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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.

Team Notes

-          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.

Player Notes

-          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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