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Murray matches career high with 18 points to lead UK women past Morehead State

Sophomore guard Taylor Murray matched her career high of 14 points in the first half alone Wednesday night, scoring 18 points in the game, as she helped push the No. 20 Kentucky women’s basketball team past Morehead State, 74-47. 

Kentucky improved its record to 4-1 on the season. Morehead State dropped its second game of the season and fell to 3-2. 

Taylor Murray scored 18 points in UK's win over Morehead State Wednesday night (UK Athletics Photo)

Taylor Murray scored 18 points in UK’s win over Morehead State Wednesday night (UK Athletics Photo)

Kentucky got off to a fast start in the opening three minutes of the game, scoring the first 11 points and forcing MSU into an early timeout. The Eagles responded by scoring nine of the next 12 points and pulled to within three points at 20-17 by the end of the first quarter. 

The UK defense then went to work in the second frame, allowing a season-low two points – outscoring the Eagles 13-2 in the quarter. The Wildcats held the Eagles to just 1-of-14 shooting from the floor and did not allow a point in the final 7:30 of the quarter. 

The Wildcats didn’t allow a Morehead State field goal for 15 minutes and four seconds spanning two halves as MSU’s first FG in the second half came at the 2:26 mark. 

After the break, where UK led by 14 points, the Wildcats outscored the Eagles 25-11 in the final period, cruising to a 74-47 win. 

Both Murray and senior guard Makayla Epps had 18 points to lead all scorers. Evelyn Akhator and Maci Morris both also ended up in double-figures scoring, with Morris scoring 14 points, and Akhator just one rebound away from a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. 

UK shot 42 percent from the floor on 30-of-70 shooting, including a 3-of-15 mark from beyond the arc. The Eagles shot 22 percent from the floor, going 13-of-57 and 8-of 20 from 3. Five of MSU’s eight 3-pointers came in the first quarter. 

The Wildcats are back in action on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Samford. The game will be shown live on the SEC Network-plus, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app on smartphones, tablets and computers. Neil Price can be heard on the UK JMI Sports Network with the pregame show beginning at 1:45. 

From UK Athletics

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