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Petty's Huge Night Not Enough as Kentucky Falls to Vanderbilt

Petty's Huge Night Not Enough as Kentucky Falls to Vanderbilt

Ajae Petty scored 23 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team lost to No. 24 Vanderbilt 95-73 on Thursday night at Rupp Arena.

For Petty, it was her 10th double-double of the season and her fourth in a row. The senior from Baltimore became the first Kentucky player to record a 20-20 (points and rebounds) game since Dec. 19, 1982, when UK Hall of Famer Valerie Still accomplished the feat against Charleston.

Kentucky (8-9, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) got 20 points from Maddie Scherr and 11 from Brooklynn Miles.

Kentucky scored the first five points of the game on a three from Scherr and a layup by Petty. However, Vanderbilt then ran off 15 consecutive points to take a 15-5 lead. Scherr stopped the run with a pair of free throws to get UK within eight. However, the Commodores would lead by as many as 12 in the first period and closed the quarter leading 23-13.

UK scored the first four points of the second period, on layups by Amiya Jenkins and Petty, to get within six, 23-17. However, Vanderbilt again responded, this time with a 10-2 run to lead 33-19. The Commodores would lead by as many as 15 points before UK closed the half on an 8-3 run to make it 44-34 at the break.

The Cats opened the third period with a 6-3 run to get within seven, 47-40. But Vanderbilt answered with a 20-4 run to take a 67-44 advantage. UK responded with five in a row but the ‘Dores would lead 74-53 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Kentucky went on a 9-3 run to cut the deficit to 77-62. But the Cats could get no closer.

Kentucky returns to action on Monday, facing top-ranked South Carolina in Columbia. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.

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