No. 9 Kentucky 84, Miami (Ohio) 71

OXFORD, Ohio — On a day when Kentucky’s stars were lacking a certain luster, some newcomers shined.
Against a Redhawks team it beat by more than 50 points last season, No. 9 UK struggled at times, but managed to escape Millett Hall with an 84-71 victory.
Victoria Dunlap, the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Year, had 16 points, but it was on 5-for-14 shooting. SEC Freshman of the Year A’dia Mathies had 16 points, but she struggled with foul trouble most of the game.
That’s when UK freshmen showed what they could do. In her first career start, Maegan Conwright had 15 points. Kastine Evans added 10 and Samantha Drake 13 points and five rebounds in the win for Kentucky (2-0).
Drake was injured early in the second half and left the game with what appeared to be a right knee injury.
In their season opener, the Redhawks (0-1) were led by Maggie Boyer, who had 19 points. They returned four starters from last year’s team, which went 9-22 last season.

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
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