Score: No. 9 Kentucky 78, No. 16 South Carolina 74
Star(s): UK: Jennifer O'Neill 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast. USC: Elem Ibiam 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Blk.
Story: Kentucky won a tough game in Memorial Coliseum over South Carolina.
After the Gamecocks beat the Wildcats in Columbia and snapped their 17-game win streak, Kentucky wanted revenge.
In the first half, the Cats struggled offensively, trailing by as much as 16. But according to the players, Coach Mitchell came into the locker room during halftime with a positive attitude. She also switched to the three guard lineup to bring energy on the court.
Kentucky trailed the majority of the second half while trying to play catch up. When asked what was wrong with the team during the first half, Kastine Evans jokingly said "they were "focused on Valentines Day."
The Cats didn't lead until senior guard, A'dia Mathies, hit a 3-point basket with 3:33 to put UK up by one. Kastine Evans and Jennifer O'Neill swished four clutch free throws down the stretch to pull out the four point victory.
The Cats' 78 points were the most points South Carolina had given up to a team all season. The Gamecocks also shot at 56%, the highest field goal percentage for USC this season. The main component against South Carolina tonight? Turnovers. USC had 22 total turnovers which allowed Kentucky to score 24 points.
The No. 9 ranked UK Hoops team will travel to College Station to take on Texas A&M. The Aggies are currently first in the Southeastern Conference. According to Coach Mitchell, the game will be a test for us.
Tip-off for Kentucky vs. Texas A&M will be at 7 p.m.