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.
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).
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.