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UK Hoops Fall to Arkansas, 103-85, in Howard’s Return

(UK Athletics)

(UK Athletics)

Rhyne Howard made a surprising return to the Kentucky Wildcats starting lineup against the No. 25 Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday, but it wasn’t her scoring they were missing.

Allowing the most points they’ve given up all season long, Arkansas easily handled the ‘Cats in the second half to secure a massive 103-85 win. It was the first win for the Hogs over Kentucky in their last 10 tries.

Chasity Patterson posted another career-high, popping off for 32 points on 11-18 shooting and a 5-7 clip from deep to go along with four rebounds. In her first game back after missing the previous three, Howard poured in 20 points, but on an inefficient 7-21 shooting.

It wasn’t the offense that needed help for UK, but the defense. Entering the game allowing their opponents to score just 56.1 points per game – the lowest mark in the SEC – Kentucky gave up a season-high 103 to Arkansas, who shot 59.3 percent overall and an incredible 14-21 from three (69 percent).

Arkansas’ star player, Chelsea Dungee, who had struggled heavily over her last few games, finally found her rhythm, adding 24 points and five rebounds on 8-12 shooting while Alexis Tolefree went for 30 points, making 5 of her 10 three-point attempts.

Kentucky trailed just 38-35 after the first 20 minutes but gave up 65 points in the second half as Arkansas cruised to an easy win.

Check out the full stat sheet below and I’ll be back shortly with a full game recap.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR