Louisville drops fifth straight games to Kentucky, falling 72-54 in Rupp Arena on Thursday night

LEXINGTON, Ky. - It wasn't a good night for the University of Louisville women's team. The Cardinals dropped a fifth straight game to rival Kentucky with a 72-54 loss before 14,000 fans at Rupp Arena on Thursday night.

It wasn't pretty.

"It was disgusting," Louisville women's coach Jeff Walz said of his team's performance.

The Cardinals hit just 36.4 percent from the floor, were outrebounded 36-27 and seemingly couldn't stop Kentucky on defense as the Wildcats rolled to a 72-54 victory and a fifth straight win in the series.

"We have a long way to go," Walz said. "I'm really disappointed."

Briahanna Jackson led the way for U of L with 18 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Myisha Hines-Allen had 16 points for the Cardinals (3-5), who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

Louisville fell behind early after Kentucky opened the game with three-consecutive baskets for a 7-0 lead and the Cardinals never led. After the initial surge by UK, the Cardinals never pulled closer than four points.

Twice the Cardinals had a chance to cut the lead to 10 points - after it had grown to as much as 17 - but one time Jackson missed a layup and the next time the Cardinals turned it over.

Louisville returns to action on Sunday at home against IUPUI at 2 o'clock.

“You have 2 choices," Walz said he told his team. "Crawl in a hole and feel sorry for yourself and get your ass beat on Sunday or come back and fight. I’m going to come back to practice tomorrow at 2 and fight. Now, I’m not sure if they’re all going to join me. You can come and watch at 2 if you want because it’s going to be fun."

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