UK pulls away from Washington State late to secure fourth win


Kentucky guard #24 Taylor Murray passes the ball during the game against Southern Indiana on Sunday, November 5, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Cody Ryan

Finishing its west coast road trip in Pullman on Sunday afternoon, the No. 25 UK women’s basketball team defeated Washington State 73-68.

Maci Morris’ 20 points and six rebounds helped lead UK to the win. Morris also shot 50 percent from the three-point line (3-6).

Taylor Murray finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals and eight assists. After struggling with four turnovers in the first half, Murray didn’t have any turnovers in the second half.

Makenzie Cann had her first career double-double, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

While Washington State players were taller than most of UK’s players, they were not as quick. Kentucky hoped to take advantage of their quickness.

Despite shooting 26.7 percent from the field (4-of-15) in the first quarter, Kentucky only trailed by five points. The Cats managed to outrebound Washington State 7-4 in the first quarter.

Washington State went on a 7-0 run early in the second quarter. Cann started heating up hitting three three-pointers in a row late in the second quarter.

Kentucky finished the first half by going on a 7-0 run of their own, and closed the gap to only one at the break (35-34).

UK took the lead early in the third quarter with a Morris three-pointer. Another Morris three-pointer near the end of the third gave Kentucky a 10-point lead, their biggest of the game.

UK led 56-48 at the end of the third.

Washington State went on a 14-4 lead to lead by two points in the fourth quarter. Kentucky went scoreless for almost four minutes.

Kentucky led by one point with one-minute remaining, and UK’s quickness and Murray’s pressure forced Washington State to turn the basketball over. A Morris steal won the game, and Cann’s free throws sealed the win.

The Cats will be back in Memorial Coliseum Wednesday at 2 p.m. The women’s basketball team will be looking for its fifth win of the season as it hosts Morehead State University.