Kentucky-Wright State Postgame Notes

March 22, 2014

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • UK improved to 25-8 overall this season, marking the Wildcats’ fifth consecutive 25-win season.
  • Kentucky is just one of 10 schools in the country to chart 25-plus wins in five straight seasons.
  • Kentucky’s all-time record is 711-485 (.594) in 40 seasons of varsity basketball.
  • The Wildcats are 385-144 in Memorial Coliseum all-time, including 95-16 in the Matthew Mitchell era.
  • UK is 13-4 this season at home (one game in Rupp Arena).
  • Kentucky improved to 77-7 at home over the last five seasons.
  • The Wildcats are 15-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
  • The win advanced UK to the second round for a school-record fifth straight season.
  • Mitchell is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Wildcats and owns a record of 169-70 at UK. Overall, Mitchell is 199-99 in nine seasons.
    • He already ranks first on UK’s all-time wins list with 169 and winning percentage (.707).
    • Mitchell is now 11-4 in the NCAA Tournament.
  • This marked the first meeting between the two programs and UK is now 1-0.
  • Next up: The Wildcats will play the winner of No. 6 seed Syracuse and No. 11 seed Chattanooga on Monday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.

NCAA Tournament Records/Notes

  • UK tied an NCAA record for most rebounds (67) in an NCAA Tournament game. Duke vs. Alabama (4 ot), East 2nd, 3-18-95 also had 67 rebounds.
  • UK’s 44 made field goals tied for the fourth-most in an NCAA Tournament game.
  • Kentucky set program records for most points (106), rebounds (67), field goals made (44), blocked shots (12) and largest margin of victory (+46) in an NCAA Tournament game.
  • Samarie Walker’s 14 rebounds mark a new school record for rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game.
  • DeNesha Stallworth’s five blocked shots were a school record for an NCAA Tournament game.

Team/Game Notes

  • UK started with the lineup of Janee Thompson, Kastine Evans, Bria Goss, DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker.
    • Kentucky is 18-5 this season when using this starting lineup.
  • UK has hit a 3-pointer in 361 consecutive games.
  • The Wildcats have forced double-digit turnovers in 185 consecutive games.
  • Kentucky reached the century mark for the seventh time this season and improved to 45-0 all-time when scoring 100 or more points.
    • Under Mitchell, UK is 14-0 when reaching the 100-point mark.
  • UK led at the half, 51-25 and is 21-2 this season when leading at the half.
  • The 51 points are the most in a first half since UK scored 60 vs. Grambling State on Dec. 29, 2013.
  • UK has scored 50 or more points in the first half six times this season.
  • Kentucky recorded a season-high 12 blocked shots.
  • UK outrebounded the Raiders, 67-40, and have now outrebounded its opponent in 20 games, including 13 by double digits, this season.
  • The 67 rebounds are a new school record.
    • The plus-27 rebounding margin ties a season high.
    • The Wildcats are 19-1 when outrebounding the opponent.
  • For the game Kentucky shot 55.0 percent (44-of-80) from the field, marking the sixth time this season UK has shot 50 percent or better.
    • In the Mitchell era, UK is 26-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
    • The Wildcats shot a season-best 67.6 percent (23-of-34) from the field in the second half.
  • Kentucky held Wright State, who came into the game ranked fourth in the nation in points per game, to just 60 points, 24 below its season average.
  • Seven UK players finished in double-figures.
  • All 11 Wildcats that suited up scored in the game.
  • UK dominated Wright State in points in the paint (66-26), second chance points (25-11) and bench scoring (54-8).

Individual Notes

  • Junior Jennifer O’Neill scored a game-high 21 points, marking her 23rd game of the season in double-figures and second straight.
    • Team-leading sixth game this season with 20 or more points.
    • UK is 19-4 this season when O’Neill scores 10 or more points.
    • Shot 8-of-11 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range.
  • Senior Samarie Walker recorded her ninth double-double of the season and 20th of her career with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
    • Moves her into a tie for fifth place (Kim Denkins) all-time in school history with 20 career double-doubles.
    • Her 14 rebounds tied a season high and were one shy of a career best.
    • Has scored 10-plus points in 17 games this season.
  • Senior DeNesha Stallworth scored nine of her 11 points in the second half.
    • Has scored 10 or more points in 19 games this season, including 10 of her last 11 games.
    • Finished with a season-high five blocks.
  • Freshman Linnae Harper scored eight of her 12 points in the first half.
    • Marks her 13th game of the season in double-digits and third straight.
    • Pulled down a career-high tying seven rebounds.
  • Sophomore Janee Thompson registered her 15th double-figure scoring game of the season, finishing with 14 points.
  • Junior Bria Goss finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
    • Marks her 17th game of the season in double-figures.
    • Moved her up to No. 27 on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,029 career points.
  • Junior Azia Bishop came off the bench to record 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
    • Fifth game of the season in double digits and first since Jan. 9, 2013 at South Carolina.
  • Junior Jelleah Sidney provided a spark off the bench, finishing with six points, eight rebounds and a career-high tying three assists.
  • Freshman Makayla Epps recorded a career-best seven assists.
  • Senior Kastine Evans played in her 137th career game, moving her into sole possession of second place all-time in UK Hoops history for games played. She needs to play in three more games to tie A’dia Mathies for the most in school history.