UK-Oklahoma postgame notes, numbers

Makayla Epp (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard)

Makayla Epp (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard)


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.

Alabama signee John Petty, Western signee Taveion Hollingsworth face each other at Marshall Hoop Fest Saturday

John Petty (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

John Petty (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)


The Marshall County Hoop Fest starts tonight and continues through Sunday. Here’s a look at the matchups for Saturday.

Dec. 3 Session 3

10:00am McCracken County (KY) v Bowling Green (KY)

MC – The Mustangs return three of last season’s key players, Tyce Daniel (2017, with football offers), Will Sivills (2017), and Nathan Stonecipher (2018), and are looking to compete in for the Region 1 title this year. Coach Brower will be looking to fill two open starting spots, junior Rook Ellington (Kentucky baseball commit) could fill one of them.

Kentucky Heads to Seattle to Face Colorado State in NCAA First Round

SEATTLE, Wash. – The No. 24 Kentucky volleyball team begins the postseason in Seattle on Friday, as UK is slated to take on Colorado State on Friday at 8 p.m. ET in the Alaska Airlines Arena on the campus of the University of Washington. The winner of Friday’s match will advance to the second round, where the victor will face either the host Washington Huskies or Texas A&M Corpus-Christi on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET

The NCAA appearance is the 12th straight for the Wildcats and 18th overall. Head coach Craig Skinner has made the NCAA Tournament every year he has been the head coach at Kentucky.

Akhator, Epps Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List

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.

Distillery Open House offers visitors chance at first release of bourbon

Vaught’s note: From time to time, I like to share something a little different for readers and this is something I think is going to be pretty cool for the Danville area.


Visitors to Wilderness Trail Distillery’s Holiday Open House have the opportunity to win the opportunity to purchase one of the coveted bottles of its first release of bourbon.

Those attending the holiday open house 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 can register for a drawing to purchase a bottle of the first release when the distillery bottles its four-year-old product.

Calipari already planning return to Bahamas

De'Aaron Fox had a triple-double in the Bahamas. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

De’Aaron Fox had a triple-double in the Bahamas. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)


Kentucky’s trip to the Bahamas resulted in a 115-66 rout of Arizona State. Kentucky was expected to win, but not by the margin the Cats did.

So did Calipari get what he wanted from the trip?

“We did this when we came down with that ’15 team. We stayed a little too long. I think we were here for about eight days. And I was packed for the last three days to go home. But it’s an unbelievable environment,” Calipari said after Mondays win.

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.

Update: TDCI Opens Community Resource Center in Pigeon Forge After Wildfire Devastation

PIGEON FORGE — In an effort to assist the Tennesseans affected by the Gatlinburg wildfires, the Tennessee State Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) has established a Community Resource Center (CSC) in Pigeon Forge. It will open on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the former Boyds Bear building parking lot located at 149 Cates Lane in Pigeon Forge.

The damage created by the wildfires was heartbreaking,” said TDCI Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “In an effort to help consumers begin rebuilding and restoring their lives, we worked with Pigeon Forge officials to open the Community Resource Center. We’re thankful for all our local partners who have shown such inspiring courage this week in the face of tragedy.”

Courtney Love Named to SEC Community Service Team

 LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior linebacker Courtney Love has been selected to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Courtney Love, left, is on the SEC Community Works Team.

Courtney Love, left, is on the SEC Community Service Team.

Love, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, has been very active in the community since transferring from Nebraska in 2015.

In May of 2016, Love was one of three Kentucky football players chosen to participate in a service/educational trip to Ethiopia where he helped build houses, made shoe-shining boxes for the homeless and provided food to impoverished families. He currently serves in a mentoring program with local high school students using Skype technology to talk to them about the importance of good grades and making wise decisions.

Older posts «

» Newer posts