Morris’ only field goal was big for Kentucky in win over Vanderbilt

Maci Morris (4) spent a lot of time on the bench with foul woes Sunday, but when UK needed a late score she delivered. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky was fighting to hold off Vanderbilt Sunday when coach Matthew Mitchell called a play for sophomore Maci Morris late in the fourth quarter.

Normally, that would be no surprise. But Sunday Morris was 0-for-3 from the field and had not scored when Mitchell put the ball in her hands.

So what was he thinking?

“Where we were at that point in time, we needed something going to the rim and I have a lot of confidence in her ability right now and I thought that that was the play – the right one at the time,” Mitchell said. “I don’t have the stats in front of me, so I may not be aware – but the coaches may be telling me hey, this person is going (to the rim), that person is going (to the rim).

“But, I think it’s important that when you have a player you have confidence in, that you know what she can do. When I looked at the stat sheet after the game, I was surprised she only had two points, but we needed that bucket.

“It was maybe one of the three or four biggest buckets of the game. We have a lot of confidence in Maci. She got out of rhythm with the early foul trouble and it’s hard to sit out for 16 minutes in the first half, and I pulled her out one time to try and figure out what they were doing in transition. She’s kind of our quarterback on defense in transition defense and so she played hard today.

“She contributed to the victory and that bucket came at a really big time for us. We needed that.”

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