Coming off a seven-day break between games that started with a victory over Duke last Sunday in front of the fourth-largest crowd in program history, the seventh-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team will host Tennessee State at 7 p.m. Monday in Memorial Coliseum. It will be the Cats’ final nonconference game of the regular season.
Kentucky improved to 10-0 with its 71-61 win against Duke, marking only the fourth time in program history that it has started a season with at least 10 consecutive wins.
Junior forward Evelyn Akhator was the star of the game for the Wildcats, scoring a career-high 18 points with six rebounds and two steals, while senior guard Janee Thompson had 17 points and two assists and junior guard Makayla Epps had 17 points and eight assists.
The Wildcats rank high in several national categories. UK is shooting 49.1 percent from the field this season to rank eighth nationally and second in the Southeastern Conference. Its three-point field goal percentage is at 41.5, which is fourth nationally and first in the league. The Cats rank 12th in the nation in assists per game at 18.5.
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On the defensive end of the floor, UK is 12th in the nation and second in the league in field goal percentage defense at 33.0. The Cats force 21.1 turnovers per game, which ranks 21st nationally.
Akhator is averaging 10.1 rebounds per game, which ranks first in the Southeastern Conference and 32nd in the nation.
Tennessee State is 5-6 this season, most recently dropping a pair of games at the Lady Griz Classic to Utah State, 63-46, and Florida Atlantic, 69-64. Kentucky will be the second opponent from the Southeastern Conference that Tennessee State will face this year, as the Lady Tigers lost 82-54 to Mississippi State on Dec. 6.
The Lady Tigers are led in scoring by junior guard I’mani Davis at 13.5 points per game. She and Jayda Johnson average 6.7 rebounds per game.
Kentucky leads the all-time series between the teams 5-0.
Tennessee State at No. 7 Kentucky
7 p.m. (SEC Network)