UK-Ole Miss postgame notes, numbers

KENTUCKY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

Jan. 26, 2017

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 89, Ole Miss 57

Team Records and Series Notes

–          Matthew Mitchell is in his 10th season with Kentucky. Mitchell improves to 264-124 overall as a head coach, including 234-95 during his 10 seasons at Kentucky.

–          Mitchell earned his 97th Southeastern Conference win tonight, which is the 10th most in league history.

–          Mitchell improves to 8-3 over the Rebels.

–          UK improves to 17-22 all-time against Ole Miss.

–          UK has now won five straight SEC games for its longest winning streak of the season.

–          Kentucky will return to action on Monday, Jan. 30 against Missouri. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network. The game also will be broadcast live on the UK Sports Network with Neil Price.

 

Team Notes

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

o   UK is now 12-4 this season with that starting-five combination.

–          With today’s win, UK improves to 15-6 overall this season.

o   UK is now 6-2 in Southeastern Conference games.

–          UK is now 14-1 overall, 6-0 in league play when leading at the half this season.

–          After Ole Miss scored the first two points, Kentucky went on went on an 8-0 run to force a Rebel timeout in the opening quarter.

o   Kentucky led 24-12 at the end of the first period, with 20 of its 24 points coming in the paint.

o   UK held Ole Miss to just 33.3 percent (5-of-15) shooting in the quarter.

–          Kentucky then held the Rebels to just six points in the second stanza, extending its lead to 46-18.

o   This was the 15th quarter in which the Wildcats have held their opponents to single digits this season.

–          The Wildcats extended their lead to 59-22 (37) by the midpoint of the third period by starting the quarter on a 13-4 run.

o   Ole Miss fought back with a 7-0 run, but UK would hold onto a 71-36 command at the end of the quarter.

–          Ole Miss had its highest scoring quarter of the game in the fourth stanza with 21 points, but UK would win the game 89-57.

o   Kentucky’s 89 points marked its highest total in SEC play this season and its second highest overall this season (92 vs. New Hampshire, 11/07/16).

o   The win was also UK’s largest margin of victory in league play this season, winning by 32 points.

o   It was the first time Kentucky has won an SEC game by more than 30 points since Feb. 13, 2014, also against the Rebels (108-78).

–          Overall, the Wildcats held its opponent to just 37.7 percent shooting (23-of-61).

–          UK had 23 assists in the contests, which marks the second time the team has had 20 or more assists this season and the first time in SEC play.

–          UK outscored the Rebels in the paint 44-36 and outrebounded them 38-23.

 

Individual Notes

–          Evelyn Akhator had a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season.

o   Akhator’s 25 career double-doubles is in sole possession of fourth in UK history in the category.

o   Tonight was her sixth 20-point game of the season and the eighth in her career.

o   She has posted 20 or more points in five of the last six games.

–          Makayla Epps scored 20 points to go along with six assists.

o   She now has 1,554 career points, which ranks eighth on UK’s all-time scoring list.

o   With six assists tonight, Epps now has 372 career assists which moves her up to No. 8 on UK’s all-time list.

–          Maci Morris posted 17 points on 5-of-19 three-point shooting.

o   Morris’ five made 3-pointers marks a season high, and ties her career high (vs. Eastern Michigan, 11/25/15).

o   In the last two games, the sophomore has combined for nine made shots from beyond the arc.

–          Taylor Murray dished out a career-high eight assists in the contest.

o   Her previous career high was just six, and her season high just five.

o   She also added eight points and five rebounds.

–          Jaida Roper tied her career-high scoring mark with seven points.

o   It was the third time this season she’s scored that total.

o   She also posted her second-highest assist total of the season with five dimes.

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