Friday, March 25, 2005

Cats beat Cincy and Xavier

Kentucky Kernal article.

Our girls are playing so much better this season that they will finish in the top 70 teams of women's basketball! Best of luck to Sara Potts.

The guys took care of Cincy Men and the women took care of Xavier!
UK (18-15) finally got a win against the Musketeers - avenging a 75-67 loss on Dec. 28 to Xavier (22-10). The Cats did it in dramatic fashion, putting the Musketeers away in the final minute of play.

"We had to be more aggressive," DeMoss said. "We talked about if we wanted it to end right here. They are coming into our house, and we had to be the aggressors."

Potts finished her second straight 30-point performance with 31 points and nine rebounds.

The Cats will host West Virginia (20-12) in the semifinals of the WNIT at 7 p.m. Monday at Memorial Coliseum.

"It was a case of their star player taking over," said Xavier head coach Kevin McGuff. "Sara Potts is amazing - she hit every big shot they needed."

McGuff's Musketeers ran into a UK team that refused to lose. And in a game of spurts, the Cats had the last one of the game. UK went on 14-0 run in the last six minutes.

"I thought we had good looks," McGuff said. "We just ran out of gas a little bit."

Senior guard Danyelle Payne helped Potts out by adding 11 points and five rebounds. Payne came up with the biggest defensive stop of the game, slapping the ball out of Xavier star forward Tara Boothe's hand with under a minute to go.[...]

After being held to two points in the first half, Potts took the game into her own hands in the second half.

"I made a decision," Potts said, "that every time we came down the court, I wanted the ball."

Potts' demanding the ball paid off as she scored the final 11 points for the Cats. Potts extended her career by at least one more game and has breathed life to her team in March.

"She has unbelievable will right now," DeMoss said. "She is a senior, and these are her last walks between these doors."
I should be in bed since I have to wake up at 8ish tomorrow for a 9 AM test.

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