In an explosive game against No. 12 Oklahoma, the No. 17 UK Women’s basketball team upset the Sooners 82-68 in front of a packed house. The Wildcats are now 6-1 on the season, with all six of their wins coming in Memorial Coliseum.
The first half was a nail-biter. Senior Makayla Epps led the way, as she owned 12 of the Wildcats’ 19 points in the first quarter. By the end of the half, she had recorded 18 points, two rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Maci Morris also had a career-high night, and she added eight points in the first half. Despite these impressive numbers, three-point baskets kept Oklahoma in the game. The Sooners hit 8-17 from behind the arc in the first half, including three straight treys before heading into the locker room, putting them up 39-37.
Whatever Matthew Mitchell said to his team during halftime worked. Kentucky came out ready to fight in the second half, and Morris started the period by immediately draining a three. Morris continued to dominate, finishing the night with a career-high 19 points, while adding eight rebounds and one assist. By the end of the third quarter, UK’s dominance was on full display. The Cats held the Sooners’ field goals to 6-16 (37.5%) during this period, while UK clocked in at 8-16 (50%).
By the fourth quarter, the Cats were rolling, and Memorial was on its feet. Kentucky’s lead continued to grow as UK prepared to hand Oklahoma their first loss of the season, and the Cats outscored the Sooners 19-13 during the last ten minutes of action. Epps put on a show, finishing the night with 30 points, three rebounds and five assists.
“She is the strongest player, physically I’ve ever coached,” said Mitchell of Epps after the game. “It was a lot of fun to watch her tonight. Makayla has had some explosive games, and hopefully she has some more in her.”
Kentucky hopes to see this explosiveness on display once again this Sunday as the Cats take on No. 7 Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center at 2:00 p.m. What does this team have to say about their next matchup?
“Oh buddy,” laughed Epps. “I tell this team, jokingly, all the time that I don’t care if we win a game all year, but that win on Sunday? I need it.”