LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky's defense proved to be too much for Auburn Sunday as the Tigers (11-9, 2-5 SEC) dropped a 68-50 decision to the 25th-ranked Wildcats (16-3, 4-2 SEC) at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky. KeKe Carrier came off the bench to lead the Tigers with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Wildcats forced 25 Auburn turnovers in the game, turning them into 30 points and pulled down 15 offensive rebounds for 13 second-chance points in the win.
"Kentucky has a good team with very good pressure defense," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "Matthew Mitchell has done a really good job with this team. Kentucky was in control of the game the whole time and it was their day today. They played hard with great energy."
After suffering an injury against Vanderbilt, Carrier came off the bench against the Wildcats and was able to cause some problems in their pressure defense."Not many people can do a whole lot with KeKe," said Fortner.
"Her size is really unlike any other player in the country. It was good to have her back on the court today." Kentucky took a 5-0 start from the opening tip and never looked back, leading by as many as 20 points in the game.
The Wildcats led by 20 with 4:11 left to play in the first half, but Auburn capped off the period on an 8-2 run to close the gap to 14 by halftime. Carrier scored all eight points in the stretch as The Tigers went into the locker room down 38-24 at the half.
Auburn kept the momentum going in the second half, cutting the lead to 10 with 12:59 left to play, but turnovers stung the Tigers as UK forced four in a two minute time span to build the lead back up to 19, 54-35, with 8:19 left in the game.
The Tigers would come no closer than 15 points in the final minutes as Kentucky held on for the 68-50 victory.
Adia Mathies led Kentucky with 11 points, followed by Amanu Franklin and Lydia Watkins with 10 points each. Franklin also tallied a team-high four steals in the game. Victoria Dunlap led the Wildcats on the boards with seven rebounds along with her nine points.
Blanche Alverson, Jordan Greenleaf and Alli Smalley all followed Carrier with nine points each. Parrisha Simmons pulled down a game-high eight rebounds in the loss along with her six points.
Auburn lost despite out-rebounding Kentucky, 39-33. The Tigers shot 38 percent from the field on 19-of-50 shooting, including a 2-of-7 mark from 3-point range. UK shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the field and 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from beyond the arc.