Updated at: 12/08/2012 8:05 PM
By GARY GRAVES
(AP) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Shawnta’ Dyer had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Antonita Slaughter scored a season-high 13 points, and No. 8 Louisville cruised past Valparaiso 96-40 on Saturday night.
Dyer posted her first double-double this season and also had six assists as the Cardinals had five players in double figures and finished with a season high in scoring.
Sara Hammond also had 13 points with eight rebounds. Sherrone Vails and Jude Schimmel each added 12 points as everyone scored for the Cardinals (9-1), who won the first meeting between the schools.
Louisville shot just 45 percent but made just nine turnovers after committing a season-high 25 in Sunday’s loss to Kentucky. The Cardinals’ defense made the biggest impact, forcing 31 turnovers leading to 38 points.
Tabitha Gerardot and Maegan Callaway each scored nine points for Valparaiso (3-6), which shot just 39 percent and didn’t get into double digits until late in the first half.
Louisville bounced back big after Sunday’s 48-47 loss to intrastate rival Kentucky. The Cardinals blew a 14-point second half lead and were stunned by Wildcats freshman Janee Thompson, who hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds remaining.
Louisville coach Jeff Walz urged his team to move on quickly from that disappointment and focus on preparing for the upcoming Big East schedule. Considering how Sunday’s error-prone game ended for the Cardinals (25 turnovers), the immediate objective was correcting those mistakes.
Valparaiso meanwhile was coming off Tuesday’s 82-73 win at IPFW that ended a five-game slide. The Crusaders shot 50 percent and converted 24 of 27 free throws in that game, a big improvement from their skid in which they shot just 103 of 306 (34 percent).
The Cardinals needed less than 3 minutes to put the Crusaders in another hole.
Louisville led 12-0 lead with 3-pointers comprising three of its first five baskets. The Cardinals followed with a 27-7 run en route to a 55-19 halftime lead, hitting 22 of 44 from the field including 6 of 11 from beyond the arc.
Slaughter, whose nine rebounds on Sunday helped the Cardinals lead for most of the game, earned her first start of the season and contributed two of those 3’s in scoring a team-high nine points in the half.
Defensively, she was part of a bigger starting lineup that overwhelmed the Crusaders. Valparaiso committed 15 turnovers leading to 25 points for Louisville, which turned the ball over just twice.
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