
Cards Coach Jeff Walz said limiting turnovers would be the key to Sunday's game.
"If we can keep it to 18-24 or 25 then we are going to have a chance to win," he said.
Burke scored eight of Louisville's first 10 points against Murray State, capped by a three from the right corner with 16:54 remaining in the half. The Cardinals scored the game's first 16 points.
"We didn't make any shots. When we attacked we changed every shot we took, we'd double-pump. Then we weren't able to get our defense set," Murray State Coach Rob Cross said.
Mariah Robinson (Ohio County) scored 22 points, including 5-for-9 shooting on three-pointers, for the Racers (2-5). Kayla Lowe (Pike Central) added 13 points and Erica Burgess had 10.
Burke joined Reid in the 1,000-point club after scoring her first basket, a three just more than a minute into the game. Burke became just the 22nd player in school history to reach the mark and the two became only the third senior class in school history to have multiple 1,000-point scorers.
"It's definitely an honor to follow Mo and to have two graduating seniors do it," Burke said.
No. 8 Tennessee 82, Middle Tennessee 43: Cierra Burdick had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Tennessee routed Middle Tennessee in Knoxville.
Shekinna Stricklen took an inbounds pass, spun around and sank a jumper with 17:14 left in the first half that launched a 17-0 run. During the stretch, Tennessee stole the ball from Middle Tennessee on four consecutive possessions and got a basket in transition after each one.
The Blue Raiders' Ebony Rowe, a sophomore out of Paul Dunbar, was held to 10 points and eight rebounds. Rowe, the Sun Belt Conference's co-Pre-season Player of the Year, entered the contest averaging 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds.
Bowling Green 86, Western Kentucky 62: The host Falcons made 10 first-half three-pointers on their way to a 60-29 halftime lead. Western Kentucky senior forward Keshia Mosley had career highs for points (12) and rebounds (16).
Eastern Kentucky 96, Kentucky Christian 61: The Lady Colonels used a 22-5 first-half run to cruise to a victory. Jade Barber (Ballard) scored a career-best 17 points to go with 11 rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal in 20 minutes.
Transylvania 70, Midway 49: Alex McKenzie (Scott County) tied a career high with 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Transy.
LSU 59, Houston 58: Storm Warren hit two free throws in the final second for LSU in Houston. Andre Stringer scored 13 points to lead the Tigers (4-3), who won for the third time in four games.
Christian County graduate Anthony Hickey struggled for the Tigers, going 1-for-11 from the field. The freshman had five rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Virginia 70, No. 14 Michigan 58: Mike Scott had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Virginia used a 19-2 second-half run to take command and beat visiting Michigan in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Joe Harris added 18 points and freshman Malcolm Brogdon had 16 for the Cavaliers (6-1).
Delaware St. 57, Eastern Kentucky 43: Freshman Eric Stutz scored a team-high 13 points in the Colonels' loss in Dover, Del. His jumper right before halftime gave Eastern Kentucky its only lead of the game at 18-17.
Butler 98, Oakland City 53: Kameron Woods, a freshman out of Eastern, had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Butler (4-3).