The Cats defeated the Gators again – this time, Florida fell at the hands of the women’s basketball team. The No. 19 Wildcats came away with a 62-51 win (yes, the Cats won by 11 points… again).
Shooting was an issue, and when you look at the teams’ field goal percentages alone, it’s almost unbelievable the Cats came away with the win. Kentucky finished at 31.7 percent, while Florida finished at 45 percent. But UK found other ways to win.
Kentucky got to the line early and often, and the team finished 17-22 from the charity stripe. Two Gators fouled out, and another finished the game with four fouls. It was a physical game, and both teams had some sloppy stretches. But Kentucky made it work in their favor: the Cats forced a whopping 24 Gator turnovers, while UK committed just nine.
It was a relatively quiet night for veteran Maci Morris. Maybe it was Florida’s defense, or maybe it was Morris’ own emotions during the senior’s final game inside Rupp Arena. She finished with 10 points, seven assists and one rebound, but her biggest shot of the game had to be her 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, Morris sank a three, her second of the night, from the corner to give the Cats a 61-49 lead.
Point guard Taylor Murray was big down the stretch, with a steal followed by several successful trips to the free-throw line (she finished 11-13). She finished 13 points, three rebounds and three assists. Freshman star Rhyne Howard led all scorers, recording with 16 points and five rebounds in 36 minutes.
After two consecutive losses to ranked teams (by a total of just six points), Sunday’s victory over Florida put the Cats back in the win column. Kentucky is now 18-5 on the season, and they’ll be back on the road Thursday to take on Auburn. Kentucky will hit the court on the plains at 7 p.m., and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.