Breaking their five game win streak, Women’s Hoops were unable to pull out a win on the road at Mizzou despite holding a 31-30 lead at halftime.
While UK held the lead at the ends of both the first and second quarters, it wasn’t pretty for the Cats. At the end of the first, Mizzou was already killing the Cats on the boards 13-7 and suffered a six minute shooting drought in the second quarter, shooting 32 percent from the field.
Holding onto a lead for the majority of the third quarter, both Kentucky and Mizzou hit 50 percent from the field. However, Mizzou barely pulled through to gain a three-point lead at 48-45 to end the quarter.
The Cats found themselves in trouble when their main post presence Evelyn Akhator went to the bench with four fouls and 8:05 left to play in the game. At this point, the Cats were trailing 50-47 and never bounced back. In fact, the Cats even saw their largest deficit of the game at 62-51 with five minutes to play.
The light at the end of the tunnel however was Makayla Epps. After struggling for about the last month, the senior topped the Cats stats with 20 points and four rebounds in 38 minutes of play. Taylor Murray also posted a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, an awesome stat line for the sophomore guard. On top of the four fouls, Akhator struggled on both ends of the court with only eight points and six rebounds, an uncharacteristically low performance.
Just like Akhator, three other Cats also found themselves in foul trouble. Maci Morris, Makayla Epps and Alyssa Rice all had four fouls by the end of the night.
The biggest difference between the Cats and Tigers was Mizzou hit 47 percent compared to Kentucky’s 40 percent from the field. Mizzou also hit 41 percent from the three as opposed to Kentucky’s 31 percent. Everywhere else, the two teams were basically even. The Tigers barely out rebounded the Cats 33-31 and both teams had 30 points in the paint.
Now 15-7 on the season and 6-3 in SEC play, Kentucky has a rough week up ahead. The Cats have two back-to-back home games against No. 4 South Carolina on Thursday at 7 p.m and Vanderbilt at 12 p.m. on Sunday.