Women's Basketball


No. 15 Kentucky 66, Alabama 62 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 18-4 (7-3 SEC), while Alabama is 13-10 (3-7 SEC).    
  • Kentucky is 841-544 all-time, including 459-158 in Memorial Coliseum. 
    • UK is 12-2 at home this season, including 11-1 inside Memorial Coliseum.
    • Matthew Mitchell is 181-42 in home games in his UK tenure.
  • This was the 50th all-time meeting between Kentucky and Alabama in women’s basketball.
    • UK leads the all-time series 33-17, including 15-6 in games played in Lexington.
    • UK has won nine straight games in the series.
  • Matthew Mitchell is in his 13th season as the head coach of the Wildcats.
    • Mitchell is 329-158 overall in his career and 299-129 during his tenure at Kentucky.
  • Kentucky is ranked 15 in the latest AP Top 25 and No. 13 in the latest USA Today/Coaches Top 25.
  • The Wildcats will return to action Sunday, Feb. 9 when they travel to No. 25/rv Arkansas for a 4 p.m. ET tip on ESPN2. 

Team Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting combination of senior guards Amanda Paschal, Sabrina Haines and Jaida Roper, junior forward KeKe McKinney and senior forward Ogechi Anyagaligbo. 
    • This was the first time this season that UK has used this starting combination.
    • Ogechi Anyagaligbo scored first for Kentucky in the game, hitting a layup on UK’s first possession. This was the first time this season that Anyagaligbo has been the first Wildcat to score. 
  • After Anyagaligbo’s field goal make to start the game, Kentucky missed its next 10 shots and trailed 5-4 at the first media timeout of the game with 4:17 left in the first quarter.
    • Chasity Patterson broke that streak with a jumper in the paint at 3:36 in the first quarter.
  • Kentucky dominated the glass in the first half, leading 19-12.
    • The Wildcats had a 9-1 edge on offensive rebounds in the first half and a 5-0 edge in second-chance points in the first half.
  • The Wildcats had 18 assists in the game, which was a season high for assists in an SEC game.
  • UK won the second-chance points battle for the game, 9-6.
    • UK is 12-1 this season when it wins the second-chance points.
  • The Wildcats only committed six turnovers in the game, which tied a season-low.
    • UK allowed Alabama to score only six points off those miscues.
  • Kentucky forced Alabama into 17 turnovers and scored 21 points off those mistakes.
    • UK has now scored 20 or more points off turnovers in 18 games.
  • After hitting just seven 3s in its last two games combined, Kentucky hit seven against the Crimson Tide.
  • UK had seven blocks in the game, which tied a season-high in blocks and was the most in an SEC game for UK this season.
  • Kentucky is now 15-2 this season when it leads at halftime, including 6-1 in league play.
  • UK shot a lower percentage than Alabama and is 7-4 this season when they shot a lower percentage.
  • The Wildcats are now 4-0 this season after a loss.
    • UK is 82-34 all-time under Matthew Mitchell following a loss.
  • It was a good night for Kentucky’s three post players as KeKe McKinney scored nine points, while Tatyana Wyatt and Ogechi Anyagaligbo each scored seven.
    • This is the first time this season that those three players have each scored seven or more points in the same game.

Player Notes

  • Sophomore guard Rhyne Howard did not play in the game due to a fractured finger on her left hand. She is expected to return in mid-February. This was the third game she missed.
  • Senior guard Sabrina Haines led UK with 14 points, going 4-of-7 from 3 with six rebounds and four assists.
    • Haines has hit two or more 3s in six of her last nine games.
    • Haines has hit three or more 3s in eight games this season.
    • This is the third time this year that Haines has led UK in scoring. UK is 3-0 in those games.
    • Haines six rebound tied for a team-best marking the second time this year she has been UK’s leading rebounder.
    • This was the seventh game this season Haines has recorded three or more steals.
  • Senior guard Jaida Roper scored 10 points with a team-best five assists and two steals.
    • This was the eighth time this season that Roper has led UK in assists and the 27th time in her career.
    • This was the eighth 10+ scoring game for Roper and the fourth in the last five games.
    • Roper has hit at least one 3 in each of the last three games.
  • Junior guard Chasity Patterson scored 11 points with four assists and three rebounds.

    • Patterson has scored 10 or more points in five games this season, including three straight.
    • Patterson’s four assists were a season high.
    • Patterson hit one 3 and has hit a 3 in nine games this season.
  • Junior forward KeKe McKinney scored nine points in the game with six rebounds and five blocks.
    • The five blocks tied a career high for McKinney. She is the first UK player to record five or more blocks in a game since she had five against MTSU in December 2018.
    • McKinney has scored eight or more points in three of her four games back since returning from injury. She also had six or more rebounds in three of those four games.


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