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Louisville opened the second half with baskets on their first three trips down the floor and cruised to its sixth straight opening-round win under Walz.

Antonita Slaughter scored 11 points and Shoni Schimmel had 10 points with 11 rebounds and for Louisville, which shot 71 percent in the second half.

“They were pushing the ball in transition really well and we weren’t stopping it,” Charlston said.

The Vandals were back in the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row after winning both the regular season and conference tournament titles in the WAC.

Idaho even moved up two seeds from a year ago, when it was blasted by UConn 105-37.

But the Vandals haven’t beaten a team from a high major conference since 2004, and an optimistic start soon gave way to reality.

Louisville missed their first seven shots and was called for a pair of charges in the first four minutes. But Jude Schimmel buried a corner 3 to give Louisville its first lead, and the Cardinals never looked back.

“I thought we fought through the first four or five minutes of the game that we did not play extremely well. But we played hard, and finally got things under control, relaxed, and thought we did some really good things offensively and defensively,” Walz said.