Kentucky-South Carolina Postgame Notes

Jan. 11, 2015

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky falls to 14-3, 3-1 SEC, while South Carolina improves to 16-0, 4-0 SEC.
  • Kentucky moves to 726-489 (63.1) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball and 191-159 (55.1) in the month of January.
  • Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, falls to 214-103 overall, 184-74 at UK.
    • Mitchell is now 74-38 in SEC play, 9-7 vs. South Carolina.
  • This was the 53rd meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75.
    • UK leads the all-time series 31-22, but now trails, 9-16 in Columbia.
    • Marks UK’s third straight loss in Columbia.
  • The Cats are now 2-2 vs. the ranked this season, including 2-1 vs. top-10 teams.
  • UK falls to 1-17 all-time vs. No. 1 teams.
  • South Carolina visits Lexington on March 1 in Memorial Coliseum for Senior Day.
  • Today’s attendance was 17,156.
  • Next up: UK faces Florida on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. The game will be shown live on the SEC Network.

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.
    • UK is 1-1 with this lineup and has used it the last two games.
  • Every UK player that played in the first half scored.
  • Senior Jen O'Neill led all UK scorers with nine points in the first half.
  • UK forced South Carolina into seven turnovers. Kentucky scored 12 points off of the Gamecocks’ turnovers. USC only managed to score seven points off of UK’s seven turnovers.  
  • Kentucky trailed by as many as six points at 7-1, before taking its largest lead of the half at seven points with 4:58 remaining in the first half.
  • UK went on a 12-5 run to take a 30-23 lead, its largest of the half. UK had four different players score during that stretch.
  • Kentucky shot 42.4 percent from the floor, going 14-of-33 in the opening half, including 2-of-6 (33.3) from 3-point range.
  • UK had 16 bench points to South Carolina’s nine.
  • The lead changed nine different times, with two ties in the opening 20 minutes.
  • The Wildcats went 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.
  • UK is now 6-1 when leading at the half. It marked the first time this year UK lost when leading at the half.

Second Half Notes

  • UK began the second half with Janee Thompson, Makayla Epps, Azia Bishop, Jen O'Neill and Alexis Jennings.
  • South Carolina opened the second half on a 9-2 run.
  • Kentucky’s Janee Thompson left the game with under five minutes with a dislocated left ankle injury.
  • Kentucky shot 3-of-19 in the second half for 15.8 percent, a season low for a half.
  • USC shot 19 free throws in the second half, making 13 of them.
  • South Carolina outscored Kentucky 33-22 in the second half.

Team/Game Notes

  • UK held South Carolina to 68 points, USC’s third-lowest scoring output of the season.
  • Coming into the game, USC was shooting an SEC-high .501 percent from the floor. UK held the Cocks to just 33.8 percent, their lowest of the season.
  • Kentucky forced 16 turnovers, scoring 19 points.
    • UK is now 13-2 this season when forcing double-digit turnovers.
    • It’s the first time in 10 games UK did not force 20 or more turnovers.
  • The Wildcats outscored South Carolina 20-15 in bench points.
  • Kentucky had 11 assists on its 22 made baskets.
  • UK had 10 steals in the game, marking the fifth straight game in double digits.
  • The Wildcats recorded eight blocks, the second highest of the season.
  • All eight Wildcats scored at least three points and grabbed at least one rebound.

Individual Notes

  • Senior guard Jen O'Neill scored 13 points off the bench.
    • Marks her fifth straight game in double figures and now has scored in double digits in 14 of 16 games this season.
    • Has made a 3-pointer in seven straight games.
  • Freshman forward Alexis Jennings scored 10 points, while grabbing four rebounds.
    • Marks her eighth game in double figures this season, including seven of the last eight.
    • Her two blocks ties her career high.
  • Junior point guard Janee Thompson scored nine points before exiting the game with a dislocated left ankle.