Kentucky returned to the court on Sunday for the first time in a week following the postponement of Friday‘s game vs Morgan State. Rust was without a doubt a factor as the Cats came out to a really sluggish start, only scoring five points in the first quarter. The offense found rhythm in the second behind a 21 point performance for the team and a renewed energy on the defensive side.
Following a close first half with a 26-23 lead, the Wildcats came out of the gates strong in the third quarter, outscoring Upstate by a score of 28-7. With a sizable lead heading into the fourth, Kentucky closed things off for a solid 67-44 win in what may have been the best defensive performance of the season, forcing 27 turnovers.
Rhyne Howard led the way for Kentucky with 22 points and 4 assists. Dre’Una Edwards tallied a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds on the day. While today was not Kentucky’s best performance offensively, balance was the name of the game for the Wildcats with four of five starters scoring double digits. There is certainly a lot to improve on from today’s game, but Kyra Elzy and the staff should be satisfied with a victory heading into SEC play at Auburn on December 30th.