Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 11/13 Kentucky vs. No. 19/18 Texas A&M
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
No. 11/13 Kentucky 55, No. 19/18 Texas A&M 62 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky moves to 23-6 on the year and 10-5 in the league while Texas A&M is now 22-6, 11-4 in the SEC.
- Texas A&M leads the all-time series in games played against Kentucky, 6-4, including a 3-1 mark in games played in Lexington.
- The road team in the game has won six of the last eight meetings in the series.
- The two teams met earlier this season in College Station with the Aggies winning 73-71.
- UK is now 821-538 all-time in its 45 years as a program.
- Matthew Mitchell is in his 12th year with the Wildcats and holds a 279-123 record. Mitchell is 309-152 overall in 14 years as a head coach.
- Kentucky is ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 13 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25.
- Kentucky’s loss snaps a six-game winning streak for the Wildcats, which was its longest of the year in conference play and the longest active streak in the league.
- The Wildcats will return to action Sunday at Georgia at 1 p.m. ET. 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, sophomore forward KeKe McKinney and sophomore forward Tatyana Wyatt.
- The Wildcats are 20-5 this season when using this starting combination.
- The Aggies started the game on a 9-2 run to force a Kentucky timeout with 7:21 to go in the first quarter.
- Texas A&M hit four of its first four shots and went 8-of-16 overall from the field to take a 19-7 lead into the second quarter.
- UK went just 3-of-13 from the field in the first quarter for seven points, which was its lowest scoring first quarter this season and tied the lowest scoring output in any quarter this season.
- The Wildcats outscored the Aggies 19-9 in the second quarter to cut the halftime lead to 28-26.
- UK went on a 19-3 run in the second quarter to take a one-point lead at 26-25 with 1:26 remaining in the half before the Aggies hit three free-throws in the final minutes to retake the lead into the break.
- Part of the comeback for Kentucky was a 12-0 run in the second quarter which was the second longest run of the season for UK against an SEC opponent.
- UK went 7-of-16 from the field in the second quarter while the Aggies went 2-of-14.
- Kentucky retook the lead at 41-40 with 3:40 left in the third quarter but the Aggies answered with a 8-0 run to force a UK timeout up 48-41 with 2:07 left in the quarter.
- The Wildcats started the fourth quarter on a 9-3 run to cut the Aggies lead to one at 54-53 with 6:16 lefty in the game but the Aggies ended the game on 8-2 run to seal the 62-55 win.
- UK shot 36.1 percent from the field in the game while the Aggies shot 41.1 percent.
- The Wildcats are now 7-6 this season when they shoot a lower percentage than their opponents and 3-5 in league play.
Senior guard Taylor Murray scored nine points with five assists and three steals.
- Murray now has 1,319 career points and ranks 19th all-time in points scored.
- Murray has 432 career assists which ranks sixth most in program history. She needs 10 more to tie Stacey Reed for fifth all-time in program history.
- Murray has 275 career steals which ranks tied for fifth most in program history. She needs three more steals to move into the top five in program history.
Freshman guard Rhyne Howard scored seven points with three rebounds.
- Howard has scored 457 points this season which ranks third most by a freshman in a season in program history. She needs 36 more point to tie A’dia Mathies for second. She needs 184 more points to tie Valerie Still for the program record.
- Howard has hit 67 3-pointers this season, which is the most ever by a true freshman in a single season in program history.
- She has 62 steals, which ranks third most by a freshman in program history.
- Her 185 rebounds is fifth most all-time by a freshman in program history.
- Senior guard Maci Morris led Kentucky with 11 points, hitting three 3s.
- Morris now has 1,641 career points, which ranks sixth most in program history. She needs 149 more point to tie Makayla Epps for fifth all-time in school history in points scored.
- Morris has 245 career 3-pointers made which ranks second in program history. She needs 26 more 3s to tie Sara Potts for most all time.
- Morris has hit at least one 3-pointer in 106 of 125 career games played.
- Sophomore forward Tatyana Wyatt scored 10 points with five rebounds.
- Wyatt has scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
- She has five rebounds in each of the last two games.