Kentucky-Tennessee Postgame Notes

Jan. 29, 2015

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky falls to 16-5 overall, 5-3 in the SEC, while Tennessee improves to 18-3, 8-0 SEC.
  • Kentucky moves to 728-491 (65.5) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball and 193-161 (54.8) in the month of January.
  • Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, moves to 216-105 overall, 186-76 at UK.
    • Mitchell is now 76-40 in SEC play and 4-10 vs. Tennessee.
  • This was the 61st meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75.
    • UT leads the all-time series 51-10.
    • Tonight’s game snapped a two-game winning streak at Memorial Coliseum against Tennessee.
    • The last two games in the series have been decided by just one point.
      • The last three games have been decided by a combined six points.
  • Kentucky falls to 395-145 all-time in Memorial Coliseum, including 105-17 under Matthew Mitchell.
    • The loss snapped UK’s 13-game home winning streak which ties as the sixth-longest home winning streak in program history.
  • Moved UK to 2-3 vs. top-10 opponents this season, 1-1 at home.
  • Tonight’s attendance was 7,407.
    • Marked the second-highest attendance of the season and highest in Memorial Coliseum.
  • Next up: UK will face No. 21/20 Georgia Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. The game will be on the SEC Network with Paul Sunderland and Nell Fortner.

First Half Notes

  • UK started with the lineup of Linnae Harper, Makayla Epps, Bria Goss, Azia Bishop and Jelléah Sidney for the first time this season.
    • Marks the ninth different starting lineup of the season.
  • Jen O’Neill, AlexisJennings and Jelléah Sidney all had seven points to lead UK in scoring.
    • O’Neill also added four steals.
  • Alexis Jennings and Jelléah Sidney both had a team-high five rebounds.
    • Sidney’s five rebounds were a season high.
  • The Wildcats shot 37.1 percent from the floor (13-of-35).
  • Kentucky won the battle of the boards, 21-19.
    • Every UK player had a rebound, with five different UK players recording an offensive board.
  • UK forced Tennessee into 13 turnovers and scored five points off those turnovers.
  • Kentucky closed the half on a 10-1 run to take a six-point lead into the locker room.
  • UK is now 8-2 when leading at halftime this season, including 3-2 in SEC play.

Second Half Notes

  • UK began the second half with its original starting five of Makayla Epps, Jelléah Sidney, Bria Goss, Azia Bishop and Alexis Jennings.
  • Tennessee outscored Kentucky 48-41 in the second half.
  • Kentucky hit 14-of-35 40.0 percent, while Tennessee was 18-of-30 for 60 percent.
  • UK went 9-of-13 from the free-throw line in the second half for 69.2 percent.
  • Makayla Epps scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half.
    • She also scored the last 10 points of the game for UK.
  • UK had the ball out of bounds underneath its basket with 4.3 seconds and 0.4 seconds remaining, but couldn’t score the winning basket.

Team/Game Notes.

  • The score was tied seven times and there were 12 lead changes in the game.
  • UK won the rebounding battle against the much taller Lady Vols, 39-38.
  • Kentucky forced Tennessee into a season-high 22 turnovers, scoring 14 points off those turnovers.
    • UK is now 15-4 this season when forcing double-digit turnovers.
    • UK has forced 20 or more turnovers in 18 of its last 21 games.
  • UK had 10 steals in the game, its 10th-straight game with double-digit steals.
    • Seven different players recorded a steal in the game
  • Kentucky is now 3-2 this season in games decided by one point or less and 7-4 in games decided by single digits.
    • Under Mitchell, UK is now 75-45 in games decided by 10 points or less in his tenure.

Individual Notes

  • Sophomore Makayla Epps led UK in scoring with 23 points on 8-of-19 shooting.
    • Marked her fourth 20-point game this season, and fourth of her career.
    • Marked 22nd career double-digit scoring game and eighth in the last nine games.
    • Went a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point line, a career high.
    • Charted a team- and career-high four steals.
  • Senior Jennifer O’Neill came off the bench to score 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
    • Now scored double-figures in the last three games and 17 of 20 games played.
    • Went 2-of-6 from 3, tying A’dia Mathies (2010-13) for No. 2 all-time with 178.
    • Drew her team-high 16th charge of the season in the first half.
    • Had a team-high five assists in the game.
  • Freshman Alexis Jennings came off the bench for 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go along with seven rebounds.
    • Marked her third-straight game in double figures and 11th of the season.
  • Senior Jelléah Sidney recorded a season-high seven points, just two off her career high.
    • Led UK in rebounding with a career-high tying nine boards (vs. ETSU 12/15/13).
    • Started her second-straight game.
  • Senior Bria Goss scored seven points in the game, while collecting six rebounds.
    • Moved her into a tie for No. 20 on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,176 career points (Patty Jo Hedges, 1980-83).