UK Women's Basketball | UK wins in OT over Mississippi St. 78-75
02/24/2017 12:02 AM
Senior’s Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator refused to lose on Senior Night at Memorial Coliseum in front of the Big Blue Nation. Makayla found a way to get the rebound off of a missed three-pointer from Makenzie Cann and hit a layup, which would prove to be the eventual game winner.
“It was a great hustle play,” Mitchell said. “Just kept playing, just kept battling and found a way to get it in the bucket. A lot of times when people see a shot missed, they’re kind of loafing back or not going to the boards. She just hung in there, hung in there and it’s a huge play in the game. I thought she and Evelyn really stepped up on Senior Night. It was pretty amazing.”
Makayla finished with 22 points and 2 rebounds with the biggest one being in overtime. Evelyn Akhator led the Wildcats with her 15th double-double of the season, 27 points and 16 rebounds.
“Before the game, Coach Mitchell told us – the post players – they can’t guard us,” Akhator said. “And we did some plays where I had to take it off the dribble and I think they went into foul trouble early, so that gave me a plus to attack them off the dribble.”
Kentucky improves to 20-8 (11-4 SEC) and will visit No. 7 South Carolina in Columbia on Sunday at 2 pm.