By Maggie Davis on ©December 31st, 2017 @ 3:00pm
The women’s basketball team is not leaving 2017 on a high note. The Wildcats were defeated by the No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers 63-49 in their SEC opener. Their record is now 8-7 on the season.
Kentucky lagged behind the Lady Vols early, and they were never able to fully recover. In the first quarter, the Wildcats made just one of their first nine attempts, and senior Alyssa Rice picked up a quick two fouls in the first six minutes. Junior Maci Morris was injured during a run-in with a Tennessee player, and she spent the remainder of the quarter receiving treatment in the locker room. By the end of the quarter, Kentucky trailed 26-7.
“Give Tennessee a lot of credit,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said after the game. “They came out with a lot of energy in that first quarter, and it was something we couldn’t come back from.”
In the second quarter, Morris returned, playing the remainder of the game with a bandage above her left eye. The Cats were able to cut the lead to 16 points, but ended the half down 36-20.
Kentucky never gave up, but they were unable to ever cut the lead to closer than 14 points.
Morris was the only player to reach double-digits in scoring, finishing the game with 16 points. Freshman Dorie Harrison added nine points, while Rice contributed six points and a team-high eight rebounds. Point guard Taylor Murray struggled, finishing with four points on 2-12 shooting along with four rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes.
While Kentucky clearly struggled against a dominating Tennessee offense, there were a few bright spots for the Wildcats. While UK turned the ball over just 12 times , they forced the Volunteers into committing 21 turnovers. Unfortunately, Kentucky lacked the efficiency needed to capitalize off of these mistakes, scoring just eight points off of UT’s 21 miscues.
Despite the disappointment of today’s loss – the team’s sixth consecutive loss – Mitchell believes 2018 will be different.
“I just want to say that it was a very good crowd today and I appreciate everyone for coming out on New Year’s Eve,” Mitchell said. “We didn’t give them much to cheer about, but brighter days are ahead in 2018.”
Kentucky will travel to Texas A&M Thursday at 7 p.m. They will return to Memorial Coliseum Sunday January 7 at 2 p.m. to face-off against the University of Georgia.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 21st, 2017 @ 3:00pm
Things are not going well for the Kentucky women’s basketball program these days.
Today the Cats dropped a home afternoon contest to No. 24 California, 62-52, which makes four straight losses in the month of December. Jen Smith noted that it had been 15 years since UK Hoops lost four straight games to non-conference opponents.
As for today’s loss, Maci Morris scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Kentucky grabbed 25 offensive rebounds as a team, in the defeat. Matthew Mitchell said afterwards, “We have to keep our confidence as a team and just go back to work.”
Up next for UK Hoops: on the road at Middle Tennessee State a week from today to hopefully break the four-game losing skid.
By Maggie Davis on ©December 17th, 2017 @ 8:00pm
Despite second-half improvements by the Wildcats, Kentucky could not overcome Louisville’s dominating lead, and UK fell to their in-state rivals 87-53 inside Memorial Coliseum. The unranked Wildcats’ loss to No. 3 Louisville drops their record to 8-4 on the season. For Savannah’s immediate game recap notes, click here. Otherwise, fill yourself in on the top three takeaways from today’s loss.
A Costly Second Quarter
After hanging on throughout the first ten minutes of play — Kentucky trailed by seven at the end of the first quarter — the Wildcats went ice cold in the latter half of the period. Kentucky scored just nine points on 3-13 shooting throughout the entirety of the quarter, while the Cardinals recorded 24 points.
“We let it get away in the last 12, 13 minutes of the first half,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said following the game. “I thought the end of the first quarter was bad and then, you know, obviously the second quarter we didn’t do what we needed to do to hang in there.”
Louisville built their biggest cushion of the half during the final three minutes, increasing their lead significantly during the end of the quarter. Kentucky trailed 47-25 at the half, and they were never able to recover. The 22-point deficit proved to be too much for the Wildcats to make up in the second half.
“After that really tough second quarter, our mind in the second half was trying to come out and get back, chip into the lead, see if we could cut it to ten or so, get it under double-digits and see if we could get ourselves back in a position to win,” Mitchell said.
In trying to chip away this lead, the team got frantic. They committed six turnovers, fouled six times and grabbed only one offensive rebound. Guard Maci Morris recognized this franticness as an issue, but sees it as a learning opportunity.
“I think what we have to learn from is just, when teams go on run, we can’t just panic and try to catch up right then and there,” Morris said. “We have to slow down and just chip away from those leads.”
