Kentucky-Middle Tennessee State Postgame Notes
Dec. 13, 2014
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky improves to 9-1, while Middle Tennessee falls to 4-3.
- Kentucky improves to 721-487 (61.6) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball and 188-89 (80.4) in the month of December.
- UK has now won 17 of its last 18 games in the month of December.
- 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 179 and winning percentage of .719.
- This was the 17th meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75.
- Kentucky now leads the all-time series 13-4 overall and is now 8-1 in Lexington.
- UK has won the last three meetings, including seven in a row vs. MT in Memorial Coliseum.
- Kentucky improves to 390-144 all-time in Memorial, including a 100-16 record under Matthew Mitchell.
- UK has now won 48 straight regular-season non-conference games at Memorial Coliseum, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
- This was UK’s eighth-straight win at home which ties the 10th-longest home winning streak in program history.
- UK is now 43-17 all-time against teams in the current alignment of Conference USA.
- Tonight’s attendance was 4,671.
- Next up: UK will face Belmont at Memorial Coliseum Sunday night at 6 p.m. ET. The game also will be televised on the SEC Network.
First Half Notes
- UK started with the lineup of Jennifer O'Neill, Janee Thompson, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Bria Goss and Alyssa Rice.
- It was the first time Mitchell has used this lineup, marking the second starting five of the season.
- UK went on an 18-2 run to give UK an 11-point lead at 27-16 after trailing 14-9.
- Freshman Alexis Jennings scored the final nine points of the half, including her second-career 3-pointer to give UK a 41-26 lead into the break.
- Her 11 points and six rebounds in the first half set new career highs.
- UK outrebounded MTSU 26-12 including a 16-5 edge on the defensive glass.
- Makayla Epps went 4-for-4 from the floor in the first half, scoring eight points.
- UK shot 51.6 percent on 16-of-31 from the floor.
- Kentucky is 66-0 under Matthew Mitchell when leading by at least 11 points at halftime.
Second Half Notes
- UK began the second half with Makayla Epps replacing Kyvin Goodin-Rogers from the original starting five.
- Jen O'Neill scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half.
- UK went 14-for-31 (45.2) from the floor.
- Kentucky had 21 rebounds in the second half to MTSU’s 19.
- Kentucky forced 25 turnovers and has now forced 20 or more in nine of 10 games this season.
- UK had three players score in double figures.
- The Wildcats had 31 bench points, more than doubling the Blue Raiders’ 10.
- The 31 bench points are the most since UK had 56 vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 28.
- UK went 13-of-18 from the free throw line for 72.2 percent.
- Marked the second-highest FT percentage for a single game this season (72.2)
- Kentucky went 30-of-62 from the floor, shooting 48.4 percent.
- Marked the second-highest percentage of the season.
- Senior Jennifer O'Neill had 22 points and four rebounds in the game.
- Now has 1,137 career points and needs three more to tie her teammate Bria Goss for No. 22 all-time (1,140).
- Scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half.
- Has scored in double figures in nine of 10 games this season, including two straight.
- Has scored 15 or more points in seven games.
- Sophomore Makayla Epps came off the bench for 12 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting night.
- Has scored in double figures in nine of the 10 games, including seven straight.
- Had six steals, a new season high and just one shy of her career high.
- Kentucky was +23 when she was on the floor, the highest of any UK player in the game.
- Freshman Alexis Jennings charted career highs in points (11), rebounds (7) and blocks (2).
- Marks her second-career double-figure scoring game.
- Had two blocks, setting a new career high in that category.
- Sophomore Linnae Harper came off the bench and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
- Marked her fourth game with at least eight boards, including second straight.
- Ranks second on the team in rebounding average with 6.5 rpg.