Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 17/18 Kentucky vs. Arkansas
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
No. 17/18 Kentucky 61, Arkansas 59 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky moves to 21-5 on the year and 8-4 in the league while Arkansas is now 16-10, 5-7 in the SEC.
- The Wildcats will return to action Thursday at No. 11/14 South Carolina at 7 p.m. ET inside Colonial Life Arena. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network while Darren Headrick will have the call on radio on the UK Sports Network.
- Kentucky leads the all-time series against Arkansas 24-13, including an 15-3 mark in games played in Lexington.
- The Wildcats have won 10 straight games against the Razorbacks.
- UK is now 819-537 all-time in its 45 years as a program.
- Matthew Mitchell is in his 12th year with the Wildcats and holds a 277-122 record. Mitchell is 307-151 overall in 14 years as a head coach.
- Kentucky is ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 18 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25.
- The Wildcats are on a four-game winning streak in the SEC, which is its longest conference winning streak of the season.
- 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.
- The Wildcats are 19-4 with those starting five this season.
- The Wildcats ended the first quarter on a 7-2 run to take a 22-14 lead after the first quarter which was its largest lead of the game.
- Six different UK players scored in the first quarter.
- UK held Arkansas without a field goal for the final 4:10 of the first quarter.
- Kentucky started the second quarter just 1-of-8 from the field and 0-of-4 from long range but held a 26-19 lead with 6:30 to go in the half before Arkansas ended the quarter on a 16-6 run to take a 33-30 lead into the break at halftime.
- UK only scored 8 points in the second quarter, which tied its lowest scoring output of the season in a quarter.
- The Wildcats were just 2-of-16 from the field in the second quarter and went 6:14 without a field goal.
- UK also had four turnovers in the second quarter after just one turnover in the first quarter.
- Kentucky is 3-4 this season when trailing at the half, including 2-3 in league play.
- UK outscored Arkansas 17-13 in the third quarter to take a 47-46 lead into the fourth quarter.
- The Wildcats went 8-of-18 from the field in the third quarter while Arkansas was 6-of-16.
- Arkansas went the entire third quarter without being called for a foul and had only two fouls in the first 15:27 of the second half.
- Kentucky went 7:12 without a field goal in the fourth quarter but still won the quarter, 14-13
- After going 9-of-21 from the field in the first quarter, UK went just 14-for-46 the rest of the game for 30 percent.
- The Wildcats held Arkansas to just 59 points, which was its third-lowest scoring output in league play this season.
- UK has held three of its last four opponents to 59 points or less.
- The Wildcats are now 16-1 this season when holding opponents to less than 60 points, including 6-1 in conference play.
- Rhyne Howard’s buzzer-beater with 1.3 seconds left to win the game was the first last-second shot by a Wildcats to clinch a win since Makayla Epps (who was in attendance Sunday) scored with 8.7 seconds left in overtime against top-5 ranked Mississippi State on Feb. 23, 2017 inside Memorial Coliseum.
Senior guard Maci Morris scored 11 points with three rebounds and two assists.
- Morris now has 1,608 career points, which ranks sixth most in program history. She needs 182 more point to tie Makayla Epps for 5th all-time in school history in points scored.
- Morris has 240 career 3-pointers made which ranks second in program history. She needs 31 more 3s to tie Sara Potts for most all-time.
- Morris has hit at least one 3-pointer in 103 of 122 career games played.
- Senior guard Taylor Murray scored 16 points, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.
- Murray now has 1,275 career points and ranks 20th all-time in points scored. She needs 43 more points to tie Bria Goss for 19th with 1,318.
- Murray has 419 career assists which ranks seventh most in program history. She needs 6 more to tie Amber Smith for sixth all-time in program history.
- Murray has 266 career steals which ranks sixth most in program history. She needs 6 more steals to move into the top five in program history.
Freshman guard Rhyne Howard scored 18 points with 14 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
- Howard has hit three or more 3s in three straight games.
- Howard connected on a jumper in the paint with 1.3 seconds left to seal UK’s win. It was the first buzzer-beating game-winning shot for UK since Feb. 2017.
- Howard has scored 421 points this season which ranks third most by a freshman in a season in program history. She needs 70 more point to tie A’dia Mathies for second. She needs 220 more points to tie Valerie Still for the program record.
- Howard has hit 63 3-pointers this season, which is the most ever by a true freshman in a single season in program history.
- She has 56 steals, which ranks tied for fourth most by a freshman in program history.
- Her 173 rebounds is eighth most in program history for a freshman, needing 12 more to move into the top 5 on that list.
- Howard led Kentucky in points, rebounds, steals, assists and blocks in the game.
- Howard has 15 or more points in 20 games this season and had led UK in scoring 13 times and in rebounds 14 times.
- Her 14 rebounds were one off a career high.
- She recorded her fifth double-double of the season in the game.