Nick Richard brings toughness to Kentucky win against Mt. St. Mary’s

Nick Richards in control tonight (photo credit KSR – Michael Huang)

By Lukas Witt (11 years old)

Kentucky wins their second straight tonight against Mount Saint Mary’s 82-62 at home. The Cats got out to quick start as Junior Nick Richards threw down two dunks within the opening minutes and he didn’t stop there in his 33 minutes of play finishing with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks and took a charge late in the game. Richards was much more physical tonight and showed flashes of dominance, he will need to keep that momentum as they head into the holiday stretch of play. Ashton Hagans continues to show why he is one of the top point guards in the country as he finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Let’s not forget about Sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley who missed the last game with a chest injury he received in practice, he once again looked like his old self and put up big numbers in a hurry as he has 13 point in just 22 minutes of play. EJ Montgomery was back on the court tonight after missing 3 games with an ankle injury and proved he might just be the missing piece if he can stay out of foul trouble, he finished 7 points and 6 rebound in just 15 minutes tonight. The Cats dominated in the assist department tonight with 20 to just 8 for the Mountaineers, Kentucky made it to the line 18 times tonight knocking down 16 for 88.9%, Cal has to be happy with the increased 3-point percentage as well. The Cats only get one day off as they prepare to take on the Lamar Cardinals at home on Sunday, November 24th at Rupp, game time is 6pm and can be viewed on SECNetwork.

Kentucky Women’s Basketball handles Morehead State with ease

Rhyne Howard did not disappoint tonight (photo credit Gary Moyers The Cats’ Pause)

By Lukas Witt (11 years old)

Kentucky gets of to a quick start back at home from there win against Virginia over the weekend. #13 Kentucky grabs a win against the Morehead State Lady Eagles 79-54 and gets the Cats to a record of 5-0 on the season. Tonight, Rhyne Howard had a good showing as she finished with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals, she got off to a quick start and never looked back. Junior forward, Tatyana Wyatt had a good night as she finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds and a couple jumpers from down low. Blair Green had a solid night as she finished with 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals but only shot 3/9 from the field and 1/5 from behind the arch. Jaida Roper had some great no look passes on the hardwood tonight as she finished with 7 points and 4 assists. Sabrina Haines finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds and took on a couple defensive charges under the basket as she continues to provide a solid spark. Free throw shooting has got to show improvement before Kentucky heads into SEC play as they only shot 52% from the line tonight. The Cats look to extend their winning streak as they will take on Grambling State in Memorial Coliseum on November 26th at 7:00 pm and can be found on the SECNetwork.

#9 Kentucky comes up big in final minutes

Ashton Hagans drives to the basket (photo credit Dr. Michael Huang KSR)

By Lukas Witt (11 years old)

I got a courtside view of #9 Kentucky’s 82-74 win over Utah Valley tonight at Rupp as they improve to 3-1 on the season. The Cats were never able to pull to far ahead without UVU fighting their way back into the game from behind the 3-point line shooting 11/31 while the Cate were a low 1/12 from behind the arch. Tonight was the Nick Richards and Ashton Hagans show, Richards put up another double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds as Hagans finished the night with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. We began to see good play from Johnny Juzang as he came up with a big rebound and bucket in the last minutes of the game. Nate Sestina was quiet on the offensive end but pulled down 12 rebounds as the Cats out rebounded UVU 46-27. Free throws sealed the deal tonight as Kentucky missed just 3 going 31-34 from the charity stripe. Injuries continue to take its toll on Kentucky as EJ Montgomery was out again tonight but he was seen on the sideline without his boot which is good news, while Immanuel Quickley reportedly was suffering from a chest injury from yesterday’s practice, if that isn’t enough Khalil Whitney jammed his finger near the end of tonight’s game. Hopefully, these guys will be ready to go by the weekend. On Friday, November 22nd the Cats take on Mt. St. Mary’s at 7 pm, while on Sunday, November 24th they will face Lamar at 6 pm, both take place at Rupp and you can watch on the SECNetwork.

Kentucky Women roll behind star player performance

Howard drives to the hoop (photo credit Kentucky WBB)

By Lukas Witt (11 years old)

The #13 Kentucky Women’s Basketball team go to 3-0 on the season with a win over the Stetson Hatters 67-48 at Memorial Coliseum tonight. They got off to a fast start behind the play of Rhyne Howard who was in an early rhythm as she scored their first seven points. Howard has struggled early on in games to start the season but tonight she lit it up from all over the court and finished with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Kentucky’s press gave Stetson trouble from the beginning as they couldn’t buy a basket. That 40 minutes of dread is going to give teams trouble this season, tonight it forced the Hatters into several shot clock violations. Amanda Paschal continues to impress with her floor leadership and scrappy play, she isn’t afraid to take it to the basket against the bigger players. Jaida Roper had trouble finding the basket tonight, but she made plays all over the court you won’t see on the stat sheet and continues to bring energy each time she steps on the court, she dished out 8 assists in 26 minutes tonight. Keke McKinney was consistent again tonight posting a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and 2 blocks, she gives teams trouble with her length. Tatyana Wyatt only played 17 minutes tonight but made the most of her time on the court scoring 9 points and grabbing 10 boards. We haven’t seen much from Nae Nae Cole and Emma King but expect them to find their groove soon. The Cats travel to the University of Virginia to take on the Cavaliers on Saturday, November 16th at 5 pm, watch on ACCN Extra.