Kentucky-Tennessee Postgame Notes
Feb. 15, 2015
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky is now 19-6 overall, 8-4 in the SEC, while Tennessee is 22-3, 12-0 SEC.
- Kentucky moves to 731-492 (59.8) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball and 168-144 (53.8) in the month of February.
- Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, is to 219-106 overall, 190-77 at UK.
- Mitchell is now 79-41 in SEC play.
- This was the 62nd meeting between the programs since UK began women’s basketball as a varsity sport in 1974-75.
- Tennessee leads the series 52-10, including 22-3 in Knoxville.
- Tennessee has won the last three against the Wildcats.
- Today’s attendance was 16,013.
- Next up: Kentucky will play host to No. 15/16 Texas A&M on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the SEC Network. Thursday is UK’s Play4Kay game.
First Half Notes
- UK started with the lineup of Linnae Harper, Makayla Epps, Bria Goss, Alyssa Rice and Jelléah Sidney for the fifth time this season. This lineup is now 4-1.
- It was a game of streaks early on. Tennessee jumped out to a 10-2 lead, Kentucky had a 7-0 run and Tennessee replied with an 8-0 spurt.
- UK nabbed its first lead, 22-21, with 7:05 on the clock when Epps hit a straightaway 3-pointer.
- The Wildcats’ largest lead of the period was three at 28-25 and the teams went to halftime tied at 31.
Second Half Notes
- Kentucky began the second half with its original starting five.
- Trailing 38-37, Tennessee took the lead with 14:49 remaining when Ariel Massengale hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring. That began a 14-2 Tennessee run to give the Lady Volunteers a 51-40 lead they did not relinquish.
- Kentucky cut the lead to as few as four points at 58-54 but could get no closer.
- Kentucky had only 11 turnovers, tying a season low achieved on two previous occasions.
- Kentucky had balanced scoring with four players landing in double figures.
- Sophomore Makayla Epps led the Wildcats with 13 points.
- It is her second straight game to lead the Cats in scoring and sixth time this season.
- It was her eighth consecutive game in double figures and 21st of the season.
- She also had three steals, one shy of her career high.
- Senior Jennifer O’Neill tallied 12 points.
- It is her 20th double-figure game of the season and 67th of her career.
- She extended a streak of 15 straight games with at least one 3-pointer.
- Senior Bria Goss scored 10 points, her ninth double-figure game of the season and 68th of her career.
- Sophomore Linnae Harper scored 10 points and has reached double figures in a team-best 23 of 25 games this season. She also paced the Wildcats in rebounding with six boards.