UK Women Whip Oklahoma 82-68

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Makayla Epps scored 30 points and Maci Morris had 11 of her career-high 19 in the second half when No. 17 Kentucky pulled away for an 82-68 win over No. 12 Oklahoma in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Thursday night.

There were six ties and 12 lead changes before a 3-pointer by Makenzie Cann at the 6:35 mark of the third quarter put Kentucky (6-1) up for good 45-43. The Wildcats held Oklahoma scoreless the last two minutes of the third quarter to open a 63-55 lead and then pulled away, leading by 18 with 3:43 to play.

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The game was a rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament with Kentucky winning the second-round game 79-58.

Oklahoma (5-1), which was off to its best start in six seasons, led 39-37 at the half on the strength of a 10-0 run over the last 3:05 and eight 3-pointers

Peyton Little had five 3-pointers for 19 points and surpassed 1,000 points for her career with the Sooners and Texas A&M. Gioya Carter had four 3s and 18 points and Vionise Pierre-Louis had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

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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