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UK Hoops Falls to Louisville

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

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.


Article written by Savannah Patton

My first words were Go Big Blue. Follow me on twitter:@savannahpattKSR

3 Comments for UK Hoops Falls to Louisville

  1. Rixter
    5:36 pm December 4, 2016 Permalink

    Glad Walz got that generation figured out.

  2. Booby Petrino
    7:04 pm December 4, 2016 Permalink

    I was there, sat behind the basket on the UK end. Surrounded by lots of nasty Louisville fans shouting nasty things at our girls. They wanted it so bad, I guess losing to uk in all other sports this yrar really had them reeling. The crowd was loud. Proud of the fight our girls showed. Some petty jackass Louisville fan sitting in floor seats wore a ucla shirt over his red shirt. I guess if your team can’t beat them, wear a shirt of a team who can to the women’s game.

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:38 pm December 4, 2016 Permalink

      I mean, it was their first win over us in five years…. They were desperately clinging to SOMETHING.