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Kentucky Women's Basketball

No. 18 Kentucky takes down Middle Tennessee

December 15, 2018
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Kentucky was back in action Saturday, nearly a week after their first loss of the season to No. 5 Louisville. They took on Middle Tennessee State and the Lady Cats looked to get back in the win column.

Maci Morris led Kentucky with 14 points, and three others joined her in scoring double-figures. Morris also had four rebounds, two steals, and a block. This was her fourth time leading in scoring this season and she hit four of her six shots from the field that included her only attempt behind the arc, while she made all five of her free throws.

KeKe McKinney had a career-high 13 points, while Taylor Murray had 12 points and six assists. Blair Green added 11 points including perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc. Rhyne Howard was held to just 8 points this game. This is the first game where she has not reached double figures in scoring.

Kentucky shot a season-high 56.8% from the floor, connecting on 25 of 44 shots, including 6 of 10 from behind the arc. The Wildcats forced 18 MTSU turnovers and scored 21 points off of them.

 

Kentucky started the game with an early 7-2 lead. They would extend the lead 13-5 on a 3 pointer by Blair Green. Middle Tennessee would cut the lead to six on two separate occasions. Kentucky scored five of the last seven points to lead 20-11 after the first quarter. Green led all scorers with six points in the quarter.

18 Kentucky 20, MTSU 11 End 1st quarter

Kentucky and MTSU both struggled to score early in the second quarter. Murray’s layup resulted in the only points in the quarter’s first 2 minutes. Scoring picked up much later in the quarter and the Wildcats took a 12 point lead after 3 consecutive three’s from Green. Kentucky led 32-18 before MTSU scored five in a row cutting the advantage down to 32-23. The Wildcats answered by scoring the final 13 points of the half, holding the Blue Raiders scoreless over the last few minutes. Kentucky hit 15 of its 21 shots from the field (71.4%) in the second quarter. It was the first time this season and the first time since January 25, 2018, against Alabama that the Cats hit 70% or higher from the field in a quarter.

18 Kentucky 45, MTSU 23 Halftime

In the third quarter, Kentucky took its largest lead of the game, 47-23, on a jumper by McKinney.  MTSU fought back by hitting their six shots of the quarter and going on a 14-4 run to cut the lead to 51-37. The Blue Raiders would hit eight of 10 from the field in the quarter, but Kentucky still held a 56-41 advantage after three-quarters of play.

18 Kentucky 56, MTSU 41 End 3rd quarter

The Cats would stretch their lead to as much as 20 in the fourth quarter before winning by 17 points.

18 Kentucky 72, MTSU 55 Final

Kentucky will host Western Carolina on Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum. The game will be on the SEC Network+. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Eastern.

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