UK-Oklahoma postgame notes, numbers

Makayla Epp (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard)

Makayla Epp (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard)

KENTUCKY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

No. 17 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Oklahoma

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

Dec. 1, 2016

FINAL SCORE: No. 17 Kentucky 82, No. 12 Oklahoma 68

 

Team Records and Series Notes

–          Matthew Mitchell is in his 10th season with Kentucky. Mitchell is 255-119 overall as a head coach and 225-90 during his tenure at Kentucky.

–          Kentucky is 131-19 all-time in Memorial Coliseum under Mitchell.

–          Currently, UK is No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 20 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25. Kentucky has been ranked in both the USA Today/Coaches’ Top 25 and The Associated Press Top 25 since week 13 of the 2009-10 season, which is a program-record streak of 135 weeks.

–          With tonight’s win, Kentucky leads 3-1 in the all-time series against Oklahoma. UK defeated the Sooners Nov. 28, 2014, and last season 79-58 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet 16.

o   OU’s only victory came March 30, 2010 when the Sooners won 88-68. Tonight’s meeting was only the second time the two teams have met in regular-season play.

–          Kentucky will return to action Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. ET, when the Wildcats visit Louisville. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network and on the UK Sports Radio Network in Lexington on 630AM WLAP.

Team Notes

–          Kentucky used the starting five of Makayla Epps, Evelyn Akhator, Maci Morris, Alyssa Rice and Taylor Murray.

o   UK is 6-1 this season with that starting-five combination.

–          Tonight’s win brings UK’s record to 6-1 overall.

–          Kentucky is 2-0 this season against ranked opponents. The Wildcats started their season by defeating then-No. 14 Miami (Fla.) inside Memorial Coliseum.

o   In 43 years of varsity women’s basketball, Kentucky has 87 wins over ranked opponents, including 46 of those wins coming under Mitchell.

–          Kentucky has won 62 consecutive regular-season non-conference games inside Memorial Coliseum, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008 vs. Alabama A&M.

–          With tonight’s victory, Kentucky is 9-8 against Big 12 opponents.

–          The Wildcats shot 85.0 percent from the free-throw line, the best clip of the season.

–          UK had 16 assists on 29 made baskets. The 16 assists are the second most on the year.

–          Kentucky eclipsed 80 points for the fourth time this season.

o   UK notched seven or more made 3-pointers for the third time this season with seven from long range tonight.

–          Kentucky led by as many as eight in the opening half, but trailed 39-37 at the break. UK is 1-1 when trailing at halftime.

o   It’s the first time UK has come back to win after trailing at the half since a 35-28 win vs. Tennessee on Jan. 25, 2016.

o   Despite trailing at halftime, UK led for 34:22 of the game.

o   There were 12 lead changes which is the most this season. The previous high was seven in a win over No. 14 Miami.

–          The Wildcats outscored Oklahoma 45-29 (+16) after halftime.

 

Individual Notes

–          Makayla Epps scored a game-high and season-high 30 points to go along with five assists, two steals and a block.

o   With today’s performance, her career-points total climbs to 1,340.

o   Epps needs 93 points (1,433 total) to enter Kentucky’s top-10 scorers in school history.

o   She topped double-figure scoring for the 67th time in her career with 12 first-quarter points.

o   It’s the fourth 30-point outing of her career and the first since a 30-point game vs. Washington in last year’s Sweet 16.

o   Epps has led UK in scoring in five games this season and 33 times in her career.

o   She’s been the leader in assists in six games this year and 40 times in her career.

–          Maci Morris totaled career-highs in both points (19) and rebounds (8).

o   Her previous career best was 17 points which she had achieved twice in her career.

o   She had four made free throws, which tied her career high.

o   Her eight rebounds also led the team. The seven defensive rebounds are also a new career-best mark.

–          Evelyn Akhator scored 11 points and has topped double-figure scoring in all seven games this season and 31 times in her career.

o   She also added two steals, which ties a season high.

–          Taylor Murray contributed nine points, six rebounds, three assists and a game-high three steals.

o   She has hauled in five or more rebounds in four-consecutive outings.

o   The three steals tie a season-high mark.

–          Makenzie Cann notched 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block in 38 minutes.

o   The 38 minutes played are a career-high total.

o   She has topped double-figure scoring in three games this season and 12 times in her career.

o   Cann hit two 3-pointers and has scored at least one in every game this season.

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