Kentucky-Washington Postgame Notes
Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
FINAL: Washington 85, #12/13 Kentucky 72
Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.
March 25, 2016
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky bowed out of the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16, with an 85-72 loss to No. 7-seeded Washington in the Lexington Regional.
UK now trails the all-time series against the Huskies, 0-2.
The Wildcats end the season at 25-8 (10-6 SEC), while the Huskies advance to the Elite Eight with a 25-10 record.
With the loss, Matthew Mitchell is now 249-118 overall and 219-89 in his nine-year tenure at Kentucky. Mitchell is 14-7 in the NCAA Tournament and 34-19 in the months of March and April.
This was Kentucky’s 13th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including a school-record seventh straight. The Wildcats are 19-13 all-time in the event, including 2-1 this season.
The Wildcats were the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Lexington Regional and hold a 4-3 all-time record as the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky was 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 13th straight game. UK is 10-3 with this lineup.
Kentucky had not lost to an unranked team while ranked at home since a 71-69 setback to Vanderbilt on Jan. 28.
Washington hit 11 3-pointers, tying a UK opponent NCAA Tournament record.
The Huskies shot 49.3% (33-of-67) from the field, including a .594 clip in the second half. The Wildcats shot at a .400 clip on 32-of-80 shooting.
UK outrebounded UW, 44-42, but the Huskies had a 37-31 edge in defensive boards.
The Wildcats had a slight advantage in paint points, 38-34.
Kentucky shot a season-low 33% from the free throw line, going 3-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Kentucky trailed at the end of the first quarter, 16-11, with Washington’s lead fueled by a 4-of-8 effort from 3-point range.
UK shot 21.7% (5-of-23) in the opening stanza.
Washington took a 33-20 lead courtesy of a 9-0 run in the second quarter.
UK retaliated with an 8-0 run to get within five points with two minutes to play in the half, trailing 33-28.
Kentucky kept within five points by the close of the half, trailing 35-30. The Wildcats shot 32.5 (13-40) in the opening half, while UW shot 40.0% (14-of-35).
Evelyn Akhator had already notched 10 rebounds to lead the Cats in outrebounding the Huskies, 26-20.
The Huskies outscored the Wildcats 28-19 in the third quarter to take a 63-49 lead going into the final 10 minutes.
UK outscored UW 23-22 in the final quarter, but Washington ended the game on an 11-6 run in the final minute and a half to seal the game.
Kentucky NCAA Tournament Records
Makayla Epps had the fifth 30-point performance in UK NCAA Tournament history, and broke the UK tournament record for field goals attempted, with 26.
Evelyn Akhator tied the UK NCAA Tournament record for rebounds, with 14.
Washington had a UK opponent tournament-low seven turnovers.
Washington tied the UK opponent tournament record for 3-pointers made, with 11, and broke the 3-pointers attempted record with 28.
UW’s Talia Walton broke the UK opponent tournament record for field goals attempted, with 25, and tied the record for 3-pointers attempted, with nine.
Washington’s Chantel Osahor tied the UK opponent tournament record for 3-pointers made, with 4.
Makayla Epps led the team with 30 points, becoming the fifth Wildcat to score 30+ points in an NCAA Tournament game and is the first since A’dia Mathies dropped 34 against Dayton on March 26, 2013.
o The 30 points were a season high for the junior guard, who also added five rebounds and four assists.
o Epps dropped 17 points in the second half, marking the first time a UK player had accomplished the feat since Epps scored 17 at South Carolina on Feb. 4.
o She ends the season with 546 points, which are the ninth-most scored by a Wildcat in a single season
Evelyn Akhator recorded the 13th double-double of her career with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
o Her effort on the boards tied a UK NCAA Tournament record, matching Samarie Walker’s effort vs. Wright State on March 22, 2014.
o She ended the season with 316 rebounds, which rank seventh on UK’s single-season list.
o Her 13 double-doubles are tied for the 12th-most in a career.
Janee Thompson netted 11 points and five assists.
o The lone senior ends her career with 1,0124 points, tying the 30th-most points scored in a career on Kentucky’s all-time list.
o She also tallied 347 assists, which rank 10th in program laurels.
Alexis Jennings had her seventh career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, adding Kentucky’s lone block.
Maci Morris ends the season with 49 made 3-pointers, which are the second-most by a freshman in school history.
Batouly Camara ends her rookie season with 142 rebounds, tying the ninth-most by a UK freshman.
Taylor Murray recorded 56 steals on the season, good for fourth all-time by a Kentucky rookie.