UK women top VCU

Rita Adams shines as the UK women top VCU...

The Kentucky women's basketball team hit five of six free throws in the final minute Saturday to escape Virginia Commonwealth with a 66-61 win.

Junior Rita Adams played a complete game with a team-high 19 points, nine steals, eight rebounds and six assists.

Kentucky (4-4) clawed back from a 10-point deficit in the first half to take a 26-25 lead at the half. The Cats continued their comeback with a 6-0 run to start the second half.  A pair of free throws from senior LaTonya McDole gave UK its biggest lead (44-28) with 14:45 remaining.

Virginia Commonwealth (2-6) used its full-court pressure to pull within seven, but a 3-pointer from freshman Sara Potts brought the Cats back to a 48-38 advantage. The Rams got as close as three at the two-minute mark, but SeSe Helm answered with two points from the line with only one minute remaining in the game to push UK's lead to five.

Freshman Keiko Tate, who earned her first collegiate start, and Helm sealed the victory with three of four free throws down the stretch.

"I'm very proud of this basketball team today," UK coach Bernadette Mattox said. "We got down by 10 in the first half and continued to work. This game shows we are coming together and learning to win on the road."

VCU was led by Evans, who charted a career-high 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting.

The Cats forced 28 VCU turnovers and committed 18 of their own. UK had only four turnovers on the first half. VCU outrebounded the Cats 39-37.

The series is now tied at 1-1 with the Cats avenging a 67-57 loss to the Rams last season at home.

Kentucky returns to Lexington for a two-game homestand next week. The Cats play host to intrastate rival Louisville on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. UK will then meet Evansville at home on Dec. 22 at 1p.m.

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