Kentucky-LSU Postgame Notes

Jan. 18, 2015

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky falls to 15-4, 4-2 SEC, while LSU improves to 10-8, 4-2 SEC.
  • Kentucky moves to 727-490 (65.1) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball and 192-160 (56.8) in the month of January.
  • Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, falls to 215-104 overall, 185-75 at UK.
    • Mitchell is now 75-39 in SEC play and 5-8 vs. LSU.
  • This was the 44th meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75.
    • LSU leads the all-time series 32-11, including 14-3 in games played on the Bayou.
    • Kentucky has not won in Baton Rouge since 2010, dropping three straight games.
  • Today’s attendance was 2,555.
  • Next up: UK has an open date on Thursday, and will travel to Missouri on Sunday, Jan. 25. The game will tip off at 4 p.m. ET and be televised by the SEC Network.

First Half Notes

  • UK started with the lineup of Linnae Harper, Makayla Epps, Bria Goss, Alysa Rice and Azia Bishop for the first time this season.
    • Marks the seventh different starting lineup of the season.
    • Rice started in her first game since Dec. 21 at Duke.
  • Senior Jen O'Neill led all UK scorers with 12 points at the break.
  • Kentucky shot 12-of-13 from the free throw line for 92.3 percent.
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper had a team-high seven rebounds.
  • The Wildcats shot 35.5 percent from the floor, making 11-of-31 baskets.
  • Kentucky won the battle of the boards, 23-19.
  • UK forced LSU into eight turnovers, but turned it over 15 times.
  • LSU closed the half on a 9-4 run after Kentucky had a 34-30 lead with 3:46 to go before halftime.
  • The lead changed five different times, with 10 ties in the opening 20 minutes.
  • UK is now 6-3 when trailing at halftime this season, including 2-1 in SEC play.

Second Half Notes

  • UK began the second half with Makayla Epps, Azia Bishop, Bria Goss, Jen O'Neill and Alexis Jennings.
  • Kentucky was down 10 points with 11:10 to go in the game, and rallied to tie the game at 62-62 with 7:47 to go in the game.
    • It was a 14-4 run to close the gap.
  • Kentucky shot 12-of-39 in the second half for 37.5 percent.
  • Alexis Jennings scored nine of her 11 points in the second half.
  • Kentucky shot 15-of-19 from the free throw line in the second half.
  • UK forced nine second-half Lady Tiger turnovers.

Team/Game Notes

  • Kentucky is now 7-3 this season in games decided by 10 points or less, and 75-44 under Matthew Mitchell all-time.
  • UK trailed by as many as 10 points on two different occasions with under 10 minutes remaining in the second half.
  • Kentucky went 27-of-32 from the free throw line for 84.4 percent.
    • Second-highest free-throw percentage this season (85.5 vs. South Carolina 1/11/15).
  • Marked UK’s first loss to an unranked team on the road since falling 86-80 to Florida on Feb. 9, 2014. UK fell earlier this season to unranked Illinois on a neutral court.
  • The score was tied 11 times and there were five lead changes in the game.
  • Kentucky forced 17 turnovers, scoring 25 points off those turnovers.
    • UK is now 14-3 this season when forcing double-digit turnovers.
    • UK has forced 20 or more turnovers in 16 of the last 19 games.
  • The Wildcats committed 26 turnovers, the most since turning it over 28 times on Dec. 14 vs. Middle Tennessee State.
  • Kentucky won the rebounding battle, 54-37, the third-highest rebounding margin of the season.
  • UK had 13 steals in the game, its seventh straight game in double digits.

Individual Notes

  • Senior Jen O'Neill came off the bench to lead UK with 19 points.
    • Marked her 15th game in double figures this season, 61st of her career.
    • Made three 3s to move up to No. 4 on UK’s all-time list with Stacey Reed (175 from 1991-95).
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper charted her fourth career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
    • Her previous high in rebounds was 14 vs. Ole Miss on Jan. 4, 2015.
    • Most rebounds since DeNesha Stallworth had 20 vs. Mississippi State on Feb. 27, 2014.
    • Has grabbed five or more rebounds in 12 games this season.
  • Freshman Alexis Jennings charted her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, including seven offensive boards.
    • Her previous high in rebounds was eight vs. Tennessee State on Dec. 28, 2014.
  • Senior Bria Goss, in her second game back after missing six straight due to a broken left thumb, scored 12 points and swiped a season-high four steals.
    • Hit 7-of-7 from the charity stripe and now leads the team in FT shooting percentage at 75.6 percent (34-of-45).
  • Sophomore Makayla Epps added 10 points, her second straight game in double figures and 15th of the season.
    • Dished out a team-high five assists.