After an eight day break the No. 19 ranked Lady Cats returned to Memorial Coliseum to take on Rhode Island with hopes of improving to 9-0 on the 2018-2019 season.
Kentucky went neck and neck with Rhode Island to start the game. Maci Morris had the first eight points for the Cats until midway through the first quarter when Taylor Murray joined the action. Freshman Rhyne Howard converted an old fashioned three-point play to give UK a two-point lead late in the first quarter. Sophomore Keke McKinney and Howard provided some hustle for the Cats picking up a steal which lead to an and-one. Kentucky then went on a 6-0 run to end the quarter and take the lead into the first break.
19 Kentucky 16, Rhode Island 12 End 1st Quarter
Kentucky carried their momentum into the second quarter. The Wildcats opened with a 9-3 run to stretch their lead to 25-15. Howard and Morris both reached double-figures in the quarter. Freshman Blair Green picked up the intensity on both ends of the floor, providing some energy for the Cats who needed a spark throughout the beginning of this game. A put-back from McKinney closed the first half for Kentucky and extended their lead to eight.
Kentucky 30, Rhode Island 22 Halftime
Out of the locker room, Morris knocked down a quick bucket, but Rhode Island responded with a 5-0 run over the next minute and a half. At the 8-minute mark, Murray hit a shot of her own to stretch the UK lead to 34-27. The Cats picked up the intensity throughout the quarter and were able to head on a 19-2 run to blow the game open. Kentucky scored a season-high 29-points in the third quarter. With one quarter remaining, the Cats were well on their way to 9-0.
Kentucky 59, Rhode Island 35 End 3rd quarter
Rhode Island scored first to begin the 4th quarter however Howard answered back with a basket in the paint and Morris hit her fourth three of the night. Morris had 29 points and Howard added 19 of her own. Morris no doubt shined tonight hitting five threes, going a perfect 6 of 6 from the line, grabbing five defensive rebounds, and one steal. Howard continued her strong play as well by hitting two 3’s, going 3 of 3 from the charity stripe, hauling in 7 rebounds, and 7 steals. Murray also delivered a strong performance with 11 points, four steals, and two assists.
Kentucky 75, Rhode Island 52 Final