Even though NKU held tight for 2-and-a-half quarters of basketball, the Kentucky women’s basketball team weathered the storm, outscoring the Norse 47-24 in the second half on their way to an 84-65 victory.
I was put in a peculiar place tonight, with my sisters on the NKU sideline going up against my school and a fellow newscast friend, Janee Thompson. I talked a little smack to Janee earlier in the week, but it didn’t help my cause at all. She was smoother than blue suede shoes, scoring 21 points and dishing out 7 assists. No matter how much my sister Christine stayed in her face, it didn’t matter, nailing 3-4 from 3-point range. Christine didn’t have her best shooting performance, but I was proud nonetheless. Do you know how hard it is to steal a pass from Janee Thompson? I know I couldn’t do it, but she did.
Plenty of Kentucky fans were there for the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen at NKU’s luxurious BB&T Arena. They received an entertaining night of basketball.
UK jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead before Northern finally hit a three to get things rolling. Evelyn Ahkator was dominant to start with NKU’s best post player, Michigan transfer Rebecca Lyttle, injured on the sideline. Sarah Kinch’s 3-pointers kept ’em in the game, but when Christine was 3/12 and Molly Franson was 0/7.
My squad couldn’t get it done, but they’ll have this picture to hang their hats on for the rest of their life.
Shout out to Matthew Mitchell for playing these games the final two seasons. It’s made both teams better, but more importantly, this is a once in a lifetime experience for these girls that they won’t soon forget.