Women's Basketball

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 16/16 Kentucky vs. Ole Miss 
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.  
Sunday, January 13, 2019
No. 16/15 Kentucky 49, Ole Miss 55  – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky moves to 15-3 on the season and 2-2 in the league while Ole Miss is now 7-11, 1-3 in the SEC.
    • The Wildcats will return to action Thursday at LSU at 7:30 p.m. ET in Baton Rouge, La. The game will be televised on the SEC Network+ while Darren Headrick will have the call on radio on the UK Sports Network.
  • Ole Miss leads the all-time series in games played against Kentucky, 23-18.
    • UK owns a 10-9 edge in games played in Lexington.
    • The win breaks a six-game winning streak the Wildcats had in the series in home games.
  • UK is now 813-535 all-time in its 45 years as a program.
    • Matthew Mitchell is in his 12th year with the Wildcats and holds a 271-120 record. Mitchell is 301-149 overall in 14 years as a head coach.
  • Kentucky is 11-1 at home this season.
    • The Wildcats hold a 450-157 all-time record in Memorial Coliseum, including a 159-28 mark under Matthew Mitchell.
  • Kentucky is ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today/Coaches Top 25.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting combination of junior guard Jaida Roper, junior guard Amanda Paschal, freshman guard Rhyne Howard, sophomore forward KeKe McKinney and sophomore forward Tatyana Wyatt.
    • Kentucky is 0-1 this season when using that starting combination. 
    • Today’s game broke a streak of 51 straight starts for senior guard Taylor Murray, who was available for the game but did not start with a bruised knee.
    • It was the fifth career start for Roper and the third career start for Paschal.
    • Maci Morris did not play in the game due to knee pain.
  • The Wildcats scored a season-low 21 points in the first half shooting 7-of-30 from the field for a season-low 23 percent from the field.
    • UK’s previous low for shooting in the first half was 27 percent against Virginia on Nov. 15.
    • Kentucky hit just one of its last 14 field-goal attempts in the first half. UK went without a field goal for the final 4:39 of the first half.
    • UK forced Ole Miss into 10 turnovers in the first half, but scored just three points off those miscues. The Wildcats turned the ball over 10 times in the first 20 minutes and Ole Miss scored six points off those errors.
  • Ole Miss scored 15 points in the first half, which tied a season low. The Rebels went 7-of-26 from the field in the first half.
    • Kentucky had not held an SEC opponent to 20 points or fewer in the first half since Florida scored just 18 last season in Gainesville on Jan. 11, 2018.
    • The Rebels missed their last seven shots of the first half and did not score the final 3:58 of the first half.
  • Kentucky got outscored 40-28 in the second half.
    • The Wildcats shot 29.4 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.
  • UK’s point total of 49 points was its fewest this season while its 26.6 percent from the field was also a season-low percentage.
  • UK had 13 assists in the game and has recorded 10 or more assists in every game this season but one.
  • The Wildcats won the offensive rebounding battle, 12-8.

Player Notes

  • Senior guard Taylor Murray played 35 minutes and scored two points with five steals. 

    • Murray now has 1,182 career points and ranks tied for 22nd all-time in points scored. She needs five more to tie Maria Donhoff for 21st.
    • Murray has 395 career assists which ranks ninth most in program history. She needs five more to tie Rita Adams for eighth.  
  • Freshman guard Rhyne Howard scored a team-high 20 points with 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.              

    • Howard hit five 3-pointers in the game and added four assists with one steal.
    • Howard has scored 20 or more points six times this season while she had led UK in scoring nine times.
    • This was the 10th time that Howard has led UK in rebounding.

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