UK women top UT 64-63

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Makayla Epps scored 14 of her 23 points in the third period to rally No. 12 Kentucky women from a seven-point halftime deficit before the Wildcats held off No. 19 Tennessee for a 64-63 victory on Monday night.

Kentucky (15-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) looked down and out trailing 35-28 at the break before Epps shifted momentum by pushing a quicker tempo resulting in the Wildcats’ first seven points of the period. She kept going to the basket to help Kentucky take a 49-44 lead into the fourth that reached 10 before a wild finish.

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Tennessee (12-7, 3-3 SEC) stormed back within a basket several times thanks to Te’a Cooper, who made consecutive baskets and had a chance to tie the game with 10.7 seconds left. But she made just one of two free throws and the final horn sounded before her final shot hit the rim.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com