Two-on-Two, Louisville dominated
All season, Kentucky has shown – and relied upon – the depth of their bench. Today was no different. Nine Wildcats saw the court, and all nine of them scored (eight of which recorded field goals; Amanda Paschal had one point on 1-2 shooting from the free-throw line).
While nine players scored, only two hit double digits. Maci Morris was the team’s leading scorer, finishing with 16 points, followed by Tatyana Wyatt, who added 10 points. Point guard Taylor Murray had a relatively quiet game, contributing eight points and seven rebounds. Jaida Roper had nine points, while Taylor Murray and Alyssa Rice both added eight. Still, UK and UofL finished the game with the same number of bench points: 16.
While Kentucky’s top two scorers combined for 26 points, Louisville’s top two finished with a combined 50 points. Junior Asia Durr scored a whopping 32 points, and senior Misha Hines-Allen added 18.
Limiting the productivity of UK’s typical scorers was obviously a part of Louisville’s game plan, but Cardinal head coach Jeff Walz said other Kentucky players did a good job of stepping up and scoring.
“We doubled on ball-screen when Morris came off of it, and she throws it back and McKinney hits a three. Tatyana Wyatt hits a three. So they had kids step up and make some shots, too,” Walz said. “Which you have to have when you’ve got players of the caliber of Asia [Durr] and Maci Morris that you’re competing against.”
It was a physical one
As a rivalry game, today’s matchup held true to form. Memorial was packed and energetic, and the game got rough. From diving for loose balls to hard fouls and tough rebounds, players from both teams will feel this game tomorrow. Those hard-fought rebounds were tough, but they were the key to success in this game.
“They’re an aggressive team. Their guards rebound the ball so well – I think Taylor Murray had seven rebounds,” said Hines-Allen. “Say we did get the ball, their guards would be right there. I know I got one poked away from me. Their guards are really aggressive; their post players are just so big. We just have to be strong with that ball.”
Despite the physicality of the game, both Morris and Murray remained on the court for the full 40 minutes.
“We were just trying to get better. We had a rough first half there, and we’re counting on those two,” Mitchell said. “They’re also two really strong competitors that want to win, and this is a big game with a lot of pride on the line there. So we were trying to play our very best. Those two never ask to come out, they never ask for a break – that tells you what kind of warriors they are.”
The persistence of Morris and Murray surprised Louisville.
“We were up like 15 or 20 but we had to keep going,” Durr said. “[Mitchell] didn’t take his best two players out for the whole game. He was trying to make a statement.”
But, according to Mitchell, he wasn’t trying to make a statement. He was just trying to win.
“We were trying to get back in the game and win the game – that’s the statement we were trying to make there,” Mitchell said. “We were just trying to play our best basketball. We didn’t today, but there are brighter days ahead.”
Now on a three-game losing streak, the Cats will look to return to the winning path Thursday Dec. 21 at noon when they take on the California Golden Bears inside Memorial Coliseum.
UK Hoops falls to No. 3 Louisville 87-63, making this their third loss in a row. It was the first time Louisville has beaten the Cats at home since 2007. Here’s a quick summary of how it went down.
It was a beating from the beginning, Louisville held the lead the whole time. Cards star player Asia Durr had a whopping 32 points and Myisha Hines-Allen, one of the best players in the country had 18 points. Five Cards players finished in double-digits while UK only had two. The Cats got out-rebounded 36-25, and 22 points off turnovers, UK Hoops only had five.Safe to say, this Louisville team is really good, they’re undefeated for a reason. The Cards really beat us on the defensive boards and that’s all there is to say about it.
Maci Morris had 16 points and five rebounds, while Taylor Murray had a quiet 8 points compared to her career high last year against Louisville. With this loss, UK Hoops moves to 8-4 this season. There’s a lot of work to do before SEC play starts up!
