Kentucky-Alabama Postgame Notes
Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
FINAL: #10/9 Kentucky 73, Alabama 48
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Jan. 7, 2016
Team Records and Series Notes
UK posted its first Southeastern Conference victory of the 2015-16 season with a 73-48 win over Alabama in the SEC home opener.
With the win, UK moves to 12-1 on the season, and 1-1 in league play.
The meetin g was thew 43rd beteen the Wildcats and the Crimson Tide, with UK advancing to 26-17 in the all-time series.
Kentucky has won 11 of the last 13 games against Alabama, and leads the all-time series in games played in Lexington, 13-6.
Matthew Mitchell is in his ninth season with Kentucky and the win moves him to 236-111 overall, including a 206-82 record while at Kentucky.
UK played in front of 4,792 fans.
The victory marked the first time that UK had won an SEC game by 20 or more points since a 108-8 victory over Ole Miss on Feb. 13, 2014.
UK shot 27-of-62 from the field for 43.5%, while holding Alabama to 17-of-56 for a .304 clip.
The Wildcats outrebounded the Crimson tide by 15, posting a 45-30 advantage. UK also had an 18-2 edge in second chance points and a 30-10 edge on points in the paint.
All five of UK’s starters scored in double-digit figures, marking just the second time this season that the feat has been accomplished.
UK closed out the first period with an 8-0 run, six of which points came from behind the free throw line.
UK led at the end of the first period, 15-9.
The run extended to 12-0 through the second period, marking the 16th time this season that the Wildcats have had a run of 10-or-more points.
Kentucky held the advantage in nearly every statistical category at the half, notably holding a 27-17 edge in rebounding and outscored Alabama 16-4 in the paint.
UK shot a low 33.3% from the field in the opening half, but held Alabama to 25.0% on 7-of-28 shooting.
By the close of the third quarter, three Wildcats had entered double digit scoring (Evelyn Akhator, Alexis Jennings and Maci Morris).
UK ended the game with a 16-3 run, conceding just one field goal in the final 6:50.
Evelyn Akhator scored a career-high 21 points, the second time in her career that she has surpassed the 20-point barrier.
o Akhator added eight rebounds and three blocks, and was the only Wildcat to have a clean foul record for the contest.
Alexis Jennings recorded the fourth double-double of her career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. It was Jennings’ second-straight double-double.
Janee Thompson scored 10 points and added seven assists along with the sixth block of her career.
Makayla Epps added 10 points, six rebounds, and five assists.
Maci Morris scored 10 points and bounced back from not making a 3-pointer in the game against Auburn, the first time in her UK career that she had not made a triple, to sink a pair of 3-pointers.