Kentucky-Miami Postgame Notes

KENTUCKY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
Miami at Kentucky 
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky. 
Nov. 11, 2016


FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 82, Miami 66

  

Team Records and Series Notes

- Matthew Mitchell began his 10th season with Kentucky tonight. Mitchell is 250-118 overall as a head coach and 220-89 during his tenure at Kentucky. 
- Kentucky is 126-19 all-time in Memorial Coliseum under Mitchell. 
- UK has advanced to a school record seven straight NCAA Tournaments and has 20 or more wins seven straight seasons. 
- The Wildcats entered the season ranked No. 19 in both the USA Today/Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 and The Associated Press Top 25. The high ranking marks the seventh straight season UK has ranked inside the top 20 in both listings. 
- Miami entered this season at No. 14 in the AP Top 25 and No. 20 in the USA Today/Coaches’ Preseason poll.
- Tonight’s attendance was 4,471.
- The Wildcats now hold a 6-1 all-time record over the Hurricanes. Kentucky’s only loss to Miami came on Dec. 19, 2000 when Miami defeated UK, 74-59 in Corals Gables.
- Kentucky will face Albany tomorrow night at 7 ET inside Memorial Coliseum to continue the Kentucky Classic. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network+ and on the UK Sports Radio Network in Lexington on 630AM WLAP. 
 

Team Notes

- Kentucky used the starting five of Makayla Epps, Evelyn Akhator, Maci Morris, Alyssa Rice and Taylor Murray
o UK is 1-0 this season with that starting five combination. 
- The season-opening win marks Kentucky’s eighth straight, including its eight-straight home opening win. 
o The Wildcats are now 39-4 all-time in home openers.
o The Wildcats are now 35-8 all-time in season openers. 
- Kentucky has won 57 consecutive regular-season non-conference games inside Memorial Coliseum, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008 vs. Alabama A&M. 
- The Wildcats scored 26 points in the second quarter. The school record for points scored in the second quarter is 33 vs. Florida (3/4/16)
- Kentucky started out the first quarter with five assists for five made baskets.
- UK forced 18 turnovers in the win, scoring 15 points off those Miami turnovers. 
- The Wildcats never trailed in the second half. Evelyn Akhator’s jumper 1:33 into the second quarter would bring the lead to 18-16, and the Wildcats did not trail again in the game.
- Kentucky went on a 13-0 run to close the game as part of a 15-2 overall run in the fourth quarter. 
o During the run, Kentucky went 8-of-8 from the field. 
- Tonight’s win over highly ranked Miami was Kentucky’s 86th all-time win over a ranked opponent, including the 45th of Mitchell’s career. 
o Last season, Kentucky went 8-3 against ranked foes. 
- Kentucky outrebounded Miami, 39-33. However, the Hurricanes had 11 second-chance points to Kentucky’s eight. 
- The Wildcats won the battle in the paint, outscoring Miami 32-28 in points in the paint. 
- Kentucky had 11 steals in the game, which was its most in a game since having 10 against Auburn on Jan. 17, 2016. 

Individual Notes
- Makayla Epps scored 29 points in the contest, 18 of which came in the fourth quarter.
o After only scoring seven points in the first half, Epps took over late in the game scoring 22 points in the second half. 
o Epps went 10-of-19 from the field, 1-of-4 from 3 and 8-of-15 from the free throw line. 
o Epps added five assists and three steals. 
- Taylor Murray posted eight points, three assists and four rebounds in the win.  
o Tonight’s game was Murray’s first career start. 
- Evelyn Akhator ended the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. 
o The senior went 7-of-13 from the floor in the first half alone. At the half, Akhator paced all scorers with 16 points to go along with her eight rebounds.
o Akhator now has 14 double-doubles in her career, which is tied for the 10th most in program history. 
- Makenzie Cann had seven points and seven rebounds in her first regular-season appearance for UK.  
o Cann sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules after transferring from Cincinnati. 
o Cann went 2-of-3 from 3 in the game. 
- Jessica Hardin saw her first career time for Kentucky, scoring five points with three rebounds and going 1of-3 from 3.
- Maci Morris was the third Wildcat to score in double-figures in the game with 11 points. 
o Morris added two assists and one block. 
o Morris went 3-of-6 from 3. 
- Alyssa Rice started her 14th career game, scoring four points with three rebounds.
o Rice has played in 61 career games for Kentucky.