The first half was all Kentucky, but South Carolina proved to everyone in the second half why they’re a top 5 team.
In the fourth and final game in a row against a top 12 opponent for No. 10 Kentucky Women’s Basketball (9-3), the Wildcats fell at home to No. 5 South Carolina (8-1) by a final score of 75-70. UK led by nine at halftime, 41-32, but was outscored 43-29 in the second half. A 9-0 run to end the third quarter was followed by another 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter by USC that gave them the edge.
Rhyne Howard put on a show for Kentucky, exploding for 32 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block while shooting 13-25 from the floor (0-5 from deep). Dre’Una Edwards and Chasity Patterson were the other two Wildcats to record double-figures, both finishing with 12 points apiece. Kentucky made just three of its 20 attempts from deep.
South Carolina had the ‘Cats number over the course of the final 20 minutes, holding UK to just 11-36 shooting (30.6 percent) in the second half while shooting 50 percent themselves. The Gamecocks dominated Kentucky on the glass, outrebounding them 46-31 while adding 13 more second-chance points.
Kentucky was able to get South Carolina’s star post player, Aliyah Boston, into early foul trouble, limiting her to just five first-half minutes, but she followed it up with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the second-half alone. Destanni Henderson was nearly unstoppable for the Gamecocks, leading her team with 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and three dimes.
Sunday’s loss marks the end of Kentucky’s tough stretch to open the SEC portion of the 2020-21 season. After earning wins over No. 10 Arkansas and No. 12 Mississippi State, the ‘Cats have dropped games to No. 8 Texas A&M and now to South Carolina. Their next outing is this coming Thursday against Auburn down in Alabama.
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