KENTUCKY WBB POSTGAME NOTES
Tennessee Tech at Kentucky
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 3, 2017
FINAL SCORE: No. 20 Kentucky 82, Tennessee Tech 54
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky is now 7-1 this season, while Tennessee Tech falls to 1-6 overall.
- Matthew Mitchell is in his 11th season as head coach at Kentucky. He is the winningest head coach in program history at 248-101.
- After today’s game, Kentucky leads the all-time series between the two programs 9-6.
o Kentucky is 7-0 in games played in Lexington in the series.
- The Wildcats moved up to No. 20 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and are ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
- Kentucky will have a quick turnaround, returning to Memorial Coliseum this Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET, to play Evansville. The game can be streamed live on SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app, and 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 Keke McKinney.
o UK is 1-1 with that starting-five combination.
- The Wildcats started hot, shooting 9-of-12 (.750) from the floor in the first quarter including a perfect 3-of-3 from long range.
- UK stretched a 6-0 run at the end of the first stanza into the second for a 13-0 run overall.
o It was UK’s seventh run of 10-0 or better this season.
- Kentucky used a second 10-0 run to end the first half and take a 49-24 lead into the break.
o The 25-point lead at the half was UK’s largest of the game at that point.
- The Wildcats limited Tennessee Tech to just 28.6 percent shooting in the first half.
- UK built its lead to as many as 31 in the middle of the third quarter, giving Kentucky’s bench players some quality playing time.
- In the fourth quarter, Kentucky had its largest lead of the game at 80-47 with 3:49 to play.
- Kentucky’s bench outscored Tennessee Tech’s, 36-10.
o UK matched its season high with 36 points off the bench.
o Kentucky’s bench combined to play 102 of 200 minutes in the game.
- Twelve UK players scored in the game for the first time this season.
- It was the fifth time this season UK has defeated its opponent by more than 25 points.
- UK’s nine blocks in the game were a season high.
o The previous high was six, vs. both Gardner-Webb and Morehead State.
- Kentucky had 22 assists on 32 made field goals in the game.
o The 22 assists were the second-highest assist total of the season after dishing out 25 against Morehead State.
- Maci Morris scored a game-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds and three blocks.
o Her three blocks tied a career-high set earlier this season vs. Gardner-Webb.
o Morris remained the only UK player to have scored in double-digits in every game this season.
§ She has scored in double figures in 12 straight games dating back to last season.
o Going 2-of-3 from long range today, the junior has made multiple 3s in seven of eight games this season.
o Morris now has 125 career 3s which ranks her seventh most all time.
- Tatyana Wyatt added 12 points, three rebounds, three blocks and two assists off the bench.
o It was the first game in her career she’s recorded a block.
o This was Wyatt’s second game back after missing five games due to being in concussion protocol.
- Keke McKinney scored a season-high nine points, plus five boards, one assist and two blocks.
o Her four offensive rebounds were also a season high.
- Jaida Roper led UK with six assists, matching her career high.
o She also added seven points and four rebounds.
o It was the fourth time this season she’s led UK in assists.
- Dorie Harrison contributed seven points and seven rebounds in the victory.
o Her seven rebounds were a team high.
o The freshman also had a season-high five offensive boards.
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