No. 18 Wildcats Overwhelm Western Carolina 99-39 Tuesday Night
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 18th-ranked Kentucky women's basketball team had six players in double figures as the Wildcats beat Western Carolina 99-39 on Tuesday night, Dec. 18 at Memorial Coliseum.
Freshman Rhyne Howard (pictured in an earlier game) led the Cats with 18 points, her 11th double-figure scoring effort in 12 games this season. Sophomore Tatyana Wyatt had a season-high 16 points, while senior Maci Morris contributed 13.
Sophomore guard Jaida Roper had 12 points for the Cats, while senior Taylor Murray and junior Amanda Paschal each had 11. Kentucky placed six players in double figures for the first time since November 17, 2016 when Makenzie Cann scored 20 points to lead six UK players in double figures in a win over New Hampshire.
Kentucky (11-1) dominated nearly every statistical category in the game. The Wildcats forced 24 WCU turnovers, and scored 33 points off those miscues. Kentucky turned the ball over just 10 times and WCU only scored four points off UK turnovers. The Wildcats won the rebounding battle 41-22, outscored WCU on second-chance points 15-3, had a 40-20 advantage in points in the paint and held a 35-9 edge in bench scoring.
Western Carolina (2-9) got 11 points and six assists from Judith Martin Ruiz.
Kentucky returns to action on Friday, hosting Murray State at Memorial Coliseum. Tipoff is set for noon ET and the game can be seen on SEC Network+ (online only).
Photo by Jamie H. Vaught