UK Hoops plays No. 24 Cal next on Thursday 12/21 at noon in Memorial.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 14th, 2017 @ 5:00pm
Tomorrow is graduation day at UK and 35 current and former student-athletes will take part in the festivities at Rupp Arena. Erik Daniels, Gerald Fitch, and Makayla Epps are three of the six Wildcats — all of whom were All-Southeastern Conference honorees and played professionally — who returned to UK and completed degrees:
- Erik Daniels (2001-04), All-SEC men’s basketball player and a member of two SEC championship teams, was in pro ball for 11 years, including one season for the NBA Sacramento Kings
- Makayla Epps (2014-17), All-America/All-SEC women’s basketball player, currently playing for the WNBA Chicago Sky
- Gerald Fitch (2001-04), All-SEC men’s basketball player and a member of two SEC championship teams, has played professionally for 13 years, including one season with the NBA Miami Heat
- Max Kuhn (2012-14), All-SEC baseball player who played professionally in the minor leagues
- Ryan Wilkes (2005-08), All-SEC baseball player and member of the 2006 SEC championship team who played professionally in the minor leagues
- Garry Williams (2005-08), All-SEC football player and member of three bowl champion teams, who played six years for the NFL Carolina Panthers
Epps was drafted 33rd in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky and had to leave school early, but she returned to campus this fall to complete her degree in social work.
A complete list of the graduates and their sports:
- Baseball — Max Kuhn, Ryan Wilkes
- Men’s Basketball — Erik Daniels, Gerald Fitch
- Women’s Basketball — Makayla Epps
- Football — David Baumer, Garrett Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Will Mahone, Kyle Meadows, Alex Montgomery, Cole Mosier, Charles Moushey, Naquez Pringle, Garry Williams
- Men’s Golf — Chris Meuth
- Rifle — Jenna Bethea
- Men’s Soccer — Napo Matsoso, Landon Souder, Stefan Stojkovic, Jordan Wilson
- Women’s Soccer — Michaela Dooley, Ayanna Parker
- Softball — Meagan Prince
- Men’s Swimming and Diving — Tanner Anderson, Drew Aviotti, Brandon Flynn
- Women’s Swimming and Diving — Kelly Berger, Ally Dupay
- Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country — Nick Anderson, Michael Iacofano, Raine Wireman
- Volleyball — Kaz Brown, Darian Mack, Anni Thomasson
The party gets started tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at Rupp. Congrats, everyone!
It was another tough loss for UK Hoops today, when they took on the University of Miami at the Watsco Center. The Cats were off to a slow start offensively but still managed to end the first quarter with a slight lead, up 18-14. Kentucky maintained this lead into the second quarter until guards Taylor Murray and Maci Morris received two fouls each. The Cats still held on to the lead, even as Murray picked up her third foul and had to come out with less than five minutes left in the second quarter. By halftime, the Cats were shooting just 38.2% from the floor, but still managed to hold a 30-23 lead.
Wyatt picked up two fouls 19 seconds in to the second half, while Keke McKinney took the floor to replace her. Miami’s offensive came out strong in the first few minutes of the third quarter, shooting 7-of-9 from the field and taking the lead. By the end of the third quarter, Miami had outscored Kentucky 28-18, and had 12 fast-break points. The score at the end of the third quarter was 48-51. UK Hoops had enough defense to keep Miami from scoring for over four minutes during the fourth quarter, but the Cats just weren’t landing shots. Kentucky was 6-for-25 from the field in the second half, and just 19-of-59 in the game, giving Miami the advantage they needed to win. The final score? 54-65.
While the Cats shot a season-low 31.7% from the field, Morris ended with a game-high 18 points.
“We will take some time this week and look at everything and find out how we can get better. We have to learn from this,” Coach Mitchell said in a post-game press conference.
Following the loss, Kentucky falls to 8-3 on the year.
UK Hoops will be back in Memorial Coliseum to take on the University of Louisville on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 pm.
By Karly Walker on ©December 08th, 2017 @ 9:50pm
UK Hoops suffered their second loss of the season 70-64 on Friday against Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers, Florida.
UK Hoops held a small lead in the beginning of the game, but FGCU ended the first quarter with a 14-4 run to grab a four-point lead. The score at the end of the first quarter was 14-18, and the Cats’ struggles only continued from there.
While Kentucky averages 7.8 threes per game, by halftime they were 0-of-4 from the three-point line and had only scored 32% from the field. FGCU ended the final four minutes of the half with a 9-0 run to give them their biggest lead of the game, giving them a 35-26 lead at the break.
A 5-0 run by UK’s Tatyana Wyatt late in the third quarter helped the Cats offensively. Kentucky hit seven of their last eight points in the third quarter, bringing the score to 44-52. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Maci Morris hit Kentucky’s first three of the game. A fast-break layup from Alyssa Rice helped UK Hoops tie the game 57-57.
A 6-0 run by FGCU gave them a lead the Cats struggled to catch up with.
