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Kentucky Women Survive on the Road

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In a tightly contested SEC battle, the 10th ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team outlasted the Auburn Tigers on the road 73-71 this afternoon. The Wildcats fought back from a 13 point first half deficit to trail the Tigers by one at halftime, and used strong play from the trio of Jennifer O’Neill, Samarie Walker, and Linnae Harper to hold on in the final minutes.

UK got off to another slow start, their fourth in a row, and had to counter the stellar play of Auburn’s star Tyrese Tanner. Tanner finished with 28 points, but foul trouble hindered AU’s offensive attack and Kentucky took advantage. Jennifer O’Neill finally started heating up from downtown and she led the Wildcats with 16 points. Samarie Walker was undoubtedly the player of the game for Kentucky however, as the senior recorded yet another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and was ever steady for UK in the paint.

Near the end of the game, when Kentucky was pressured to score on offense to keep away the run of the Tigers, freshman Linnae Harper stepped up for the Cats. She had two back-to-back plays of offensive rebounds and putbacks to energize UK, and looked like a player beyond her years on the road. UK was able to win despite their horrendous performance from the free throw line. The Cats shot 13-29 (33.3%) from the foul strike and cannot seem to shake that major flaw in their gameplay.

Wins on the road in the Southeastern Conference are always a hot commodity, so Coach Mitchell will surely be pleased of the effort his team put forth to gut out a win against a young and scrappy Auburn squad. Kentucky is now 15-3 overall and 3-2 in the SEC, drawing even with Tennessee and Florida in a tie for 4th place in the league standings.

The Cats return to action Thursday night at home as they host the lowly Alabama Crimson Tide in Memorial Coliseum. 7:00 pm. Be there.


Article written by Wilder Treadway

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10 Comments for Kentucky Women Survive on the Road

  1. kybigblue
    4:58 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    Could have been a little easier win had they high a decent % of free throws.

  2. 2mites
    5:13 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    This team is just not a #10 by any measure. No defense to speak of and small players

    • 40 Minutes of Hell...
      6:28 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

      is not working anymore. Its been in use for such a long time that teams know how to attack it. South Carolina did it, Florida did it, and Auburn did it today. The result was different only because Auburn is not as talented or athletic as SC or Florida. The back end of the schedule is going to loom very large. Every game excluding from this coming Sunday against Arkansas excluding the Ole Miss game Feb 13 is losable.

    • Blut To The Bone..
      6:47 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Size really hurts them bad when we have to play against the upper level teams…Keep hoping that MM can go out and get a couple of these type girls, but so far not much success

  3. ThatsAShame
    5:18 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    Are the commenters just cutting a pasting from the men’s section? If so it hilarious. If not it’s pathetic.

  4. sckysportsink
    7:07 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    13 of 29 is closer to 45% (still not acceptable).

  5. Anonymous
    7:15 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    This is a sports blog. Why did this get its own post?

  6. Jack Birdwhistell
    8:09 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    Foul ‘stripe’ . . . .

  7. beavis606
    10:06 am January 20, 2014 Permalink

    Watched the first 10 minutes of first half. Horrible horrible basketball. Very surprised they pulled this out.

  8. Leesa
    11:27 am January 20, 2014 Permalink

    Maybe the boys (UK men’s BBall) is rubbing off on the women. Women have always been better than the men at FT’s. Keep them apart.