The plus/minus stats were all over the place in Kentucky WBB's loss to Ole Miss

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The Kentucky women’s basketball team fell to 11-18 overall and 4-11 in the SEC on Thursday following a 30-point loss to Ole Miss. This marked Kentucky’s fourth loss by at least 30 points this season, and it was ugly from start to finish. We knew there was a good chance that this one would get ugly, but all the ugliness was on Kentucky’s side.

With just two players reaching double figures, it seemed like no one really came to play for Kentucky. The 45 points that the ‘Cats put up on Thursday was their fourth-lowest total in a game this season, and a big reason for that was abysmal shooting. Kentucky shot just 17-58 (29%) from the field, and there wasn’t a single player that made more shots than they missed (minimum two shots).

When you’re down by 15-20 points for the vast majority of the game, no one is going to have a pretty plus/minus. That was certainly the case on Thursday as well. You don’t even need names attached to understand that something clearly went wrong.

There is something here that seems off about Kentucky’s lineups when you take a look at the +/- stats. The players who make the team better when they’re on the floor play less, and the ones who play a part in digging Kentucky into a hole get the most minutes. Cassidy Rowe (-5), Emma King (-9), Eniya Russell (-9), and Janae Walker (-10) probably could have used some extra playing time.

While you do need certain players leading the team, sometimes you have to switch things up when the results aren’t showing.

Regardless, Kentucky heads into Baton Rouge to take on No. 9 LSU on Sunday, and Kyra Elzy will need a complete team effort if the ‘Cats want to finish the regular season on a high note.

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