#5 Kentucky Fends Off Pesky Bulldogs For Road Victory

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 12, 2019

Despite a week of rest to prepare, the Tennessee Lady Vols' three-game winning streak came to an end in embarrassing fashion Sunday. Last Sunday, State prevailed by 16 at Alabama, 65-49. SC fell to 6-3 with their loss to the Cats on Tuesday evening, and there are six SEC teams clustered in the middle with either 4 or 5 wins over the first 9 games. The Bulldogs earned their 25th-straight SEC regular-season victory in the game.

MSU coach Vic Schaefer was rocking a pink tie and pink sneakers, while his Bulldogs rocked Tennessee. In four SEC home contests, MSU is winning by a score of 83.4 to 66.3 (+17.1). This was the worst SEC defeat in Tennessee history.

Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) are on the call for ESPN. The game will be available for streaming on SECN+. The Bulldogs scored 30 points in the final 10 minutes. With the outside shooting back, her presence would've made this a game. They've also won 32 straight at home with the last loss coming to Tennessee in 2017, which is their only loss against the Lady Volunteers in the last six tries.

UT is 17-1 vs. Mississippi State in Starkville, 16-2 in Knoxville and 4-1 at neutral sites. They are the only team to play in every tournament since it began in 1982.

The Bulldogs have lost three of their past five games, but the chance to upset the Wildcats could provide the season-defining victory they need.

The model knows the Wildcats enter Saturday's showdown having covered the spread in each of their last five games.

The way the Bulldogs looked Sunday, especially with their 30-point fourth quarter, it's clear they can play with anyone. She scored 24 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked three shots, all game-highs for State.

UT's 48 points in the 2016 SEC tourney became UT's lowest scoring total in the series.

That game, however, seems to have been a turning point for this team. Freshman Zaay Green also was in double figures with 13. In fact, she said she expects State, which has played in the national championship game two consecutive years, to contend for the national championship again. This year, Danberry is averaging 13.3 points and 26.5 minutes.

The senior missed two games (N.D., LSU) after injuring an ankle vs. Arkansas, and she carded her first double-figure scoring game since January 3 when she fired in 17 vs. Vanderbilt to get back on track.

Kushkituah shed a bulky knee brace during the LSU game and finished the day with 14 points and eight rebounds. Cheridene Green had a team-high seven rebounds. He said he isn't overly concerned about his team scoring 68 and 65 points the last two games. Eight of those came in the fourth quarter.

The teams traded buckets before MSU went on a 6-0 spree to stretch its lead to 10 with just over a minute remaining in the half, but Davis and Jackson each knocked down threes in the final minute to cut the deficit to six at 40-34 going into the break. Well, they waited until the fourth quarter to do that here. Scott hit a 3-pointer and later worked her way back to the line for a pair of free throws. Chelsie Hall and Autumn Newby each had 11 for the Commodores.

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