Kentucky’s Petty dominates to win against Minnesota
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. –Jada Walker scored 19 points and Robyn Benton added 18 as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Minnesota 80-74 Wednesday night at Williams Arena.
Walker added five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the game. Ajae Petty had his second consecutive double-double, with a career-high 16 points and 12 rebounds. Blair Green had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Cats.
Kentucky (7-1) won its first real road game of the season scoring 26 points on Minnesota’s 21 turnovers. The Cats dominated the boards, grabbing 46 to just 33 for the Gophers. The UK also beat Minnesota 26-2 in bench points.
Minnesota (5-4) took its first five shots from the floor and quickly took an 11-4 lead. However, the Cats responded with an 8-0 lead, triggered by two Blair Green layups, to lead 12-11. Minnesota would regain a 13-12 lead before the United Kingdom got 10 straight points, including six in a row from Petty, to take a 22-13 lead late in the first period.
Minnesota would close the first period on an 8-1 streak, but the Cats would lead 23-21 after 10 minutes of play. Kentucky forced nine turnovers on Minnesota during the period and converted them for 12 points.
In the second period, Kentucky extended their lead to 29-21 by scoring the first six points of the quarter. Minnesota would respond with the next six runs, on three runs from Katie Borowicz and Mara Braun, to cut the United Kingdom lead to 29-27.
The points battle would continue as the UK scored the next six points to lead 35-27 before Minnesota responded with the next five to cut the lead to 35-32. Kentucky would hold a narrow 41-39 lead at the break.
In the third period, Benton rushed for the Cats, scoring Britain’s first 10 points of the quarter. The quarter featured four draws and four lead changes, but the Cats used a 6-2 run in the final two minutes of the quarter to take a 64-59 lead with 10 minutes left in the game.
Kentucky would open the final stanza by scoring six of the first nine points, extending the lead to 70-62 in the process. Great Britain would lead 72-64 before Minnesota went on an 8-2 run to cut Kentucky’s advantage to 74-72 with 2:59 remaining.
Minnesota had a chance to tie the game with 50 seconds left, but Alanna Micheaux missed two free throws and Kentucky got the rebound. With 28 seconds left, Walker hit a pair of free throws to make it 78-74. Benton would seal the deal with a layup with 15 seconds left, providing the final margin of victory.
Kentucky returns to action on Sunday, hosting Louisville at Rupp Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN.