Kentucky-Vanderbilt Postgame Notes

March 5, 2015

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 22-8 overall, while Vanderbilt finishes its season 15-16 overall and 5-11 in the league.
  • Kentucky moves to 734-494 (60.9) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball.
  • Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, improves to 222-108 overall, 192-79 at UK.
    • Mitchell is now 11-7 in SEC Tournament games in his tenure.
  • Kentucky is now 30-35 in the SEC Tournament.
  • UK now leads the all-time series with Vanderbilt 27-22, including 4-3 in the SEC Tournament.
    • Kentucky has now won nine straight over the Commodores.
  • Today’s attendance for all four games of the SEC Tournament was 3,744.
  • Next up: UK will face No. 3 seed and No. 11/13 Mississippi State Friday, March 6 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. The game will tip at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET and be shown live on the SEC Network with Paul Sunderland and Carolyn Peck.

First Half Notes

  • UK started with the lineup of Jelleah Sidney, Makayla Epps, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill and Azia Bishop.
    • This lineup is now 2-0.
  • Kentucky started off strong, building a 16-2 lead to start the game, behind 10 early points from Linnae Harper.
    • Vanderbilt closed the half on a 20-8 run to take a 25-24 lead into the locker room.
  • UK shot 11-of-32 from the floor for 34.4 percent. Vandy shot 11-of-28 for 39.3 percent.
  • The Wildcats outrebounded Vanderbilt 24-16 including a 10-6 edge on the offensive glass.
  • UK is now 7-4 this season when trailing at halftime.

Second Half Notes

  • UK opened the second half with Linnae Harper, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill, Makayla Epps and Azia Bishop.
  • Kentucky outscored Vandy 43-36 in the second half.
  • Jen O’Neill scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half.
  • UK went on a 10-2 run to take its largest second-half lead at 54-42 after a VU bench technical and four made free throws for Kentucky.
  • With UK clinging to a 64-61 lead with 1:14 to, O’Neill took a key charge (one of three in the game), while Epps followed that play with a free throw to seal the win.

Team/Game Notes

  • UK won the rebounding battle 41-31, including a 15-9 edge on the offensive glass. UK is now 12-3 when winning the rebounding battle.
  • Kentucky forced 15 turnovers and outscored the Commodores 22-19 in points off turnovers.
  • The Wildcats outscored VU 11-7 in second-chance points, including a 10-0 lead in the first half.
  • Kentucky had 31 bench points to Vanderbilt’s seven for a +24 margin.
  • UK only trailed for only 4:06 of the game.
  • Kentucky made 13 free throws for a season total of 524 on the year, and now ranks seventh on UK’s single-season list, passing the 1998-99 team for free throws made (514).

Individual Notes

  • Senior Jennifer O’Neill netted a team-high 19 points for her 70th-career double-figure scoring game.
    • Scored 16 points in the decisive second half.
    • Marked her 25th double-figure game of the season, and sixth in a row.
    • Had made nine straight free throws in a seven-point game and under 3:00 to play.
    • Took a team-high three charges and now has a team-high 22 this season.
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper came off the bench for 18 points, 10 in the first half, to go along with a team-high seven rebounds.
    • Had a career-high 22 in the regular-season meeting vs. the Commodores.
    • Went 9-of-15 from the floor, with two assists and a steal.
    • Has scored in double-figures in all three games against Vanderbilt in her career.
    • Scored 10 points in UK’s 16-2 run to start the game and was in double figures just nine minutes into the first half.
  • Senior Bria Goss made both of her free-throw attempts in the game and now has made 22-straight free throws which ties as the sixth-longest free-throw streak in school history.
  • Senior Azia Bishop charted two blocks which gives her 52 this season, tying her for fifth (DeNesha Stallworth, 2012-13) on UK’s single-season list.
    • Her six offensive rebounds tied a season high. She also had six vs. Morehead State (11/19/14).