Kentucky-Illinois Postgame Notes
Nov. 27, 2014
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky is in its 41st season of varsity women’s basketball.
- Matthew Mitchell is in his eighth season as the head coach of the Wildcats. He already ranks first on UK’s all-time wins list with 174 and winning percentage (.716).
- This was the sixth meeting between Kentucky and Illinois. Illinois leads the series 4-2, and has won four straight.
- Kentucky falls to 716-487 (59.6) all-time.
- Next up: UK will play Oklahoma on Friday at 6 p.m. ET in the second day of the Paradise Jam.
First Half Notes
- UK started with the lineup of Jennifer O'Neill, Janee Thompson, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Bria Goss and Azia Bishop.
- Kentucky is 4-1 with this lineup.
- Kentucky trailed by as many as 12 points (17-5), before going on a 15-1 run to take its first lead at 20-18.
- Illinois closed the half on an 11-2 run to take a 34-33 lead into the locker room.
- Azia Bishop led UK with 10 points and five rebounds.
- Kyvin Goodin-Rogers also grabbed five boards.
Second Half Notes
- UK began the second half with the same starting five who started the game.
- Makayla Epps scored 15 points in the second half.
- UK’s last loss to an unranked team at a neutral site was vs. LSU 72-61 on March 3, 2012 in the SEC Tournament.
- Kentucky’s 367-game streak with a 3-pointer came to an end tonight. The last time was Nov. 29, 2003 against San Francisco.
- Kentucky forced 25 turnovers in the game and scored 23 points off turnovers.
- UK has forced 20-plus turnovers in all five games this season.
- Marked UK’s first regular-season loss away from home since falling at top-ranked Baylor on Nov. 13, 2012.
- Illinois hit 53.2 percent from the field for the game, the first opponent since South Carolina (52.6 percent) on Feb. 20, 2014 to shoot over 50 percent against the Cats.
- Sophomore Makayla Epps came off the bench to record a career-high 20 points. Her previous high was 16 points vs. Appalachian State on Nov. 14, 2014.
- Hit a career-high seven field goals and her 11 attempts tied a career high.
- Senior Jennifer O'Neill posted 17 points in the game, passing Kim Denkins (1994-98) on the all-time scoring list for No. 26.
- Now has 1,067 career points.
- Marked her 51st-career double-digit game, and fifth this season.