Vanderbilt WBB Preview: Kentucky

The 14-5 Vanderbilt Commodore women travel to No. 12 Kentucky on Thursday. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Wildcats.

Kentucky, 15-3, won the first 10 games of its season before being stunned at Auburn.  Kentucky, like Vanderbilt, also suffered losses at Ole Miss and at home to South Carolina.  

Looking at the Kentucky stats leaders, guard Makayla Epps leads the Wildcats in scoring. Epps had 23 points in the Cats home win over Tennessee.  Two other Wildcat women average in double figures. 

Looking at the top shooters for UK, point guard Janee Thompson and guard Maci Morris are the Wildcat's biggest threats from three-point range.  Epps and 6-foot-3 forward Evelyn Akhator are the team's top shooters from the field.  

Other UK stats leaders include Akhator and 6-foot-2 forward Alexis Jennings who lead the team in rebounding.  Thompson has nearly 100 assists, to lead the team.  Reserve guard Taylor Murray has the most steals.   

Looking at the Vandy-UK stats comparison, Kentucky scores more points, gets more rebounds, and blocks more shots than the Commodores.  Vandy has the edge in points allowed, assists and steals.  UK has a stronger RPI.

This is a game Vanderbilt can win but it won't be easy.  Kentucky is one of the top three teams in the SEC.  To win the Dores need to shut down Epps while keeping UK's three-point shooters in check.  Vandy must have at least two players make more than one three-pointer each.  

Thursday's game tips off at 6 pm central and can be seen online on the SEC Network Plus.   Listen to the game at VUCommodores.com or on your radio at 560 AM WNSR.

For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.


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