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Postgame Notes Following Kentucky's 63-49 loss to #7 Tennessee

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Team Records and Series Notes

-          Kentucky falls to 8-7 this season, while Tennessee is 13-0.

-          Today’s game marked Kentucky’s third against a top-10 team this season, having fallen to No. 9/9 Baylor and No. 3/4 Louisville.

-          Matthew Mitchell is in his 11th season as head coach at Kentucky. He is the winningest head coach in program history at 249-107.

-          Tennessee leads the all-time series between the two teams, 55-11, including a 23-8 mark in games played in Lexington.

-          This was the second game of the series played inside Rupp Arena.

o   UK claimed the victory in the first game, 66-63, vs. No. 1 Tennessee on Jan. 26, 2006.

-          Kentucky is set to play its first SEC road contest on Thursday, traveling to College Station, Texas, to take on No. 22/21 Texas A&M. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network and 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 2-4 with that starting-five combination.

-          Tennessee started the game on a 10-0 run as UK went 0-of-6 from the floor in the first four minutes of the game.

o   UK closed the first quarter with a 26-7 deficit.

-          The Wildcats were able to find some momentum in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Vols 13-10 and holding UT scoreless for the final 4:24 of the first half.

-          Kentucky went on to outscore the Lady Vols 29-27 in the second half, paced by 13 second-half points from junior guard Maci Morris.

o   In total, UK posted a 42-37 lead over Tennessee in the final three quarters.

-          UK held the seventh highest scoring offense in the country to a season-low 63 points.

o   The Lady Vols were averaging 88.3 points per game before today’s game.

o   Their previous low this season was 68 points vs. Wichita State on Nov. 20.

-          The Wildcats forced a season-high 21 turnovers from its opponent in the contest, and gave up just 12 turnovers.

-          Kentucky’s 49 points scored is the first time the Wildcats have scored less than 50 points in a game since posting 48 vs. Louisville on Dec. 2, 2012.

Player Notes

-          Maci Morris led all scorers in the contest with 18 points to go with two rebounds and three steals.

o   She’s scored in double digits in all but one contest this season.

o   Morris hit three 3s in the game, taking her career total to 139, which ranks seventh most in program history.

§  She needs just 23 more to tie Jenny Pfeiffer (2003-07) for sixth most.

o   Morris eclipsed the 900-point mark in today’s game and has 912 career points.

§  Morris needs just 88 points to become the 33rd member of UK’s 1,000 point club. She needs 111 points to tie Sandy Harding for 32nd all-time on UK’s career scoring list.

§  She’s averaging 16.1 points per game this season.

o   She’s led UK in scoring 10 times this season.

o   Her three steals also matched a career high.

-          Dorie Harrison added nine points in the contest.

o   Her nine points matches her second-highest scoring production of the season and her highest since Nov. 16 vs. Montana.

  • Alyssa Rice posted eight rebounds with six points in the game.
    • Rice now has seven or more rebounds in 11 games this season.
    • She has recorded five or more rebounds in every game but one this season.
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