Louisville, KY -- Rebound. Wikipedia defines a rebound as the following, "In basketball, a rebound, colloquially referred to as a board, is a statistic awarded to a player who retrieves the ball after a missed field goal or free throw. Rebounds are also given to a player who tips in a missed shot on his team's offensive end."
It’s a simple concept on the court. However, off the court, it’s bit tougher. Rebounding after a loss can be difficult. Look at the New England Patriots. The Patriots, the reigning Super Bowl Champions, were the undisputed best team in the NFL. They dropped a game to the Denver Broncos. Like a domino effect, the Patriots lost a second game the following weekend to the Philadelphia Eagles. My point; even the most powerful can struggle after a loss.
The Cardinals (3-5) have had their fair share of losses this season, most by a small margin. But the 72-54 loss to Kentucky hurt. It was the fifth consecutive loss to Kentucky for the Cardinals. The Wildcats improve to 8-0 on the season.
Louisville struggled against the dominant Kentucky defense. The Cats held the Cardinals to 36% from the field, a shocking 18% from the three-point line.
Junior Briahanna Jackson paced the Cardinals putting up 18 points, while sophomore Myisha Hines-Allen, posted 16 points. Louisville leading scorer, sophomore Mariya Moore, and freshman Asia Durr, contributed seven points apiece.
The Wildcats, on the other hand, had no trouble getting players to the basket. Four players scored double figures. Kentucky native, Makayla Epps was unconscious, leading the team with 24 points. Epps was 10-11 from the field. Alexis Jennings, Taylor Murray, and Janee Thompson put up 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Cardinals have had two days to process the loss and prepare for IUPUI (7-2). The Jaguars rank 26th in field goal percentage and 29th in scoring margin.
Senior Akilah Sims, leads the team in scoring, shooting 51.5% from the field and averaging 12.8 points per game. Both Mikale Rodgers and Louisville native Danielle Lawrence, average 11 points apiece.
Louisville leads the series against IUPUI, 5-0. The Cardinals and the Jaguars last met on November 14, 2014, in Indianapolis. The game introduced Louisville to Mariya Moore and Myisha Hines-Allen. As expected, the dynamic duo did not disappoint in their first appearance as Cardinals. Moore connected on 8-9 from the field putting up 22 points, while Hines-Allen put up 11 points. The Cardinals defense surged as Louisville was able to score 34 points off IUPUI’s 26 turnovers.
The Cardinals return home to the KFC Yum! Center to face the IUPUI Jaguars at 2 PM.