UK women beat Florida 92-69

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Makayla Epps had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and No. 13 Kentucky beat 25th-ranked Florida 92-69 in the Southeastern Conference women’s tournament Friday.

Janee Thompson added 19 points for the Wildcats, who won their eighth consecutive game. Evelyn Akhator chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season and third in a row.

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Kentucky advanced to play top-seeded and third-ranked South Carolina in the semifinals Saturday. If coach Matthew Mitchell’s team plays like it did against Florida, the Gamecocks could have their hands full.

The fifth-seeded Wildcats (23-6) scored 33 points in a blistering second quarter and added 28 more in the third, building a 21-point lead that was too much for the No. 4 seed Gators (22-8) to overcome.

Kentucky made 13 of 20 shots (65 percent), including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, in the second and outscored Florida by 20.

Carlie Needles led Florida with 15 points. Eleanna Christinaki added 12.

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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