[Moderated by Matt Jones]
The Kentucky Girls got another large victory last night at Bankers’ Life Fieldhouse winning 92-75, but this one didn’t come as easy as their route in Louisville. Indiana switched from a 2-3 zone to a 1-2-2 that seemed to slow down Kentucky some. KY came out pretty sloppy early, but their shooting bailed them out. LeAsia Wright hit 4 Threes in the 1st half to keep it close, until Kentucky’s press slowly demoralized Indiana. They had a small 30-27 lead with 7:30 left in the half, before finishing on a 22-9 run. Indiana was simply too flustered with the pressure forcing 28 Turnovers and stealing the ball 18 times. at one point the Hoosiers had a 4-on-1 fast break that ended with a pass that flew strait out of bounds.
The second half was somewhat painful to watch if you were a Hoosier fan, other than the 10 points they had in the last minute that made the margin of victory a lot closer than what it really was. Kentucky finished from behind the arc at 39.3% with Micah Jones hitting 3 and Lauren Bodine hit a couple more. It was their 1st sweep of the series since 08 and only the 8th all-time. Coach Stacy Pendleton told the team after the game, “It was a pleasure coaching you girls. Take in this moment and really enjoy it, because there aren’t too many that have accomplished what you have in this past week with a sweep.” He also believed that it will give some motivation for future teams, “They’re going to look back and say, ‘I want to be as good as the 2012 team.’”
The Kentucky Boys fought and fought and fought, but in the end Indiana’s talent prevailed. With a large crowd working against KY the task was tougher than the night before, but they didn’t back down. Kentucky kept the game close leading 41-40 at half and even had a 55-49 lead after a 22-9 run with 14 minutes to play. Kentucky and Coach Jason Booher did a fantastic job slowing the game down and forcing Indiana to play a halfcourt game. Kentucky shot the ball well in the first half and didn’t let the big crowd overwhelm them.
After Kentucky took their largest lead of the game, Indiana turned it up a notch and started runninig, going on a 30-5 run in the next 10 minutes of the game. They fought valiantly, but these guys were so good. Gary Harris is smooth in whatever he does, and Yogi Ferrel’s intensity simply could not be matched by any player on the Kentucky squad. PRP’s Jeril Taylor played well finishing with 12 points, and Jay Johnson led the KY squad with 16.
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