No. 11 Kentucky rolls past Murray State in season opener

Wildcats will return to action Sunday vs. Belmont at 4 p.m. inside Memorial Coliseum

Courtesy: UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Senior guard Chasity Patterson scored 30 points as the 11th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Murray State 86-60 in Wednesday’s season opener at Memorial Coliseum.

The 30 points were two shy of Patterson’s career high of 32, set last season at Arkansas. Junior Blair Green tied her career high with 13 points in the game for the Cats, while freshman Treasure Hunt had 12 points in her UK debut.

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Kentucky (1-0) was without defending SEC Player of the Year Rhyne Howard and returning starter Tatyana Wyatt, who were both suspended by interim head coach Kyra Elzy for Wednesday’s game.

The Cats forced 32 turnovers in the game and scored 40 points off those miscues. UK also had a huge advantage in bench points, outscoring MSU 35-14 in that category.

Murray State actually led early, scoring the first three points of the game. However, UK bounced back by scoring six in a row, all by Patterson, to lead 6-3. After Murray State cut it to one at 6-5, the Cats scored 11 in a row to lead 17-6. Olivia Owens had four points in that run.

Murray State would get back within 10 on a pair of occasions before the Cats went on a 9-3 run to close the period with a 30-14 lead. Patterson hit all four of her first-quarter shots, including two from behind the arc, and both of her free throws for 13 early points.

In the second period, Murray State would cut the UK lead to 14, but the Wildcats completely blew the game open with a 9-0 run that took the lead from 35-21 to 44-21 with 4:36 to play in the half. Four free throws from Patterson and three-pointer from Treasure Hunt were the key plays in that run.

Kentucky would also score the last five points of the half and would take a 51-26 lead into the break. Patterson led all scorers with 21 points in the first half.

In the third quarter, Murray State scored the first five points of the half to cut the UK lead to 51-31. But the Cats again responded, this time with a 20-4 run, that extended the lead to 71-35 with just under four minutes left in the third. Patterson had eight points during the run and Hunt had five.

Murray State would not go away, closing the third period on an 11-1 run to cut the UK lead to 72-46 with 10 minutes left in the game.

In the fourth quarter, Kentucky would lead by as many as 31 before settling for a 26-point victory.

Kentucky returns to action on Sunday, hosting Belmont at Memorial Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas