The Kentucky women’s basketball team won their only exhibition of the preseason, defeating the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters 101-64, as freshman Blair Green led the way for the Lady Cats with 17 points.
The Cats controlled the game from the opening tip and maintained at least a 20-point lead for the majority of the second half.
Kentucky came out with a hard full-court press, suffocating every LMU ball handler as they came up the court. Kentucky forced 31 LMU turnovers, the majority of them out of the press.
The length of the Wildcats was simply too much for the Division II school out of Tennessee, as they dominated the offensive glass, outrebounding the Railsplitters on that end 24-16.
Seniors Maci Morris and Taylor Murray scored 11 and 14, respectively, as they begin the journey through their final season at Kentucky.
The two freshmen, Green and Rhyne Howard, showed no signs of lacking confidence despite it being their first real-game experience. The two attempted a combined 30 shots for 32 points. Five Kentucky players scored in double-digits.
Kentucky mixed it up on defense at times, switching to zone periodically throughout each quarter to throw out some different looks and take advantage of their length on the perimeter. Kentucky bothered LMU all night with the press and rarely did Kentucky even need to set up their defense before causing a turnover or a quick missed shot.
It was a great opening game for the Cats to establish some confidence coming into the season. They’ve already been tuned up after playing in Italy over the summer, but the wins and losses will start to count next week.
The first regular season game is Nov. 7 against Alabama State at Memorial Coliseum.
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