For the first time in five years, No. 17 UK Hoops loses to No. 7 Louisville 69-67 in overtime. The Cardinals fanbase showed up in full force and the true road game was a bit rattling for the Cats in the beginning. In the first half the Cats were really out of sync. Mitchell tried a 2-3 zone and it didn’t work – the Cats got severely out-rebounded in the first half. In the post game press conference Mitchell stressed the importance of the rebounding issue and apologized for his mistake.
“That’s on coaching, that’s my mistake.We gotta grow in that area, we are on this zone defensive journey together,” said Mitchell.
But, once Makayla Epps went full on Lebron and took her headband off things got rolling. Epps had her first double-double of the season with 22 points and a career high 16 rebounds. Taylor Murray also had a career high 21 points. Epps stressed the importance of this game last Thursday after a win against Oklahoma saying that she grew up with this rivalry and needed the win. At the end of regulation, Epps fell short on a jumper that could’ve won the game but continued to play her heart out in OT playing the full 45 minutes of game time.
“Makayla Epps is one of the best guard’s in the country,” said Louisville Head Coach Jeff Walz.
Even though UK Hoops didn’t get the win, Matthew Mitchell isn’t worried – he’s ready to get back and correct the mistakes that were made and continue to get better.
“Louisville played hard, but I’m happy to be driving back to Lexington with my team,” said Mitchell.
Next Friday, UK Hoops takes on Middle Tennessee State at Memorial.