Kentucky-Middle Tennessee State Postgame Notes

Dec. 13, 2014

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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.

Team/Game Notes

  • 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.

Individual Notes

  • 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.