Kentucky’s Lady Cats cruise past Tennessee State


In the first round of the women’s NCAA tournament the Lady Cats cruised past Tennessee State 97-52 in Memorial Coliseum. After the teams had a close meeting in the regular season, Kentucky didn’t want to join the list of teams that have felt the “March Madness” so early.

UK had six players score in double digits in the game with Lianne Harper leading the way, putting up 16 points and 10 rebounds. Alexis Jennings wasn’t far behind her teammate having 15 points and 6 rebounds herself. Jennifer O’Neil, Makayla Epps, and Bria Goss were also able to add 13 a piece for Kentucky. Freshman Jaycee Coe was the last Cat in double figures putting up a career high 10 points including a three-pointer that brought everyone to their feet.

Kentucky shot nearly 54% from the field in the first half and almost 50% for the game. This was the second best shooting performance on the season for the Cats.

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The UK women suffocated Tennessee State on defense as well. The Lady Cats took a page out of the men’s play book holding the Tigers to 26% shooting for the game, the lowest for an opponent all season. Tennessee State was only able to put 52 points on the board which is the second lowest for the Cats this season.

Kentucky will advance to the second round of the tournament with this win and will face the Dayton Flyers on Sunday. The last time UK faced Dayton was in 2013 also in the NCAA tournament when Kentucky won 84-70. Hopefully history will repeat itself and the Cats season will keep rolling!