COLUMBIA, Mo. – Playing without leading scorer Rhyne Howard, the 13th-ranked Kentucky women's basketball team beat Missouri 62-47 on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.
Howard, who averages 23.2 points per game, missed her first game of the season with a fractured finger in her left hand. Howard, who injured the finger in Monday's win over Auburn, is expected to return in mid-February.
In her absence, it was a total team effort that carried the Cats in Thursday's win. Amanda Paschal (pictured) scored a career-high 18 points to lead all scorers in the game. Chasity Patterson had 12 points in the game for the Cats, while Blair Green added 11 to go with a career-high seven rebounds.
Kentucky's defense was outstanding on Thursday, holding Missouri to 15 of 49 (30.6 percent) from the floor in the game, including just two of 18 (11.1 percent) from behind the arc. Kentucky forced 20 Missouri turnovers and the Cats were able to score 21 points off those miscues.
UK (17-3, 6-2 SEC) returns to action on Sunday, hosting Florida at Memorial Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.
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