Another game in Rupp Arena, another game where Kentucky was in it and then just completely blew it.
Senior forward Ajae Petty was the leader of this Kentucky team on Sunday with her 11 points and seven rebounds. In what was a battle down low, Petty was ready for it. Even coming into the game with a bandage below her left eye, she still showed up and fought her tail off. She would score at will at times, but at some other times, she’d practically disappear. The senior forward also had two blocks and two steals on the day.
Then, Maddie Scherr recorded her third double-digit scoring outing in the last four games with 10 points against Texas A&M on Sunday. She would shoot just 3-11 (27.3%) from the field however, so (again), shots weren’t really falling at an efficient rate for her. Her turnovers were down though, as she committed just two turnovers in 40 minutes of game action.
Production did’t come in a high volume on Sunday. As a result, Kentucky would have to suffer their fifth consecutive loss to the hands of the Aggies.
The game got started off to a slow start as always. Both teams shot under 35% in the first half and were a 20-63 after two quarters of play. It became clear that A&M would want to pound the rock down low, and that they did. The Aggies would finish with 18 points in the paint in the first half. That’s 18 of their 24 points overall.
Quarters three and four were more of the same. Back-and-forth action as both teams struggled to find their stride. It was an ugly contest, no doubt. Unfortunately, Kentucky wasn’t able to pull out the win either. With this loss, the ‘Cats won’t have a winning record in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2002-03 and 2003-04.
Next up are the Auburn Tigers (15-8; 4-6 SEC) on Thursday. Kentucky is still hunting for its first road win of the season, so they’ll have a chance to cross that off their list against the Tigers. The game is at 7:00 EST and will be on the SEC Network.