7:00 PM ET, December 14, 2006
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Angel McCoughtry scored 23 of her 25 points in the second half and Louisville (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today; No. 16 AP) rallied to a 67-62 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night in the Big East opener for both teams.McCoughtry, who also had a career-high 18 rebounds, scored eight points during a 16-4 run over seven minutes that put Louisville (10-0) ahead 66-62 with 1:40 to play.Cincinnati (7-2) went on a 17-7 run with 11:40 left in the first half to take a 33-19 lead. Shelly Bellman scored five of her team-leading 16 points during the spurt. The Bearcats led 42-35 at halftime.The Bearcats built a 53-41 lead in the second half when Bellman hit a 3-pointer with 13:27 left. McCoughtry scored all of Louisville's points in a 9-2 run that pulled the Cardinals to 55-50.McCoughtry helped Louisville outrebound Cincinnati 53-44. She finished 7-of-20 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, and was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line.Katie Olson added 12 points for Louisville, and Yuliya Tokova scored 10. Toni Slaughter, a transfer from Cincinnati, had eight points and 10 rebounds.Treasure Humphries scored 13 points for Cincinnati, all in the first half, and Michelle Jones added 10.Cincinnati was 16-of-39 from the field in the first half, but only 7-of-35, including 2-of-14 3-pointers, in the second half, to finish 23-of-71 (32.4 percent).Louisville was 24-of-65 from the field (36.9 percent), but had 17 turnovers and was just 3-of-15 from 3-point range.The win gave Louisville coach Tom Collen his 200th career victory. He is 200-61 overall, including 73-29 at Louisville, where he is in his fourth season.