In a nail-biting ending, the score was 64-66 with 39 seconds left in the fourth. A missed three from Wyatt gave FGCU the momentum they needed to win the game with a final score of 64-70.
With the loss, UK Hoops is now 8-2 on the season, with both losses occurring on the road.
UK Hoops will be on the road again next Sunday, Dec 10, at 1 pm, when they play the University of Miami.
The Cats will be back in Memorial on Dec 17 at 3 pm to play the University of Louisville.
It was another big win here in Memorial as UK Hoops demolished the Evansville Purple Aces 100-62. Yup, that’s right your Cats scored 100 points tonight. It was a fun game for those in blue, for those in purple? A bloodbath. Maggie’s got a game recap for you here and as usual, I’ve got your leftovers.
1. It was the “Maci Morris Show” again.
I wrote about Maci’s huge game on Sunday and she showed up again tonight. Morris finished with 20 points and only missed one 3 pointer. One of those 3’s right at the buzzer at the half. Maci said she wants this to be a “fun” shooting team.
“I just had confidence in myself that it’ll go in,” said Morris.
Morris shot 9 threes in a row and when she’s open, she wants to knock it down.
2. It was also the “Tatyana Wyatt Show.”
A huge congrats to Freshman Tatyana Wyatt for recording her first UK Hoops double-double tonight. Wyatt finished with and achieved her double-double before the game even ended. Wyatt, who missed the first five games had quite a comeback today.
“Tot’s tough, she gets the ball she’s going to score…she’s going to take someone’s head off,” said Morris on Wyatt.
Freshman Tatyana Wyatt has her first double-double for UK Hoops tonight with 20 points and 10 rebounds…and there’s still five minutes to go. She’s pretty good, I guess.
– Savannah Patton (@savannahpattKSR) December 6, 2017
“I’m so proud of her,” said Mitchell. Wyatt does more than score, he said. “She’s got hustle and relentless effort.”
3. First half vs Second Half
The Cats fell into momentum early, but paid for it a bit in the second half. They started the game on a 16-0 run, not allowing Evansville to score until the end of the first quarter. Alyssa Rice scored 11 points just in the first quarter. The Cats went the full half with 0 turnovers and 0 fouls. Meanwhile, Evansville’s 14 turnovers made way for 20 of UK’s points.
The second half was a bit of a different story. The Cats finally picked up some fouls and turnovers. Still, they kept a huge lead. With five Cats scoring in the double digits, they crushed it offensively. Defensively though, there’s still a long way to go. Coach Mitchell said the main thing he wants this team to work on is perfecting the press before SEC play. He wants the team to be a “press weapon.”
4. What went wrong with Evansville?
For starters, their mascot…the Evansville “purple aces.” I don’t even know what that means. In all seriousness though, they got down early with the 16-0 start and just couldn’t come back. Add in foul trouble for three of their players and 17 turnovers – you’ve got a recipe for a big loss.
Next, the Cats go on the road to take on Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, and then Miami on Saturday. They’ll be back in Memorial on the 17 to (hopefully) beat Louisville! See you there! Go Cats!
By Maggie Davis on ©December 05th, 2017 @ 9:45pm
The Kentucky women’s basketball team never trailed in tonight’s matchup, defeating the Evansville Purple Aces 100-62 inside Memorial Coliseum. The No. 20 Wildcats hit triple digits for the second time this season, and they improved to 8-1 on the season.
The Cats came out blazing, and the Aces were simply never able to catch up after a dominating Kentucky performance in the first half. Strong inside play by Alyssa Rice and successful three-pointers by both Maci Morris and Taylor Murray gave the Cats a 19-0 lead in the first half. Evansville finally got on the board with a trey by fifth-year senior guard Hannah Noe.
“We just came out and we knew what we had to do and we did it,” Morris said of their early, unanswered points. “We were shooting the ball well and we had energy with our defense.”
Still, the Cats were hot. They hit nearly 60 percent of their field goals and 62.6 percent of their three-pointers in first ten minutes of action. Throughout the quarter, Kentucky did not turn the ball over, while Evansville committed eight turnovers. By the end of the first, the Wildcats held an impressive 35-8 lead.
The Cats cooled off a bit in the second quarter, hitting just three of their final ten shots. Still, Kentucky maintained a substantial lead, and a Morris three-pointer at the buzzer sent the Cats to the locker room leading 52-23.
Morris stayed hot — she did not miss a basket until three minutes into the second half. The junior finished the night with 20 points on 8-9 shooting and 4-5 from behind the three-point line.
