Kentucky Weekly Update: Softball and Women’s Basketball

March 20th:

Softball

Kentucky traveled to Huntington, WV to take on Marshall University, Wednesday afternoon. With the help of Abbey Cheek, Kentucky got a 9-4 win over Marshall. Abbey Cheek pummeled her 48th career home run tying Brittany Cervantes for the all-time Kentucky record of 48 home runs. Kentucky has won 12 games in a row giving them a 21-7 overall record.

Kentucky gets on the board first by Kayla Kowalik walking and Abbey Cheek hitting her 48th-career home run to left field to score two and Kentucky is up 2 already. (UK 2, Marshall 0). Kentucky would score seven times in the third inning. Alex Martens doubled to the wall to score in Cheek, who walked. Mallory Peyton was hit by a pitch to out two on, Katie bunted for a single to load the bases. Grace Baalman singled into left to score a pair of runs and an additional run came home on the succeeding play off an error. Jenny Schaper singled to score Bailey Vick in. (UK 9, Marshall 0). Marshall scored their first run on a solo home run. (UK 9, Marshall 1). Marshall scored three times on two singles that score one and two runs each.

Final Kentucky 9, Marshall 4

They return back to SEC play as they host Missouri for a three game series at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington. Game one is Friday night at 6 p.m. ET and all three games will be shown on SEC Network Plus, ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

March 22nd

Softball

Kentucky hosted Missouri Friday night at John Cropp Stadium.  With Missouri scoring six unanswered points Kentucky saw their 12 game winning streak get snapped with a 10-8 Missouri win. Kentucky falls to 6-1 in SEC play.

Missouri would get on the board first with two runs, Kim Wert got a home run. (Mizzou 2, UK 0). Sarah Rainwater would drive in Katie Reed and Lauren Johnson batted a home run to the right field to put Kentucky up top. (UK 3, Mizzou 2). Missouri would score twice on a home run by Jazmyn Rollin.  (Mizzou 4, UK 3)Kentucky would score three times in the third, Kelsee Henson got a two run double scoring in Jaci Babbs and Katie Reed. Jenny tripled. (UK 8, Mizzou 4) Missouri would tie it up, they sent 10 batters to the plate and got five runs. (Mizzou 8, UK 8). Missouri would get back to back doubles to score twice.

Final Missouri 10, Kentucky 8

Kentucky and Missouri are back at it again tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET

March 23

Women’s Basketball

The Kentucky Wildcat women’s basketball team is moving on to the Round of 32.  Maci Morris and Taylor Murray helped Kentucky roll past Princeton 82-77 Saturday morning at Reynolds Coliseum. Kentucky got 15 points from Rhyne Howard and 12 points from Tatyana Wyatt.

1st half

Princeton got on the board first, but Kentucky would answer with five straight getting a 5-2 early lead. The Cats would lead 9-6 before Princeton got four in a row to take the lead but that was short lived when Jaida Roper got a three for Kentucky to take the lead back.  Kentucky would get a  pair of free throws from Tatyana Wyatt to have 16-15 lead, but Princeton would score five to take a 20-16 lead after one quarter of play. Princeton started out the second quarter on a quick start with a 7-2 run to extend their lead, 27-18. Kentucky would chip away by scoring six in a row cutting the deficit to just 3. Princeton got a basket and Kentucky would score seven, four by Maci and three from Rhyne to take the lead. Princeton tied the game before Kentucky took a 33-31 lead. Kentucky missed their final five shots and Princeton took advantage scoring six to a 37-33 lead into the half.

2nd half

 It was back and forth in the third quarter with two ties and eight lead changes. UK would score the first four on baskets by Maci and Amanda leading 38-37. Both Kentucky and Princeton would share the lead late in the quarter and the game would be tied at 52. Kentucky would take control by scoring nine in a row capped off by a three by Maci Morris, they had a 61-52 lead in the third. Princeton would score first to start off the fourth quarter cutting the lead to six. They would get within six on three different occasions. Kentucky would assemble a 6-1 run and took their biggest lead of 71-60. The Tigers would fight back with a  8-2 run but wouldn’t get any closer as Kentucky would win 82-77.

Kentucky faces the winner of NC State/ Maine on Monday. Time and TV channel will be determined later.

Softball

Abbey Cheek has broken the home run record at Kentucky with her 49th home run in the second game against Missouri, the record was 48 set by Brittany Cervantes in 2012.  She becomes the all-time leader at Kentucky. Missouri claims the series with a 11-8 victory.

Kentucky had a 5-0 lead from a grand slam by Alex Martens and an RBI from Cheek. Missouri responded with a five run as well giving them an 8-6. Missouri would score 4 more and Kentucky would get two more.

Kentucky looks to salvage a win when the series finishes up tomorrow at Noon ET.

March 24:

Softball

The Missouri Tigers finished off a sweep of the Kentucky Wildcats Sunday afternoon in Lexington, KY. The Tigers closed out the weekend with an 8-4 victory and completed the first sweep of the Cats in Lexington since the 2017 season. Despite the loss, Abbey Cheek continued her hot streak and smacked her 50th career home run.

The Tigers scored 7 runs over the course of the second, third and fourth inning to create a 7-3 lead which proved to me too much for the Cats.

Kentucky hosts in state foe, Western Kentucky, Tuesday night at 6 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on SEC Network Plus.

March 25:

Women’s Basketball

 #17 Kentucky took on #10 NC State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky falls to NC State 72-57 ending their season. They got 21 points from Rhyne Howard and 18 from Maci Morris. Kentucky would struggle with NC State’s superior size through the entire game. The Wolfpack outrebounded Kentucky 50-31, got more second chance points, 17-5, and completely outscored them 22-12 in points in the paint.

With this loos, the storied careers of   Kentucky seniors, Maci Morris and Taylor Murray sadly come to an end. Maci Morris finished sixth overall on the UK career scoring list with 1,692 points. Taylor Murray finished 17th overall with 1,359 points.

1st half

Kentucky would get us started when Maci nailed a three pointer, NC State answered right back with their own three. Cats got a basket and would lead 5-3. But NC State would go on a 12-2 run to take a 15-7 lead. Rhyne Howard did her best to keep Kentucky close but NC State would build a 10 point advantage and had a 25-17 lead after 10 minutes of play. Kentucky cut the lead early to get within 3 from a layup from Murray and a 3 from Howard. NC State would score the next four points, Kentucky kept chipping away and would get it down to four, State would hit a late free throw to take a 35-30 lead into the half.

2nd half

State scored first in the third and Kentucky answered with a jumper from Morris and a three by Howard cutting the lead to three. Wolfpack scored six and it would be back and forth for the quarter. Kentucky answered with six of their own and get within three, but NC State would hold the lead after three quarters, 53-48. NC State kept it going in the fourth, by scoring seven in a row to have a 60-48 lead. Kentucky would cut it to single digits three different times but could not get any closer, thus ending their 2018-2019 season with a 25-8 record.

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