LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The UK women used a late third quarter surge to take out Oklahoma 79-58 and advance to the regional semi-finals for the fifth time in seven years. And even better they get to stay home for the sweet sixteen, moving a couple of miles from Memorial Coliseum to Rupp Arena.
The Wildcats got a scare when start point guard Makayla Epps was fouled hard on a drive to the basket and injured her right shoulder in the process. She left briefly as the Sooners cut the UK lead to two, then returned and while still in obvious pain helped get the Cats back on track.
"When Epps came back the first time, you’re right, it looked like she was playing with one arm," said head coach Matthew Mitchell. "And I was trying to get her out. I didn’t think it looked safe. It didn’t look good to me. Doctors know more than I do, but I just asked her, ‘If you can’t go and we can’t make it out there, I don’t want you to get hurt.’ What you saw, when she was hurt, she made a 3. So it was functional; it was just very painful. And I just didn’t want her to hurt herself further. But man, she really gutted it out."
Janae Thompson led the Wildcats with 16 points including nine straight spanning the third and fourth quarters. Epps had 13. The Wildcats next get 7th-seeded Washington after the Huskies surprised number two seed Maryland.
Ninth-seeded Indiana gave top seed Notre Dame a scare on its home floor before falling 87-70. Karlee McBride tied her career high with four three-pointers all in the first half. She and Alexis Gassion each scored 17 for the Hoosiers. Notre Dame used a 15-2 run late in the third quarter and a 52-26 advantage in paint points to move on to Lexington. Lyndsay Allen led the Irish with a season-high 22 points.
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