Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 16/17 Kentucky vs. LSU
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Sunday, February 24, 2019
No. 16/17 Kentucky 57, LSU 52 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky moves to 23-5 on the year and 10-4 in the league while LSU is now 16-10, 7-7 in the SEC.
- Kentucky won its 10th league game for the ninth time under head coach Matthew Mitchell.
- LSU leads the all-time series against Kentucky, 33-17, including a 12-8 mark in games played in Lexington.
- Kentucky has won five of the last six games in the series.
- UK won the first game of the season against LSU, 64-60 in Baton Rouge back in January.
- UK is now 821-537 all-time in its 45 years as a program.
- Matthew Mitchell is in his 12th year with the Wildcats and holds a 279-122 record. Mitchell is 309-151 overall in 14 years as a head coach.
- Kentucky is ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 17 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25.
- The Wildcats are on a six-game winning streak in the SEC, which is its longest conference winning streak of the season and the longest of any team in the league currently.
- Kentucky honored its senior Paige Poffenberger, LaShae Halsel, Taylor Murray and Maci Morris pregame. UK has won 13 of its last 16 on Senior Day.
- The Wildcats will return to action Thursday vs. No. 21/22 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+, while Darren Headrick will have the call on radio on the UK Sports Network.
- Kentucky used the starting combination of senior guard Taylor Murray, senior guard Maci Morris, freshman guard Rhyne Howard, senior forward LaShae Halsel and sophomore forward Tatyana Wyatt.
- The Wildcats are 010 with those starting five this season.
- Both teams started slow offensively with a combined 11 turnovers in the first quarter (UK 5, LSU 6). Kentucky led 12-6 at the end of the first quarter shooting 5-of-12 from the field, while LSU was 2-of-14 from the field and 2-of-6 from the free-throw line.
- Kentucky outscored LSU 16-9 in the second quarter and took a 28-15 lead into the break at halftime.
- Taylor Murray led Kentucky with 10 points at the break sitting 5-of-5 from the field.
- The Wildcats went up 34-19 with 7:44 left in the third quarter before LSU answered with a 9-2 run over the next 2:14 to cut UK’s lead to 36-27 with 5:40 left in the quarter.
- Kentucky stopped the run with a timeout and jumper by Morris.
- Kentucky held a 50-34 lead early in the fourth quarter before LSU ended the game on a 18-5 run. During the run, UK was held without a field goal for the final 8:14 of the game missing its last nine shots.
- LSU outscored UK 20-12 in the fourth quarter and 37-29 in the second half.
- UK shot 36.7 percent from the field while LSU shot 36.4 percent.
- The Wildcats are 16-0 this season when shooting a higher percentage than its opponent.
- Four Kentucky players scored in double figures for sixth time this season. UK is 6-0 in those games.
Senior guard Taylor Murray led Kentucky with 18 points adding three assists and two steals.
- Murray now has 1,310 career points and ranks 20th all-time in points scored. She needs 8 more points to tie Bria Goss for 19th with 1,318.
- Murray has 427 career assists which ranks sixth most in program history. She needs 15 more to tie Stacey Reed for fifth all-time in program history.
- Murray has 272 career steals which ranks tied for fifth most in program history. She needs six more steals to move into the top five in program history.
Freshman guard Rhyne Howard scored 12 points with five rebounds and two steals.
- Howard has scored 450 points this season which ranks third most by a freshman in a season in program history. She needs 41 more point to tie A’dia Mathies for second. She needs 191 more points to tie Valerie Still for the program record.
- Howard has hit 66 3-pointers this season, which is the most ever by a true freshman in a single season in program history.
- She has 61 steals, which ranks third most by a freshman in program history.
- Her 182 rebounds is sixth most in program history for a freshman, needing three more to move into the top 5 on that list.
- Howard has 10 or more points in 22 games this season.
- Senior guard Maci Morris scored 10 points with two assist and two steals.
- Morris now has 1,630 career points, which ranks sixth most in program history. She needs 160 more point to tie Makayla Epps for fifth all-time in school history in points scored.
- Morris has 242 career 3-pointers made which ranks second in program history. She needs 29 more 3s to tie Sara Potts for most all time.
- Morris has hit at least one 3-pointer in 105 of 125 career games played.
- Sophomore forward Tatyana Wyatt scored 12 points with five rebounds going 5-of-6 from the free-throw line with two blocks.
- Wyatt has scored 10 or more points four times this season and 11 times in her career.
- Wyatt has now led UK in rebounds twice this season.