UK Women Survive Drought for 64-62 Win Over Missouri


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Makayla Epps scored 17 points, Evelyn Akhator had 14 and No. 24 Kentucky held off a late charge by Missouri for a 64-62 win on Thursday night.

The Wildcats (10-5, 1-1 SEC) led by 16 after Akhator’s 3-point play with 8:01 to play but wouldn’t score again until her free throw at the 2:13 mark to make it 59-48. After another free throw, Missouri’s Sierra Michaelis hit two 3-pointers in an 8-0 run in 24 seconds to cut it to 60-56.

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Akhator’s 3-point play at 1:07 pushed the lead back to seven before a pair of baskets after turnovers made it a 3-point game.

The Wildcats had nine turnovers but committed five in the fourth quarter when they were 3 of 12 from the field and 7 of 13 from the foul line.

Michaelis finished with 22 points and Cunningham had 16 for Missouri (11-5, 1-1).

Kentucky outscored the Tigers 26-6 in the second quarter with the help of six 3s and used a season-best 17-0 run to lead 34-21 at halftime.

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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