UK Hoops WON against Mississippi State tonight, 78-75. And ya’ll, WHAT A GAME.
A win. In overtime. On senior night. Against the third ranked team. What more could you ask for? It was an emotional senior night win for Makayla Epps, Evelyn Akhator and Matthew Mitchell after the turmoil of the beginning of the season.
“Makayla and Evelyn will always have tonight. To have that moment with them, it’s one we’ll probably never forget,” said Matthew Mitchell
The Cats struggled in the beginning, Mississippi State went on a 8-0 run in the first quarter. The Cats were shooting 1 of 6 while the Bulldogs were 4 of 5. But the Cats were able to get something going with the help of Maci Morris who had seven points in the first quarter. The second quarter was all back and forth and all Epps and Akhator, MSU led 31-30.
Epps and Akhator both went off in the second half and after too much back and forth for my liking, we ended up in overtime. Mackenzie Cann missed a huge three with eight seconds left in overtime but, Epps saved the day with two points. With one second left, Maci Morris went to the free throw line and I’ll admit, I was too scared to watch. I’m told she made both though from those who could stomach the pressure to watch on press row. Memorial was already loud but man, when that second shot went in and then the buzzer went off shortly after – IT GOT LOUD.
Epps had 22 points, Akhator had her 15th double-double with 27 points and 16 rebounds. The two seniors scored 59 of the Cats’ 78 points. These seniors are special ya’ll, and the environment in Memorial was truly a testament to them. I counted about six Makayla Epps fatheads and five Akhator ones. Even I couldn’t help but get a little emotional during their senior night ceremony (but no, I didn’t cry).
“People counted us down and out when we went through that turmoil. I took that on the chin. We knew we had to play today. It’s a crazy feeling to win,” said Epps.
Well, that’s all from Memorial for this season. UK Hoops plays one last game against South Caroline on Sunday at 2 , and then it’s off to the tournament we go!