Two 12-0 UK second half runs prove costly in UofL loss
This one was just a plain shame to watch disintegrate.
|Emmonnie enforces. Photo by Charlie|
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Louisville could do no wrong in the first two minutes of this one...rolling out to a 7-1 lead when Bria Smith took a feed from Mariya Moore. It necessitated a UK timeout and the Cats did seem to be on equal terms for the next eight minutes...getting within five when Makayla Epps scored to make it 21-16 Louisville with slightly over ten minutes left in the half.
The next four minutes were all Louisville, though...the Cards going on a 11-0 run to grab a 32-16 lead after two Sara Hammond free throws with 6:44 showing on the clock.
Louisville's quickness in the transition and UK's poor shooting were making this one look way too easy.
A Emmonnie Henderson putback at the buzzer gave UofL a 42-29 lead after 20 minutes. Louisville shot 51.7% in the first half and were led by Bria Smith's 10 points and Myisha Hines-Allen's nine.
|Jude trapped. Photo by Charlie Springer -|
UK whittled away at the Cardinal lead to start the second half...getting within nine after a Janae Thompson free throw that made it 49-40 four minutes into the action. The Cards didn't appear to be panicked, though...Moore connected on a pass from Jude to hold a 53-40 edge with 13:23 left in the game.
Then, the Cards crumbled.
Over the next four minutes, the Cats unleashed a 12-0 run that had them within one at 53-52 after Linnae Harper's three with 9:40 showing on the scoreboard.
UK was looking superiorly faster and penetrating the Cards paint with the guard play of Harper, Epps, Goss, Thompson and O'Neill. Louisville couldn't buy a bucket and the UK defensive pressure was wearing the Cards down.
Louisville would scrap and hang on to the lead until a Thompson free throw put the Cats ahead for the first time at 59-58 with 6:16 remaining. Louisville regained the advantage when Moore hit a layup and took a three point lead at 66-63 after two Smith free throws and 3:26 to play.
Sadly, the Cards couldn't find the bucket after that...allowing UK to go on another 12-0 spurt that didn't end until Hammond hit a meaningless jumper with 18 seconds left to make it 75-68 UK. The Cards would commit three turnovers, commit four fouls and miss four shots in the stretch.
|Selfie in second half when things started going south.|
Troubling, indeed, the way the Cards seemed to wilt at times under UK ful-court, trapping pressure. Disheartening, also...to watch UK's guards blow by Schimmel, Carter and Smith for layups or trips to the foul line in the final three minutes. Agonizing to watch UofL go 7-29 from the floor in the second half...10 of those misses from close-in.
|CC favorite Syd Brackemyer watches team warm up|
Tough to lose to the in-state rival on your court and suffer a loss the fourth consecutive time in a row. Plenty of season to be played yet, though.
Hines-Allen led Louisville with 17 points, Smith added 15,
|Louie takes a load off in the VIP seats|
A case Sunday afternoon where quickness and speed eventually prevailed over strength and rebounding.
Louisville returns to action Monday Dec 15th. when ODU comes to the KFC YUM! Center for a 7 p.m. tilt.