Rhyne Howard and Tatyana Wyatt were in street clothes, but Kentucky didn’t need them to waltz through the 2020-21 season-opener.
Led by a scoring onslaught from senior point guard Chasity Patterson, the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats Women’s Basketball Team made light work of the Murray State Racers by a final score of 86-60 to kick off the start of the season inside of Memorial Coliseum. Howard and Wyatt were suspended just an hour before tipoff and were sidelined for the game on Wednesday.
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Outside of the opening 90 seconds, Kentucky controlled both sides of the ball. After the Racers began the game with an and-one, the ‘Cats took over. UK led 30-14 after the first 10 minutes and pushed the advantage to 51-26 at the intermission. Patterson led all scorers, pouring in 30 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, eight steals, and just one turnover. She was on fire from the field, too, shooting 8-13 overall, 2-4 from beyond the arc, and 12-14 from the free-throw line. In Howard’s absence, Patterson stepped up as the team’s primary scorer.
Junior forward Blair Green and freshman guard Treasure Hunt were the other two ‘Cats who finished with double-digit scoring numbers, dropping 13 and 12 points, respectively. As a team, Kentucky shot 40 percent from the floor and 29 percent from the field while converting on 18-22 attempts from the charity stripe.
Howard and Wyatt were both ruled out exactly one hour prior to tipoff for reasons that the program said were for violating team rules (Wyatt) and not upholding the standards of the program (Howard). Howard will miss the upcoming game against Belmont while Wyatt will sit out the next two games.
The win marks interim head coach Kyra Elzy’s first-ever coaching victory.
I’ll be back shortly with a full game recap. Not a bad way to get the season rolling.