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KENTUCKY WBB POSTGAME NOTES

Kentucky at Missouri

Mizzou Arena – Columbia, Mo.

Feb. 8, 2018

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 78, No. 15 Missouri 83

Team Records and Series Notes

-          Kentucky 12-13 overall, 4-7 in Southeastern Conference play this season with the win, while Missouri is 19-5, 7-4 SEC.

-          Matthew Mitchell is in his 11th season as head coach at Kentucky. He is the winningest head coach in program history at 253-113.

-          The Wildcats lead the all-time series between the two teams, 6-3.

o   Kentucky is 5-2 against the Tigers since Mizzou joined the league.

-          Kentucky will return to action Sunday, Feb. 11, continuing its road stretch at Mississippi State. The game will tip at 2 p.m. ET on ESPNU as well as on the UK Sports Network.

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 5-7 with that starting-five combination.

-          Both teams went back and forth to start the game, but Missouri ended the first quarter on a 14-4 run to lead 26-15.

-          Missouri extended its lead to as many as 16 in the second quarter, but UK ended the half on a 13-6 run to cut the deficit to nine heading into the locker room.

-          UK cut Missouri’s lead to five straight out of the break, 41-36, but Missouri answered with back-to-back 3s to bring its lead back to double digits.

o   MU led 59-46 at the end of the third quarter.

-          Kentucky chipped away at the deficit in the fourth quarter, coming as close as three (81-78) with :09 left on the game clock.

-          The Wildcats outscored MU 32-24 in the fourth quarter and 46-42 in the second half overall.

o   UK’s 32 fourth-quarter points marked its second-most in a quarter this season and its most in a single quarter in conference play this season.

o   Kentucky had 35 points in the first quarter vs. Evansville on Dec. 15.

-          UK outscored Mizzou in the paint, 26-20, off turnovers, 19-13 and fast break points, 6-0.

Player Notes

-          Taylor Murray led the Wildcats in scoring with 23 points to go with six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

o   Her 23 points matches her season high set at Vanderbilt on Jan. 15.

o   It was her fourth 20+ point performance of the season and the seventh of her career.

o   She’s had four or more assists in five consecutive games.

o   Has scored in double figures in eight straight games.

o   Her six rebounds were a team high.

-          Maci Morris also matched her season high with 22 points.

o   Shooting 9-of-17 from the floor, 17 of her points came in the second half.

o   Nine made field goals matches her career high.

o   It was her fifth game of the season with 20 or more points.

-          Dorie Harrison had 12 points and four rebounds for UK.

o   It was her fifth game in double-digit scoring this season.

o   She’s been in double-digit scoring in four of the last six games.

-          Alyssa Rice entered UK’s top 10 in career blocks, leading the Wildcats with two stuffs.

o   Her 81 career blocks is tied for the ninth-most in program history.

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