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Kentucky-Morehead postgame notes, numbers

Taylor Murray

KENTUCKY WBB POSTGAME NOTES

Morehead State at Kentucky

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

Nov. 22, 2017

FINAL SCORE: No. 22 Kentucky 86, Morehead State 53

Team Records and Series Notes

–          Kentucky is now 5-0 this season, while Morehead State falls to 2-3.

o   The last time UK started the season 5-0 was the 2015-16 season, when they began the year 11-0.

o   The Wildcats have won their fifth game in each of the last seven seasons in which they’ve started 4-0, dating back to the 1993-94 season.

Matthew Mitchell says “you have to root” for someone like Amanda Paschal

Amanda Paschal (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky hosts Morehead at 2 p.m. Wednesday after winning road games at Montana and then Washington State.

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell likes the way newcomer Amanda Paschal is improving and talked about that today.

“Amanda I’m sure has felt healthier at some point in her career. She continues to try and get back all the way from the knee (injury). She continues to do a good job at that and I’m just saying that I think she will continue to get better and better as she gets further away from the injury,” Mitchell said.

20-3 run, late free throws let No. 25 UK win at Washington State

PULLMAN, Wash. – The 25th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team used a 20-3 run to turn a 10-point deficit into a seven-point lead, as the Wildcats won 73-68 at Washington State on Sunday.

Junior Maci Morris led Kentucky (4-0) with a season-high 20 points, marking her fourth straight double-figure scoring effort to begin the season. Senior Makenzie Cann had 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the game, while junior Taylor Murray had 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Cats.

Second-Half Powers No. 25 Kentucky to 71-54 Win Over Montana

MISSOULA, Mont. – Junior guard Taylor Murray scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the 25th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team won at Montana 71-54 on Thursday night.

Junior Maci Morris added 16 points while sophomore Jaida Roper had a career-high 14 points to go with a career-best five rebounds.

The Wildcats hit 25 of 58 (43.1 percent) from the field while holding Montana to just 16 of 56 shooting (28.6 percent). Kentucky won the battle of the boards 41-36 and outscored the Lady Griz in the paint 26-20.

Mitchell challenged Morris and she responded with her first career double-double

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Matthew Mitchell had forgot that his team lost its first five road games last season as he prepares Kentucky to play Thursday at Montana (9 p.m. EST) and at  Washington State (4 p.m. EST) Sunday.

“I had no idea about that stat. It had not entered my mind. Now I have something else to worry about on the trip. I was having a pretty good day up until this point ,” Mitchell said Wednesday. “I hope it doesn’t take us five games, I hope we get our first one up there Thursday night against Montana. You have to do the work. You have to go through the work. Our team has to earn it.”

Balanced Scoring Attack Paces Kentucky Past Gardner-Webb

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women’s basketball team put together a complete offensive and defensive performance Sunday afternoon in front of over 4,000 fans at Memorial Coliseum, beating Gardner-Webb 72-34 to move to 2-0 on the season.

Junior guard Maci Morris was the standout player for the Wildcats with her first-career double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The 10 rebounds for Morris were a career high.

The Wildcats were aided by a 19-0 run midway through the first half, in which it held the Runnin’ Bulldogs scoreless for 9:02 of game time, stretching over two quarters. During the run which started at the 1:23 mark of the first quarter, seven different players scored a point.

Happy Veteran’s Day

Kami Bivins, center, and her daughters at Rupp Arena Friday. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was really cool to see UK honor veterans at Friday night’s win by the Wildcats over Utah Valley.

Kami Bivins an her daughters came from Gallatin, Tenn., as UK’s guests to honor the memory of Eric Bivins, her husband and their father. He passed away from PTSD and the girls have been on a mission to raise awareness that 22 veterans per day die from the same thing.

Murray, Cann Pace Wildcats to Season-Opening Win

Makenzie Cann (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior guard Taylor Murray scored a game-high 22 points, adding five rebounds and three assists, while senior guard Makenzie Cann hit four 3s to score 17 points with six rebounds as the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team rolled to an impressive 101-70 win Friday night against Sacramento State.

The victory was Kentucky’s ninth straight season opening win and ninth straight win in a home opener. The Wildcats will be back in action Sunday at 2 p.m. ET against Gardner-Webb on the SEC Network+ with Jeff Piecoro and Christi Thomas on the call.

Anyagaligbo’s injury takes away “big piece” that Matthew Mitchell was counting on this season

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell knows his team took a big hit when transfer Ogechi Anyagaligbo suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee during Sunday’s exhibition game and is out for the season.

“Really so sad for her because she has worked so hard and she had to sit last year due to transfer rules and now a tough blow for her to absorb. She has had a great attitude so far and she will get the very best care that she could possibly receive here from our medical team.,” Mitchell said Friday.

UK Hoops plans Thanks For Giving game against Morehead Nov. 22 with early tip

Kameron Roach (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program has announced its game on Wednesday, Nov. 22 against Morehead State will be a Thanks for Giving game, encouraging fans to bring canned food items or new clothing donations to receive free admission to the game. Tip time has also changed to 2 p.m. ET at Memorial Coliseum.

Fans can bring canned food items or new clothing items such as gloves, winter hats and socks to the UK Ticket Office Lexington Avenue entrance on gameday only to receive free general admission tickets to the game. Further game day information, including parking and shuttle information will be released at a later time.