Kentucky-Vanderbilt postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #18/18 Kentucky 71, Vanderbilt 55

Memorial Gymnasium – Nashville, Tenn.

Feb. 14, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–          Kentucky and Vanderbilt met for the 51st time in program history on Sunday with the Wildcats securing a 71-55 victory. VU holds the all-time lead in the series, 28-23.

–          The win moves Kentucky to 17-6 on the season, including a 6-6 record in SEC play. Vanderbilt is now 15-10, 4-8 in the league.

–          The win avenges Kentucky’s loss to Vanderbilt earlier in the season.

–          Matthew Mitchell is in his ninth season as the Kentucky head coach and sits 211-87 during that tenure with a 241-116 record overall.

–          Kentucky returns to action on Thursday as they travel to No. 10/11 Mississippi State for a 7 p.m. ET showdown on the SEC Network.

Game Notes

–          Kentucky used the starting lineup of Janee Thompson, Makayla Epps, Maci Morris, Batouly Camara and Evelyn Akhator for the third straight game. UK is 1-1 this season when using that starting combination.

–          Kentucky lead it early 10-2 behind an 8-0 run, before the Commodores scored 10 of the last 14 points of the first period to cut UK’s lead to 14-12 at the end of the first 10 minutes.

–          The Wildcats trailed only once in the first half, 17-16, after a Vanderbilt 3-point. But UK responded by ending the half on a 12-2 run to grab a 28-19 lead at halftime. Janee Thompson paced Kentucky during that stretch with two 3-pointer.

–          VU only scored seven points in the second period.

o   The seven points scored by Vanderbilt in the second period tied the fewest points scored against Kentucky in a quarter this season. The Wildcats also limited Auburn to just seven points when the two teams met on Jan. 3 in Auburn, Ala.

–          Kentucky forced Vanderbilt into 16 turnovers in the first half and scored 15 points off those turnovers. The Wildcats only committed six turnovers.

–          UK won the battle in the paint, 18-8, in the first half. The Wildcats also outrebounded VU, 16-15 in the first half.

–          Alexis Jennings hit a floater in the paint as time expired in the third period to put Kentucky on top 46-32.

–          For the game, Kentucky shot 29-of-63 from the field for 46%. The Wildcats attempted 21 more field goals in the game than Vanderbilt, who was 20-of-42 for 48%.

–          The Wildcats hit five 3-pointers in the game, which is the second most in a game in SEC play this season. UK has hit 5 or more 3s in back-to-back games for the first hitting five against Duke and Tennessee State back in December.

–          Kentucky forced Vanderbilt into 24 turnovers in the game, the most since forcing Tennessee State into 24 turnovers in late December.

–          UK had 15 offensive rebounds in the game, the most since recording 16 offensive boards against South Carolina on Jan. 14.


Individual Notes

–          Alexis Jennings paced Kentucky with 18 points and nine rebounds.

o   Jennings 18 points was the second most she has scored this season and the most in conference play.

o   The sophomore post player went 9-of-13 from the field in the game.

–          Janee Thompson scored 15 points in the game on 5-of-10 shooting with two assists and 3-of-5 3-pointers.

o   Thompson tied her season high in 3-pointers made, a feat she has accomplished in back-to-back games.

o   The senior guard has scored in double figures in five of her last six games.

–          Makayla Epps scored seven points in the game, but recorded an impressive six assists.

o   Epps has recorded five or more assists in 10 games this season.

–          Evelyn Akhator posted 10 points and six rebounds in the game on 5-of-11 shooting.

–          Taylor Murray went 3-of-9 from the field in the game with eight points and three assists, adding four steals.

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