While the students were on winter break, your Lady Cats were at home taking on Western Carolina and looked to improve to 11-1 on the 2018-2019 season.
Kentucky had six players in double figures in their 99-39 victory over Western Carolina. Rhyne Howard led the Cats with 18 points, her 11th double-figure scoring effort in 12 games this season. Tatyana Wyatt had a season high 16 points. Maci Morris contributed 13 points. Jaida Roper had 12 points, and Taylor Murray and Amanda Paschal each contributed 11 points. This marks the first time since November 17, 2016 in which Kentucky had six players score in double-figures.
Kentucky dominated every statistical category in the game. Wyatt had the hot hand early, scoring eight of the Cats’ first ten points. The game was tight early as Kentucky only held a 6-5 lead. However, the Wildcats took control scoring 10 points in a row, forcing the Catamounts into five turnovers in just two and a half minutes. Kentucky would assemble a 7-0 run, leading 27-9 before ending the quarter with a 27-11 lead going into the 2nd quarter. The Cats forced nine WCU turnovers, turning those into 13 points in the quarter.
#18 Kentucky 27, WCU 11 End 1st quarter
The Cats opened the second quarter on a 17-0 run to take a commanding 44-11 lead. Morris lead Kentucky with 13 points but Wyatt was close behind with 12. Murray had already dished out six assists and come away with five steals. Kentucky hit 10 of its 12 shots and would stretch the lead to 56-20 at the break. The Cats were on fire in the first half and hit 24 of their 37 shot attempts (64.9%). The 56 points in the first half is a season high for the Wildcats.
#18 Kentucky 56, WCU 20 Halftime
The third quarter started in similar fashion with Kentucky scoring the first 11 points. The Wildcats outscored the Catamounts 24-7 in the quarter lead by Howard with seven, and Roper with six. Kentucky held WCU to two of twelve shooting, and forced eight WCU turnovers. Wyatt led UK with 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field for the game. She also added six rebounds. The Cats closed the quarter on a 16-0 run.
#18 Kentucky 80, WCU 27 End 3rd quarter
The teams played evenly in the fourth quarter for a bit before Kentucky pulled away. The Cats would lead by as many as 61 before they won by 60.
#18 Kentucky 99, WCU 39 Final
The Wildcats forced 24 WCU turnovers and turned them into 33 points. Kentucky turned it over only 10 times resulting in only 4 WCU points. Kentucky also won the rebounding battle 41-22, outscored WCU on second chance points 15-3, had a 40-20 point advantage in points in the paint and held a 35-9 edge in bench scoring.