Louisville 78, No. 8 Kentucky 52

KFC Yum Center before the game between No. 8 Kentucky and Louisville.

KFC Yum Center before the game between No. 8 Kentucky and Louisville.

Sitting courtside at the KFC Yum Center after taking a few minutes to look around. Here’s a view from the top level of the arena, which is quite swanky.

A three-point barrage buried No. 8 Kentucky 78-52 on Sunday.

The Cardinals, who suffered one of the worst losses in series history last season at Memorial Coliseum, handed the Cats their first loss of the season by dropping 12 three-pointers in front of a Pack the House crowd of 22,152 at the KFC Yum Center.
Freshman point guard Shoni Schimmel had her coming out party, scoring a career-high 26 points, including six three-pointers to lead the Cardinals. Becky Burke added 21 points, including six three-pointers of her own in the victory, the third straight for the Cardinals (6-3). The most three-pointers UK had allowed an opponent in a game so far this season was seven.
The scoreboard showed a huge loss for Kentucky (5-1), but a bigger loss may have come when reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Victoria Dunlap went down with what appeared to be a knee injury with three minutes to play. The senior forward had 17 points and a career-high 23 rebounds.
Maegan Conwright added 13 points and A’dia Mathies, hobbled by cramps, added 10 points and four rebounds.

NOTES:

Kentucky is riding a five-game win streak and Louisville has won two in a row. The Cats haven’t beaten Louisville in Louisville since 1999. There will be two freshmen point guards going up against strong defensive teams, so it will be interested to see who handles the pressure most effectively.

  • Dunlap went down hard with three minutes to play and was having her left knee checked. She has 17 points and 23 rebounds and Kentucky trails 70-50.
  • Louisville has three straight three-pointers and now has a commanding 68-48 lead with 5:30 to play in the game.
  • Three-pointers are killing the Cats, who are down 62-47 with 7:57 left in the game. Both Burke and Schimmel have five apiece. The freshman guard now has 21 points, which is a new career high for her.
  • Louisville has the advantage 53-39 behind 16 points from Schimmel.
  • Kentucky’s run is short lived as Louisville answers with an 8-0 run and now has a 53-35 edge with 13:14 to go.
  • UK opened the second half with a 10-2 run to pull within 10 points 45-35 with 15:30 left in the game. Louisville has turned the ball over four times early.
  • HALFTIME – Louisville 43, Kentucky 25: The Cardinals’ length and speed have been troublesome for Kentucky, which is hitting 29.4 percent from the field and has turned the ball over 12 times. The Cats haven’t been sharing the ball, with just one assist on 10 made field goals to 13 assists on 15 shots for Louisville. Becky Burke and Shoni Schimmel have hit three three-pointers apiece and lead the Cards with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Maegan Conwright has 10 points to lead UK.
  • Louisville has a 37-22 advantage with 3:36 to go. Cards are shooting 54.2 percent to 29 percent for Kentucky.
  • With 6:05 left in the first half, the Cardinals have doubled up Kentucky 28-14. On 10 made buckets, Louisville has nine assists. UK doesn’t have an assist yet and is shooting just 25 percent from the field.
  • Thirty three seconds later and it’s now a 9-0 run for the Cards, who lead 26-12 with 7:10 to go.
  • Kentucky scored eight straight to pull within five points 17-12, but Louisville answered and now leads 21-19 and has the ball with 7:43 to play in the half.
  • Cardinals’ length has been troublesome to UK, which has made just two of its 14 shot tries and trails 17-4 with 11:42 to play in the first half. The Cats’ largest deficit this season had been seven versus Notre Dame.
  • After three straight three-pointers by freshman point guard Shoni Schimmel, Louisville has taken a commanding 15-4 lead. UK hasn’t scored in nearly five minutes with 12:50 to play. UK is shooting 16.7 percent from the field.
  • Cats are starting off slow, trail 8-4 with 15:56 to go in the first half. Both of UK’s buckets are off Maegan Conwright drives to the basket.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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