UK Hoops looks to get over last weekend’s losses with a win over UofL


Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell and guard Bria Goss cheer after the second half of the Kentucky vs. Louisville women’s basketball game at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday, December 7, 2014 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky defeated Louisville 77-68. Photo by Adam Pennavaria | Staff

Brianna Dooley

After coming off a difficult road trip filled with tough losses, the Kentucky women’s basketball team will look to get back to its winning ways this Sunday versus Louisville.

Louisville will be a challenge for the Cats, but head coach Matthew Mitchell said the team is working hard to get ready for it. 

Kentucky’s record is 8-3 entering Sunday’s game after losing back-to-back games in Florida last weekend against Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Miami. Kentucky lost its spot on the Associated Press Top-25 list because of the losses, after previously being ranked No. 25.

On the other hand, the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals will be entering Sunday’s game with a perfect record of 12-0. The Cardinals have wins over big names such as No. 5 Ohio State, No. 10 Oregon and No. 24 Michigan.

UofL’s latest game was Dec. 12 against Tennessee State, and the Cardinals won with a score of 92-56. 

Louisville averages just over 84 points a game, along with a 50.4 field goal percentage and a 40 three-point percentage. 

5-10 junior guard Asia Durr is a player to watch for the Cardinals. She is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 17.8 points per game. Durr has a 44.8 field goal percentage, with a three-point field goal percentage that sits at 46.1.

Senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen is right behind Durr, averaging 13.1 points per game and 9.3 rebounds. 

“She’s just a very explosive player and a very explosive scorer,” Mitchell said, speaking about Durr during Friday’s press conference. “You just try your very best to play as a team and to try to make everybody aware while not just being totally consumed with one player.”

Junior guard Maci Morris is the leading scorer for Kentucky, averaging 15.8 points per game, scoring 18 points this past Sunday versus Miami. Junior guard Taylor Murray averages 12.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds a game – and she’s only 5-6.

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Kentucky is shooting 44.1 percent from the field this season along with a +10.2 rebounding margin.

Kentucky leads the all-time series versus Louisville, with a record of 34-19, 22 of those wins coming in Lexington. This will be the first time the two teams are meeting in Memorial Coliseum since Kentucky got a 74-54 victory over UofL in 2011. 

However, the Cards won the last meeting against these two teams, last season in the KFC Yum! Center, defeating UK 69-67 in overtime.

The game will tip off Sunday at 3 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum, with live coverage on the SEC Network. You can also follow along with the Kernel on twitter @KYKernelSports.