While it was a little bit chilly here in Lexington today, the Hoops were hot, taking down the Colorado Buffaloes, 86-61.
After a momentary delay due to smoke on the court from the intros, Colorado came out with defensive force, slowing down the Cats considerably to start the first quarter. Even though the Buffaloes size proved a little difficult for the Cats to see over, Kentucky was able to turn the tables on Colorado’s defense, forcing the Buffaloes to turn it over 4 times in the last 5 minutes of the half. At the break, Kentucky led, 42-21. In the first two quarters, the Cats shot 46% from the field, and made half of their 3 pointers.
The Cats continued to run away with the score in the second half. After a quiet first two quarters, Maci Morris caught fire from the three point range, scoring back-to-back three pointers in the third quarter, and accumulating 8 out of her 13 points in the second half alone. “I think my best attribute is my shooting, but I’m working on my defense every day,” Morris said in her post-game comments. Janee Thompson also had a great second half, getting 8 out of her 17 points and 5 of her assists in the last two quarters. Even after Colorado’s Beard-Fails went down with a face injury, the Buffs continued to fight on, scoring 15 points in the final 4 minutes of the game, but Kentucky was too much for them. Cats win by 25.
Kentucky forced 21 turnovers in the game, converting 22 points off of them. The Cats had an unbelievable shooting game, hitting 49% from the field, and 61% from the three point range. The Cats’ 11 for 18 three pointers is the most 3 point FGs made since hitting 12 against Auburn in 2013. “It was a good offensive day,” Matthew Mitchell said. “We just really try to work on our poise and our timing. Sometimes when you play at a frenetic pace, it’s hard to slow down.” Kentucky also had five players in double-digit scoring: Thompson (17 points, 7 assists), Morris (13), Akhator (10), Jennings (10), and Taylor Murray with 10. Akhator was only one rebound away from a double-double. Makayla Epps had 7 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds.
The Cats will face Eastern Michigan on Wednesday at noon in Memorial Coliseum on the SEC Network+. See you then! Go Cats.