The offense was ice cold through the first three quarters but they caught fire when they needed it the most. After trailing by 18 points heading into the fourth quarter, Kentucky was able to cut the lead to as little as four points, however, they couldn’t complete the comeback.
In the end, the LSU Tigers (14-4) beat the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats (15-3) by a final score of 65-59 down in Baton Rouge earlier on Sunday. Kentucky did not lead for one second of game time in the afternoon.
Rhyne Howard posted her usual 20-plus points, dropping in 26 but on a less-than-ideal 7-22 shooting from the floor and 4-14 from beyond the arc. She also added 12 rebounds, two assists, and five steals in 38 minutes of action.
The other two Wildcats to finish in double-figures were Sabrina Haines and Jaida Roper. Haines contributed 11 points on 2-11 shooting while Roper added 10 points on a 2-7 clip.
Overall, the ‘Cats shot a combined 14-60 from the field and at one point went through a scoring drought that saw them miss 24 out of 26 shot attempts. They were no better from beyond the arc, either, making just 6 out of 26 looks from deep. It was the lowest field goal percentage of the season for UK.
LSU outrebounded the ‘Cats 42-34 and scored 30 of their points in the paint. The Tigers shot just 1-2 from three, as they mauled Kentucky in the paint and took advantage of a serious size discrepancy. UK did force LSU into 20 team turnovers compared to just 10 on their own but the offense missed too many open looks to give the defense a shot to keep them in the game.
Both teams combined to shoot 51-72 from the free-throw line.
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