KENTUCKY WBB POSTGAME NOTES
Kentucky vs. Alabama
SEC Tournament Second Round
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tenn.
March 1, 2018
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 71, Alabama 64
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky moves to 15-16 overall, 6-10 in Southeastern Conference play this season, while Alabama is 17-13, 7-9 SEC.
o The Wildcats are 6-0 vs. Alabama in the tournament.
- The Wildcats will advance to the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals for the ninth straight season.
- Matthew Mitchell is in his 11th season as head coach at Kentucky. He is the winningest head coach in program history at 256-116.
- Kentucky is 35-38 all-time in the SEC Tournament.
- The Wildcats now lead the all-time series between the two programs, 30-17.
o Kentucky also took the regular-season game between the two, winning 79-54 in Lexington on Jan. 25.
- Kentucky will be back in action tomorrow for the quarterfinals, taking on No. 2 Mississippi State at 1 p.m. ET on SEC Network.
- Kentucky used the starting combination of senior Alyssa Rice, senior Makenzie Cann, junior Taylor Murray, junior Maci Morris and freshman Amanda Paschal.
o UK is 1-0 with that starting-five combination.
o It was the first career start for Paschal.
- After being knotted at 8-8, Alabama ended the first quarter on a 10-0 run to take an 18-8 lead.
- The Wildcats opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run to come within two at 18-16.
o UK held Alabama scoreless for the first 5:29 of the second quarter.
- Kentucky trailed 25-23 at halftime after outscoring Alabama 15-7 in the second quarter.
- After trailing by as many as nine in the third quarter, UK used an 10-0 run to take a 48-46 lead with 35 seconds left in the period.
o UK led 50-48 at the end of the third quarter.
- Kentucky never trailed in the fourth quarter.
- In the final three quarters, UK outscored the Tide 63-46.
- After shooting just 9-of-29 (.310) from the floor in the first half, UK shot 16-of-24 (.667) in the second half.
- UK won the battle on the defensive glass, 26-21.
- Kentucky is 12-3 this season when scoring 70 or more points.
- The Wildcats dished out 17 assists in the win.
o UK has had 14+ assists in eight of its last 11 games and are 14-3 this season with 14+ dimes.
- Maci Morris led Kentucky in scoring with 25 points for her seventh straight game with 20+ points.
o Morris led the Wildcats with seven rebounds and six assists.
o She now ranks No. 20 on Kentucky’s all-time scorers list with 1,196 career points.
o The junior was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
§ Was 4-of-5 from 3 in the second half alone.
o Now tied with Keyla Snowden for No. 4 on Kentucky’s all-time 3s made with 176.
o Has scored in double figures in all but three games this season.
o She is the only player in the league to score 20 or more points in seven straight games.
- Taylor Murray added 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in the win.
o Her 17th game in double-figure scoring this season.
o Her 13th game with 5+ assists this season.
o It was her highest scoring performance since posting 23 at Missouri on Feb. 8.
- Alyssa Rice added important minutes, posting seven points, six rebounds and three blocks.
o Her three blocks matched her most in an SEC game this season.
- Dorie Harrison scored eight points to go with three blocks.
o Her three blocks were the most since she had five vs. Evansville.
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