NCAA: Kentucky 76, Nebraska 67

Kentucky (28-7) vs.  Nebraska (32-2) for a chance to play Oklahoma in the region championship.

  • Despite the Huskers cutting it to seven points, the Cats held on to win and advance to meet Oklahoma in the Kansas City Regional championship.
  • Cats have led by as many as 19 and have gotten to within 12 points with 3:52 to go. They have the ball after a UK turnover. Mathies, Snowden and Franklin all have four fouls.
  • Huskers have ball and trail 13 with five to go.
  • Nebraska uses a 9-3 run to cut it to 64-51 with 6:56 to play. The Huskers have one timeout left to three for Cats. Crowd here awake again.
  • There are eight minutes to play and Cats up 64-46. Mathies has scored 13 points in the second half.
  • Dunlap is cramped up but has earned some time with the trainer. She has 14 points and six rebounds. With 10:20 to go, UK leads 61-42.
  • Cats ahead 59-42 with 11:50 remaining in the game.
  • A Kentucky cheerleader just scored a basket (sort of) when the ball got stuck on the top of the rim. The guy picked her up and she grabbed it and threw it down. At all of 4-foot-11 that might be the closest thing she has to a dunk, oh, and UK is up 56-40 with 12:30 to play.
  • UK has a 9-1 run to start the second half and has a 52-35 advantage with 15:44 to play. Nebraska has met its season average for turnovers with 14.
  • Cats grab their largest lead 50-35 on an Amber Smith floater on the run. Coach Yori calls a timeout to regroup. There is 17:37 left.
  • HALFTIME: KENTUCKY 43, NEBRASKA 34 — UK is making 56.7 percent of its shots, but Nebraska is making 60 percent. The Huskers have 11 turnovers, which is just 3.7 fewer than they average per game.
  • With 48 seconds to go in first half, Cats up 43-32.
  • Snowden’s made basket was negated by a charge call. The fouls are 10-3 now. Cats still have 35-28 lead with 3:44 left in first half. Watkins has three fouls. Snowden, Mathies and Franklin each have two.
  • UK grabbed a 10-point lead on a Mathies steal and bucket before Griffin’s free throws made it 35-27 with five to go. Three UK players have two fouls each and the differential is 9-3 in Nebraska’s favor.
  • Cats record their sixth steal of the game and call a timeout on the floor with a 33-25 lead and the ball with 6:04 left in the first half.
  • With 8:54 remaining, Cats lead 25-20. Keyla Snowden has scored five straight for UK.
  • Dunlap’s made free throw with 10:35 left gives Cats 20-18 edge.
  • It’s 16-16 with 11:50 remaining in the first half. Dunlap leads Cats wtih five points. Dominique Kelley has six points for the Huskers, who have made six of their first eight attempts.
  • With 15:41 to play in the first half, it’s tied up 7-7. Nebraska has made two of three shot attempts but have turned it over four times. The Cats are 3-for-7 with three miscues. Nerves seem to be getting to both teams early.
  • Cats grab a 6-3 lead early behind defense.
  • Officials for tonight’s game are Beverly Roberts, Carla Fountain and Jesse Dickerson.
  • It feels much like a Huskers home game here. They have filled in many sections and a chant of “Go Big Red” started before the players reached the floor.
  • The clock at the Sprint Center says 27 minutes til the start of the next game. It started at 9:40 ET.
  • Oklahoma advances to the region title game with a 77-72 overtime win over the No. 2 seed Irish. If Cats were to win, they’d take on the Sooners.
  • A late, late game for UK gets even later with this first game in overtime.
  • At the half, Oklahoma has a 36-32 lead over Notre Dame. The winner of this game will face the winner of Kentucky’s game against Nebraska in the Kansas City Regional championship.
  • There is already a ton of red here in the stands.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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