in the first few minutes of the game, Kentucky looked like the team with the momentum, not Vanderbilt, as the Wildcats jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, prompting Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb to call an early timeout.
After the time out, the Dores got on track, and by the time of the first media timeout, Kentucky led by just one point at 10-9. After action resume, Vanderbilt continued their run, turning four Kentucky turnovers on consecutive possessions into eight points to take a 17-10 lead.
The Dores held the lead until Kentucky tied the game at 25-25 on a basket by Jennifer O'Neill with 7:30 left in the first half. As it turned out, the Wildcats wouldn't fall behind again in the game, but for the remainder of the first half, the two teams battled neck-and-neck until Kentucky took a 32-31 lead into the locker room.
For the first ten minutes of the second, the Dores stayed close, but Kentucky was stop any sustained Vanderbilt run. With 11:47 left in the game, Kentucky threatened to blow the game open with a nine-point lead at 54-45. But two consecutive three-pointers by Rebekah Dahlman cut the lead to three points at 54-41 with 10:41 left in the game.
But that's as close as Vanderbilt would come. With 6:59 left, Kentucky increased their lead to double digits for the first time, and after that continued to gradually but steadily pull away to the final margin of 82-68.
With the loss, Vanderbilt falls to 13-11 overall, 4-7 in the SEC. Next, the Dores have a bye week and won't play again until next Sunday when they travel to Columbia, South Carolina, to play the #1-ranked Gamecock. Next home game will be Sunday February 22 when Vanderbilt hosts Missouri.
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