“My teammates do a great job getting me open shots,” Morris said. “If the [opposing] team is going to leave me open I know I’ve got to knock it down because it isn’t going to happen that much.”
Another major contributor tonight was forward Tatyana Wyatt. The freshman recorded her first career double-double, claiming 20 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
“We absolutely believe in her talent and her ability,” Matthew Mitchell said after the game. “She’s extremely poised offensively as a freshman [and] she’s getting better defensively… certainly can improve and get better, but we’re glad she’s on our team.”
Mark your calendars: After two road games, UK Hoops will be back in Memorial Sunday Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. against Louisville. Get ready to throw your L’s down.
UK Hoops won BIG today, beating the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 82-54. Karly has a game recap for you here, and I’m serving you up a few leftovers right now.
1. Maci Freakin’ Morris
The girl is good. The TTU Head Coach, Kim Rosamond called her one of the best shooters in the US, and I don’t think she’s wrong. The Junior made every shot she put up in the first half and finished only missing one of her 16 points. She went 6-7 from the field.
– Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) December 3, 2017
Live look at me in the first half.
In the post-game presser, point guard Taylor Murray shared that Maci always wins the daily shooting competition at practice.
“It’s just knowing the game, how to read screens, cuts. Just playing smart,” said Morris.
Surprisingly, when asked which aspect of her game she takes the most pride in, her answer was her defense. When asked which aspect of her game she needs to work on the most, her answer was also her defense.
“Maci is shooting the ball unbelievably well,” said Matthew Mitchell.
Yes, yes she is.
The Cats really showed up today as far as rebounding is concerned. They out-rebounded TTU 46-23. Senior Alyssa Rice showed huge effort on the court, going after almost every ball. She finished with six rebounds.
“Alyssa Rice is playing at absolute maximum,” said Matthew Mitchell.
Mitchell said he was happy with rebounding overall and he wants this team to be a tough rebounding team, something he’s mentioned numerous times before.
Freshmen Tatyana Wyatt and Dorie Harrison also had huge rebounding games, specifically Harrison who finished with seven rebounds.
“Tot and Dorie really caught the ball, they did a great job rebounding,” said Maci Morris.
Taylor Murray shouldn’t be overlooked as a rebounder either. The point guard is averaging six a game, she’s done that by being an “opportunity” on the court, and not being intimidated despite her size.
“I’m not the get back person but my job is to get the ball,” said Murray.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – this team can shoot. The first thing the TTU coach said about UK is that they’re a “hungry” basketball team. That really showed today. Besides Maci, Freshman Tatyana Wyatt had 12 points, and KeKe McKinney had 9. Pretty impressive show from these two freshmen. Matthew Mitchell could not be more pleased with the mental and physical improvement they showed today bouncing back from the Baylor loss.
“KeKe was better at the end of the game than the start, we’re continuing to improve,” said Mitchell.
The Cats massively out-scored TTU in every shooting stat besides free throws.
4. The Band
It’s my second year covering UK Hoops and I have yet to talk about how much I love the UK pep band at these games. They really get into it, bringing all the typical cheers and jeers. It makes for a great environment here in Memorial. My love for them has reached a new level today when they showed up with memes to throw off TTU.
Here’s an image of a few of them. I’m loving the Christmas Spirit of Home Alone.
UK Hoops plays next on Tuesday at 7PM in Memorial, I’ll be there, you should be too. Go Cats!
It was another win for UK Hoops on Sunday afternoon with a final score 82-54, but not without some early setbacks. The Cats started the game strong but three straight turnovers allowed the Golden Eagles to tie the game early at a 6-6 tie. No. 4 Maci Morris helped Kentucky tremendously with scoring, earning nearly a third of UK Hoops points in the first period. Kentucky held a significant lead by the end of the first quarter, with the score 22-13.
While Tennessee Tech’s No. 2 Jordan Brock hit back-to-back threes halfway through the second quarter, it was no match for Kentucky’s 13-0 run, followed by a 10-0 run to end the half. By halftime, nine Wildcats had scored and Morris had not missed a single shot. The Cats were also holding a major lead in rebounds over Tennessee Tech, with 24 rebounds for Kentucky and only seven for the Golden Eagles. The score at the end of the half was 49-24.
