LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Makayla Epps made 10 of 11 shots en route to a season-high 24 points to lead No. 8 Kentucky to a 72-54 victory over archrival Louisville on Thursday night in the annual battle for Bluegrass women’s basketball supremacy.
Epps’ hot hand quickly set the tone for the Wildcats (8-0), who shot 52 percent and led throughout to win their fifth in a row in the series. The junior guard made several critical baskets late in the third period after Louisville twice got within 10 points, providing a cushion that wasn’t seriously threatened.
Alexis Jennings added 14 points, Taylor Murray 11 and Janee Thompson 10 for Kentucky, which controlled the paint 30-18 and outrebounded the young Cardinals 36-27.
Briahanna Jackson scored 18 points while Myisha Hines-Allen had 16 for Louisville (3-5), which shot 36 percent and had its modest two-game winning streak end. The game drew 14,425 to Rupp Arena, home of Kentucky’s powerhouse men’s team.
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