No. 24 Kentucky Survives Late Missouri Rally To Win 64-62 Thursday Night
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Makayla Epps scored 17 points, and Kentucky took advantage of a 26-3 second-quarter run, then survived a late Missouri comeback, as the Wildcats held off the Tigers 64-62 on Thursday night, Jan. 5, at Memorial Coliseum.
Epps, the senior from Lebanon, Kentucky, also had grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in the victory. The team’s other senior, Evelyn Akhator, had 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Kentucky, while Maci Morris added 11 points for the Wildcats.
Kentucky (10-5, 1-1 SEC) shot just 39.3 percent from the floor in the game, while Missouri converted 40.4 percent of its field goals. But the Wildcats forced 14 Missouri turnovers and were able to convert those into 16 points. Kentucky committed just nine turnovers in the game, and Missouri got just 11 points off of the Wildcats’ turnovers.
“So proud of our team, what an important victory for us,” UK head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “A huge second quarter really turned the game around.”
Missouri drops to 11-5 overall (1-1 SEC).
Kentucky returns to action on Sunday when the Wildcats host Texas A&M at Memorial Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.
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Photos by Britney Howard, UK Athletics