While Kentucky’s 25-point lead increased slightly in the third quarter, to a 29-point lead, it was their rebounding that really gave UK Hoops an advantage. By the end of the third period, they were outrebounding Tennessee Tech 35-16. The score at the end of the third quarter was 68-39. By the end of the game, Tennessee Tech had 23 rebounds, but the Cats had double that with 46. UK Hoops earned their seventh win of the season with a final score of 82-54.
UK Hoops will be back in action inside Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday to play Evansville at 7 p.m.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 27th, 2017 @ 10:31am
Adidas has asked a federal judge to drop Rick Pitino’s lawsuit, arguing Pitino was well aware of the funny business happening in the recruitment of five-star guard Brian Bowen. Adidas says Pitino was “both aware and supported” the pay-for-play scheme, which is why Pitino’s lawsuit against Adidas should be dismissed immediately.
Pitino has long maintained he had ZERO knowledge of any payment to the Bowen family in Bowen’s recruitment. Now with Adidas testifying Pitino was aware and supportive, he may finally be exposed for his involvement and blatant lying when asked about it.
Pitino is going to regret his lawsuit against Adidas, should more evidence come out that directly implicates him.
WDRB has the full story here.
UK Hoops defeated Marshall University today 69-39. Marshall hung with the Cats early, UK Hoops only scoring two points off Marshall’s for turnovers early in the first quarter. It was a slow start for the Cats who were 7-of-17 from the floor in the first quarter, ending the quarter with just a one-point lead over MU at 17-16.
No. 45, Alyssa Rice, helped UK Hoops find their stride in the second quarter, shooting eight points to give the Cats a 9-0 run. Kentucky’s defense also came out strong in the second quarter, preventing Marshall from scoring for over four minutes, to increase the UK Hoops run to 13-0. MU hit a jumper at the buzzer to bring an end to a 20-0 UK run. The score at halftime was 37-21, with Kentucky holding a 16-point lead.
No. 45 Rice scored the first four UK points of the second half, scoring a career-high 14 points in a single game. She increased this to 16 points and 10 rebounds in the third quarter, earning her first career double-double. “She has just come a million miles since the beginning of last year and I am very, very happy for her,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said in the post game press conference. Late in the third quarter, Marshall went on an 8-2 run to cut Kentucky’s lead to 47-34, but the Cats responded with a 5-0 run to bring their lead back to 18. No. 24 Taylor Murray scored UK’s last eight points in the third quarter. UK Hoops held a 21-point lead over Marshall, with the score 57-36 at the end of the third quarter. No. 45 Rice ended the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds. UK Hoops won the game 69-39, with a 30-point lead. They are 6-0 for the season.
UK Hoops will be in Waco, Texas to play Baylor University this Thursday, November 30, at 8 pm. The Cats will return to Memorial on Sunday, December 3 at 2 pm to play Tennessee Tech University.
By Maggie Davis on ©November 22nd, 2017 @ 5:30pm
The No. 22 Kentucky women’s basketball team defeated the Morehead State Eagles in a decisive 86-53 victory. The Wildcats are now 5-0 on the season.
Maci Morris led the team, finishing the afternoon with 19 points, including five three-pointers. Morris was 7-8 from the field (87.5 percent) and 5-6 from behind-the-arc (83.3 percent). Senior Mackenzie Cann claimed her second consecutive double-double, adding an impressive 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
“Mackenzie has done a nice job of scoring and rebounding, but I thought that her passing was great today,” head coach Matthew Mitchell said after the game. “She is a threat out there on the court.”
Two other Wildcats hit double-digit scoring: junior Amanda Paschal had a career-high 11 points, and sophomore Jaida Roper scored 10 points. Point guard Taylor Murray finished with seven points and six assists, plus this pretty touch pass to No. 12 Paschal.
– Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) November 22, 2017
Kentucky never trailed in the matchup against Morehead State. The Cats held a 26-12 lead after the first quarter, and, despite giving up a 7-0 MSU run late in the second quarter, went into halftime with the 46-27 advantage. After the break, Kentucky cruised to victory, at one point leading by as many as 38 points.
The Wildcats used this massive lead to get some of their new players involved in the action. This year’s bench is much deeper than last year’s, and Kentucky was able to use this to their advantage. Throughout the game, 12 different Wildcats entered the game, and 11 of them scored. UK outscored MSU 33-13 in bench points.
“This was a very important game for us today to be able to get some people in there and get some good game experience,” Mitchell said.
After taking a few days off for the holiday, the Cats will be back in action Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on the Marshall Bison. The game will be held inside Memorial Coliseum, but it can also be seen on the SEC Network+.