Balanced Miami women topple 20th-ranked Kentucky 65-54
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Erykah Davenport and Shaneese Bailey made key plays back-to-back late in the game and four players scored in double figures as a balanced Miami upset the No. 20 Kentucky women 65-54 on Sunday, handing the Wildcats a second loss in as many games.
With the Hurricanes (6-3) holding a 56-52 lead with 97 seconds left, Davenport was frenetic on defense, poking the ball away on one side of the hoop and rushing crosscourt to block an Amanda Pascal jumper from just inside the 3-point line. Maci Morris missed after the Kentucky inbound, Bailey grabbed the rebound and hit a dagger of a 3-pointer from the top of the circle on the other end for a 59-52 lead with 1:01 remaining.
Kentucky (8-3) was coming off a 70-64 loss at Florida Gulf Coast on Friday.
Davenport finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, her third double-double this season, and blocked three shots. Bailey’s critical 3-pointer was her only trey of the game as she scored 11 points. Endia Banks led with 13 points and eight assists, Mykea Gray added 12 points.
Trailing 30-23 at halftime, Miami exploded with a 28-point third quarter and outscored the Wildcats 42-24 after halftime for its first win against a ranked opponent this season and just its second against Kentucky in the last eight meetings.
Morris scored a game-high 18 points and Alyssa Rice added 11 but the Wildcats were 20-for-63 from the floor, 7-for-29 after halftime.