FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 87, Southern Indiana 56 [EXH}
Team Records and Series Notes
This was the first and only exhibition game of the season for both teams.
This was the first time Kentucky and Southern Indiana have met in women’s basketball.
Tonight’s attendance was 1,089
The Wildcats will being the regular season on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. ET against Sacramento State inside Memorial Coliseum. The game will be televised on the SEC Network+ and also broadcast live on the UK Sports Radio Network with Darren Headrick calling the action.
The season opener next Friday will start the 44th season of varsity women’s basketball at Kentucky.
UK has an all-time record of 783-152 (.603) overall, including a 430-152 (.738) mark all-time in Memorial Coliseum.
Matthew Mitchell is in his 11th season as head coach at Kentucky. He is the winningest head coach in program history at 241-100 (.706).
The Wildcats enter the season receiving votes in both the USA Today/Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 and The Associated Press Top 25. UK has been receiving votes or ranked in both preseason listings each of the last eight years.
Kentucky used the starting combination of senior Alyssa Rice, senior Makenzie Cann, junior Taylor Murray, junior Maci Morris and freshman Dorie Harrison.
Kentucky closed the first quarter on an 11-1 run.
USI did not score in the final 3:31 of the first quarter.
UK held USI to just three points in the first six minutes of the second quarter and did not allow a point in the 5:30 span.
Kentucky took control of the game late in the second quarter by going on a 12-0 run midway through the quarter.
UK had a 19-3 run that lasted the final 8:32 of the second quarter.
Southern Indiana scored just seven points in the second quarter.
All 14 UK players saw the floor in the game, including 12 in the first half.
11 Wildcats scored at least one point.
Eight Wildcats pulled down at least one rebound in the first half alone, while Taylor Murray had a team best four rebounds at the half.
The Wildcats shot 18-of-32 (.563) and 5-of-10 (.500) from 3 in the first half.
UK had 21 assists, 10 more than USI.
Nine Wildcats recorded at least one assist, Murray led the way with six.
Kentucky had eight players with a +/- of 10 or more.
USI had a 14-4 run in the third quarter and held UK without a field goal for 4:31.
Kentucky held USI without a field goal for 4:22 in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats outrebounded USI 39-25.
13 players pulled down at least one rebound for Kentucky.
UK’s bench outscored USI’s 37-11.
The Wildcats allowed just four USI points to come off of layups and just 14 points in the paint.
UK forced 27 turnovers and turned those into 30 points.
Kentucky hit six 3s in the game. The Wildcats are 121-23 under Matthew Mitchell when they hit six or more 3s.
Junior guard MaciMorris led all scorers in the first half with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting
Morris was 2-of-2 from 3 and 1-for-2 from the free throw line.
Morris led UK in second-half scoring as well with eight points on 2-of-3 shooting
Morris was UK’s leading scorer in the game with 19 points on 6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3. She was one point shy of the game high (20), which was held by Kacy Eschweiler of USI.
Her 19 points would have qualified for her second-highest point production in her career. She had 29 against Arizona State last season.
Junior guard TaylorMurray scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including one 3 and had team bests in rebounding (6), assists (6) and steals (4)
Murray had 18 games with 10 or more points last season
True freshman forward TatyanaWyatt was +41 in her 19 minutes of play. She contributed 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
Fellow true freshman post DorieHarrison started and scored eight points with three rebounds.
True freshman forward KeKeMcKinney had nine points with three rebounds and an assist.
Senior AlyssaRice scored nine points with three rebounds and three blocks.
Sophomore guard JaidaRoper had nine points with three rebounds and three assists.