Category Archive: UK Hoops

No. 17 Kentucky Looks to Extend Winning Streak at No. 7 Louisville

Matthew Mitchell after UK's win over Oklahoma. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Matthew Mitchell after UK's win over Oklahoma. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell after UK’s win over Oklahoma. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball will look to extend its winning streak to four games on Sunday afternoon as it travels to the Derby City to face No. 7 Louisville in the annual “Battle of the Bluegrass” at the KFC Yum! Center.

The game will be shown live at 2 p.m. ET on ACC Network Extra and the WatchESPN app. Now in his 12th season, Neil Price will have the call on the UK Sports Network. Fans in Lexington can hear Price’s call of the game on WLAP 630AM.

Epps’ coachability led to big scoring game

Makayla Epps, Maci Morris  (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard | Staff)
Makayla Epps, Maci Morris  (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard | Staff)

Makayla Epps, Maci Morris (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard | Staff)

Here is what Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell had to say about senior guard Makayla Epps after she scored 30 points in Thursday’s win over Oklahoma.

On his thoughts about Makayla (Epps) when she gets going early …

UK-Oklahoma postgame notes, numbers

Makayla Epp (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard)
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.

Epps scores 30 in 82-68 win over Oklahoma

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Makayla Epps scored a season-high 30 points as No. 17 Kentucky topped 12th-ranked Oklahoma 82-68 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum.
Sophomore Maci Morris also had the best game of her young career, posting a career-high 19 points and grabbing a career-best eight rebounds, which led the Wildcats on the evening.
Kentucky (6-1) also got double-figure scoring efforts from Evelyn Akhator (11) and Makenzie Cann (10) in the victory, the Wildcats’ second win over a ranked opponent this season. Kentucky opened the season by topping No. 14 Miami (Fla.) on November 14.
Thursday’s game was a rematch between the teams that met on the same floor, in the NCAA Tournament, less than nine months ago. And much like that game, a 79-58 Kentucky win in the NCAA Tournament’s second round on March 21, this game was close for three quarters before Kentucky blew it open in the fourth.
Epps got off to a fast start on Thursday, scoring 12 of Kentucky’s 19 points in the first period. But Oklahoma hit four of eight shots from three-point range to lead 20-19 after the first quarter. Senior guard Peyton Little hit a pair of threes and led the Sooners with eight points in the quarter.
In the second quarter, Morris, the Bell County (Ky.) product, got hot, hitting a pair of three pointers to give Kentucky a 27-26 lead. And after Epps hit a jumper and Makenzie Cann nailed a three of her own, the Wildcats led 32-26. Kentucky would stretch its lead to 37-29 on a three by Jessica Hardin. 
But Oklahoma got back-to-back three-pointers from Chelsea Dungee and Gioya Carter, to cut the lead to 37-36. And when Little connected on her third three-pointer of the game, the Sooners took a 39-37 lead into the locker room, finishing the half on a 10-0 run.
Epps finished the first half with 18 points, connecting on seven-of-10 shots from the field and making all four of her free throws. Morris had eight points at the break, and Cann had five. Meanwhile, Oklahoma hit eight-of-17 from three-point range in the first half, with Little (three), Carter (three) and Dungee (two) accounting for all of the Sooners’ shots from long range.
Morris opened the second half by hitting a three from the top of the key to give Kentucky the lead back at 40-39. After Oklahoma had taken a 43-42 lead, it was Cann from three-point range again, giving the Wildcats a 45-43 lead. And when Morris connected on a mid-range jumper, Kentucky led 47-43.
The Wildcats were able to gain a bit of separation at the end of the third quarter, taking a 63-55 lead into the final frame. Morris had nine points in the third quarter for the Wildcats, while Taylor Murray had nine and Epps added six. Kentucky outscored Oklahoma 26-16 in the period.
The fourth quarter started in the same fashion, as Kentucky opened the frame with a 14-6 run, taking a 77-61 lead in the process. Akhator, who was saddled with foul trouble for much of the evening, had seven points to spark the run that broke the game open.
Little led Oklahoma (5-1) with 19 points, while Carter had 18 and Vionise Pierre-Louis added 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Kentucky returns to action on Sunday, when the Wildcats face intrastate rival Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center in the Derby City. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET.

Akhator, Epps Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List

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1LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball seniors Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps have been named to the Naismith Trophy Top 50 Preseason Watch List after both have started their senior seasons in impressive fashion.

The 50-player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2016-17 college basketball season. The list will be cut to 30 in early February with the women’s college player of the year being announced during the Final Four. A complete list can be found here.

No. 17 Kentucky Hosts No. 12 Oklahoma for SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 17 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team completes a three-game home stretch inside Memorial Coliseum on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET against No. 12 Oklahoma as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

“Well, we have a very tough game tomorrow with Oklahoma,” UK head coach Matthew Mitchell said Wednesday. “They are a very good team and, as usual, very well-coached by Sherri Coale, and present a lot of challenges for us. We’re trying to get ready. We’re trying to get better and are seeking improvement everyday on the defensive end and the players are working hard at it. So, tomorrow night will be a great test for us. We’ll have to play extremely well to beat Oklahoma. They’re a very, very good team playing well, off to a great start this season.

Mitchell: Cats must value defense

What did coach Matthew Mitchell think of his team’s defense in Sunday’s win over Samford? Let him explain:

“You just have to be highly organized, and you have to do a good job of motivating them to getting that done. You just demand it. You hold them accountable. If it’s not happening, you just have to make the consequences more severe so that it’s in their best interest to do it,” said Mitchell.

UK Hoops-Samford postgame notes, numbers

KENTUCKY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES  

Kentucky vs. Samford

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

Nov. 27, 2016

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 80, Samford 57

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Team Records and Series Notes

–          Matthew Mitchell is in his 10th season with Kentucky. Mitchell is 254-119 overall as a head coach and 224-90 during his tenure at Kentucky.

–          Kentucky is 130-19 all-time in Memorial Coliseum under Mitchell.

UK Hoops-Morehead postgame numbers, notes and quotes

Makayla Epps (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard)
Makayla Epps (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard)

Makayla Epps (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard)

KENTUCKY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

Kentucky vs. Morehead State

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

Nov. 23, 2016

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 74, Morehead State 47

 

Team Records and Series Notes

–          Matthew Mitchell is in his 10th season with Kentucky. Mitchell is 253-119 overall as a head coach and 223-90 during his tenure at Kentucky.

–          Kentucky is 129-19 all-time in Memorial Coliseum under Mitchell.

No. 20 Kentucky Starts Home Stand Wednesday vs. Morehead State

Makenzie Cann is one of four players averaging in double figures. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Makenzie Cann is one of four players averaging in double figures. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Makenzie Cann is one of four players averaging in double figures. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By EVAN CRANE, UK Media Relations

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Looking to get back to its winning ways after its first loss of the season last weekend at Colorado, the No. 20 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will begin a three-game home stretch Wednesday when it plays host to in-state foe Morehead State at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum for the annual Terry Hall Memorial Classic.

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