After an impressive start to the season with wins against Sacramento State and Gardner-Webb inside Memorial Coliseum, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team has entered The Associated Press Top 25 this week at No. 25.
Kentucky (2-0) began the season receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today/Coaches’ Top 25. It marked the eighth straight year that Kentucky started the year ranked or receiving votes in both preseason listings.
The Wildcats started the regular season with two wins over the weekend, taking down Sacramento State and Gardner-Webb. UK used an impressive offensive performance against the Hornets, scoring 100+ points for the 17th time under Matthew Mitchell. Junior guard Taylor Murray paced the Wildcats with 22 points, adding five rebounds and three assists. Guard Makenzie Cann scored 17 points in the opener hitting four 3-pointers as UK shot 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from long range in the game, getting 48 points in the paint and 36 bench points.
Against Gardner-Webb on Sunday, UK showed its defensive ability holding the Runnin’ Bulldogs to just 34 points on 25.5 percent shooting. UK won the battle inside with a 42-8 advantage in points in the paint and 28-0 advantage in bench points. Junior guard Maci Morris recorded her first career double-double in the win, posting 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
Kentucky’s newcomers shined over the weekend as all five played and scored Friday paced by freshman Tatyana Wyatt, who scored 13 points with two rebounds while fellow freshman post Dorie Harrison scored 10 points and nine rebounds. In all the newcomers scored 57 points in the two games.
The Wildcats will have to work hard to keep the ranking as a tough road test looms this week. UK will travel to play at Montana on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET before a showdown with Washington State on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.
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