VU WBB: Vandy falls to Kentucky 82-68

After a solid first half by Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon in Memorial Gym, in the second half the Kentucky Wildcats played like a team in the upper echelon of the Top 25.

Coming off an exciting comeback win over Ole Miss on Thursday night, Vanderbilt looked to build on the momentum against the #11/#12 Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday afternoon. When Vanderbilt took the court, the players were wearing pink uniforms with black and pink shoes as part of the annual "Pink Out" game to support breast cancer research and awareness.

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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Rebekah Dahlman

Jasmine Jenkins

Morgan Batey

Heather Bowe

Rebekah Dahlman

Jasmine Jenkins

Jasmine Jenkins

Morgan Batey

Heather Bowe, Kendall Shaw, Rayte'a Long

Rebekah Dahlman, Jasmine Jenkins, Paris Kea

Rachel Bell, Morgan Batey, Christa Reed

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