KENTUCKY WBB POSTGAME NOTES
Gardner-Webb at Kentucky
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Nov. 12, 2017
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 72, Gardner-Webb 34
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky moves to 2-0 this season, following a 101-70 win over Sacramento State on Friday.
- Matthew Mitchell is in his 11th season as head coach at Kentucky. He is the winningest head coach in program history at 243-100.
- Kentucky is 432-152 all-time in Memorial Coliseum, including a 142-23 record under Mitchell.
- Today’s game was the first ever meeting between Gardner-Webb and Kentucky in women’s basketball.
- Kentucky is 13-1 all-time against teams in the current alignment of the Big South Conference.
- 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 will be back in action this Thursday, Nov. 16 at 9 p.m. ET, taking on Montana in its first road match of the season. The game will not be streamed/televised, but will be broadcast live on the UK Sports Radio Network with Darren Headrick calling the action.
- Kentucky used the starting combination of senior Alyssa Rice, senior Makenzie Cann, junior Taylor Murray, junior Maci Morris and freshman Dorie Harrison.
o UK is 2-0 with that starting-five combination.
- The Runnin’ Bulldogs got out to an early 4-0 start, but Kentucky quickly bounced back, using a 15-6 run to get back out in front to end the quarter.
o After being knotted at 12-12, a 3-pointer from KeKe McKinney and a breakaway layup from Amanda Paschal late in the first quarter helped put UK on top 17-12 to end the period.
- Kentucky carried momentum into the second quarter to extend its run to 19-0.
o During the run, seven different Wildcats put points on the board.
o It was UK’s first run of 10-0 or more this season.
- Gardner-Webb did not score a point until the 2:21 mark in the second quarter.
o Kentucky held GWU scoreless for 9:02 total from the first quarter into the second.
o GWU scored just four points on 2-of-14 shooting in the second period.
- Before the half, UK was dominating specialty stats, up 13-2 in points off turnovers, 7-0 in second-chance points and 17-0 in bench points.
- At the end of the third quarter, all 10 Wildcats that had entered the game had put at least two points on the board, including seven with at least five points.
- UK went on another 19-0 run in the fourth quarter to extend its lead to as many as 38 points with 2:52 to go in the contest.
- Kentucky once again held the Bulldogs to just four points in the final stanza.
- The Wildcats’ bench outscored GWU’s 28-0 in the game.
- UK outrebounded the Runnin’ Bulldogs, 53-28.
- Kentucky held its opponent to less than 40 points for the first time since Dec. 18, 2016 (36 by Radford).
- Alyssa Rice led UK in scoring for the first time in her career, adding 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
o Her 11 points matched a career high, set last season vs. Alabama (03/03/17).
o She also added eight rebounds in the win.
o Rice’s seven defensive boards also matched a career high.
o She’s had seven defensive boards four times in her career.
o Rice also had one assist and two blocks in the win.
- Maci Morris recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
o Her 10 rebounds were a career high.
o Morris led UK on the boards for just the third time in her career.
o Matched a career-high four assists, leading UK in the category for the fifth time.
o The junior also recorded a career-high three blocks in the win.
o She led UK in blocks for the 12th time in her career.
o She scored in double-digits for the 40th time in her career.
- Jaida Roper produced double-digit scoring for the first time in her career with 10 points.
o For the second consecutive games, set a career high in scoring.
o The sophomore was 5-of-5 from the floor in the win.
o It was the first double-digit scoring performance of her career.
o She added one rebound and two assists.
- Makenzie Cann added 10 points, seven rebounds, one block and one steal.
o It was the 17th double-digit scoring effort of her career, and the second in as many games this season.
o Set a career high with four offensive boards.
- Taylor Murray had eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in the win.
- KeKe McKinney scored seven points to go along with seven rebounds in the win.
o Both categories were career highs for the freshman.
- Dorie Harrison added five points and five boards in the contest.
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