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UK Hoops defeats LSU on Senior Day

The Wildcats score an emotional Senior Day victory over the Tigers.

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It was Senior Day in the Bluegrass for the #16 Kentucky women’s basketball team, as they played host to the LSU Tigers for some Sunday afternoon hoops.

Before the game began, the team honored those seniors who have given everything they had to this team (Maci Morris, Paige Poffenberger, LaShae Halsel, & Taylor Murray). The crowd roared for all four girls, but especially Maci Morris, the Kentucky native. It will be sad to see all of these Seniors depart, but Maci holds a special place in the hearts of Kentucky fans.

Kentucky went on to win the game 57-52 in a close matchup. For the Wildcats, this was their sixth win in a row as they sit at 23-5 overall and 10-4 in SEC play. Rhyne Howard, Maci Morris, and Murray have played great during this stretch, as all three are averaging over 12 points per game.

In the first quarter, Kentucky doubled up LSU by a 12-6 margin. Murray led the way with 4 points shooting 2/2 from the field. Howard was a terror on defense getting a block and a steal in her first 8 minutes of playing time.

LSU dominated the offensive glass in the first quarter getting 4 offensive rebounds and 12 total compared to Kentucky’s 0 offensive and 8 total boards. Luckily for Kentucky, LSU wasn’t able to capitalize on their extra possessions, shooting only 2/14.

The second quarter was more of the same. Murray went 3/3 from the field and led the game in scoring with 10 points. was close behind with 8 points of her own to go along with 4 rebounds and an assist. LSU kept up on the boards grabbing 14 in the quarter compared to Kentucky’s 7.

In the third quarter, LSU went on a scoring stretch, putting up more points in one quarter (17) than the entire first half (15). Ayana Mitchell led LSU in scoring with 8 in the quarter. Kentucky kept up by scoring 17 of their own, ending the quarter leading 45-32. Tatyana Wyatt led Kentucky in scoring with 7 to go along with a rebound and a block.

With 1:30 left in the 4th quarter, LSU had cut the Wildcats’ lead down to 54-52. The Wildcats kept composed and finished the game strong, winning 57-52. Down the stretch, Murray had a crucial steal and made both of her foul shot attempts.

The defensive pressure put on by Kentucky was what sealed the deal in the end. Murray was the player of the game finishing it out on both ends of the court with 18 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 87.5% shooting from the field. Howard was a close second with 12 points, 2 steals, 1 block, and 5 rebounds.

This was a great game for the Wildcats and it should provide some momentum going forward into their next game on Thursday at home against the Texas A&M Aggies.