Kentucky-LSU Postgame Notes
Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
FINAL: #13/13 Kentucky 79, LSU 71
Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, Fla.
March 3, 2016
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky extended its winning streak to seven games with a 79-71 win over LSU.
The meeting was the 46th all-time, with the win moving Kentucky to 14-32 in the all-time series. Kentucky has won four of the last six meetings and is 4-8 against LSU in SEC Tournament games and 2-2 under Matthew Mitchell.
With the win, UK moves to 22-6 on the season. LSU drops to 10-21 overall.
Kentucky has reached the 20-win plateau for seven consecutive seasons.
Matthew Mitchell is in his ninth season with Kentucky and the win moves him to 246-116 overall, including a 216-87 record while at Kentucky.
Kentucky is 8-1 in the first game of the SEC Tournament under Matthew Mitchell, and 2-0 in the SEC Tournament second round.
The attendance for Thursday’s morning session was 2,245.
Kentucky will play Florida Friday at approx. 2:30 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. The Gators enter the tournament as the No. 4 overall seed.
Kentucky started with Batouly Camara, Janee Thompson, Maci Morris, Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps for the eighth straight game. UK is 7-1 with this lineup.
The game marked the end of a streak in which the Wildcats had taken down its last six SEC opponents by double digits. It was the first time in program history that the streak had been recorded.
UK shot 47.2% on 25-of-53 from the floor, but shot 9.1% (1-of-11) from 3-point range, the second-lowest efficiency of the season from beyond the arc. LSU was held to 40.3% on 25-of-62 shooting.
Kentucky won the battle in the paint, 42-32, and points off turnovers, 24-17. However, UK committed 17 turnovers compared to LSU’s 14, the most Wildcat miscues in the past eight games.
UK outrebounded the Tigers, 36-32.
The Wildcats committed 25 fouls, tying the second-most in the year. Three UK players fouled out (Camara, Alexis Jennings, Alyssa Rice).
The Wildcats went on a 14-0 run in the first quarter, the 22nd run of 10+ points of the season. It also marked the most consecutive points put up against an SEC opponent this season.
Kentucky led at the end of the first quarter, 25-14. The 25 points were the second-most put up against an SEC opponent in the opening quarter, behind only the 26 points scored in the first stanza in UK’s last meeting with LSU on Feb. 7.
The Wildcats extended the lead to 41-29 at the half. The 41 points were the second-most scored in the first half in an SEC game, behind only 44 points against Arkansas on Feb. 21.
Kentucky outscored LSU in the paint, 24-14, and in points off turnovers, 14-2. The Wildcats committed just five turnovers in the first half and had four steals, forcing an additional five LSU miscues.
LSU went on a run to get within nine points of UK, but the Wildcats retaliated with six points in under 30 seconds to extend to a 75-60 lead. However, turnovers plagued the Wildcats and the Tigers were able to get within nine, 75-66, with 1:05 to play in the contest.
Kentucky was outscored 29-21 in the fourth quarter, which are the most put up by a UK opponent in the final period this year.
UK was unable to get back out to double digits to close out the game, coming away with a 79-71 victory.
Janee Thompson had 17 points and six assists to lead the team. It was the 13th time this season that Thompson has recorded six or more assists in a game.
Evelyn Akhator recorded the 11th double-double of her career with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
o A .554 free throw shooter, Akhator had one of the best free throw performances of her career, going 9-of-12 from the charity stripe. Akhator made her first nine free throws, the longest consecutive streak of her career.
o Her 12 free throws were the most by a Wildcat since Makayla Epps attempted as many against Ole Miss on Jan. 21.
o Her double-double was the second consecutive for Akhator, marking the first time that a Wildcat had back-to-back double-doubles since Alexis Jennings had three straight to start the season on Jan. 3-10 against Auburn, Alabama and Georgia.
Makayla Epps added 17 points, 14 of which came in the first half, along with three steals. Epps did not play the last 6:29 of the game.
Alyssa Rice had a season-best and career-high-tying nine points, going 4-of-4 from the field, along with five rebounds.