LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr and Sam Fuehring each had 19 points, and top-seeded Louisville scored 27 straight points in the first half to overwhelm 16th-seeded Robert Morris 69-34 on Friday in the women's NCAA Tournament.
The absences of suspended coach Jeff Walz and injured point guard Arica Carter didn't affect the Cardinals (30-3), who led 32-4 early in the second quarter by holding the Colonials scoreless for nearly 15 minutes. Robert Morris (22-11) missed 17 consecutive shots during that drought before making three of five entering halftime, but the game was out of reach by then.
Louisville, meanwhile, shot 48 percent in bouncing back from its Atlantic Coast Conference championship loss to Notre Dame. Fuehring made all nine shots from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Durr was 6 of 12 with three 3-pointers, Dana Evans came off the bench to score 13 points and Bionca Dunham had 10 points and seven rebounds for Louisville, which outrebounded Robert Morris 47-28.
The Cardinals will face the winner between No. 8 seed Michigan and No. 9 Kansas State in the second round.
Natalie Villaflor had 13 points and Nneka Ezeigbo nine for the Colonials, who had won their last four games.
Robert Morris: The Colonials started OK with consecutive baskets by Ezeigbo, the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and tournament MVP. In fact, they frequently created good looks and maintained a fast pace despite trailing big. The cold start was just too much to overcome as they finished 23 percent from the field and scored a season low in points.
Louisville: While the Cardinals weren't perfect by any stretch, they gave Walz something to like from the outside looking in. Acting coach Stephanie Norman was able to clear the bench before halftime, Feuhring appeared healed following an ankle injury and the Cardinals quickly seized opportunities to build a safe cushion throughout.
Robert Morris: Season over.
Louisville: Faces Michigan-Kansas State winner on Sunday.