Kentucky’s full-court press buries Morehead State as Cats improve to 2-0 on season


Travis Fannon

Robyn Benton dribbles the ball on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Travis Fannon | Staff

Tyler Russell, Reporter

Kentucky womens basketball (1-0) defeated Morehead State 73-48 inside Memorial Coliseum on Friday, improving to 2-0 on the season.

The Wildcats welcomed the Morehead State Eagles in Lexington on Friday night, less than a week after winning their season opener against Radford.

Kentucky sought to keep the Eagles winless and ultimately did just that as it dominated nearly every aspect of the game.

Kentucky started the night hot, scoring 13 points before the Eagles even scored one.

Maddie Scherr started the game off with a 3-pointer, which was just the start of a dominant night for her as she led the cats in points with 14 points.

By the end of the first quarter Kentucky led the Eagles 17-6. 

The second quarter was a little different than the first as Morehead State began to find its rhythm.

Although the Eagles tallied up more points, they still went into halftime tailing Kentucky 26-14.

When the second half began the Cats switched to a full court press, suffocating the Eagles and forcing them to make a significant amount of turnovers.

“We needed to fly around the court more,” Kentucky head coach Kyra Elzy stated. “We weren’t playing to the best of our ability.”

Similarly to the beginning of the first half, Kentucky recorded an 18-0 run to kick off the second half.

The Cats raced around the floor, picking up every loose ball, and seemed to connect on many of their shots as well.

When the dust settled on the third quarter, Kentucky had a comfortable 54-27 lead. 

The fourth quarter was more even split as both teams went to work on offense. Kentucky scored 19 points while Morehead State one-upped them with 21, though the game had been without doubt before the quarter even began. 

Morehead State’s 3-point shooting ultimately failed as it went just 1-11 from beyond the arc.

Kentucky shot 43% from behind the arc on the other hand, giving the Cats a massive advantage on the scoreboard.

The Wildcats are back in action on Sunday, Nov. 13, as they look to start their 2022-23 campaign with a 3-0 record against Coastal Carolina. Tipoff against the Chanticleers is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST and will air on the SEC Network+.