Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Kentucky escapes with 71-67 win over Mississippi State

Kentucky escapes with 71-67 win over Mississippi State

Then the compliments ended. "I tried my best but she had the hot hand".

That's right. You would have said I was absolutely nuts. Not mean, screaming or cussing. "And against a team I have so much respect for, and think they're really talented". "Well, this is real".

Mississippi State hosts Missouri on Thursday.

Tennessee was still in the game early in the second half, pulling within three points with 6:09 left in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs rallied to take a 61-49 lead into the fourth.

Although Quinndary Weatherspoon has become a household name in the SEC, he'll be tasked with the challenge of limiting Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson on the perimeter.

This isn't news; the Bulldogs are No. 6 in the country, 22-1 overall and an SEC-best 10-0.

Up next for Rocky Top is a return home to face the Auburn Tigers, whom they beat on the road to open this SEC season. But the last time Tennessee visited Mississippi State has since haunted Bulldogs coach Vic Schaefer.

Mississippi State took advantage of Westbrook's absence. "We got going, started getting points in transition and felt like we got them on their heels". It was as if State switched to a gear Tennessee did not possess. "They're athletic players who specialize in a lot of different things, and I think they've got a great shot at it".

Air time for games on the Lady Vol Radio Network generally occurs 30 minutes prior to tip-off. The Bulldogs have lost four of their last six.

For those not so familiar with women's basketball, this is the same Tennessee program that has won eight national championships and a combined 35 SEC championships - the same Tennessee that had won 37 of 41 previous games against Mississippi State. The veteran coach made it clear he has high standards. "He doesn't go get rebounds, doesn't get loose balls, missed one-footers, missed free throws". This was as good as we've played in a long time. "It's the way you play".

Tennessee's Rennia Davis scored 29 points on 13-of-22 shooting, including 18 in the first half. The Wildcats never trailed again, outscoring the Bulldogs 25-8 over the rest of the first half for a 40-25 halftime advantage.

"(Jordan Danberry) was as good as she has been in any game she has played here. He said part of the credit has to go to the opponents, while another part of it is his team's continued adjustment to life without sophomore Chloe Bibby, who suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury in the opening minute of the game against SC on January 17. (During) the first time we played, I thought we played rushed.

Kentucky: The Wildcats' defense has been phenomenal over the past few weeks, but they gave up 42 points in the second half. State hasn't been victorious over Kentucky since February of 2009. Mississippi State still has a legitimate path to the NCAA Tournament thanks to good wins during nonconference play, but the Bulldogs need some conference wins in a hurry. It was the team's fourth-lowest margin of victory in SEC play behind 15 at home vs. Kentucky and SC, and nine at home vs. Georgia.

UT makes its way to the Magnolia State with the momentum of a three-game winning streak, forged with victories over LSU, Florida and Vanderbilt.

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