Kentucky-Georgia Postgame Notes

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
FINAL:  #10/9 Kentucky 64, Georgia 53
Stegemen Coliseum – Athens, Ga.
Jan. 10, 2016


Team Records and Series Notes

UK defeated Georgia, 64-53.
With the win, UK moves to 13-1 on the season, including 2-1 in league play. Georgia falls to 12-4 overall, 0-3 in the SEC.
Matthew Mitchell is now 237-111 overall, including a 207-82 in his nine seasons at Kentucky.
Mitchell is now 83-44 in SEC play, 36-29 on the road.
Mitchell is now 7-7 vs. Georgia, 3-3 in Stegeman Coliseum.
Today marked the 52nd meeting in the all-time series. UGA still holds a 36-16 lead in the series, including a 17-5 advantage in Athens.
This marks UK’s second straight win over the Lady Bulldogs. 
Today’s win is UK’s first in Athens since Jan. 19, 2012.
Today’s win snapped a three-game SEC road game losing streak. This is UK’s first SEC road win since defeating Vanderbilt, 82-68, on Feb. 8, 2015.
Today’s attendance was 2,681.

Team Notes

The starting lineup of Janee Thompson, Maci Morris, Evelyn Akhator, Makayla Epps and Alexis Jennings is now 12-1.
UK led 31-21 at the half thanks to a 12-2 run midway through the third quarter. Jennings and Morris led with six points apiece. Jennings also had a game-high seven rebounds at the break.
UK shot a season-low 37 percent from the field (19-of-51), while holding UGA to 34 percent (21-of-62).
UK committed 22 turnovers, the second-highest total this season. The Cats’ defense also forced Georgia into 21 turnovers on 10 steals.
Alexis Jennings and Evelyn Akhator each recorded a double-double. It’s the second time in three games the inside duo has accomplished that feat. They also each had double-doubles at Auburn on Jan. 3.
UK held UGA leading scorer Tiaria Griffin to just three points. She entered the game leading UGA in scoring with 14.5 points per game. 
For the second straight game Kentucky won the rebounding battle, 45-35. 

Individual Notes

Makala Epps led all scorers with 13 points, her 10th straight game in double digits. Seven of her 13 points came in the fourth quarter. 
o Her four steals tied her season high. She also had four vs. Tennessee State on Dec. 28.
Alexis Jennings recorded the fifth double-double of her career, her fourth this season, with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
o It was Jennings’ third-straight double-double.
o It was her fourth straight game to score in double figures. 
o Her 12 rebounds were just one shy of tying her career high.
o She is the first UK player to record three straight double-doubles since Samarie Walker in 2014.
Evelyn Akhator notched her sixth career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She has earned a double-double in three of her last four games.
Despite struggling from the field on 1-of-11 shooting from the floor, Janee Thompson earned eight of her 10 points from the foul line. She hit 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, while also dishing out a team-high four assists and charting three steals.
o Has scored in double figures in all but three games this season, including two straight.
Maci Morris followed with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Morris has hit at least one 3-pointer in 13 of 14 games this season.