Kentucky-Auburn Postgame Notes
Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
FINAL: Auburn 66, #7/7 Kentucky 61
Auburn Arena - Auburn, Ala.
Jan. 3, 2016
Team Records and Series Notes
UK opened up Southeastern Conference play with a 66-61 setback to Auburn.
With the loss, UK moves to 11-1 on the season. It ends the run of 11 consecutive victories, which tied the best start in program history.
The meeting was the 45th all-time meeting between the two programs, with Kentucky falling to 19-26 against the Tigers.
The loss broke a seven-game winning streak against Auburn.
Matthew Mitchell is in his ninth season with Kentucky and the loss moves him to 235-111 overall, including a 205-82 record while at Kentucky.
The loss was the first time that UK was defeated by an unranked opponent on the road (while ranked) since a 67-59 loss to Ole Miss on Feb. 23,2015.
Kentucky was held to 39.0% from the field, marking the first time this season that the Wildcats have shot under 40%.
The Wildcats also had a season-high 27 turnovers.
Five different Wildcats recorded three-or-more steals in the game (Evelyn Akhator, Makayla Epps, Alexis Jennings, Taylor Murray, Janee Thompson).
UK held the advantage in rebounding, 40-35, and points off turnovers, 27-25, but was evenly matched on points in the paint, 40-40, and was outscored on the fastbreak, 12-6.
UK allowed just one field goal in the first 6:43 of play, going on a 12-4 run in that span.
The Wildcats led 17-7 at the end of the first period, and allowed just one Auburn player to score from the floor. The Tigers were held to 13.3% from the field in the first stanza of action.
Kentucky went on a 13-0 run from 8:10 to 3:01 in the second period, the team’s 15th run of 10-or-more points this season.
Auburn ended the second period on a 10-2 run in the final 2:51 of play.
UK led 32-23 at the half, shooting 45.2% from the field while holding Auburn to 31.0%.
The duo of Brandy Montgomery and Tra’Cee Tanner, who average a combined 31.6 points per game, was held to 10 points for Montgomery and zero for Tanner in the first half.
Auburn had a 10-0 run from 1:51 in the second period to 7:36 in the third period.
UK was held to a 2:59 scoring drought in the third period, allowing Auburn to come within one point at 41-40.
Auburn took its first lead at 7:19 in the fourth period, part of a 7-0 run.
Kentucky was outscored 26-18 in the final period to close out the loss.
Makayla Epps led the team with 20 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line and six rebounds.
Evelyn Akhator recorded the fifth double-double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds, along with three blocks and three steals.
Alexis Jennings added a double-double, the third of her career, with 10 points and 11 rebounds along with three steals.