Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 16/15 Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
No. 16/15 Kentucky 77, Vanderbilt 55 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky moves to 14-1 on the season while Vanderbilt is now 5-9.
- The Wildcats will return to action Sunday at No. 6/7 Mississippi State at 5 p.m. ET in Starkville, Miss.. The game will be televised on the SEC Network while Darren Headrick will have the call on radio on the UK Sports Network.
- Thursday’s game concluded a five-game home stretch for the Wildcats.
- Vanderbilt leads the all-time series in games played against Kentucky 28-25.
- UK leads the series in games played in Lexington, 13-11.
- The Wildcats have won 12 of the last 14 meetings while Matthew Mitchell is 13-5 all-time against Vanderbilt.
- UK is now 812-533 all-time in program history.
- Matthew Mitchell is in his 12th year with the Wildcats and holds a 270-118 record. Mitchell is 300-147 overall in 14 years as a head coach.
- This was Coach Mitchell’s 300th career win as a head coach.
- The Wildcats hold a 449-156 all-time record in Memorial Coliseum, including a 158-27 mark under Coach Mitchell.
- UK is 18-19 all-time in SEC openers, including 24-13 in SEC home openers.
- Kentucky is 9-3 in SEC openers under Matthew Mitchell.
- Kentucky is ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 15 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25.
- Kentucky’s 14-1 start is the second best under Mitchell. The Wildcats started 18-1 in 2012-13.
- 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 13-1 this season with this starting combination.
- The Wildcats grabbed an eight-point lead early in the game forcing a Vanderbilt time out with 6:03 to go in the first quarter. The Commodores would come out of the break on a 9-2 run to cut UK’s lead to one but Kentucky scored five straight points to end the quarter to grab a 21-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
- Kentucky started the second quarter with an 11-4 run to grab its biggest lead of the game at 32-19 with 5:45 left in the first half.
- Overall, after Vanderbilt had cut the lead to one Kentucky finished the first half on a 24-9 run to take a 16-point lead into halftime.
- Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field in the first half with UK going 15-for-29 from the field, while Vanderbilt went 9-of-17. The Wildcats went 4-of-12 from 3 in the first half while Vanderbilt was 0-for-1.
- UK forced Vandy into 16 turnovers in the first half and scored 16 points off those miscues.
- Kentucky has scored 40 or more points in the first half of four of its last five games.
- Kentucky forced Vanderbilt into a season-high 29 turnovers and scored 30 points off those miscues.
- UK won the second-chance point battle, 12-4, and had a 27-8 edge in bench points.
- Kentucky limited Vanderbilt to just nine points in the second quarter, which was 18th time this season UK has held an opponent to 10 points or less in a quarter.
- UK scored 20 or more points in two quarters during the game and have now scored 20 or more points in 33 of its 60 quarters played this season.
Senior guard Maci Morris scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting including four 3-pointers.
- Morris now has 1,448 career points, which ranks 14th most in program history. She needs one more point to tie Jennifer O’Neill for 13th all-time in school history in points scored.
- Morris has 218 career 3-pointers made which ranks second in program history. She needs 53 more 3s to tie Sara Potts for most all-time.
- Morris has hit at least one 3-pointer in 28 straight games.
- Senior guard Taylor Murray scored seven points with five rebounds and five assists in the game.
- Murray now has 1,165 career points and ranks 26th all-time in points scored. She needs five more points to tie Jocelyn Mills for 25th all-time.
- Murray has 390 career assists which ranks ninth most in program history. She needs 110 more to tie Rita Adams for eighth.
Freshman guard Rhyne Howard scored 16 points with four rebounds and seven assists.
- Howard had led Kentucky in scoring eight times this season.
- Howard’s seven assists were a career high and she has led UK in assists twice this season.
- This was the 11th time this season that Howard has scored 15 or more points in a game.
- Junior guard Jaida Roper scored eight points with five assists.
- Freshman guard Blair Green scored nine points with two rebounds and two steals in the second half.
- Sophomore forward KeKe McKinney scored nine points with three rebounds.