Kentucky-Samford Postgame Notes

Kentucky vs. Samford
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Nov. 27, 2016

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 80, Samford 57


Team Records and Series Notes

- Matthew Mitchell is in his 10th season with Kentucky. Mitchell is 254-119 overall as a head coach and 224-90 during his tenure at Kentucky. 
- Kentucky is 130-19 all-time in Memorial Coliseum under Mitchell. 
- Currently, UK is No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 24 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25. Kentucky has been ranked in both the USA Today/Coaches’ Top 25 and The Associated Press Top 25 since week 13 of the 2009-10 season, which is a program-record streak of 134 weeks.
- Today’s meeting was the second all-time between the two schools, as the only previous meeting was Dec. 21, 2011 when the Wildcats earned a 90-61 victory in Lexington.
o Kentucky now holds a 2-0 edge over the Bulldogs.
- Kentucky will return to action Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. ET, when the Wildcats host Oklahoma inside Memorial Coliseum as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. 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 5-1 this season with that starting-five combination. 
- Tonight’s win brings UK’s record to 5-1 overall.
- Kentucky has won 61 consecutive regular-season non-conference games inside Memorial Coliseum, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008 vs. Alabama A&M. 
- With tonight’s victory, Kentucky rises to 15-1 over Southern Conference opponents.
- The Wildcats held Samford to only five points in second quarter, going on a 13-0 run to end the first half.
o Kentucky has recorded ten 10-0 or more runs this season.
o UK continued to hold Samford without a basket into the third period, for an 8:18 drought total.
- UK did not commit a turnover in the first period and only committed six turnovers in the game. 
o Kentucky has had 10 or fewer turnovers in three games this season. 
- Kentucky limited the Bulldogs to only 17 first-half points, its lowest opponent first-half total this season.
- Today’s match featured a balanced effort from the Wildcats as six UK players posted at least eight points, as well as four players adding double-digit scoring.
- The Wildcats went to the line a season-high 31 times.
o UK made 24-of-31 free throws (.774) for its second-best free-throw percentage of the season behind its 21-of-26 (.808) effort against Albany on Nov. 12.
- Samford outscored the Wildcats 40-39 in the second half.
- Kentucky outrebounded the Bulldogs 36-24, including on the defensive boards with a 27-19 edge.
- The Bulldogs were hot from beyond the arc, going 10-of-24 from behind the 3-point line while Kentucky only made two-of-10 3-point attempts.
- Once again, the Wildcats dominated in the paint with a 34-14 advantage in points in the paint. 

Individual Notes

- Makayla Epps scored 20 points to go along with five rebounds.
o Epps’ 9-of-15 shooting helped her earn her second 20-point performance of the season.
o Twelve of Epps’ points came in the second half alone.
o With today’s performance, her career-points total climbs to 1,310. 
o Epps needs 123 points (1,433 total) to enter Kentucky’s top-10 scorers in school history. 
- Evelyn Akhator added 15 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double.
o Akhator’s double-double marked the 18th of her career, which ranks as the sixth most in program history.
o Akhator has now recorded a double-double in five of six games this season.
o The senior has earned at least 11 points and 9 rebounds in every game this year.
- Taylor Murray had 15 points and five rebounds in the game.
o Murray has now scored in double figures in three consecutive games.
- Makenzie Cann ended the game with 12 points.
o Cann compiled her second double-digit scoring effort of the season.
- Maci Morris had eight points and three assists for the Blue and White.
o The sophomore’s three assists match her season high and career high.
- Jessica Hardin recorded eight points and four rebounds.
o Hardin went 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
o Hardin’s eight-point effort was her second-best scoring game of the season behind her 11 points against New Hampshire on Nov. 17.
- Alyssa Rice had two points, five rebounds and two blocks in the game.