Louisville finished off its road trip with another exciting game. This time against a ranked team on their home floor. The first half ended with the Cards’ lowest scoring half of the season and a 9-0 Ole Miss run but Louisville was only down 28-30 going into the the second half.
In the second half Louisville turned up the defensive pressure and trapped and were able to take the lead. Louisville went 25 of 36 from the free throw line but fortunately Ole Miss was worse and didn’t taken advantage of their opportunities from the stripe only shooting 13 of 28 for 46%. The Cards came a little unglued with turnovers with some turnovers in the final minute but were able to gut it out for the victory.
Kiki Jefferson led Louisville in scoring with 16 points. Nina Rickards had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists. Sydney Taylor had 8 points and 6 rebounds.
After the game Associate Head Coach Shay Robinson spoke with Nick Curran. He joked, “We made it interesting at the end, right?” He added, “In the half court we were coming down and getting stops and then all of sudden we made some silly fouls and got undisciplined.... we’ve just got to continue to grow.” Still, he said he was proud of the team. “To push through in a physical game on the road.... that’s a big win for us.”
He praised the play of Kiki Jefferson, “Kiki’s been challenged. It hasn’t been easy for her. The adjustment is tough. Playing for Louisville is a high expectations and high standards but we’re proud because she keeps fighting, keeps digging, and week by week she keeps getting better.”
Nina Rickards played 39 minutes and Coach Robinson said, “Nina brings toughness. That’s where we’ve got to continue to build our depth so we can get her a blow and keep her fresh as we move through these games.”
Next up the Cards come back home on Sunday at noon against North Carolina A&T who has beaten Liberty and Wake Forest. The game can be seen on ESPN+.