No. 5 Kentucky women beat East Tennessee St. 73-56
Streaking Kentucky relied on its defense.
Janee Thompson and Samarie Walker each scored 12 points to help
the fifth-ranked Wildcats beat East Tennessee State 73-56 on
Sunday. Kentucky tied a school record with its 11th consecutive
victory to open the season.
Kentucky limited the Buccaneers (2-6) to six points and two
field goals in the final 10:30.
”I’m glad we were able to play good enough defense to win the
game,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. ”I thought East
Tennessee State played really hard and, obviously, caused us some
problems today and competed tough. We had to win with our defense
and that’s something that’s been different for us than previous
games. I’m just glad we were able to tighten up in the second half
and really shut them down for a long period of time. I think that
was a big difference in the game.”
East Tennessee State (2-6) forced four lead changes and three
ties in the first eight minutes, but the Wildcats used a 14-2 run
to go up 31-18 with 8:15 remaining in the first half.
Kentucky led 49-29 at the half, but the Buccaneers pulled to
54-44 with 13:28 left.
”I thought our kids competed to the best of our abilities for
the entire 40 minutes,” East Tennessee State coach Brittney Ezell
said. ”You have to take your hat off to Kentucky. They are
fantastic, they are loaded, they play hard and they’re
Linnae Harper added 10 points for Kentucky, and freshman guard
Makayla Epps had eight. Epps was involved in an automobile accident
on the Bluegrass Parkway while returning home from a funeral
Saturday night, but wasn’t seriously injured.
”I’m here and that’s the best thing,” she said. ”Nothing
terrible happened. I didn’t think I was going to get to play today
but I was grateful to get out there with my teammates and be able
to contribute as always. I’m just real blessed that nothing bad
Maria Bond led East Tennessee State with 14 points, and Chandler
Christopher had 11.
Kentucky was without second-leading scorer DeNesha Stallworth.
She had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair loose cartilage in her
left knee and is expected to miss at least two weeks.