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Rhyne Howard pushes Kentucky past Florida in SEC Tournament

The Cats are moving on thanks to Howard’s latest masterpiece.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are moving on to the SEC Tournament’ quarterfinal round after beating the Florida Gators in Thursday’s action, 71-62.

Junior guard Rhyne Howard racked up 27 points (10/15 shooting), six rebounds and four assists as the 17th-ranked Cats came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Florida. Howard also drew a game-high nine fouls and hit all five of her free-throw attempts.

Senior forward KeKe McKinney had 10 points, eight rebounds and two assists for the Cats, while freshman guard Treasure Hunt chipped in nine points, seven boards and four dimes.

Thanks to a monster game from Florida senior guard Kiara Smith, who finished the game with 36 points, Florida managed to take a 58-55 lead with 4:42 to as both teams would trade baskets going into the final minutes.

With the Cats clinging to a 64-62 lead, they exploded for a 7-0 run to go up 71-62 with 1:19 remaining and effectively put this one on ice.

Up next, Kentucky (17-7) returns to action on Friday vs. the Georgia Bulldogs (18-5) in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals at approximately 1 pm. ET. That game can be seen on the SEC Network.

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