Kentucky-LSU Postgame Notes
Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
FINAL: #18/18 Kentucky 70, LSU 58
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Feb. 7, 2016
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky snapped a three-game losing skid with a 70-58 win over LSU at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.
The meeting was the 45th all-time between the two programs, with UK moving to 13-32. With the victory, the Tigers have not won a contest in Lexington since 2009.
With the win, UK moves to 16-6 on the season, including 5-6 within Southeastern Conference action. LSU drops to 8-16 (2-9 SEC).
Matthew Mitchell is in his ninth season with Kentucky and the win moves him to 240-116 overall, including a 210-87 record while at Kentucky.
The game was played in front of a crowd of 6,110.
Kentucky was 27-of-50 from the field for 54.0%, just the second time within SEC action that the Wildcats have shot above a .500 clip.
UK held LSU to 37.3% on 22-of-59 shooting, and only allowed the Tigers to take three 3-pointers, converting on one of them.
Kentucky shot 47.8% from the free throw line, a season low for the team.
LSU out-rebounded the Wildcats, 37-28, and finished with the edge in second chance points, 12-10.
UK had a 32-28 advantage in points in the paint and a 19-6 edge in bench points.
After scoring the first basket, Kentucky never tied or trailed LSU for the remainder of the contest.
The Wildcats recorded 17 assists, a team season high within SEC play.
Kentucky shot 56.3% from the field in the first period, with six different Wildcats scoring to help UK take a 26-10 lead. It marked the 11th time this season that UK has held an opponent to 10 points or fewer in the opening stanza.
The 26 points were the most that Kentucky has scored in the first period within SEC pay.
Kentucky shot 55.6% in the second period, with UK holding a 37-22 edge at halftime.
UK held the advantage in nearly all statistical categories: points in paint (14-8), points off turnovers (9-6), second chance points (5-0), bench points (14-1), rebounds (16-10) and assists (11-4) at halftime. The only advantage that LSU held was in turnovers (8-9) and blocks (1-0).
UK’s 56.0% from the field ties the highest shooting percentage in the first half within SEC play this year, and is the second-highest first half percentage for the entire season.
Kentucky ended the second period on a 7-0 run, which extended to a 11-0 run through the third period. It marked Kentucky’s 19th run of 10-or-more points this season and held LSU scoreless for 5:20.
UK had an impressive third period, shooting 72.7% from the field (8-of-11), while holding LSU to 5-of-18 for a .278 clip.
Janee Thompson recorded the third double-double of her career with 16 points and 10 assists.
• Thompson committed just one turnover, which is an SEC season low and ties her fewest turnovers for the 2015-16 season.
• Thompson has six or more assists in 12 games this season, which is the most six-plus assist games in a single season by a UK player in the Matthew Mitchell era.
Maci Morris added 14 points to go with three rebounds, a steal and an assist. Morris’ 14 points are a season high in SEC play.
Alexis Jennings scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
o Jennings ended her streak of consecutive free throws at 27, which is good for the second-best string of made free throws in program history behind only Bria Goss’ run of 31 in 2014-15.