Cats look to bounce back at home against Morehead State


Senior forward Evelyn Akhator goes up for a jump shot during the game against Union on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Carter Gossett | Staff

Chris Leach

Following the UK women’s basketball team’s first loss of the season, the Cats will look to get back in the win column on Nov. 23, as they will take on the Morehead State Eagles at Memorial Coliseum. 

The Cats are coming off a 79-69 loss last Saturday at Colorado. Now the Cats will return home, where they are a perfect 3-0 this season.

This game against the Eagles could turn into a shootout early, as both teams bring in proven offenses that can put up points on the scoreboard. The Cats will look to rebound offensively as they posted their lowest point total of the season at Colorado.

In last season’s matchup, the Cats scored 112 points in a 55-point rout over the Eagles. This game last season was also the game where Makayla Epps recorded the second ever triple-double in UK history.

Epps is just one of four players for the Cats to average over 10 points a game this season. Epps also leads the team in assists with 20, which is double the amount of assists the player with the second most assists has. The Cats as a team are averaging 78.2 points a game.

The Eagles are not far behind from the Cats in terms of points per game, as they average 74.2 points per game, even with only having one scorer average double-digit points a game. That player would be Eriel Mckee, who averaging 13.3 points per game off 50 percent shooting from the court, including 43 percent from three-point land this season.

The Eagles are currently on a three game winning streak following their season-opening loss versus Georgia State. The upcoming game against the Cats will be the first time this season that the Eagles will play a ranked opponent.

In the latest Associated Press Top 25 Rankings that was released on Nov. 21, the Cats dropped five spots from their previous ranking from No. 15 to No. 20. Even with the drop in the rankings, it was still the 135th week where the Cats held a spot in the top 25 in the AP poll.

Another streak that has been with the Cats this season is Evelyn Akhator’s double-doubles. Akhator has secured a double-double in all four games this season, and she will certainly look to keep that streak alive against the Eagles.

The game against the Eagles is set to tipoff at Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. Fans who can not be in attendance for the game can watch it live on SEC Network+.