Kentucky-Belmont Postgame Notes

Dec. 14, 2014

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 10-1, while Belmont falls to 2-7.
  • Kentucky improves to 722-487 (61.9) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball and 189-89 (80.9) in the month of December.
    • UK has now won 18 of its last 19 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 180 and his winning percentage is .723 percent.
  • This was the fourth meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75.
    • Kentucky now leads the all-time series 3-1 overall, including 2-0 in Lexington.
  • Kentucky improves to 391-144 all-time in Memorial, including a 101-16 record under Matthew Mitchell.
    • UK has now won 49 straight regular-season non-conference games at Memorial Coliseum, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
    • This was UK’s ninth-straight win at home which ranks as the ninth-longest home winning streak in program history.
  • UK is now 88-17 all-time against teams in the current alignment of the Ohio Valley Conference, 2-0 this season.
  • Today’s attendance was 5,365
  • Next up: UK will face No. 13/12 Duke next Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 3 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

First Half Notes

  • UK started with the lineup of Jennifer O'Neill, Janee Thompson, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Bria Goss and Alyssa Rice.
    • This lineup is now 2-0 and has been used in the last two games.
  • Senior Azia Bishop led all scorers with 10 points in the half.
    • Went 5-of-6 from the floor, shooting .833 percent.
    • Grabbed three rebounds.
  • UK outrebounded Belmont 22-16, including a 10-5 edge on the offensive glass.
  • UK went a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper led the Wildcats with six rebounds, including four offensive.
  • UK only had six turnovers, the lowest for any half this season.
  • Kentucky is 6-0 this season when leading at halftime.

Second Half Notes

  • UK began the second half with Makayla Epps replacing Bria Goss and Azia Bishop replacing Kyvin Goodin-Rogers from the original starting five.
  • With UK hold just a slight 43-38 lead, Kentucky held Belmont scoreless for 3:18 and went on a 9-2 run midway through the half to take a 12-point lead at 52-40.
  • Freshman Alexis Jennings scored eight of her 10 points in the second half.
  • UK made three 3-pointers.
  • UK went 15-for-35 (42.9) from the floor.

Team/Game Notes

  • Kentucky held Belmont to 55 points, the lowest point total for an opponent this season.
    • Marks the second time UK has held an opponent under the 60-point mark this season ... The Cats held South Florida to 57.
  • Kentucky forced 21 turnovers and has now forced 20 or more in 10 of 11 games this season, including four straight.
    • Kentucky only had 11 turnovers, achieving its goal of 12 or less entering the game.
    • The 11 turnovers matched a season low for UK. The Cats also had 11 vs. Morehead on Nov. 19.
  • UK outrebounded the Bruins, 40-34, marking the second straight game the Cats have won the rebounding battle.
  • The Wildcats had 44 bench points, more than doubling the Bruins’ 24.
    • The 44 bench points are the most since UK had 56 vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 28.
  • UK went 10-of-13 from the free throw line for 76.9 percent.
    • Marked the second-highest FT percentage for a single game this season.

Individual Notes

  • Senior Azia Bishop recorded a double-double for the fifth time in her career and third this season.
    • Scored 15 points, a new season high and just two off her career-high.
    • Collected a career-high tying 12 rebounds ... Also grabbed 12 vs. Georgia Southern on Nov. 13, 2013.
    • Marked her ninth double-figure scoring game in her career, including fourth this season.
    • Hit a season-high seven field goals on a season-high 12 attempts.
  • Junior Janee Thompson scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor.
    • Also had two rebounds and a season-high tying four assists.
    • Has scored in double figures in four of the last six games and now has 32 games with double digits.
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper collected 12 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
    • Has double-figure points in 12 of her last 16 games dating back to last season.
    • Also had seven rebounds and two assists.
    • Has pulled down at least seven rebounds in three straight games.
  • Freshman Alexis Jennings came off the bench for eight points in the second half, totaling 10 in the game.
    • Marked her second straight game with double digits and third of the season.
    • Went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw stripe.
  • Senior Jen O'Neill moved up to No. 21 on the all-time scoring list with three points tonight.
  • Senior Bria Goss played just three minutes due to a left thumb injury sustained in practice earlier today.