Vanderbilt WBB Preview: Kentucky

The Vanderbilt Commodore women host Kentucky on Sunday at Memorial Gym. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Wildcats.

Kentucky, still ranked in the top 25, has struggled since falling to Vanderbilt in Lexington on January 28.  UK's lone win since the Vandy loss was a win over LSU last Sunday. 

Guard Makayla Epps leads in the Cats in scoring.  Epps scored 25 points in UK's loss to Vandy back in January. Two other players average in double digits for the Wildcats. 

Point guard Janee Thompson is Kentucky's biggest threat from 3-point range, hitting over 40 percent of her attempts.  One other regular starter is hitting over 35 percent from the arc.  Six-foot-3 center Evelyn Akhator is the Wildcats best shooter from the field. 

Akhator also leads Kentucky in rebounding and blocked shots. Thompson has a team-leading 120 assists.  Guard Taylor Murray leads the team in steals.  

Looking at Vandy-UK stats comparison the two teams are about even in shooting.  Kentucky scores more points, has more rebounds, more blocks shots and has the stronger RPI.  Vandy allows fewer points, has more assists and more steals. 

Vanderbilt can win this game but they have to compete in the first period.  Over the past three games the Dores have struggled getting to double-digit scoring in the first.  The women also have to play the solid defense that they usually play. 

Sunday's game tips off at 3 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network.

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


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