The Kentucky women’s basketball squad moved to 5-0 last night on the season after defeating Marshall 79-45 in Memorial Coliseum. The Cats were efficient offensively, finishing the game with a season-high in both shooting (54.1%) and assists (40) as a team. All 11 players that contributed in the game puts points on the board, combining for a 34-point win that was the largest margin of the season.
“We slowed down offensively. I thought we did a better job of executing in the half court, sharing the ball, really taking the time to see what the defense gave us, and capitalizing on it. Rhyne Howard had five assists, Dre (Dre’una Edwards) had five assists, so really moving the ball – great ball movement,” UK Head Coach Kyra Elzy said.
Junior guard Blair Green led the team with a career-high 17 points on 8/13 shooting from the field. Her effort was more than enough for the Cats to get a victory, and she said after the game that her confidence is way up this season even with a poor shooting performance (0/7 from the field) on Sunday against Indiana.
“Yeah, this year I really feel like my confidence is up. I’ve put in a lot of work. The last game, I didn’t shoot very well, but it didn’t put my confidence down, I just knew I had to come back out and be more aggressive tonight,” she said.
UK coach Kyra Elzy said that Green had her mind on just one specific goal in previous seasons until they challenged her to play more freely. And that, she has done.
“Blair was huge tonight, so happy for her. Just to see her hard work pay off, but also, Blair has really bought into her role. You know, a year ago, she was really set on how she was supposed to score. It was supposed to look a certain way. We really challenged her to let her know that she can score in a variety of way and to not box herself in as you got to see tonight,” Elzy said.
National Player of the Year candidate Rhyne Howard added 13 points on 5/11 shooting from the floor while adding five rebounds and five assists. Sophomore forward Dre’Una Edwards also put up solid numbers, finishing just short of her fourth straight double-double (13 points and eight rebounds).
UK coach Kyra Elzy said after the game that sophomore guard Emma King is still out due to Covid-19 protocols and senior forward KeKe McKinney is listed as day-to-day due to a shoulder injury. Kentucky next faces Samford on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. inside Memorial Coliseum. The game will televised on SEC Network Plus.