The No.7 University of Louisville welcomed No.14 Kentucky to the KFC Yum! Center for a Sunday afternoon rivalry match-up. The hosts raced to 16-point first half lead, but poor ball-handling and struggles shooting the ball allowed the Wildcats to slowly whittle away at the end and eventually pull out a 77-68 victory over the previously undefeated Cardinals.
Louisville (8-1), which shot 52% from the floor in the first half, connected on just 7 of 29 second half shot attempts and suffered 15 turnovers during the final 20 minutes that helped fuel the Kentucky (8-1) comeback.
U of L was led by freshman forward Myisha Hines-Allen's 17 points. Hines-Allen, who has scored double-figures in each game this season, also pulled down a game-high and career-best 9 rebounds.
Three other Cardinals reached double-figures. Bria Smith scored 15 points and freshman Mariya Moore added 14. Senior Sara Hammond totaled 11 points and became the 25th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
The loss marks the third consecutive meeting where Louisville had built at least a 14 point lead only to eventually lose the game.
The Cardinals won't return to the hardwood until December 15 when they host Old Dominion at the KFC Yum! Center.