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Howard և Patterson leads Kentucky No. 18 women in NCAA opening

Rhyne Howard և Chasity Patterson had 14 points and Kentucky took the 18th place with a 71-63 lead over Idaho State in the opening round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament on Sunday.

The game was not offensively fun until the wide open quarter. The Wildcats, the fourth Seed of the River, opened their fists from the 13th Seed Bengalis and then fought back.

The Bengalis scored 31 points in three quarters և 32 points in the fourth, beating Kentucky by eight.

Blair Green added three points for the Wildcats (18-8), who play fifth-placed Iowa in Tuesday’s second round against Howard և Hawkeye’s Caitlin Clark, the country’s top scorer with 26.7 points per game.

Although Hovisard, one of four players to reach the quarter-finals of the Naismith Trophy, was well below his average of 22.3 points, he had nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block.

Diaba Conate led the Big Sky Conference champions Bengal (22-4) with 16 points before making a mistake in the middle of the fourth. Dora Goles added 14 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, and Cali Bour had 10 points with 10 rebounds. The state of Idaho, with its fourth appearance առաջին for the first time since 2012, was looking for the first NCAA conference victory since Montana in 1995.

In the first half, the Bengals had wild cats, and Conate defended Howard’s defense, limiting him to two points with three runs, as well as 10 points on a shot from 5 to 6. Kentucky fell 10 և 18-12 at the end of the quarter, with more turnover (seven) than field goals (four).

In the second quarter, the Wildcats strengthened their defense, keeping the Bengals from 2 to 13 in six turns, leading 30-24 in the middle. The same was the third time, when the state of Idaho was only 3 out of 12 with six turnovers, falling behind 47-31.

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