McCoughtry scores 29 to move into first on Louisville's list

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Angel McCoughtry lived up to the preseason billing on Saturday night.

McCoughtry scored a game-high 29 points to become Louisville's career scoring leader and the Cardinals (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) defeated Tennessee Tech 82-49.

McCoughtry, senior forward, passed Nell Knox's record of 1,899 points and finished the game with 1,906.

McCoughtry also recorded her 41st double-double, grabbing a team-high 13 rebounds.

But she was unhappy with her team's 26 turnovers against the Golden Eagles.

"We've got a lot of work to do," she said.

McCoughtry shot 9-for-16 from the field and was 10-for-13 from the foul line.

"She played extremely well," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "She shot the ball well. She did a great job on the defensive end with six steals. She's just a great player. She's an All-American for a reason and tonight she showed why."

Candyce Bingham (13) and Laura Terry (11) scored in double figures for the Cardinals (1-0).

"The first half looked like the first half of the year," Walz said. "I was more pleased with how we came out in the second half."

But McCoughtry isn't too worried.

"It was just the first game, so we're still feeling a little bit of the jitters," she said. "We've got a lot of work to do, but we're going to accomplish our goals."

The Cardinals shot 50 percent from the field. Louisville also had 27 points at the free throw.

However, the 26 turnovers were still a reason for concern.

"We can't do that much more," Walz said. "We got away with it tonight. You never want a lot of turnovers, but fortunately, they weren't being turned into a lot of points. We've got to get back in the gym and work on that. We've got to cut that number in half to be able to compete in the Big East."

The Cardinals return home Monday and they'll face Austin Peay.

"We're excited about getting another chance to play," said Walz, "and, hopefully, we'll see some progress."

Freshman Krystal Stirrup led the Golden Eagles with 15 points, while senior Blair Bowens was the other Tennessee Tech scorer in double figures with 13. Senior Meagan Lyons led Tennessee Tech in steals with four.