Kentucky 68, Oklahoma 88: Women's Elite Eight Postmortem

Well, it was a great run by the Kentucky Lady Wildcats.  They "danced with who brung 'em" by playing intense, hard-nosed, gambling defense.  It paid off early, but cost them in the middle of the game

But what really cost them this game was shooting.  Kentucky simply could not make shots from anywhere, and in no small part due to the excellent zone defense the Oklahoma Lady Sooners played.  The Oklahoma guards were just too big and too experienced for Kentucky's smaller, younger group, and were able to make shots over their smaller defenders.

Does this sound like déjà vu to you?  It sure does to me, and it looked a lot like it.  The Wildcats never lost their intensity, but they wound up shooting in the 20% range for the second half and were awful from three point range.

Kentucky forced a large number of turnovers, but failed to convert on too many of them by missing layups and mishandling run-outs.  It seemed like they stole the ball every other possession, but wound up empty on offense.

But this team deserves nothing but praise and congratulations for getting as far as they did, against all odds.  Victoria Dunlap was once again terrific, and Kentucky played hard all game long.  This just wasn't their night.

Congratulations to Coach Mitchell and the Lady Wildcats for an outstanding NCAA Tournament run.  I'm going to bet nobody picks them 11th in the SEC next year.

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