Kentucky-Auburn Postgame Notes

Jan. 8, 2015

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 14-2, 3-0 SEC, while Auburn falls to 9-7, 0-3 SEC.
  • Kentucky moves to 726-488 (63.7) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball and 191-158 (55.8) in the month of January.
  • Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, improves to 214-102 overall, 184-73 at UK.
    • Mitchell is now 74-37 in SEC play and 9-2 vs. Auburn.
  • Kentucky improves to 394-144 all-time in Memorial, including 104-16 under Matthew Mitchell.
    • This was UK’s 12th-straight win at home which is the seventh-longest home winning streak in program history.
  • This was the 44th meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75.
    • Auburn leads the all-time series 25-19.
    • Kentucky has won seven in row over Auburn and five straight in Memorial Coliseum.
  • Kentucky is 3-0 in SEC play for the first time since the 2012-13 season and the third time under Mitchell.
  • Tonight’s attendance was 4,587.
  • Next up: UK will travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on No. 1 South Carolina Sunday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be shown on ESPN2 with Pam Ward and Carolyn Peck calling the action.

First Half Notes

  • UK started with the lineup of Janee Thompson, Alexis Jennings, Linnae Harper, Makayla Epps and Azia Bishop for the first time this season.
    • Marked UK’s fifth different starting five this season.
    • Freshman Alexis Jennings’ first career start.
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper led UK with nine points to go along with three rebounds, an assist and a block.
  • UK forced Ole Miss into nine turnovers. Kentucky scored 12 points off of the Tigers’ turnovers. Auburn only managed to score two points off of UK’s six turnovers.
  • Kentucky had the lead from the tip and never trailed in the first half. There was one tie at 2-2.
  • UK went on a 10-0 run midway through the first half to extend its lead from 12-10 to 22-10. UK would match its 12-point half-time lead when Makayla Epps hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give UK a 37-25 lead going into the break.
    • Marked UK’s largest halftime lead since leading 47-35 (+12) vs. Tennessee State on 12/28/14.
  • Kentucky shot 46.7 percent from the floor, going 14-of-30 in the opening half, including 3-of-8 (37.5) from 3-point range.
  • Auburn’s 25 points were the second-lowest this season for a UK opponent in the first half. Morehead State scored 24 vs. Kentucky on Nov. 19.
  • The Wildcats went 6-of-8 from the free-throw line.
  • UK is now 6-0 when leading at the half. It marked UK’s first half-time lead in SEC play this season.

Second Half Notes

  • UK began the second half with the same starting five it began the game with, Janee Thompson, Linnae Harper, Makayla Epps, Azia Bishop and Alexis Jennings.
  • After Auburn scored the first two points of the half, Kentucky then scored the next eight, sparked by four straight points from Alexis Jennings.
  • After Auburn closed the UK lead to 10 points with under four minutes to go, UK went on a 14-4 run to close the game, with Makayla Epps scoring five in that stretch.
  • Kentucky had 10 assists on 14 made baskets.
  • UK went 14-of-35, shooting 40.0 from the floor in the second half.
  • UK outscored Auburn 41-32 in the second half.

Team/Game Notes

  • The 21-point win marks the largest margin of victory over an SEC opponent since defeating Ole Miss last season, 108-78.
  • UK held Auburn to 57 points, tying the second-lowest point total by an opponent this season.
  • Kentucky forced 25 turnovers and has now forced 20 or more in 15 of 16 games this season, including nine straight.
    • UK scored 23 points off the turnovers.
    • UK is now 13-1 this season when forcing double-digit turnovers.
  • The Wildcats outscored Auburn 28-18 in bench points.
  • UK charted 10 steals, the fifth straight game with double-digit steals.
  • Tonight was UK’s third win by 20 or more points (Appalachian State, 37 and Morehead State, 29).

Individual Notes

  • Senior guard Jen O’Neill scored 17 points off the bench.
    • Hit a career high tying five 3-pointers, accounting for 15 of her 17 points in the game.
    • Also had four assists, just one shy of her season high mark.
    • Moved up to No. 17 on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,199 points in her career.
      • Needs 17 more to overtake Stacy McIntyre (1989-92, 1,199).
      • With 169 career 3-pointers, now needs six more to move up to No. 4 on UK’s all-time 3-pointers made list Stacey Reed (1991-95, 175).
  • Sophomore guard Linnae Harper scored 15 points, while grabbing five rebounds.
    • Marks her 11th double-figure scoring game this season and second straight.
    • Tied her career high with one block in the game.
  • Sophomore guard Makayla Epps scored 12 points for her fourth-straight game in double figures.
    • Now has 12 or more points in 11 games this season.
    • Had a season-high tying six assists, just one off her season high.
    • Has four or more rebounds the last three games.
  • Freshman forward/center Alexis Jennings scored 12 points in her first career start
    • Marked her sixth career game with double figures, including sixth in the last seven games.
  • Senior center Azia Bishop had impressive game with eight points, a game-high 10 rebounds and a team-high high five blocks and four steals.
    • Marked her 11th career game with double-figure boards, her fourth this season.
    • Now has 129 career blocks and needs 27 more to tie Valerie Still (1979-83, 156) at No. 3 on UK’s all-time blocks list.