Deficit? What deficit? Cats claw back again

If this Kentucky team doesn’t cause Matthew Mitchell to go gray, it’s hard to imagine what team could.

The Cats, who came back from 15 points down with 15:18 to play, to knock off Mississippi State 76-67 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, have now clawed back from double-digit deficits in four games this season.

It marked Kentucky’s largest second-half comeback of the season.

UK has battled back from down nine points or more and won six times this season, including three times against ranked opponents in Baylor (down 14 in the second half), Louisville (down 16 in the first half and 15 points in the second half) and now the Bulldogs (down 15 in the second half).

Knowing that they had battled back before was key to the Cats doing it again, said Makayla Epps, who had 31 points in the comeback.

“We’ve been here before,” Epps said was the talk of the second-half huddles. “There’s been plenty of times we’ve been in that situation and we’ve prevailed and showed we can get out of that situation.”





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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