The first postseason run for Kentucky has come to an early end.
In the semifinals of the 2020 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, the three-seeded Kentucky Wildcats fell to the two-seeded Mississippi State Bulldogs by a final score of 77-59 down in Greenville, SC.
The ‘Cats were led by SEC Player of the Year Rhyne Howard, who posted 26 points and seven rebounds while shooting 10-25 from the field. Kentucky came out hot early, striking first and taking a 22-12 lead into the second quarter. However, the Bulldogs went on to win the next three quarters in convincing style to move on to the SEC Championship, where they’ll face No. 1 South Carolina on Sunday afternoon.
Mississippi State shot over 50 percent from the floor and needed just one three-point make to beat UK. MSU controlled the glass in the second and third quarters that the smaller lineup of Kentucky could do nothing to stop. 48 of the Bulldogs’ points came in the paint. Forward Rickea Jackson led MSU with 29 points and nine rebounds, connecting on 11 of her 16 shots.
Kentucky finished the evening shooting just 32 percent overall on a 6-24 clip from distance. Now they’ll wait to see where they land in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
We’ll be back shortly with a full game recap. You can check out the full box score below.