Kentucky-Tennessee Postgame Notes
Kentucky 75, Tennessee 71
Feb. 16, 2014
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Team Records and Series Notes
UK improved to 19-6 overall this season and 7-5 in the SEC.
Kentucky’s all-time record is 705-483 (.593) in 40 seasons of varsity basketball.
Mitchell is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Wildcats and owns a record of 163-68 at UK. Overall, Mitchell is 193-97 in nine seasons.
He already ranks first on UK’s all-time wins list with 163 and winning percentage (.706).
Mitchell is now 68-36 in SEC play, and 28-24 on the road.
UK is now 10-49 all-time vs. Tennessee, including a 3-21 record in games played in Knoxville.
The Wildcats have won three of the last four meetings overall between the two programs.
The win marks UK’s first-ever in Thompson-Boling Arena and first in Knoxville since 1985 (Stokely Athletics Center).
The final score of 75-71 marks the closest margin of victory over the Lady Vols in Knoxville since Jan. 23, 1985 when UK won by four, 76-72, in overtime.
Kentucky is now 4-2 on the season vs. ranked opponents and 3-2 vs. the AP top 10.
Tonight’s attendance was 15,664.
Next up: The Wildcats return to the friendly confines of Memorial Coliseum Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET vs. No. 5 South Carolina. The game will be televised on the UK IMG Sports Network and FSN.
First Half Notes
UK started with the lineup of
Janee Thompson, Kastine Evans, Bria Goss, DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker.
The Wildcats are 13-3 with this lineup on the season.
Janee Thompson scored the first point of the game for UK by hitting 1-of-2 free throws.
Azia Bishop was the first UK player off the bench at the 16:32 mark in the first half. UK is 16-2 this season when leading at the half and 5-2 in SEC play.
UK led 38-34 at the half, marking the first time the Wildcats have led at the half in Knoxville since Jan. 11, 1987 when UK led 33-29 in Stokely Athletics Center. It marked the first halftime lead in Thompson-Boling Arena for UK.
Jennifer O’Neill scored 13 of her 24 points in the first half.
Janee Thompson recorded 11 of her 15 points in the opening half. Second Half Notes
DeNesha Stallworth registered 13 of her 17 points in the final half. UK held Tennessee to only one field goal in the last four minutes.
UK has hit a 3-pointer in 353 consecutive games.
The Wildcats have forced double-digit turnovers in 177 consecutive games.
Kentucky is 62-40 overall in close games (games decided by 10 points or less) under Coach Mitchell, including a 6-6 mark this season.
UK got a big lift from its bench today, outscoring the Lady Vols, 33-10 in bench scoring.
The Wildcats forced 22 Tennessee turnovers on 13 steals and improved to 12-1 this season when forcing 20-plus miscues.
Junior point guard Jennifer O’Neill notched her 18th double-figure game of the season with a game-high 24 points off the bench.
Fifth game of the season and third-straight game with 20 or more points.
First UK player to record three consecutive 20-point games since A’dia Mathies vs. Arkansas on Jan. 5, 2012 (21), vs. Mississippi State on Jan. 8, 2012 (20) and vs. Tennessee on Jan. 12, 2012 (34).
UK improved to 16-2 this season when O’Neill reaches double figures.
DeNesha Stallworth came up one rebound shy of her third straight double-double, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Her 12th game of the season in double figures and third straight.
Tied a season high with four steals.
Made a season-high eight field goals (8-of-14).
Sophomore point guard
Janee Thompson finished with 15 points.
Marks her 13th game of the season in double figures and first in her last four games.
Tied a career high with seven assists.
Kastine Evans has made at least one 3-pointer in 22-of-24 games this season after going 1-of-2 tonight.
Hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 35 seconds to seal the win.