Kentucky-Duke Postgame Notes

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
FINAL:  #8/8 Kentucky 71, #13/11 Duke 61
Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 20, 2015


Team Records and Series Notes

    UK picked up its second ever victory against Duke with a 71-61 win inside Rupp Arena.  It was the first win against the team since a 72-65 victory on Dec. 8, 2011.
    The win marked the second ranked team that the Wildcats have defeated this season, having taken down then-No. 15/15 Arizona State on Oct. 15.  Coach Matthew Mitchell moves to 88-43 all-time against ranked opponents.  
    With the victory, UK moves to 10-0 on the season.  UK has only had three other seasons in which it started out with 10 consecutive victories (2009-10, 2011-12, 2013-14).
    The meeting was the seventh between the two teams, with UK moving to 2-5 in the all-time series.  
    UK played in front of a crowd of 17,150, the fourth-largest in program history.
    Matthew Mitchell is in his ninth season with Kentucky and the win moves him to 234-110 overall, including a 204-81 record while at Kentucky.
 

Team Notes

    Kentucky took the lead from the first basket and never relinquished it for the remainder of the contest. 
    The duo of Azurá Stevens and Rebecca Greenwell, who led the ACC in scoring with a combined 33.2 points per game, was held to just 18 points, including just one point from Greenwell.
    UK shot 48.3% from the field while holding Duke to a .367 clip.
    Kentucky held a 38-36 advantage in the paint and a 21-11 edge in points off turnovers. 
    Duke held the advantage in rebounding, 38-28, holding UK to just six offensive rebounds.  The Blue Devils also had a 26-8 advantage in bench points and a 24-8 edge in second chance points.
    UK forced Duke into 17 turnovers while only committing 13 miscues.
    UK scored its first eight points solely in the paint.
    The Wildcats led 22-13 at the end of the first period, courtesy of a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Janee Thompson.
    UK outscored Duke 12-4 in the paint in the first period, with an 11-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
    Kentucky led 38-30 at the half, shooting 50.0% from the field while holding Duke to 38.5%.  The Wildcats were also flawless from the free throw line in the half, connecting on 8-of-8 shots from the charity stripe. It marked just the second time this season that the Wildcats have been unblemished from the free throw line in a half (the other being the first half against Middle Tennessee on Dec. 13 when the team went 6-of-6).
 

Individual Notes

    Evelyn Akhator was two points off her career high, leading the team with 18 points and six rebounds and a team-best two steals.
    Makayla Epps scored 17 points with eight assists. Epps has scored 15 or more points in four straight games. 
    Janee Thompson also added 17 points along with a steal.  
o   Thompson went 3-of-4 from the 3-point line, marking the fifth time this season that she has made at least three triples.
    Maci Morris fell just shy of double digits, posting nine points.  She continued her streak of making at least one 3-pointer.