KENTUCKY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
Kentucky at Arkansas
Bud Walton Arena – Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb. 16, 2017
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 69, Arkansas 62
Team Records and Series Notes
– Kentucky has won three in a row and is 18-8 overall, 9-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas is 13-13, 2-11 in league play.
– Kentucky leads the series 21-13.
o UK has won seven in a row and 15 of the last 16 meetings in the series. This is the teams’ only meeting during the regular season.
o Arkansas leads the series 9-6 in games played in Fayetteville.
– Tonight’s win guarantees a seventh straight winning record in SEC play and the ninth in 10 seasons under Coach Matthew Mitchell.
– This is also Mitchell’s 100th regular-season SEC win, becoming the 10th coach in league history to reach that benchmark. He is now 100-52 in regular-season SEC games.
– Matthew Mitchell is in his 10th season with Kentucky. Mitchell is now 267-126 overall as a head coach, and 237-97 during his tenure at Kentucky.
– The Wildcats return to Memorial Coliseum for the final two home games of the 2016-17 regular season. UK will host Florida on Sunday at 1 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network. The game also will be broadcast live on the UK Sports Network with Neil Price on the call.
– Kentucky used the starting five of Makayla Epps, Evelyn Akhator, Maci Morris, Alyssa Rice and Taylor Murray.
o UK is now 15-6 this season with that starting-five combination.
– In limiting Arkansas to 62 points, UK is now 18-2 this season when keeping the opponent under 70 points.
– Kentucky led the entire game but never more than 11 points and didn’t put the game away until the last couple of minutes.
– On 13 occasions during the game, Kentucky scored when Arkansas was within one possession of tying or taking the lead.
– With a 14-4 second quarter, UK took a 31-20 lead into halftime.
– Arkansas opened the third quarter with a 20-10 run to close within 40-39 but Epps and Murray scored four each to make it 48-41 at the end of three.
– Arkansas rallied again in the fourth quarter, cutting it to two points at 57-55 but again the Wildcats responded, this time with a 9-0 spurt to put the game away.
– In addition to causing 18 turnovers, the careful UK defense committed just eight personal fouls and Arkansas shot only four free throws.
– Taylor Murray led the Wildcats with 16 points and played a magnificent floor game with eight rebounds, a game-high five assists, plus six steals, tying her career high in that category.
– Evelyn Akhator posted her 14th double-double of the season (27th career) with 12 points and a game-high 11 boards.
o She has also led the Wildcats on the boards in 19 of 26 contests.
o Akhator’s 14 double-doubles are the fourth most in a season in program history.
– Makayla Epps had 14 points, including four straight crucial foul shots when Arkansas had closed within one point in the third quarter.
o Epps’ 1,650 career points ranks 5th in UK history.
– Maci Morris had 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
o She hit a pair of threes early in the game to give the Wildcats a lead they never relinquished.
o Morris has made at least one 3-pointer in 21 of 26 games.
– Jaida Roper played just seven minutes but swished a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points.