OXFORD, Miss. — Despite a resurgent performance from Amani Franklin, the UK women lost a back-and-forth battle to Ole Miss 69-60 on Sunday.
Franklin, a junior guard, tied a season high with 20 points, but the Wildcats were unable to overcome their turnover problems. UK (12-10, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) turned the ball over 21 times.
The seesaw battle featured five ties and eight lead changes, but the Rebels' clutch shooting down the stretch ultimately doomed the Cats.
"It was so disappointing because there were times during the game where we did some very good things," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "We just got out-toughed at crucial times. ... It was just a day of really up and downs and no consistency."
Senior center Eleia Roddy was saddled with foul trouble and UK was forced to go away from its usually dominant inside game.
The Cats had a 43-40 lead in the second half before Ole Miss finally took over.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Rebels guard Elizabeth Robertson put Ole Miss in front 46-45, a lead it would never relinquish.