LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Rhyne Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 15 Kentucky closed game with an 11-2 run to defeat Missouri 61-55 on Sunday.
In the final three minutes, after the Tigers scored nine straight pints to take a 53-50 lead, the Wildcats were 9 of 10 from the foul line while Missouri went 1 of 4 from the field, missed two. critical free throws and a successful shot. clock violation.
Dre’Una Edwards added 10 points and nine rebounds with the first four points in the final inning for the Wildcats (13-4, 6-3 in the Southeastern Conference). KeKe McKinney had two free throws with 15.7 seconds left to make it a possession of two game.
Ladazhia Williams scored a career-high 23 points on 10 of 13 shots for Missouri (6-6, 3-5) and Aijha Blackwell had a career-high 13 points and 19 rebounds. Hayley Frank had 10 points.
Both teams struggled on offense with Missouri’s 8-of-12 shot in the third quarter, with either team’s only team shooting above 41%. This helped the Tigers cut a 28-18 halftime deficit to 42-39.
Trailing 50-44 with six minutes remaining, Frank made a pair of free throws, then hit Missouri’s first – and only – 3-point after 17 misses to reduce the deficit to one. Williams then followed with a three-point play and the Tigers’ first lead since 2-0. A free throw from Blackwell ended the run with 3:23 left.
Kentucky, which was in the process of completing the game 1 for 9 shoot, then started to get to the line as Mizzou got cold.
The Tigers, who lead the SEC in shooting at 50.3% finished at 38% with that 1 in 18 performance from beyond the arc. However, Kentucky, a 45% shooting team, only shot 37% and was 3 of 13 from range.
Missouri are at home against No. 19 Arkansas and Kentucky are playing Mississippi on Thursday.
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