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Paint dominance leads Kentucky to victory over Vandy

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

After back-to-back losses this week to Missouri and South Carolina, Kentucky fought hard for their 71-63 win over Vanderbilt.

The Commodores currently sit at the bottom of the SEC but gave the Cats a run for their money today. Vanderbilt even led in the first period until Makayla Epps hit a three with less than a minute left to give Kentucky the lead at 18-16. The three was part of a 6-0 run to spark Kentucky’s offense and give them a boost that lasted the rest of the game.

The first period was a sloppy mess, both teams turning the ball over six times. However, Kentucky was able to get themselves under control and only allow four more the rest of the game for 10 total compared to the Commodores’ 21 total.

The game was won in the paint, where the Cats completely dominated. Kentucky outscored Vanderbilt 42-22 in the paint, but the Commodores won the rebounding matchup 41-29.

Kentucky was led by Epps, whose 14 first half points put her at No. 5 on Kentucky women’s basketball all time scoring list for 1,611 points. Overall, the senior scored 23 and grabbed eight rebounds. Evelyn Akhator led the charge in the paint with 20 points and eight rebounds after an off night against South Carolina on Thursday.

 

The Cats will be back in action on Thursday at Georgia with tip-off at 7 p.m.

Article written by Haley Simpson

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