NCAA: Kentucky 66, Hampton 62 (OT)

UK warmed up before its first round NCAA tournament game against Hampton at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday March 19, 2011.  Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

UK warmed up before its first round NCAA tournament game against Hampton at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday March 19, 2011. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

Welcome to lovely Albuquerque and a place they affectionately call “The Pit”

  • Cats look like they’re going to survive with ball, a 65-62 lead and Conwright heading to the line with 1.5 seconds to go.
  • Another McMillian three-pointer has the Cats up 65-62 with 21.3 seconds to play, but a turnover costs UK the ball and Hampton has a chance to tie it.
  • Cats have a 63-59 lead and the ball with 50 seconds to play.
  • Henderson has scored four in a row and UK has a 50-56 lead with 2:37 to play.
  • Snowden floater from the baseline with less than a second on the clock rims out and we are headed to overtime.
  • Fifth foul on Mathies, who hit the basket to put UK up 56-54 with 2:20 to go. Hampton has the ball and trails by that margin with 1:05 left.
  • With 2:47 to play, UK is in a dog fight, clings to a 54-52 lead and Hampton has the ball.
  • Hampton pulls ahead 52-51 on Jenkins’ floater in the lane and UK continues to struggle.
  • Jenkins’ made free throws got the Pirates within three points with 9:36 to play, but Dunlap has been a beast on the boards the last few minutes and has five straight points and she’s headed to the line for two free throws.
  • Six straight points from Hampton’s Quanneisha Perry gets Hampton to within four points 45-41 and Mitchell has seen enough, calls timeout.
  • Kentucky getting hammered on the boards 32-22, but it still has a 45-39 lead with 11:50 to play. Hampton keeps hanging around and could get a little confidence if allowed to do so for long.
  • UK leads Hampton 41-34 with 14:43 to play in the half. Snowden has 19 points for the Cats, but the Pirates are sticking around.
  • A Conwright three-pointer at the halftime horn gives UK a 32-26 lead. Before that UK had gone nearly four minutes without a field goal. The Cats led by as many as nine points in the first half following a three-point barrage, but Hampton took advantage of both Mathies and Dunlap being out with two fouls and cut it to 29-26 with 20 seconds to play.
  • Three minutes left in the half and UK has now hit four three-pointers in a row and grabbed a 26-18 lead with Sam Drake heading to the line.
  • Cats have hit three straight threes and lead 23-17 with 4:36 to play in half.
  • Snowden leads UK with eight points, including her first made three-pointer 15 seconds ago.
  • With 7:26 to go in the first half, UK clings to a 14-13 lead and can get no separation from a fast, athletic Hampton team.
  • Dunlap picks up her second foul fighting for offensive rebound and takes a seat midway through first half.
  • UK and Hampton tied 8-8 with eight minutes in the books. Neither team is shooting the ball well and nerves seem to be the cause. Right now Pirates have made 4 of 13 and UK has made 3 of 12.
  • With 14:43 to go in the first half, UK leads 6-4 and Mitchell has been subbing liberally so far. He may think Cats have depth advantage. They have held the Pirates to 2-for-10 shooting in the early going.
  • Nothing like taunting by the band and Hampton’s band does a lot of it.
  • UK stars Victoria Dunlap and A’dia Mathies have each picked up their first foul i the game’s opening 30 seconds. Not a good start for the Cats.

No. 4 seed Kentucky (24-8) vs. No. 13 seed Hampton (25-6)

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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