UK Hoops dominated with a 70-46 victory over the Albany Great Danes. Here are four notes from their second and final game of the Kentucky Classic Tournament.
Makayla Epps had an off night
Epps’ first points of the game came in the end of the third, sinking two free throws. Epps finished the night with 8 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. Where Epps fell short, Maci Morris and Evelyn Akhator stepped up.
“Nobody cares who gets what as long as Kentucky’s winning,” said Coach Matthew Mitchell about Akhator stepping up for Epps.
Evelyn Akhator had a BIG game
Akhator was explosive from the beginning of the night, scoring 7 of the Cats’ first 14 points. Last night, Akhator went 2 for 2 from the free throw line, tonight she went 8 for 8. It’s only the second game but, she’s shooting 100 percent from the line – that’s impressive. The senior finished with a double double, 28 points and 13 rebounds.
Albany controlled the paint in the second half
The Great Danes came out in the second half ready to go. In the third period they had a 29-23 rebounding edge, with 14-4 on the offensive glass. They only gave the Cats three field goals in the third. Despite this, the Cats lead the whole game and held on for a dominating victory.
The Cats look good for playing two games in two days
To play two games against two tough teams, 24 hours apart to start the season is no easy task. Like Haley said last week, our bench is going to be fine. Mitchell said that it’s amazing that the team was able to turn around and play a game tonight after last night’s hard game.
“I thought tonight was gonna be a challenge for us but ten kids played really tough really long minutes,” said Mitchell.
Read Maggie’s game recap here