The UK Women’s Basketball team destroyed Ole Miss (13-8) tonight, rolling over the Rebels 89-57.
With tonight’s win, the Cats extend their SEC win streak to five games, including three road games, and improve their season record to 15-6.
Once again, the team’s driving force was senior Evelyn Akhator. Over the past five games, she’s averaging over 20 points and 12 rebounds per game. Tonight was no different, as the 6-foot-3 forward ended her night with 28 points and 13 rebounds. The performance secured her 12th double-double of the season and 25th of her career.
Another player with yet another impressive stat line? Maci Morris. The sophomore guard had another career night, going 5-9 from behind the arc while scoring 17 total points. Makayla Epps also stood out, adding 20 points, six assists and four rebounds in the victory.
“Makayla Epps is a special player,” Ole Miss head coach Matt Insell said. “I have so much respect for that kid. I think she’s the best in the league.”
Though the final score may not show it, Kentucky was without three guards tonight: Makenzie Cann, Jessica Hardin and Rachel Potter. Cann was out due to an illness, which Matthew Mitchell later clarified to be the flu, while Hardin and Potter are both still undergoing concussion protocol. On Mitchell’s radio show on Wednesday, he said he is hoping Hardin will be able to return Monday after going through some non-contact practices.
The lack of a bench has been a problem for Kentucky all season, and the loss of Cann and Hardin only made it more clear. In terms of points off the bench, the Rebels scored 32, while the Cats scored just nine.
“We’ve said for a long time that we’re not large numbers, but this is a high character, quality group of women that subscribe to honesty, hard work and discipline,” Mitchell said. “I love this team.”
The Cats will play Missouri on the road this Monday at 7. Action returns to Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 against South Carolina.