LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Angel McCoughtry survived a gash to her
forehead and had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Louisville past
Kentucky 80-65 on Thursday night.
McCoughtry, the preseason Big East player of the year who leads
the nation in points and steals, scored 14 of the team's first 23
points and had 16 at halftime.
She scored only seven points in the second half after missing
most of the period after colliding with Kentucky forward Victoria
It was Louisville's seventh straight win and fourth straight
victory against the Wildcats (4-6), who hadn't played a game in 12
days because of final exams.
Candyce Bingham had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals
(8-2), who led 47-24 at halftime.
The Wildcats outscored the Cardinals 17-4 to start the second
half, cutting Louisville's lead to 51-41 when Amani Franklin made
two free throws.
Kentucky pulled as close as 58-46 when Lydia Watkins sank two
free throws with 9:31 left, but made its run primarily with
McCoughtry out of the game.
McCoughtry went to the locker room to get stitches with 16:19
remaining after colliding with Dunlap near the 3-point line.
She returned with a cross-shaped bandage that covered her
forehead and bridge of her nose with 8:34 remaining and Louisville
clinging to a 58-48 lead.
Kentucky has now lost five of its last seven games. Amani
Franklin led Kentucky with a career-high 18 points while sophomore
Carly Ormerod finished with four points after missing the previous
two games with a toe injury.
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