Golden Eagle women battle, fall to No. 10 Louisville in opener

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech defense had 14 steals and forced No. 10 Louisville into 26 turnovers Saturday night in the season opener in Eblen Center.

Pretty good numbers for coach Amy Brown's team...but not nearly enough to overcome the high-powered Cards, who claimed an 82-49 victory over the Golden Eagles.

Angel McCoughtry had 29 points and 13 rebounds, along with six steals, to pace Louisville (1-0) to the win. Louisville forced 33 Tech turnovers in the contest, and the Cards shot 50 percent from the field while limiting Tech to 34.7 percent accuracy.

Candyce Bingham had 13 points and six rebounds, while Laura Terry came off the bench to net 11 points for Louisville.

Freshman Krystal Stirrup led Tech in scoring with 15 points, along with five rebounds and three steals. Also in double figures, Blair Bowens scored 13 and made three steals. Point guard Allison Price had seven points and four assists, while Meagan Lyons had a team-high four steals.

Down 13-2 in the opening five minutes, Tech fought back to within seven, 13-6, but the Cards -- a Sweet 16 team last winter -- used a 15-3 run to build their lead to 28-9 with 5:44 to play in the first half. Tech was able to trim the lead down to 14 by halftime, going to the break trailing 37-23.

Tech got the margin down to 12 points with 14:14 remaining on layups by Stirrup and Price, but that was as close as the home team would be the remainder of the contest. Louisville put together a 12-0 run to make it a 24-point lead with 10:11 to play.

The final 33-point margin was the largest lead of the game for Louisville.

Tech (0-1) visits Lipscomb Tuesday night in Nashville to open a doubleheader against the Bisons, with tipoff slated for 6 p.m.