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Women’s Basketball: Kentucky Mounts Huge Comeback in Win vs Mississippi State

It may be a case of too little too late, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team seems to be turning a corner. Following a gritty road victory at Alabama on Sunday, the Wildcats had a quick turnaround with a makeup game against Mississippi State on Tuesday night. With the short break in between games, Kentucky was fortunate to have its entire roster for a second consecutive game.

Kentucky hit their stride early in the first quarter led by Jada Walker. The talented freshman started the game on fire, hitting her first four shots. It was an offensive masterpiece that the Wildcats have rarely had this season.

After a fast-paced, offensive barrage in the first quarter, Kentucky hit a wall while Mississippi State continued to hit from the floor. Despite great effort and intensity, Kentucky found themselves in a six-point hole heading into the halftime locker room.

In the third quarter, the Wildcats and Bulldogs exchanged blows as Mississippi State took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Mississippi State exploded out of the gates in the fourth with an 8-0 run. With seven minutes remaining in the game, the game seemed to be over. Given the fact that Kentucky had not mounted a comeback of that amount since 2014, it would be fair to rule Kentucky out. However, Dre’Una Edwards and Rhyne Howard had other plans.

Kentucky’s top two leading scorers on the season both tallied double-doubles in last night‘s game. Howard had 16 points and 11 rebounds while Edwards 23 points and 10 rebounds. The stars played like stars and there was flow within the offense. Kentucky may have finally found some cohesiveness late in the season. These last two games have made it crystal clear that if the Wildcats want to reach their potential heading into the SEC tournament, it’s going to have to be on the shoulders of Edwards and Howard.


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