Kentucky-Mississippi State Postgame Notes

March 7, 2015

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky wins its fourth straight game to improve to 23-8 overall, while Mississippi State falls to 26-6.
  • Kentucky moves to 735-494 (61.4) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball.
  • Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, improves to 223-108 overall, 193-79 at UK.
    • Mitchell is now 12-7 in SEC Tournament games in his tenure.
  • UK is advancing to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 13th time in school history, including seventh time in eight seasons of the Matthew Mitchell era and sixth in a row.
  • UK improves to 13-12 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.
  • Kentucky is now 31-35 in the SEC Tournament.
  • UK now leads the all-time series with Mississippi State 26-17, including 5-2 in the SEC Tournament.
    • Kentucky has now won nine straight over the Bulldogs.
  • Tonight’s attendance for the night session was 4,189.
  • Next up: UK will face No. 2 seed and fifth-ranked Tennessee Saturday, March 7 in the SEC Tournament semifinals. The game will tip at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET and be shown live on ESPNU with Paul Sunderland, Carolyn Peck and Cara Capuano.

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 trailed by as many as 10 points at 30-20 before cutting the MSU lead to four at 41-37 to close the half.
  • Makayla Epps led UK with 16 points and two rebounds.
  • Jennifer O’Neill also was in double figures with 12 points, including two 3-pointers.
  • Kentucky shot 13-of-28 from the floor for 46 percent.

Second Half Notes

  • UK opened the second half with Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill, Makayla Epps and Azia Bishop.
  • Kentucky outscored Mississippi State 39-26 in the second half.
  • Makayla Epps scored 15 of her 31 points in the second half.
  • UK went on a 30-6 run after trailing by 15 points with 15:08 to play in the second half.
    • Kentucky held Mississippi State without a field goal for 10:13 minutes.
  • UK took its first lead on a 3-pointer by Kyvin Goodin-Rogers with 7:27 to go to give the Wildcats a 61-58 lead.
  • Kentucky hit 8-of-10 from the free-throw line down the stretch, led by Bria Goss who went 6-of-6 within the final five minutes of the game, including two one-and-one opportunities.

Team/Game Notes

  • UK improves to 6-5 vs. ranked teams this season. The Wildcats have knocked off four top-15 teams.
  • Kentucky trailed 15 points in the second half with 15:18 to go.
    • Ties the 10th-largest comeback in school history and the second-longest in the Matthew Mitchell era.
    • Marks UK’s sixth and largest second-half comeback of the season.
    • Kentucky also trailed by double digits in the second half in wins over No. 8/9 Baylor and No. 7/7 Louisville.
  • UK won the rebounding battle 38-33 for the second-straight game, including a 31-23 edge on the defensive glass.
  • The Wildcats outscored MSU 35-20 in paint points, winning the battle in the paint for the second straight game.
  • Kentucky made 21 free throws and moves up to fifth on UK’s single-season list with 545 this season.
  • UK shot 49.0 percent from the field (25-of-51), the second-highest mark of the season.

Individual Notes

  • Sophomore point guard Makayla Epps led UK in scoring with a game-high 31 points, scoring in double figures for the second time in the last three games, and 24th of the season.
    • With a career-high 42 points in the first meeting with MSU, Epps has combined for 73 points in the last two meetings against the Bulldogs.
    • Marks her sixth game this season with 20 or more points, her second with 30 or more.
    • Hit 12-of-21 from the floor, including a key 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a two-possession lead for the rest of the game.
    • Second-most points in an SEC Tournament game behind Valerie Still’s 34 points vs. LSU on Feb. 27, 1982.
  • Senior guard Jennifer O’Neill scored 18 points her seventh straight game with double figures and 26th in 30 games.
    • Also added four rebounds and two assists.
  • Senior guard Bria Goss scored eight points in the game, all eight coming from the free throw line.
    • Has made a school-record 30 consecutive free throws over the last eight games.