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Kentucky falls short in SEC Quarterfinal to Missouri

March 8, 2019

Kentucky started their run in the Women’s SEC Tournament against Missouri Friday afternoon in Greenville, South Carolina at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Rhyne Howard scored 25 points and got six rebounds but Kentucky fell short to Missouri in overtime 70-68 in SEC Tournament quarterfinals. This was Howard’s ninth 20+ point game of the season, fifth game with at least 25 points. Kentucky got 14 points from Taylor Murray, Tatyana Wyatt added 11. UK was able to hit 18 of 19 free throws.

The Cats stayed in the game by forcing 26 Missouri turnovers and got 22 points off of them. Kentucky had 9 turnover and Missouri got 8 points off Kentucky miscues.

1st half

Missouri started us with an early lead scoring the first seven points, Kentucky finally got on the board by a pair of free throws by Jaida Roper. Missouri answered with scoring the next five leading 12-2. Taylor Murray scored all of Kentucky’s five points to cut the lead 12-7. Missouri would have a 15-7 lead after 10 minutes of play. Kentucky quickly cut the Missouri deficit early in the second quarter, UK got baskets from Rhyne Howard, Blair Green, and Rhyne Howard again cutting the score 15-13. They would eventually score four in a row to tie it up at 17-17. Missouri answered with a 10-0 run to make it 27-17 and Kentucky would get a pair of free throws to make it 27-19 at the half.

2nd half

Missouri scored first in the third, they scored four points to lead 31-19. Kentucky would battle back behind Howard and Murray on a 9-3 run cutting the lead to 37-32. Missouri would score the next four to lead 41-32, Kentucky would assemble an 8-2 run to get within three, 43-40. Missouri would hit a three to lead 46-40 after three quarters. Kentucky started the fourth with a 5-0 run, capped by a Howard basket and free throw to get within one. 46-45.After a Missouri free throw, Morris scored in the lane to tie up the game, 47-47. But tie only lasted 15 seconds as Mizzou’s Sophie Cunningham score a basket and added a free throw to give them a 50-47 lead. Cats got a basket from Howard to trail by just one. Kentucky took their first lead of them game on a Wyatt basket in the lane and Missouri would answer to take back the lead 52-51. Missouri extended their lead and Kentucky would take it back 55-54. Missouri answered with a basket of their own but Kentucky responded with a Howard basket giving the Cats a 57-56 lead. After some free throws by Missouri’s Cierra Porter gave the Tigers a 58-57 lead. Both Kentucky and Missouri struggled to score. UK set up a play after a time out, Howard scored to give the Cats a 59-58 lead.  Sophie Cunningham made one of two free throws to tie up and we went into overtime, 59-59


First possession of overtime, Howard hit a jumper to give the Cats a 61-59 lead. Both teams traded missed shots before Sophie got loose for a layup to tie the game once again, 61-61. Kentucky answered when Howard scored in the paint giving them a 63-61 advantage. Missouri would tie it up 63-63 on two Lauren Aldridge free throws.  Cunningham gave the Tigers a 65-63 lead on a jumper in the paint. Murray missed a layup for Kentucky and fouled Aldridge, who made two free throws, giving Missouri a 67-63 lead. Howard was fouled and made both free throws to make it 67-65. Kentucky would get within one 69-68. Cunningham made  one of two at the line giving them the 70-68 lead and win.

Final Missouri 70, Kentucky 60

 Kentucky will find out their NCAA Tournament destination on Monday, March 18.



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