Matthew Mitchell’s Cats beat the Eastern Michigan University Eagles 89-67 today. Coming back from a three point deficit at the end of the first period.
Kentucky struggled at the start, getting up with an early 8-4 lead, but lost it quickly with EMU first tying it at 13 and then Getting as far down as 22-19 at the end of the first period. The Cats and Eagles went back and forth for the remainder of the first half. But thanks to a 15-2 run in the second period Kentucky went into half time with a 2-point lead at 37-35.
The Cats were able to pull away in the second half due to a 24-4 run at the end of the third period that extended the lead to 66-47. With a comfortable lead, Kentucky went into the fourth period and continued to stretch the lead 86-67 at the end.
Makayla Epps lead the team today with 21 points and eight assists. Janee Thompson also became the fourth player to reach a double-double this season with 16 points and 10 assists just after narrowly avoiding one against Morehead State earlier in the season. Freshman Maci Morris also had a career day collecting 17 points, six rebounds and two assists and going 5-6 from behind the line.
Kentucky also shot a 59.6% field-goal percentage, the best they’ve had since playing Arkansas in 2007 at 60.7%, while holding EMU to just 33.7%.
The Cats next game will be Sunday against Jackson State at 2 in Memorial Coliseum.