#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.
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.
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.
Kentucky took on in state foe, Western Kentucky Monday night at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington. WKU defeated Kentucky 4-1.
Kentucky only got one run, a home run to left field by Mallory Peyton in the fourth inning. Western Kentucky gets back to back runs to take a 2-1 lead over Kentucky. WKU gets another home run to make 4-1 over Kentucky.
The game against Ohio State has been cancelled for tomorrow so Kentucky heads to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas in SEC play. Game 1 is Friday night at 7 p.m. ET
Set 1 Kentucky 25-22 1-0
Set 2 Kentucky 25-22 2-0
Set 3 Louisville 25-23 2-1
Set 4 Louisville 25-22 2-2
Set 5 Kentucky 15-8 3-2
Kentucky looked to get back to their winning ways,, but the Cats were not able to push any runs across the plate in their Friday night match up against Arkansas. The 1-0 loss to the Razorbacks marked Kentucky’s fifth straight loss, a streak which began last weekend by dropping three games to Missouri.
Grace Baalman was great for the Cats in the circle. She threw a complete game and struck out nine batters. Her only mistake was to Danielle Gibson who smacked the pitch over the wall to give Arkansas a 1-0 lead. The one run would be enough as the Cats struggled against Autumn Storms of the Razorbacks and only care up with three hits on the night.
Kentucky looks to redeem themselves tomorrow in Game 2 at 2 p.m. ET
Kentucky snapped their 5 game losing streak after scoring a 16 run season high to defeated Arkansas 16-2 to even up the series Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville at Bolge Park.
Kentucky gets on the board first on a wild pitch scoring two runs. (UK 2, Arkansas 0). Kentucky scores again on a hit and Arkansas error. (UK 3, Arkansas 0). Katie Reed drives in a run singling up the middle. (UK 5, Arkansas 0). A Home run by Mallory Peyton and Kentucky leads 10-0 in the second inning. (UK 10, Arkansas 0). Arkansas gets their only two runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. (UK 10, Arkansas 2). A home run by Abbey Cheek, her 11th and a solo blast puts Kentucky up 9. (UK 11, Arkansas 2). Another home run from Abbey Cheek, she hits a three run bomb and Kentucky leads 16-2.
Final Kentucky 16, Arkansas 2.
Tomorrow’s game decides who takes the series. Game time is 2 p.m. ET on SEC Network Plus.
Arkansas wins the series with a walk off 3-2 win. They claim the rubber match of 3 game series, 2-1. This was Kentucky’s 3rd walk off loss in the season.
Arkansas got on the board first with a RBI single by Katie Warrick. (Arkansas 1, Kentucky 0). They got another run with a home run by Danielle Gibson to put them up 2. (Arkansas 2, Kentucky 0). Kentucky ties up the game on a two single run. (Arkansas 2, Kentucky 2) Arkansas gets a walk off RBI double in the bottom of the seventh, on a Kentucky error.
Final Arkansas 3, Kentucky 2
Kentucky has a mid-week match up at EKU Wednesday night at 6 p.m. ET
Kentucky and West Virginia tie at 1-1