Louisville, Ky. - The University of Louisville (3-3) women's basketball team used a 23-2 run in the second half to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats (4-3) 66-49 in Freedom Hall Sunday afternoon. Four Cardinals scored in double figures, led by sophomore forward Missy Taylor with 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Angel Bradley registered her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
"I'm kind of in awe of what we did in the last 10 minutes of the game," said head coach Tom Collen. "It's probably the best 10 minutes of basketball these kids have played for me since I've been here. I thought one of the keys to the game was Angel Bradley. She was a huge key. She came out and got a couple of steals and she rebounded like a seven footer in the second half. She really sparked us.
If I had to pick an MVP for this game it would be Joleen Phillips. She walked onto our team during the first day of practice and hadn't played a game of college basketball a day in her life [prior to this season]. Don't ask me why I started her, I'm not really sure. It was kind of a shot in the dark. She went up against a great player in Sara Potts because I really did not want her to get off against us early."
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 9-2 lead as Kentucky opened the game with three straight turnovers, and six turnovers out of their first seven .
But the Wildcats quickly battled back into the game, eventually taking its first lead, 11-10 on a basket by junior guard Natassia Alcius at the 10:57 mark. UK's Chante Bowman scored to give UK a 17-12 lead, forcing Collen to call timeout.
Following the timeout, a three-pointer by UK's Angela Phillips gave UK its largest lead of the half at eight points, one of two times UK would lead by that margin.
UK held the Cards' leading scorer Jazz Covington scoreless in the games first 14 minutes. Covington would score her first basket of the game at the 5:08 mark of the first half.
The Cardinals were cold from the field, shooting just 29.0 percent in the first half and going just 1 of 8 from behind the arc. UK also outrebounded the Cards 24-14 to lead 26-22 at the half.
But it was a tale of two halves for the two rivals as Louisville shot a blistering 59.4 percent in the second half, while limiting Kentucky to 32.1 percent from the field and 14.3 period shooting from behind the arc.
UK's Sarah Elliot scored the first two baskets of the second half, but that was about all the good fortune the Wildcats would have as the Cardinals gained a hot shooting hand.
Just four minutes into the half, a three-pointer by junior guard Jessica Huggins brought the Cards to within two at 30-28, forcing the Wildcats to call a timeout.
At the 12:18 mark, a layup by Taylor gave Louisville its first lead of the half at 34-33. From there, the Cards went on a 23-2 scoring run over the final 12 minutes highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers and layup by Taylor, and a three-point play Covington.
The lead would swell to as much as 23 at 64-41 and the Cardinals never looked back.
Louisville returns to action on Wednesday night against Detroit in Freedom Hall at 7:00 p.m.