Kentucky-Georgia Postgame Notes

Feb. 1, 2015

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 17-5 overall, 6-3 in the SEC, while Georgia falls to 17-5, 5-4 SEC.
  • Kentucky moves to 729-491 (65.5) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball and 166-143 (55.9) in the month of February.
  • Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, improves to 217-105 overall, 188-76 at UK.
    • Mitchell is now 77-40 in SEC play and 6-7 vs. Georgia.
  • This was the 51st meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75.
    • UGA still lead the all-time series 36-15 and 13-9 in Lexington.
    • The win snapped a two-game losing streak to the Lady Bulldogs in Memorial Coliseum.
    • Marks UK’s first win over Georgia since the 2013 SEC Tournament, when UK won 60-38 in Nashville.
    • Five of the last seven games with UGA have been decided by five points or less with UK holding a 2-3 record.
  • Kentucky improves to 396-145 all-time in Memorial Coliseum, including 106-17 under Matthew Mitchell.
  • UK is now 3-3 vs. ranked opponents this season, 2-1 at home.
  • Today’s attendance was 6,991.
  • Next up: UK will enjoy its second and final midweek open date before facing Vanderbilt on Sunday, Feb. 7 in Nashville. The game will start at 1 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

First Half Notes

  • UK started with the lineup of Linnae Harper, Makayla Epps, Bria Goss, Alyssa Rice and Jelleah Sidney for the second time this season.
    • This lineup is now 2-0 after starting in the win over Missouri (83-69).
  • Bria Goss led UK in scoring with 10 points in the first half.
    • Was 4-of-4 from the floor and 2-of-2 from 3-point land.
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper led UK with six rebounds.
    • Seven UK players grabbed two or more rebounds.
  • The Wildcats shot 38.7 percent from the floor (12-of-31).
  • The battle of the boards was tied at 21.
  • Kentucky went on a 13-0 run to take a 30-13 lead with 4:15 to go in the half.
    • Second-largest run in SEC play this season (18 vs. Alabama 1/2/15).
    • Held Georgia scoreless for 7:18 of the game.
  • UGA closed the half on an 11-6 run.
  • UK is now 9-2 when leading at halftime this season, including 4-2 in SEC play.

Second Half Notes

  • UK began the second half with four of its original starting five with Makayla Epps, Bria Goss, Alyssa Rice, Linnae Harper Jelleah Sidney.
  • UK outscored Georgia 42-41 in the second half.
  • Kentucky hit 13-of-33 39.4 percent, while Georgia was 15-of-27 for 55.6 percent.
  • UK went 14-of-16 from the free-throw line in the second half for 87.5 percent.
  • Jen O’Neill scored 13 of her team-high 21 points in the second half.
    • She also scored eight the last 10 points of the game for UK and the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:37 to play.

Team/Game Notes.

  • The score was tied four times and there were six lead changes in the game.
    • Kentucky led for the first 31:10 of the game and by as many as 17 points in the first half, before UGA took its first lead with 8:50 to play.
    • UK finished the game on a 10-0 run after Georgia had a 72-70 lead with 1:23 remaining.
  • UK improves to 319-21 (.938) overall and 73-3 (.960) under Matthew Mitchell when scoring 80 or more points. UK is 7-0 this season with netting 80 or more.
  • UK won the rebounding battle for the second straight game, 43-36. UK is now 8-3 overall and 2-2 in SEC when outrebounding the opponent.
  • Kentucky forced Georgia into a season-high tying 25 turnovers, scoring 18 points off those turnovers.
    • UK is now 16-4 this season when forcing double-digit turnovers.
    • UK has forced 20 or more turnovers in 19 of its last 22 games, including three of the last four.
  • UK had eight steals in the game which snaps a streak of 10-straight games with double-figure steals.
  • Kentucky is now 5-2 this season in games decided by 10 points or less and 8-4 in games decided by single digits.
    • Under Mitchell, UK is 76-45 in games decided by 10 points or less.
  • Kentucky is now 6-0 in “bounce-back” games (games after a loss), as UK has not lost back-to-back contests since the beginning of SEC play last season.

Individual Notes

  • Senior Jen O’Neill came off the bench to lead Kentucky with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the 3-point line and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.
    • Marks her 18th game in double-figures this season and fourth with 20-plus points.
    • Has scored at least 19 points in three of her last four games.
    • Made a team-high three 3-pointers and now has 181 in her career, second on UK’s career list.
    • Scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half, and eight of the last 10 points of the game, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:37 to play.
  • Sophomore Makayla Epps scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting in the game.
    • Had to sit out most of the first half after picking up two early fouls but went on to score 15 of her 16 points in the second half.
    • Now has double digits in 18 games this season, including fifth straight..
    • Went 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
    • Had six rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper scored 11 points on 5-of-18 shooting from the floor.
    • Now has scored in double-figures in six of the last eight games.
    • Grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, her 14th game of the season with five or more rebounds.
  • Senior Bria Goss scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.
    • Has now scored in double figures in three of her last four games.
  • Freshman Alexis Jennings added 10 points off the bench, her fourth straight game in double digits.
    • Hit 4-of-4 from the free-throw line and has now hit 10 in a row.