Kentucky-Oklahoma Postgame Notes
Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
FINAL: #12/13 Kentucky 79, #24/23 Oklahoma 58
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
March 21, 2016
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky advanced to the Lexington Regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament with a 79-58 victory over No. 24/23 Oklahoma on Monday night in Memorial Coliseum. With the win, the Wildcats move to 25-7 on the season, while the Sooners end their campaign at 22-11.
UK now leads the all-time series with Oklahoma, 2-1, with two consecutive wins against the Sooners.
Kentucky will play No. 7-seeded Washington in the semifinal of the Lexington Regional. The Huskies secured a 74-65 upset of the No. 2 seed Maryland to advance. The Wildcats will play Friday at 7 p.m. ET inside Rupp Arena. Tickets are to be purchased through Rupp Arena.
Friday’s game will be the fifth Sweet 16 appearance in program history, and the fourth in the past five seasons.
With the win, Matthew Mitchell is now 249-117 overall and 219-88 in his nine-year tenure at Kentucky. Mitchell is 15-6 in the NCAA Tournament and 34-18 in the months of March and April.
This is Kentucky’s 13th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including a school-record seventh straight. The Wildcats are 19-12 all-time in the event, including 2-0 this season.
The Wildcats are the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Lexington Regional and hold a 4-2 all-time record as the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
This is the third year in a row that Kentucky has hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Memorial Coliseum. The Wildcats hold a 6-2 record all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in Lexington.
Kentucky is one of nine schools from the Southeastern Conference to be awarded a bid into the NCAA Tournament, tying an NCAA Tournament record for most teams from the same conference in the event.
Kentucky started with Batouly Camara, Janee Thompson, Maci Morris, Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps for the 12th straight game. UK is 10-2 with this lineup.
The Wildcats outrebounded the Sooners, 41-40, and had the advantage in the paint, 24-18, and in bench points, 22-16. Oklahoma held the edge in points off turnovers (14-10) and second chance points (15-11).
The Wildcats shot 22-of-58 from the field for a .379 clip, holding Oklahoma to 27.3% on 18-of-66 shooting. It is the first time this year that Kentucky has held a ranked opponent to under 30%, and the Wildcats have kept consecutive opponents to under 30% after keeping UNC Asheville at a .206 clip in the first round.
The 27.3% marked the second-lowest efficiency that OU has had this season, and just the second time that it has been held under 30%.
It is the only time this season that the team has kept two consecutive opponents under 30% from the field.
UK went to the free throw line 38 times, just four trips shy of the Kentucky NCAA Tournament record.
Kentucky led by one point at the end of the first quarter, 20-19. The Wildcats shot 42.9% (6-of-14) while holding OU to 31.6% (6-of-19).
Kentucky assisted on five of its first six field goals.
UK extended the lead to 35-27 by the half, holding Oklahoma to eight points in the second quarter. The eight points tie the second-lowest output in a quarter and the lowest in the second period for the Sooners.
Oklahoma was held to 8-of-31 from the field for a .258 clip in the opening half. It was the first time this season that UK has held a ranked opponent to under 30% in a half.
OU used an 11-2 run in the third quarter to get within two points, 42-40 with 3:13 remaining. UK was held without a field goal for 5:17.
Kentucky retaliated with a 14-6 run in which the Wildcats went 6-of-6 from the field to take the lead at 56-46.
Going into the fourth quarter, UK extended to a 10-0 run, including seven straight points from Janee Thompson. It was the 25th time that UK has had a run of 10 points or more this season.
The Wildcats outscored the Sooners 23-12 in the final quarter.
Kentucky NCAA Tournament Records
Alexis Jennings broke Kentucky’s record for blocks in an NCAA Tournament game with six rejections.
Janee Thompson led the team with 16 points and four assists.
o The senior reached 1,000 career points with a jumper in the paint at 3:28 in the second quarter.
o She also went 7-of-8 from the free throw line
Alexis Jennings had 13 points, eight rebounds and six blocks.
o Her six rejections set the new Kentucky record for the most blocks in an NCAA Tournament game, and tie for second all-time for any game in a season. She broke DeNesha Stallworth’s mark set on March 22, 2014 against Wright State.
Makayla Epps netted 13 points along with seven rebounds and four assists.
Evelyn Akhator had 11 points and tied a career-high three assists.
Maci Morris added 12 points that included an impressive 4-of-5 performance from 3-point range.
o Morris set the Kentucky NCAA Tournament record for consecutive 3-pointers after going 3-of-3 against UNC Asheville on Saturday and 4-of-4 on her first four attempts against the Sooners. She also ties Katie Hempen of Arizona State for the most consecutive this year.