Kentucky-Oklahoma Postgame Notes

Nov. 28, 2014

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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 176 and winning percentage (.716).
  • This was the second meeting between Kentucky and Oklahoma. The series is now tied 1-1.
  • UK is now 7-8 all-time vs. teams from the current alignment of the Big 12, including 2-0 this season. UK defeated No. 8/9 Baylor earlier this season (74-64).
  • UK improves to 26-24 all-time in extra minutes, including a 7-2 mark under Matthew Mitchell.
  • Kentucky improves to 718-487 (59.9) all-time.
  • Next up: UK will play South Florida on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET in the final day of the Paradise Jam.

First Half Notes

  • UK started with the lineup of Jennifer O'Neill, Janae Thompson, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Bria Goss and Azia Bishop.
    • Kentucky is 5-1 with this lineup.
  • Oklahoma opened the game at 9-0 before Kentucky got on the board.
  • UK trailed by as many as nine points (11-2) before a 13-2 UK run put the Wildcats ahead 15-13.
  • UK trailed 38-35 at the half and is now 2-1 this season when trailing at the break.
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper led UK with 12 points and three rebounds.
  • Sophomore Makayla Epps led with five rebounds and three assists.

Second Half Notes

  • UK began the second half with Makayla Epps in place of Kyvin Goodin-Rogers joining Jen O'Neill, Bria Goss, Janee Thompson and Azia Bishop.
  • Kentucky went on a 15-2 run to take a nine-point lead at 68-59 with 7:14 to play in the half.
  • Oklahoma then responded with an 18-2 run to re-take the lead at 78-70.
    • Kentucky went 1 of 11 from the field during that stretch.
  • Epps made one free throw on a technical foul by Oklahoma to tie the game 79-79.
    • Oklahoma then missed two free throws on an intentional foul on Harper with 1.1 seconds left.
  • Kentucky used an 8-1 run to claw back from an eight-point deficit with 1:20 remaining to send the game to overtime.
  • UK outscored the Sooners 13-9 in extra minutes with seven points from Epps.

Team/Game Notes

  • Four Wildcats scored in double figures.
  • Sophomore Makayla Epps and Linnae Harper combined for 52 of UK’s 92 points.
    • Marks the first time UK has had two players score 20 or more in a single game since Jennifer O'Neill (43) and Janee Thompson (20) in the four-overtime win over Baylor on Dec. 6, 2013.
    • Marked the second time this season (vs. Morehead State) that UK had two players record a double-double in a game (Harper and Azia Bishop).
  • Kentucky forced 29 turnovers which resulted in 24 points.
    • UK has forced 20-plus turnovers in all six games this season.
  • Kentucky is now 72-41 (.630) in games decided by 10 points or less under Matthew Mitchell, including 2-1 this season.
  • UK made (26) and attempted (53) a season-high in free throws.

Individual Notes

  • Sophomore Makayla Epps came off the bench to record her first career double-double with career highs in points (29) and rebounds (10) ... Her previous career-high in points was 20 set last night vs. Illinois ... Previous rebounding career high was 8 vs. Baylor on Nov. 17.
    • First UK player to score 25 or more in a game since Jennifer O'Neill had 27 vs. Ole Miss on Feb. 13, 2014.
    • Hit 9-of-14 from the floor in a career-high 41 minutes.
    • Scored 11 points at the foul line, going 11-of-14, tying career highs set last year vs. Texas A&M.
    • Dished out a season-high tying four assists ... Also had four vs. Morehead State, 11/19).
    • Charted back-to-back 20-point games after scoring 20 vs. Illinois.
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper came off the bench for a career-high 23 points, besting her previous high of 18 points at DePaul on Dec. 12, 2013.
    • Hit a career-high 10 field goals and attempted a  career-high 21 shots
    • Grabbed a new career-high 12 rebounds.
  • Senior Jen O'Neill posted 12 points and passed Tedra Eberhart (1991-94) at No. 25 on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,079 career points.
    • Marked her 52nd-career double-digit game, and sixth straight.
    • Tied her season high with four steals.
  • Freshman Alyssa Rice collected a career-high eight rebounds, smashing her previous high of three.