The Charlotte 49ers' (6-2) two-game winning streak ended as they fell to the No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats (8-0) 86-39 at Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Jazmin Harris scored a team-high eight points off the bench. Lauren Harley and Sierra McCullough added four points apiece, helping the Niners bench outscore the Wildcats 24-22.
Three Wildcats scored in double figures led by Rhyne Howard’s 29 points. Sabrina Haines registered 16 points while Jaida Roper added 10.
Kentucky got off to a fast start as they grabbed a 10-0 lead with 6:51 remaining in the first quarter. The 49ers scored their first basket at the 6:08 mark on a Mariah Linney three-pointer. The Wildcats scoring run continued as they built a 23-5 lead with 2:42 left in the first quarter. Kentucky ended the first quarter outscoring Charlotte 29-9.
The Wildcats dominant play continued in the second quarter as they went on a 7-0 run to take a 36-9 advantage with 7:32 remaining. Charlotte scored the next five points to cut the lead to 36-14. The Wildcats took a 26-point lead, but the Niners went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit down to 20. Howard was fouled on a three-point attempt with .7 seconds remaining in the half and she converted two of three free throws, giving Kentucky a 44-22 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, the 49ers were able to cut the lead to 46-27 with a layup by Harley and a three-pointer from Linney. The Wildcats finished the quarter on a 16-6 run to take a 62-33 lead into the fourth quarter.
Kentucky started the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 68-33 lead at the 7:21 mark. The 49ers continued to struggle as the Wildcats closed the game on a 14-2 run.
Kentucky forced Charlotte into 32 percent shooting from the field and forced 22 turnovers. The Wildcats converted on 46.8 percent shooting from the field.
The 49ers will return to Halton Arena to host Delaware at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 for the program's annual Education Day.