We, as passionate Kentucky fans, often focus our attention on the Kentucky men’s basketball team or football team but pay little attention to other athletes in a multitude of sports across the University of Kentucky campus. I’m speaking mainly of the women athletes who get little to no recognition for their contributions to the University.
I usually like to focus my articles on the football team and their recruiting efforts as that is where my passion lye’s, but today I wanted to “step outside of the box” and talk a little about what our women athletes are doing and what they have accomplished.
If there is one group of women that you do know, it would be the women’s basketball team. This past Sunday the # 9 ranked women secured their 700th win against the Missouri Tigers, by winning 80-69. Five Kentucky women scored in double figures with Bria Goss leading the way with 20 points. Janee Thompson scored 16, Jennifer O’neill and DeNesha Stallworth had 11 and Samarie Walker finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Missouri led by eight three times in the first half but Kentucky rallied each time. With the Tiger women leading 24-16 with 7:32 remaining, the Wildcats moved in front with a 16-2 run. The UK women lead 37-31 at the half and never looked back.
The Kentucky women opened the second half by scoring six of the first eight points to take a 43-33 lead. The Tiger women cut UK’s lead to five twice in the second half but couldn’t get any closer.
Goss was 10 for 10 from the free-throw line and had 8 rebounds, just missing on a double-double.
The UK women will face the Auburn Tigers Sunday at 2:00 pm in Auburn, Al.
Quick note: O’Neill replaced Kastine Evans in the lineup for her first start of the season. She made three of Kentucky’s six 3-pointers.
Check out the video below with comments from head coach Matthew Mitchell.