Women’s Basketball: #20 Kentucky cruises past Tenn. Tech 82-54

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Dec. 3, 2017

On Maci Morris and how valuable she is for Kentucky… 

“No question. I actually watched Maci in high school, recruited her a little bit before she committed to Kentucky. So, you know, Maci has always been able to shoot the basketball, but I think what she is doing now is just reading so well. Maci has become such a smart basketball player and understanding how to score at this level. If you take one thing away from her, now she can counter and so I think she is a complete player. You can’t take the 3 away from her because she is able to score off the dribble. I think she is doing a really good job on a young basketball team and obviously they look for her and rely on her a lot,” Tennessee Tech Coach Kim Rosamond.

No. 20 Kentucky Cruises Past Tennessee Tech, 82-54

Morris, Wyatt Lead UK Offense

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Maci Morris scored 16 points and Tatyana Wyatt added 12 as the 20th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Tennessee Tech 82-54 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.

 

Morris hit six of seven shots from the field, including both of her shots from behind the arc, and added a pair of free throws for her 16 points. She also grabbed six rebounds, blocked three shots and dished out two assists. The junior scored in double figures for the eighth straight game this season and the 13th consecutive time, dating to last season.

 

A total of 13 Wildcats played in the game, and 12 of those players scored for Kentucky. Freshman KeKe McKinney scored a career-high nine points and Makenzie Cann added eight.

 

The Wildcats dominated the glass, grabbing 46 rebounds compared to just 23 for Tennessee Tech. Kentucky turned 18 offensive rebounds into 21 second chance points.

Kentucky (7-1) scored the first six points of the game, but Tennessee Tech answered with six straight points to tie the game. The Wildcats would hit their next six shots from the field, including three-pointers from Morris and Jaida Roper, to extend the lead to 21-13. Kentucky would lead 22-13 at the end of the first period after shooting 75 percent (nine of 12) from the floor in the quarter.

The Wildcats started the second quarter in much the same manner, with Kentucky extending the lead to as many as 18 early on a basket by Morris. The Wildcats scored 10 straight points to end the period and led 49-24 at the break. Kentucky hit half of its field goals (eight of 16) in the quarter and 60.7 percent (17 of 28) of its shots from the floor in the first half.

 

In the third period, Kentucky blew the game open, leading by as many as 31 points. Wyatt scored eight points in the period for UK and Morris added five.

 

Tennessee Tech (1-6) cut into the Kentucky lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Golden Eagles could only get within 25 before losing by

 

Kentucky returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Evansville at Memorial Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on SEC Network+.

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