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No 7 Mississippi State takes down No. 16 Kentucky despite valiant effort

January 6, 2019
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Despite a strong effort from Kentucky’s Maci Morris (20 points) and Rhyne Howard (15 points), #16 Kentucky went down to #7 Mississippi State in Starkville, MS Sunday night in their second conference game of the 2018-2019 season.

Mississippi State used their superior size to their advantage in the match up against Kentucky, controlling the paint most of the game. The Bulldogs had a 48-24 rebound advantage, outscored Kentucky 25-12 in second chance points, and scored 48 points in the paint against Kentucky’s 22.

Kentucky got on the board first with a lay-up from Tatyana Wyatt. However, Mississippi State would score the next seven points to take a 7-2 lead early in the quarter. Wyatt would then hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to two points before the Bulldogs scored twelve straight points to take a commanding fourteen-point lead. The Bulldog lead would grow to as many as nineteen but Kentucky would end the quarter on a 4-0 run to trail by just fifteen after one.

#7 Mississippi State 26, #16 Kentucky 11 End 1st quarter

Kentucky started the second quarter on a 5-0 run as Howard knocked down a jumper and a three-pointer to cut the Mississippi State lead to just ten. Senior Maci Morris would knock down a shot to cut the lead to single digits before the Bulldogs went on another run to take a fourteen-point lead at the break.

#7 Mississippi State 41, #16 Kentucky 27 Halftime

Throughout the third quarter, Mississippi State would maintain a double-digit lead. Kentucky was able to cut the lead to single-digits on a Jaida Roper jumper, but the Bulldogs scored the final five points of the quarter to and ended up with a fifteen-point lead after three quarters.  

#7 Mississippi State 64, #16 Kentucky 49 End 3rd quarter

Through the start of the quarter, the game stayed near a fifteen-point defecit for the Cats before Mississippi State went on a 7-0 run to take an 83-62 lead. Despite the large deficite, Kentucky would not quit. The Cats continued to fight and mounted a 9-1 run to cut the lead significantly. Despite their efforts, the Cats were not able to match the Bulldogs’ size and talent. Mississippi State was the better team in this one and came away with a fifteen-point victory.

#7 Mississippi State 86, #16 Kentucky 71 Final

Kentucky is back in action Thursday night as they visit Tennessee in SEC action. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET and can be watched on the SEC Network.

 

 

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