While the rest of her team seemed to be in a pre-tryptophan coma, Taylor Murray was having herself a career night.
For the first 2.5 periods of No. 20 Kentucky’s outing against Morehead State University, the Cats could just not get it together. Luckily, sophomore guard Murray was feeling herself and had a career-high 18 points just after the third period got underway.
A quarter of their buckets coming in the fourth quarter, Kentucky was able to defeat the Eagle’s 74-47.
Before the first TV timeout, the Cats looked to be on fire. Within the first two and a half minutes, Kentucky was already up 11-0. The Eagle’s would soon break through, however, coming out of the timeout and hitting four straight three-pointers to close in within one points of Kentucky at 13-12. Turnovers would soon turn their ugly heads against both team, Kentucky committing five and Morehead committing six of their own.
Leading 20-17 coming into the second period, Kentucky was able to reign in their sloppiness, turning the ball over only four more times the entire game. However, their shooting began troubling them. From the field, the Cats were only able to knock down five out of 16 shots. The Eagle’s would also struggle on the offensive end of the court, only scoring three points the entire period, beginning a nine-minute scoring drought that would end off a pair of foul shots in the third period.
In the ugliness of Kentucky’s first half, Murray was the shining light. While the rest of her teammates, even Makayla Epps struggled to knock one down, the guard was putting on a show. Hitting 16 points two minutes into the third period began, Murray had surpassed her career-high. The sophomore would only make one more basket the rest of the night, but she was able to rake in eight rebounds, one rebound less than Evelyn Akhator.
Halftime seemingly woke the Cats up, and so did Epps and Maci Morris. Out of the break, Epps scored 16 points to break even with Murray for 18 points and nine assists. Morris also added six points of her own for 14 points total along with six rebounds.
The victory tonight moves the Kentucky to 5-1 on the season. The Cats will be back in action against Samford Sunday afternoon at 2 inside Memorial Coliseum.
Happy Thanksgiving and go Cats.