Kentucky-Tennessee State Postgame Notes

March 20, 2015

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 24-9 overall, while Tennessee State finishes its season 18-13 and champions of the Ohio Valley Conference.
  • Kentucky moves to 736-495 (61.9) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball.
  • Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, improves to 224-109 overall, 194-80 at UK.
  • UK is now 9-3 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and has won seven in a row.
  • Kentucky is now 17-11 in the NCAA Tournament, 13-5 under Matthew Mitchell.
  • The Wildcats are now 14-2 at home this season, and have won 54 straight non-conference games in Memorial Coliseum.
  • UK leads the all-time series with Tennessee State 5-0, including a 3-0 mark under Mitchell.
    • Kentucky beat TSU 87-75 in its final non-conference game of the year on Dec. 28, 2014.
    • UK is now 90-17 vs. the OVC all time, and has won 38 straight against the conference.
  • Tonight’s attendance for the total session was 3,233.
  • Next up: UK will face the seventh-seeded Dayton Flyers in the Lexington Sub-Regional Final on Sunday. The game will be at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
    • UK is 13-3 all-time vs. Dayton, 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament. UK met the Flyers in the 2013 NCAA Tournament in Queens, N.Y.

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 4-1.
  • Kentucky’s defense only allowed the Tigers to make three 2-point shots, the fewest of any UK opponent in a half this season.
    • The previous low was six vs. Northern Kentucky on Dec. 3, 2014.
  • Freshman Alexis Jennings led Kentucky with 12 points in the first half, one of two Wildcats to score in double figures. Senior Jen O’Neill also was in double-figures with 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from 3.
  • Kentucky forced Tennessee State into 17 turnovers, scoring 13 points off those miscues.
  • The Wildcats went on two separate 10-0 runs, along with a 26-4 run midway through the first half.
  • UK held the Tigers scoreless for 7:18.
  • Kentucky hit 53.6 percent from the field (15-of-28), the second-highest shooting mark in the opening half this season.
  • UK, who leads the nation in free throw attempts per game, shot 19 free throws in the first half, going 15-of-19 from the stripe (78.9).
  • Kentucky led 50-25 at the break and is now 16-4 when leading at the break.
  • The 50 points were the second-most in the first half this season. The highest was 58 vs. Appalachian State in the season opener.

Second Half Notes

Team/Game Notes

  • The margin of victory for Kentucky (45) is its second-highest in program history in an NCAA Tournament only behind last year’s 46-point win over Wright State in the first half.
  • Kentucky is now 322-21 when scoring 80 or more points under Matthew Mitchell, and 9-0 this season. In the last three seasons, UK is 70-2 (.972) when scoring 80+ points.
  • UK had six scorers in double figures for the first time this season and first time since Dec. 29, 2013 vs. Grambling.
  • Kentucky 31 made free throws are the second-highest of the second, while the attempts are the third-highest.
  • Kentucky outscored Tennessee State 43-14 in the paint.
  • UK outrebounded TSU, 50-34. The rebounds were the third-highest mark this season.
  • The Wildcats had 23 points off of turnovers, outscoring Tennessee State by seven in that category.
  • UK swiped a season-high 18 steals, and forced TSU into 26 turnovers. UK is now 12-2 when forcing 25 or more turnovers this season.

Individual Notes

  • Sophomore guard Linnae Harper came off the bench for her seventh season and career double-double with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds.
    • Marked her 20th game in double figures this season, including second straight.
  • Freshman forward Alexis Jennings came off the bench for 15 points, her 14th game with double figures.
  • Senior guard Jennifer O’Neill recorded her 28th double-figure scoring game of the season, including ninth straight with 13 points in just 21 minutes of action.
    • Went 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.
    • Tied for seventh on UK’s all-time games played list with 132.
  • Senior guard Bria Goss added 13 points, her second straight game in double figures.
    • Marked her 13th double-figure scoring game this season, and 71st of her career.
    • Ties for fifth on the all-time games played list at UK with 133 in her career.
  • Sophomore guard Makayla Epps scored 13 points, her 26th game in double figures this season, including third straight.
  • Freshman guard Jaycee Coe came off the bench and netted a career-high 10 points, scoring eight of them in the second half. Her previous high was seven vs. Florida (1/15/15).
    • Hit a career-high two 3-pointers on two attempts.
  • Freshman forward Alyssa Rice tied her career high with nine points off the bench. She also had nine vs. Vanderbilt (2/8/15).
  • Senior forward Jelleah Sidney charted a career-high five assists and five steals in 17 minutes of play.