Hoops Wins Fourth Straight Battle of the Bluegrass
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky had to hustle to keep its winning streak over Louisville.
Myisha Hines-Allen led the Cardinals (8-1) with 17 points and nine rebounds and Bria Smith added 15 points.
"It was a really tough comeback our team was able to make there in the second half," Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. "We found a way to keep battling and made some adjustments in their attitude at halftime."
After Thompson hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to tie it at 66, Louisville followed with a turnover and O'Neill converted a pair of free throws with 2:33 to play to give the Wildcats(8-1) a 68-66 lead.
Linnae Harper and O'Neill followed with layups to pull away for good.
The Wildcats trailed by 16 with 6:44 to play in the first half and 42-29 at the half, but stormed back to outscore the Cardinals by 22 in the second half.
"I just thought how we approached the game, our mental approach, getting mentally on track, `Hey, I missed a shot, that's OK. Let's move on to the next.' That's where we mentally got hurt," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said.
"I don't think our energy level dropped. I just thought how we approached the game, our mental approach, getting mentally on track, `Hey, I missed a shot, that's OK. Let's move on to the next. That's where we mentally got hurt."'