Recap: UK Hoops beats Vanderbilt 70-61

UK 70,  Vanderbilt Commodores 61

Key player

Sophomore forward Samarie Walker had her first career double-double, scoring 15 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Walker repeatedly posted up and made herself a big target in the paint, leading to 14 field goal attempts.

Turning Point/Key Stretch

The Cats got down 4-2, but then held Vandy scoreless for 5 1/2 minutes during a 12-0 spurt to take control of the game.  The Cats forced four Vandy turnovers during the run. The Cats maintained control of the game by a solid margin until a late-game Vandy rally.

The Good

Depth. The Cats played 10 players and had three score in double-figures.

The Bad

The 9 p.m. start time on a Monday night led to light attendance at Memorial Coliseum. The 4,624 in attendance was the lowest amount to watch the Cats play an SEC opponent in Lexington this year.

Stat of the Game

The Cats forced 24 turnovers and won the rebound battle 40-29, which led to 19 more field-goal attempts for the game (62-43).

What’s Next

The Cats (22-5, 11-3 SEC) will play their final home game of the season Thursday at 7 p.m. against the South Carolina Gamecocks (20-7, 9-5 SEC).  With two games remaining in the SEC regular season, the Cats and the Tennessee Lady Vols are tied for first place with identical 11-3 records.

UK Hoops vs. Vanderbilt – Images by Kentucky Kernel