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No. 16 Kentucky gets upset win over No. 13 Tennessee in Knoxville

January 10, 2019
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Maci Morris scored 27 points and Ogechi Anyagaligbo added 13 to lead the Cats to a huge upset win in Knoxville on Thursday night. The Cats came away with a huge road, conference win against the 13th rank Volunteers in a competitive game in a hostile environment. The win is a huge bounce-back for the Cats after suffering their first conference loss of the season over this past weekend in Starkville, Mississippi.

This was the first win for the Kentucky program in Knoxville, against the Vols since February 16th, 2014, and also just their fourth ever win in 27 trips. Kentucky held on late to secure a 73-71 win despite having two players foul out and Senior Guard, Taylor Murray, leave the game with an injury. The Lady Cats fought hard throughout the fourth quarter and were led by Jaida Roper who poured in six huge points down the stretch as the shorthanded Cats held on to grab their most impressive win of the season. Kentucky was arguably without their three best players when Murray went down and Maci Morris along with Rhyne Howard both fouled out of the matchup. The rest of the team stepped up when it mattered most, and showed this team is deeper than it may appear.

Kentucky jumped out to an early seven-point lead within the first two minutes of the game. The Cats then went on a 13-1 run to stretch their lead to 22-5 in the first quarter. The game was on the verge of a blowout, but the Lady Vols cut the lead to 27-16 at the close of the first quarter. The Cats were led by Morris and Murray in the first quarter and the team combined to be 11-20 from the field while forcing seven UT turnovers.

The Kentucky lead held for most of the second quarter. Tennessee was able to cut the lead to eight, but the Cats were able to pull back to a ten-point margin, 38-28 at the halftime break. Morris led the team with 14 points in the first half and was followed up by Murray with nine. Murray’s time was cut short due to a knee injury, and she would not return to action.

Early in the third quarter, the Lady Vols cut the lead to eight, but Kentucky answered again with an 11-3 run to build a fifteen-point lead once again. The Lady Cats were able to secure a twelve-point, 58-46, lead after three quarters.

The fourth quarter saw a rally by Tennessee and they would cut the lead down to just two points, 66-64. With the clock winding down, Jaida Roper knocked in a big three to give the Cats a little breathing room. Roper would carry Kentucky down the stretch as she scored the last six points to secure the victory. Kentucky came away with a 73-71 win on the road against the 13th ranked Lady Vols of Tennessee.

Maci Morris moved up to 10th place on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,495 points. Murray added nine points for Kentucky and she moved into a tie for 22nd place with 1,180 points.

Kentucky returns to action against Ole Miss as they head back to Lexington on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

 

 

 

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