7:00 PM ET, December 18, 2006
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Angel McCoughtry scored 34 of her career-high 38 points in the second half and Louisville (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) remained unbeaten by rallying for an 80-77 victory over Butler on Monday night.McCoughtry, who was two points shy of the school record, scored the Cardinals' first 14 points in the second half and Louisville (12-0) battled back from a three-point halftime deficit to hand the Bulldogs (2-8) their fourth straight loss.McCoughtry finished 14-of-23 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and was 6-of-10 from the line. She also had 12 rebounds. Jazz Covington added 12 points for the Cardinals, who continued the best start in school history and improved to 34-2 in Freedom Hall over the last three seasons.Jackie Closser paced Butler with 18 points, shooting 6-of-12 from 3-point range, while Lade Akande added 17 points. Tara Miller, playing her first game since transferring from Indiana University, scored 14 points, Ellen Hamilton added 13 and Susan Lester 10 for the Bulldogs.Butler missed its first 10 shots, but battled back from long range. The Bulldogs hit three 3-pointers during a 12-0 spurt late in the first half for a 27-19 lead. Louisville closed to 31-28 by halftime, but had as many field goals as turnovers (12) at intermission before rallying in the second half.Helen Johnson's long jumper with 1:46 to play gave the Cardinals the lead for good. Patrika Barlow hit four free throws in the final 15 seconds to preserve the win for Louisville, which shot 42 percent (30-of-72) for the game, 53 percent (18-of-34) in the second half.The Cardinals dominated the backboards 51-36, including 23-11 on the offensive end, and committed just three turnovers in the second half.Butler shot 41 percent (26-of-64) from the field, including 41 percent (13-of-32) from 3-point range.