UK hands U of L women first loss

Shoni Schimmel

LEXINGTON - The University of Kentucky handed third-ranked Louisville its first loss in women's basketball on Sunday afternoon, rallying from 14 points down in the first half to win 69-64. Cardinal Authority was there and has this report.

University of Louisville women's basketball coach wasn't upset with the way his team played in a 69-64 loss at Kentucky on Sunday.

In fact, Walz said he was "very pleased with the effort" and the way his kids competed.

But the U of L head coach wasn't too happy with 13 missed layups and 24 turnovers that helped the Wildcats rally from a 14-point first-half deficit to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season.

"The best was I can say it," Walz said. "Is that we pissed it away."

U of L hit just 10 of 36 from the field in the second half and were outscored by the Wildcats 42-28 in the final 20 minutes.

It's the third straight loss to the Wildcats in the rivalry. The Cardinals drop to 7-1 on the season, while the No. 7 Wildcats are 8-0.

Shoni Schimmel scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half for U of L, hitting 6 of 18 from the field. She added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals but had five turnovers.

Sara Hammond had 12 points and seven rebounds before fouling out, while Asia Taylor had 10 points and six rebounds for the Cardinals.

"This game won't define our season," Taylor said.

Added Schimmel: "We need to get back to work and stay focused. It's a long season."

The Cardinals outrebounded Kentucky 44-39 but at one point led 23-9 in that category.

U of L is back in action on Tuesday night at 7 o'clock in the KFC Yum Center against Missouri State.

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