Taking on a nationally ranked opponent in its first road test of the season, Morehead State women's basketball (2-3) finished off the Matthew Mitchell Classic with an 86-53 loss to No. 22 Kentucky (5-0) on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.
Shooting woes proved to be the Eagles' crux in the performance, as Morehead State hoisted a season-low 18-for-66 (.273) from the floor. Kentucky connected on 31-of-55 (.564) attempts, including a red-hot 10-of-17 (.588) from three-point range.
"It was good for us to get up a lot of shots," said MSU head coach Greg Todd. "It really came down to the perimeter shooting. We're a better shooting team than what we've shown so far. We were getting some good looks at the basket, but the ball just didn't go down."
Senior forward Eriel McKee led the way for the Eagles, logging 13 points and six rebounds in 32 minutes as a starter. 6-foot-3 center Tierra McGowan pulled down 10 boards, marking a fifth straight double-digit-rebound performance to open her Morehead State career.
Morehead State is back in action this weekend, hitting the road to Chicago for the second of back-to-back contests away from home. The Eagles tip off at Chicago State on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. Morehead State defeated the Cougars 63-55 at Johnson Arena in 2016-17.