March 17, 2010
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Louisville, Ky. -
The University of Louisville women's basketball team (14-18) was eliminated from the Women's Basketball Invitational on Wednesday evening, falling to Bradley University 69-59 in Freedom Hall. The Cardinals were led by sophomore Monique Reid with 27 points and eight rebounds. Rasia Taylor led Bradley (17-13) with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Louisville found itself in an early hole to start the game when Bradley jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first minute of the half. The Cardinals finally got into the scoring column at the 18:18 mark off a layup from Reid. The Braves' lead extended out to 10-4 when Yohn hit her second of three 3-pointers in the half at the 16:41 mark.
The Cardinals were able to put together a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game with 9:21 remaining in the first half off a foul shot from Becky Burke to put Louisville up 11-10. With the score tied at 15, the Braves regained the lead for good with a jumper from Taylor at the 5:37 mark.
Louisville was held to just two points in the final 5:55 of the first half, while Bradley scored 11 points for a 26-17 lead at the break.
Louisville shot 21.9 percent from the floor in the first half, while Bradley shot 33.3 percent. The Cardinals outrebounded the Braves 24-20.
The Cardinals came out slow again to start the second half. After Reid scored 13 seconds into the half to get Louisville to within seven points, Bradley used two baskets from Jenny van Kirk and two back-to-back 3-pointers from Renee Frericks to break open the game, extending the lead to 36-19 with 17:40 remaining in the game.
The Cardinals were held to just two points in a six minute span, which led to the Braves' lead expanding to 20, the largest of the game, at the 14:22 mark. Through the next several minutes, both teams traded baskets back and forth until Louisville was able to go on a 13-3 run to get within nine points at 52-43 with 5:07 left in the game.
The Cardinals cut the lead to seven off a 3-pointer from Burke with 2:47 remaining in the game, but that would be as close as Louisville would be able to get before time ran out.
Louisville finished the game shooting 31.4 percent from the floor, while Bradley shot 41.1 percent. The Cardinals were outrebounded by the Braves, 49-42.