After being down seven points at the half, the Lady Cats came back to defeat the Gators 75-70 and advance to face #1 seed South Carolina in the SEC tournament. DeNesha Stallworth helped boost the Cats past Florida with 13 points on the game. However, Stallworth wasn’t the only difference-maker, the Kentucky bench outscored the Gators 31-16 and the Cats lead way in second chance and fast break points as well. The Lady Cats out-rebounded the Gators 42-29, which led to their edge over second chance points. The Cats had 16 second chance points compared to the Gators six. As for fast break points the Cats lead the way with four and the Gator came away empty in the fast break category.
Coach Matthew Mitchell expressed his satisfaction after the game and talked about what he liked from the Cats in today’s match-up against the Gators,
COACH MITCHELL: Terrific game for us.
Florida played really, really hard. They have a very
good basketball team. Beat us twice this year.
Our players have worked really hard to improve
since the last time we played them. So it was very
gratifying to win this game and also to shake off a
very poor first half.
I thought the players showed a lot by
coming back in the second half, finding a way to
win. We are thrilled with this outcome today and
looking forward to tomorrow.
Florida head coach Amanda Butler explains what happened on the Florida side of the ball during the second half,
COACH BUTLER: Second half we
answered a couple times, then we just had some
timely defensive breakdowns. The rebounding
battle, one of our goals is to neutralize that. We’re
trying to always scratch around and make plays off
the boards as much as we can. We didn’t do a
good job with that.
In the second half, that was really what
was keeping them afloat. I thought we were
playing great basketball, but kept giving them
second chances. A good team’s going to take
advantage of that.
Good win for Cats today as they advance to the semi-final round of the SEC tournament to face the top-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks. The match-up between the Cats and the Gamecocks will be played this Saturday at noon on ESPNU.
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