Kentucky Women Postgame Notes vs. Western Carolina

Posted at 10:00 PM, Dec 18, 2018
(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The UK Women’s Basketball team improved to 11-1 this season and picked up their second straight victory with a 60 point blowout over Western Carolina. Here are some post game notes following the win for the Cats.

No. 18/18 Kentucky 99, Western Carolina 39 – FINAL

 Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky moves to 11-1 on the season while Western Carolina is now 2-9.
    • The Wildcats will return to action Friday at Noon ET vs. Murray State inside Memorial Coliseum. The game will be streamed on the SEC Network+ while Darren Headrick will have the call on radio on the UK Sports Network.
  • The Wildcats are in the midst of a five-game home stand. This was the second game.
  • This was the first all-time meeting between Kentucky and Western Carolina in women’s basketball.
    • UK now leads the all-time series, 1-0.
  • UK is now 809-533 all-time in program history.
    • Matthew Mitchell is in his 12th year with the Wildcats and holds a 267-118 record. Mitchell is 297-147 overall in 14 years as a head coach.
  • The Wildcats hold a 446-156 all-time record in Memorial Coliseum, including a 155-27 mark under Coach Mitchell.
  • Kentucky is ranked No. 18 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today/Coaches Top 25.


Team Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting combination of senior guard Taylor Murray, senior guard Maci Morris, freshman guard Rhyne Howard, sophomore forward KeKe McKinney and sophomore forward Tatyana Wyatt.
    • Kentucky is now 10-1 this season with this starting combination.
  • The Wildcats held a 27-11 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to shooting 60 percent from the field with 14 paint points.
    • UK forced nine first quarter turnovers and scored 13 points off those miscues.
  • Kentucky went on a 17-0 run in the second quarter, which was its second longest run of the season for the Wildcats.
    • UK’s season-best run was 19-0 against Alabama State.
    • The run put Kentucky in control of the game with a 30-point lead midway through the second quarter.
  • UK outscored Western Carolina 29-9 in the second half to take a 56-20 lead into the break.
    • UK’s 29 points in the second quarter was the second most the Wildcats have scored in a quarter this season.
    • The Wildcats shot 12-of-17 from the field in the second quarter for 70.6 percent.
    • The 56 points were the most UK has scored in a half this season. The previous high was 52 in the first half vs. Morehead State.
  • Between the end of the first half and the start of the second half, UK went on a 16-0 run. UK scored the final five points of the first half and the first 11 points of the second half.
  • Kentucky limited Western Carolina to 10 points or less in two quarters.
    • UK has limited its opponents to 10 points or less in 13 quarters this season.
  • The Wildcats shot a season-best 58.6 percent from the field.
  • UK has shot 50 percent or better from the field in consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 8, 2014 when it accomplished the feat against LSU and Missouri.
  • The Wildcats had a season-high 27 assists in the game.
  • Kentucky hit 11 3-pointers in the game.
    • UK has hit 10 or more 3s in four games this season.

Player Notes

  • Senior guard Maci Morris scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting with two 3s.
    • Morris now has 1,404 career points, which ranks 16th most in program history. She needs 29 more to tie Jodie Whitaker for 15th all-time in school history in points scored.
    • Morris has 208 career 3-pointers made which ranks second in program history. She needs 63 more 3s to tie Sara Potts for most all-time.
    • Morris has hit at least one 3-pointer in 25 straight games.
  • Senior guard Taylor Murray had an incredible stat line with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting with seven assists and five steals.
    • Murray now has 1,135 career points and ranks 27th all-time in points scored. She needs 10 more points to tie Karen Mosley for 26th all-time.
    • Murray has 380 career assists which ranks ninth most in program history. She needs 20 more to tie Rita Adams for eighth.
    • Murray has led UK in assists seven times this season and 49 times in her career.
  • Freshman guard Rhyne Howard led Kentucky with 18 points adding eight rebounds and three assists.
    • Howard has scored in double figures in every game but one this season.
    • Howard has led Kentucky in scoring six times this season.
  • Sophomore forward Tatyana Wyatt scored 10 points in the first quarter, securing her first double-figure scoring game of the season.
    • Wyatt ended the game with a season-best 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting with six rebounds.
  • Freshman guard Jaida Roper had 12 points with seven assists and hit two 3s.
    • Her seven assists were a career high.
    • Roper has scored 10 or more points four times this season.