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UK Hoops scores upset over No. 6 Mississippi State

A massive win for the Cats as postseason play is drawing closer.

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The Kentucky Wildcats women’s basketball team just pulled off a huge win over the No. 6 Mississippi State Bulldogs, 73-62. It was UK’s first win over a top-10 team since 2017, which also came against Mississippi State.

Coming into the game, the Bulldogs’ only conference loss was to South Carolina, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.

As usual, Rhyne Howard led the way in scoring with 26. She also hit the 1,000 career point mark in the win. Chasity Patterson chipped in 15, while Jaida Roper added 14.

This was a massive win for the 18th-ranked Cats’ postseason hopes, as they came into the game outside the RPI top 25 and projected as a 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Now 8-4 in conference play, this win also kept UK in the hunt for a top-four seed in the SEC Tournament and the coveted double-bye. They’re currently tied with Arkansas and Texas A&M for fourth place in the league.

Up next, UK will be on the road to face Ole Miss on Thursday, then will be back home to host the top-ranked Gamecocks on Sunday.