AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- The Auburn Tigers' women's basketball team is now (0-5) against ranked opponents after falling to No. 19 Kentucky 78-68. The Tigers, now (5-5) in conference play and (17-6) overall, looked to get their third straight win, but did not stand a chance against Kentucky's onslaught of 3-point shooting going 11-20 from behind the arc. Kentucky freshman guard Rhyne Howard led the way for the Wildcats with 19 points and going 5-7 from the 3-point line. Taylor Murray caused havoc for Auburn all night, finishing with 17 points and six steals.
Auburn's Unique Thompson finished with a game-high 20 points and went 7-11 from the field. Janiah McKay was the second highest scorer for the Tigers with 14 points and produced most of her points from the free throw line, going 8-8 from the line. Auburn went 22-29 from the free throw line, while Kentucky was more efficient, going 11-13 from the foul line.
The main reason for Auburn's downfall was the woeful 3-point shooting, going 2-11 from behind the arc, a whopping 18.2 percent. It seemed as though Kentucky could not miss and Auburn could not buy a bucket all night. Kentucky controlled the game from the tip with their lead ballooning to 14 at the half and 16 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Auburn's next game is on the road against Arkansas (16-8, 5-5) on Sunday. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. and you can watch it on the SEC Network.