Kentucky-Ole Miss Postgame Notes
Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
FINAL: Ole Miss 73, #9/9 Kentucky 65
The Pavilion at Ole Miss – Oxford, Miss.
Jan. 21, 2016
Team Records and Series Notes
UK lost a road matchup to Ole Miss, 73-65, the second road loss to the Rebels in as many years.
With the setback, UK moves to 14-3 on the season, and 3-3 in Southeastern Conference play.
The meeting was the 38th between the two programs in the all-time series, with the loss moving UK to 16-22 in the all-time series.
Matthew Mitchell is in his ninth season with Kentucky and the loss moves him to 238-113 overall, including a 208-84 record while at Kentucky.
The loss marks the second time this season that UK was defeated by an unranked opponent while ranked on the road. The last time it happened was the 66-61 loss to Auburn on Jan. 3.
UK led for a total of :33 in the first half.
UK shot 47.1% from the field on 24-of-51 shooting, which is the highest percentage from the field for the team since entering SEC play, while the Rebels shot 41.2% on 28-of-68 shooting.
Though UK outrebounded the Rebels, 36-33, and had a 34-32 advantage in the paint, Ole Miss forced 21 turnovers and converted them into 22 points. Ole Miss also outscored the Wildcats in second-chance points, 18-11.
The Wildcats trailed, 23-18, at the end of the first period. In that time, no Wildcat scored more than two points other than Maci Morris, who posted 10 points in the opening 10 minutes.
Kentucky assisted on six of the seven made shots in the opening period and shot 58.3%, but was overpowered by Ole Miss going 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
UK continued to trail throughout the entire second period, with Ole Miss holding a 35-31 edge at the half.
The two teams were fairly evenly matched statistically in points in paint (10-10), turnovers (10-8), rebounds (18-19) and assists (8-9), but the Rebels were able to gain their lead courtesy of six made 3-pointers in the opening half of action.
In the fourth period, UK trailed by as much as 12, 59-47, but used an 8-0 run from Janee Thompson and Makayla Epps to bring the score to 59-55.
Makayla Epps led the Wildcats with 22 points to go with six assists.
o Epps had the best performance of her career from the free throw line, going a perfect 12-of-12 from the charity stripe. She become just the 11th player in UK history to have a flawless free throw effort with at least 10 attempts, becoming the first player since Bria Goss went 10-of-10 against Missouri on Jan. 12, 2014, to accomplish the feat.
Evelyn Akhator added 13 points with five rebounds.
Maci Morris chipped in 10 points, with all of her points coming in the first period.
Alexis Jennings led the Wildcats in rebounding, pulling down nine boards, eight of which were defensive.