Kentucky and South Carolina met earlier this season, with Kentucky claiming a 72-60 win over the Gamecocks in Lexington on January 8. Wildcat guard Samantha Mahoney led all scorers in that game with 20 points, with teammate Carly Ormerod finishing with 18 of her own. Lauren Simms scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards to lead the Gamecocks. Kentucky did its damage from beyond the arc, draining eight of its 16 attempts from three-point range.
South Carolina entered tonight's game in search of its fourth win in its last five SEC games.
Demetress Adams and Melanie Johnson both earned starting nods, marking the fourth start of the season for both players and the first start for either player since both appeared in the starting lineup on Dec. 21 vs. Bethune-Cookman.
Kentucky forward Jennifer Humphrey grabbed 13 rebounds in the first half and 18 for the game. Prior to Thursday's game, the most rebounds for an opposing player in a game against South Carolina this year was 12, by LSU's Sylvia Fowles on Jan. 12.
The Gamecocks blocked eight of Kentucky's shots in the first half.
Demetress Adams set a new career high with 18 points Thursday. Adams has converted on 22 of her 29 field goal attempts in the last five games.
Entering Thursday's game, Lea Fabbri's season high in assists was seven, set against Bethune-Cookman on December 21. She tied that total with 7 assists against the Wildcats.