The Basics

Score: #18 Kentucky 99, Western Carolina 39

Records:  Western Carolina 2-9, Kentucky 11-1

Location: Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, Ky.         

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Western Carolina women’s basketball fell to No. 18 Kentucky 99-39 Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum.   

With only seven players available to see action for the Catamounts, Western Carolina fought hard against the very physical and athletic Wildcat team.

Turning Point

Kentucky scored 20 plus points in the first two periods, building a 56-point lead by halftime holding WCU to 20 first-half points.


Individual Leaders

  • Junior guard Judith Martin Ruiz scored a season-high 11 points in the game. It was her second double-figure scoring performance of the season. She also dished out six assists.  
  • Senior forward Kennedy Rushin scored a career-high six points and hit a career-best two free throws.
  • Freshman Jewel Smalls logged in a career-high four blocks.


Inside the Box Score

  • Kentucky shot 58.6 percent from the field hitting 41 field goals.
  • The Wildcats hit 11 three-pointers to Western Carolina’s four.
  • Kentucky had 41 rebounds to Western Carolina’s 22.
  • Kentucky forced 22 turnovers converting that to 33 points.


News & Notes

  • Junior transfer Farasia Hodge got the first start of her Catamount career.
  • The 39 points scored by Western Carolina was the second-lowest scoring output of the season for the Catamounts.  
  • The four blocks by Smalls was the most by a Catamount this season.
  • For the fifth time this season, Western Carolina has given up 11 three-pointers in a game.
  • The 99 points scored by Kentucky was the most points given up by WCU this season.


Western Carolina closes out its two-game road swing Friday, Dec. 21, traveling to Winthrop for a 2 p.m. tip-off. The game can be seen on ESPN+.

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