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FINAL: UK Hoops Avoid Upset Loss Against Auburn in 68-61 Win

(UK Athletics)

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A fantastic first half was followed up with a miserable 20 minutes and an injury scare to Kentucky’s star player.

Nearly blowing a 16-point halftime lead, the No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats (16-3) women’s basketball team were able to fend off a pesky Auburn Tigers squad (7-11) in what was the team’s first game back in over a week.

Rhyne Howard had an off shooting night that was coupled with an injury to her non-shooting hand, forcing her to the locker room for a brief stint in the second half. She came back and finished the game with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, one block, and three steals. However, she shot just 3-13 from the floor and 1-7 from beyond the arc.

The ‘Cats were paced by 17 points from Sabrina Haines, who shot 4-8 from deep while hauling in five rebounds. KeKe McKinney was the third and final Wildcat to finish with double-figures, dropping 13 points on 6-6 shooting in her first game back since Jan. 5.

Five other Kentucky players scored and the ‘Cats shot a combined 24-56 (42.9 percent) from the field and 11-28 (39.3 percent) from three. UK forced Auburn into 26 team turnovers. Kentucky is now 10-0 in Memorial Coliseum this season.

I’ll be back shortly with a full game recap, but for now, keep yourself occupied with the complete box score.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

1 Comment for FINAL: UK Hoops Avoid Upset Loss Against Auburn in 68-61 Win

  1. StillBP
    9:40 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Dislocates a finger, comes back in with her hand taped up, hits 3 of 4 free throws, makes Auburn turn the ball over, and blocks their shot to secure the win… Howard might not have been player of the game tonight, but she helped seal the deal for sure.