Kentucky-Rice Postgame Notes

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
FINAL: #17/18 Kentucky 72, Rice 39
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Nov. 13, 2015

 
Team Records and Series Notes
-       Kentucky started its 42nd season of varsity women’s basketball with a 72-39 win over Rice University, and sits at 736-495 (59.8) all-time. 
-       The victory was the 400th win all-time inside Memorial Coliseum for the Wildcats.
-       Matthew Mitchell is in his ninth season with Kentucky. Mitchell is 225-110 overall as a head coach and 195-81 during his tenure at Kentucky. 
-       Kentucky is 114-24 all-time in Memorial Coliseum under Mitchell. 
-       UK is now 1-0 all-time against Rice.
-       Kentucky is now 34-8 all-time in season openers and 37-4 in home openers, as the victory was the seventh in a row in both respects.
-       Kentucky has now won 51 consecutive regular-season non-conference games in Memorial Coliseum, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008 vs. Alabama A&M.
-       Tonight’s attendance was 4,907.
-       Three UK players posted scoring efforts that rank in the top-10 for the most points in a first varsity game.
o   Evelyn Akhator and Maci Morris both had 16 points, which tie for fifth all-time for a varsity debut game.
o   Taylor Murray chipped in 12 points, good for the 10th-best varsity debut scoring effort.
 
Team Notes
-       Kentucky held the advantage in the paint, 36-18.
-       UK forced Rice into 23 turnovers, scoring 30 points off their miscues.
-       After scoring the first points off an Evelyn Akhator tip-in at 8:11 in the first period, Kentucky never trailed or tied with Rice for the remainder of the game. 
-       UK started out the new “period era” by setting a high standard for points allowed in a period, only allowing two points by free throws in the first period.  
-       Kentucky led at the end of the first period, 19-2. 
-       The Wildcats did not concede a field goal until 7:51 in the second period.
-       UK ended the first period on an 13-0 run, paced by eight straight points from Maci Morris.
-       The 17-0 run that Kentucky strung together throughout the first and second periods was the longest run since an 18-0 scoring effort at Alabama in last season’s Southeastern Conference opener in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 2, 2015.
-       At the half, Kentucky led 34-16.  Last season, the fewest points allowed in the first half were 24 against Morehead State on Nov. 19, 2014.
-       The Wildcats outscored the Owls 20-5 in the third period, leading by 54-21 going into the final period of the game.
 
Individual Notes
-       Evelyn Akhator recorded the first double-double of her UK career with 16 points and 17 rebounds.  
o   Additionally, her 16 points tie for the fifth-best debut scoring performance in Kentucky history.
o   Only 12 other players have pulled down 17-or-more rebounds in program history.  The last time a UK player accomplished the feat was on Feb. 27, 2014, when DeNesha Stallworth grabbed 19 boards against Mississippi State. 
-       Maci Morris also put up 16 points, going 3-for-5 from 3-point range, to tie Akhator for the fifth-highest scoring debut game.
-       Taylor Murray had 12 points, four steals and two assists.  Her scoring effort ranks 10th all-time in a debut game.
-       Alexis Jennings was the fourth Wildcat to score in double digits with 10 points and just missed out on a double-double with nine rebounds.
-       Kyvin Goodin-Rogers added nine points to the scoring effort, with all her points coming from 3-point range.  
o   Her three triples are a career high for the junior.