Behind a big effort off the bench by freshman center Dorie Harrison, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team knocked off Arkansas 76-65 in Fayetteville on Monday night.
The win got the Wildcats back to .500 on the season at 11-11 (3-6 SEC) and combined with a win last Thursday over Alabama marked the first time they’ve won back-to-back games since victories over Tennessee Tech on Dec. 3 and Evansville on Dec. 5. The loss dropped the Razorbacks to 11-11 (2-7 SEC).
In 23 minutes, Harrison scored a team-high 16 points, knocking down five of 14 shots from the field and all six of her free throws. She also grabbed four rebounds and added two steals and a block.
Five Cats scored in double figures, including Taylor Murray and Alyssa Rice, who had 12 apiece. Murray went 2-for-2 from the perimeter and had a game-high seven assists.
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UK went 5-for-11 from the arc as a team and shot 46 percent from the field. The Cats led 43-26 at halftime and took their biggest lead of the night at 59-31 with a 12-0 run in the third quarter.
"Very good win for our team. I am really proud of their focus and how we prepared for this one," said UK Coach Matthew Mitchell.
The Cats return to action Thursday when they host Auburn. UK knocked off the Tigers 64-60 on the road last season.
Auburn at Kentucky
7 p.m. Thursday (SEC Network Plus)