Kentucky-Missouri Postgame Notes

Jan. 25, 2015

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 16-4, 5-2 SEC, while Missouri falls to 11-9, 1-6 SEC.
  • Kentucky moves to 728-490 (66.1) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball and 193-160 (54.7) in the month of January.
  • Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, moves to 216-104 overall, 186-75 at UK.
    • Mitchell is now 76-39 in SEC play and 3-0 vs. Missouri.
  • This was the fifth meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75.
    • UK leads the all-time series 4-1 and has won all three meetings since Mizzou joined the SEC in 2012-13.
    • Kentucky has won the last three overall in the series, and is 2-0 at Mizzou Arena.
  • Today’s attendance was 2,471.
  • Next up: UK will face No. 5/5 Tennessee 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 Linnae Harper, Makayla Epps, Bria Goss, Alysa Rice and Jelléah Sidney for the first time this season.
    • Marks the eighth different starting lineup of the season.
    • Jelléah Sidney started her first game of the season and third of her career.
  • Senior Bria Goss led all UK scorers with 11 points in the first half, shooting 4-of-8 from the floor.
  • Kentucky shot 7-of-9 from the free throw line for 77.8 percent.
  • Sophomores Linnae Harper and Makayla Epps both had a team-high six rebounds.
  • The Wildcats shot 40.0 percent from the floor (16-of-40).
  • The battle of the boards was even at 21-21.
  • Missouri made nine 3s, hitting 9-of-18 from beyond the arc.
    • Marks the most 3s an opponent has scored against UK this season ... The previous high was six (four times).
  • UK forced Missouri into 15 turnovers and scored 13 points off those turnovers.
    • UK had seven steals, the most of any SEC half this season.
  • Missouri closed the half on a 6-2 run after Kentucky had a 41-34 lead.
  • Kentucky led for the final 14:35 of the half.
  • UK is now 8-1 when leading at halftime this season, including 3-1 in SEC play.

Second Half Notes

  • UK began the second half with its original starting five of Makayla Epps, Jelléah Sidney, Bria Goss, Alyssa Rice and Alexis Jennings.
  • Trailing by two, 50-48, with 13:32 to go, Kentucky used an 11-0 run to reclaim its lead and the Cats would never trail again.
  • Kentucky outscored Missouri 40-29 in the second half.
  • Kentucky shot 14-of-31 in the second half for 45.2 percent, while holding Missouri to 20.7 percent (6-of-29).
  • Jen O’Neill scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half.
  • Kentucky shot 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) from the free-throw line in the second half.

Team/Game Notes

  • UK trailed in the second half at 50-48, marking the sixth time this season that Kentucky has come back from a second half deficit to win a game.
  • The score was tied four times and there were seven lead changes in the game.
  • Kentucky forced 22 turnovers, scoring 23 points off those turnovers.
    • UK is now 15-3 this season when forcing double-digit turnovers.
    • UK has forced 20 or more turnovers in 17 of the last 20 games.
  • UK had 12 steals in the game, its ninth straight game with double-digit steals.
    • Six different players recorded a steal in the game
  • Kentucky only turned the ball over 11 times in the game.
  • UK had 20 points in the paint, while limiting Mizzou to just six. The +12 margin of points in the paint is the largest SEC margin this season for UK in plus territory.
  • There were five UK players that scored in double-figures for the second game in a row.
  • UK improves to 318-21 since 1974 when scoring 80 points or more, including 72-3 under Matthew Mitchell.

Individual Notes

  • Senior Jen O’Neill came off the bench to lead UK with 19 points, her second straight game with 19 points.
    • Marked her 16th game in double figures this season, 62nd of her career.
    • Has been in double-figures in 16 of the last 19 games this season, and seven of the last eight.
    • Tied Keyla Snowden (2010-12) at No. 3 on UK’s all-time 3-pointers made list with 176.
    • Needs one more to move up to No. 2 with A’dia Mathies.
  • Sophomore Makayla Epps had 18 points and a career-high tying 10 points for her second career double-double.
    • Attempted a career-high 18 field goals.
    • Also had 10 rebounds vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 27.
    • Grabbed a season-high tying seven defensive rebounds.
  • Senior Bria Goss had a season-high tying 16 points, the most points since returning from her thumb injury on Jan. 15.
    • Went 3-of-3 from the free-throw line and has now made 14 in a row.
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper charted her fifth season and career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
    • Second straight double-double.
    • First player to record back-to-back double-doubles since DeNesha Stallworth last season vs. Texas A&M (Feb. 23, 2014) and Mississippi State (Feb. 27, 2014).
  • Freshman Alexis Jennings came off the bench for 10 points and six rebounds.
    • 10th double-digit scoring game, including second straight.
    • Hit two 3-pointers and now has seven on the season.