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Ole Miss Upsets No. 15 Kentucky 72-60


Blair Green (5) of Kentucky and others battle for a loose ball during Thursday night's contest at Ole Miss. Green had four points in 14 minutes. (SEC Media Photo)

OXFORD, Miss. – Rhyne Howard scored 26 points, but the 15th-ranked Kentucky women's basketball team was upset by Ole Miss 72-60 on Thursday night at the Pavilion at Ole Miss.


Howard struggled from the floor for the first three quarters before getting hot in the final stanza. She had half of her points in the final period. Howard had 10 rebounds and four assists in the game.


Chasity Patterson was the only other Kentucky player in double figures, scoring 14 in the game.


UK (13-5, 6-4 SEC) made just 21 of its 66 shots from the floor (31.8 percent), including just six of 26 (23.1 percent) from behind the arc. The Cats did have 25 second-chance points, compared to 12 for Ole Miss. But the Rebels won the rebounding battle 48-34 and dominated points in the paint 42-20.


After being down by 13 points (41-28) at the halftime, the Wildcats looked like a different team in the third quarter. They came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders. UK got the scoring started on a three from Jazmine Massengill. Kentucky then got layups from Howard and Patterson to cut the lead to 41-35. After Ole Miss' Austin hit a jumper, Kentucky got a Tatyana Wyatt layup and a Patterson three to cut the deficit to 43-40. It was a 12-2 run for the Cats


Ole Miss would not go away quietly. The Rebels answered UK's run with one of their own. Ole Miss went on a 10-4 run to extend the lead back to nine, 53-44, with 2:43 left in the period. The Rebels would lead 55-47 after three periods.


Howard got the scoring started in the fourth quarter with a three, cutting the deficit to 55-50. After a pair of Ole Miss free throws, Howard would score again to make it 57-52. But the Cats would get no closer


Kentucky has Sunday off and will not play again until next Thursday. That's when the Cats will host Tennessee at Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on SEC Network Plus.

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