No. 12 Kentucky women pull away late, 80-73, hold off Vandy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Blair Green scored 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting and 12th-ranked Kentucky survived Vanderbilt's upset bid with an 80-73 win on Sunday.

Chelsie Hall sank a jumper, Koi Love followed with another and the Commodores led 69-65 with 5:04 left. But the Wildcats rallied with a 9-0 run to take the lead for good as Dre'Una Edwards sank a pair of foul shots and jumper during the run.

A half hour before the game, Kentucky (10-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) announced Robyn Benton, Jazmine Massengill and Kameron Roach were scratched from the lineup due to coronavirus restrictions. The Wildcats were also without leading scorer Rhyne Howard (20.4 ppg) due to an injured ankle.

As a result, the Wildcats saw Treasure Hunt and KeKe McKinney each step up to score 11 points apiece. Hunt entered the contest averaging 2.7 points per game and McKinney 6.8. Edwards also picked up her scoring with 17 points as she entered with averaging 12.4. Chasity Patterson scored 16 and entered averaging 13.2

Kentucky topped its 77.7 points per game effort coming in.

The sophomore Love scored a career-high 32 points for Vanderbilt (4-3, 0-3); her first 30-point plus game. Hall, a senior, scored 24 and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career.

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