Kentucky womens basketball achieves first SEC win at home, taking down Missouri 77-54


Travis Fannon

Kentucky Wildcat forward Adebola Adeyeye (25) controls the ball during the Kentucky vs. Missouri womens basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Travis Fannon | Staff

Samantha Money, Assistant Sports Editor

Kentucky womens basketball defeated the Missouri Tigers 77-54 inside Memorial Coliseum to mark the team’s first conference win at home and second league win this season.

The Wildcats took the court ready to take on a struggling Missouri team, for the Tigers made their way to Lexington with a 5-game losing streak.

With the dominant win, the Wildcats advance to 10-11 overall and 2-7 in the league. Kentucky’s other conference win came on the road in Gainesville, Florida, when the Cats took down the Gators 81-75.

Kentucky used the starting combination of Jada Walker, Maddie Scherr, Robyn Benton, Blair Green and Nyah Leveretter for the fifteenth game this season. With the win, Kentucky moves to 7-8 using this combination.

Starting off with the opening tipoff win, Benton kicked off the game for the Cats with the first basket.

Benton went on to notch a total of eight points in the first quarter, contributing to Kentucky’s 9-0 run and instigating a three-minute scoring drought for Missouri.

The Wildcats’ early 28-9 lead over the Tigers started a promising run for Kentucky who knew it was finally time to bring an SEC win to Lexington.

The second quarter saw Missouri begin to turn it on, forcing back-to-back turnovers on the Cats while decreasing Kentucky’s lead to just 10 points at one time.

It did not take long for Kentucky to talk back, however, and the Cats ended the first half with a dominant 9-0 run over the Tigers and a comfortable 41-22 score to go with it.

Going into the second half, the Cats were shooting 51.5% from the field and 62.5% beyond the arc while the Tigers sat at a less impressive 30.8% in field goals. Yet, Missouri would go on to beat the Cats on the boards, clinching 29 rebounds overall.

Kentucky continued the third quarter with a strong hold on Missouri, with both Scherr and Walker putting up 3-pointers to boost Kentucky’s lead to 27 points.

Still keeping up its energy, Kentucky’s defense held the Tigers to continue struggling to find the net. In the final quarter, Missouri found itself putting up just 11 points.

As a team, Kentucky went 29-56 (51.8%) in shooting and 8-15 (53.3%) from the 3-point line. Walker led the Cats in scoring, putting up 18 points and 3 steals.

Following right behind her was Benton and Green, racking up 13 points and 14 points, respectively.

Kentucky will take the road this week and travel to Columbia, South Carolina to take on the No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks for the second time this season. The matchup is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. EST inside Colonial Life Arena and can be streamed live on the SEC Network.