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Gardner-Webb at Kentucky

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

Attendance: 4,256

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.

Team Notes

-          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).

Player Notes

-          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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