Women's Basketball


Kentucky 50, No. 1 South Carolina 59 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 9-11, 2-8 in the SEC this season, while South Carolina is 23-1, 10-1 SEC.
    • This was the 71st all-time meeting between Kentucky and South Carolina.
    • The Gamecocks leads the all-time series 37-34.
    • UK leads in games played in Lexington, 20-12.
    • SC has won 15 of the last 16 meetings overall.
  • Kentucky is in its 48th season with a 872-567 (.607) all-time record.
  • Kyra Elzy is in her second season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a 27-19 overall record.
  • Kentucky is 508-183 all-time at home, including a 478-164 record inside Memorial Coliseum.
    • Kyra Elzy is 19-7 in home games and 17-5 inside Memorial Coliseum as a head coach.
  • Kentucky will be back in action Sunday, Feb. 13 at Alabama inside Coleman Coliseum. The game will tip at 2 p.m. ET on SEC Network and the UK Sports Network.  

Team Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting combination of senior guards Rhyne Howard and Jazmine Massengill, redshirt junior center Olivia Owens, sophomore forward Treasure Hunt and freshman guard Jada Walker.
    • This is the fourth time that UK has used this starting combination this season, sitting 1-4.
    • Dre’una Edwards scored first for Kentucky in the game. It was the second time this season she has scored first.
    • Dre’una Edwards was the first sub for Kentucky. It was the second time she has been the first Wildcat off the bench.
    • South Carolina won the opening tip. It was the 12th time that UK has lost the opening tip.
  • Kentucky was 4-of-14 from the field in the first quarter, scoring just eight points. UK trailed 8-16 at the end of the first 10 minutes.
    • All 16 of South Carolina’s first quarter points were scored in the paint and eight were second-chance points.
  • South Carolina outscored Kentucky 10-9 in the second quarter as the Gamecocks started on a 8-0 run before UK answered with a 9-0 run.
    • SC had eight points in the paint in the second quarter.
    • UK’s 17 first-half points was its fewest in the first half since having 16 at LSU on Jan. 19, 2020.
    • It was the fewest points in the first half for Kentucky at home since Jan. 24, 2019 vs. Missouri when UK had 18.
  • Kentucky bounced back with a strong fourth quarter, outscoring the Gamecocks 24-17.
    • UK was 8-of-17 from the field in the fourth quarter and 3-of-8 from 3.
    • UK forced South Carolina into six fourth-quarter turnovers.
  • South Carolina’s 59 points was the second fewest that the Gamecocks have scored this season and the fewest in league play.
  • UK’s 50 points was its fewest since 50 at Virginia on Nov. 16, 2019.
  • South Carolina had 20 offensive rebounds and scored 21 points off those o-boards.
  • The Gamecocks scored 46 of their 59 points in the paint.

Player Notes

  • Rhyne Howard scored 21 points with nine rebounds, going 8-of-15 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3.

    • Tonight, Howard led Kentucky in points, 3s, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
    • For her career, Howard has scored 2,063 career points. Howard ranks second in Kentucky WBB history in points scored with the top spot – Valerie Still, 2,763 – more than likely out of reach. However, Howard could become the second all-time leading scorer in school history – both men’s and women’s – if she scores 75 more points, which would pass Dan Issel, who is the men’s all-time leading scorer at 2,138.
    • Howard ranks second in school history in career scoring average at 20.0, while she is third in field-goals made with 719, second in career 3s made with 253 and fourth in career 3-point field-goal percentage at 37.5. She is also fourth in UK history in steals per game at 2.398.
    • In 103 career games, Howard has …
      • Hit at least one 3 in 89 career games, including 16 times this season.
      • Made three or more 3s in 43 career games, including six this season.
      • Made five or more 3s in 14 career games, including twice this season.
      • Scored 10+ points in 92 career game, including 18 times this season.
      • Scored 15+ points in 76 career games, including 17 times this season.
      • Scored 20+ points in 57 career games, including 13 times this season.
      • Scored 25+ points in 30 career games, including four times this season.
      • Scored 30+ points in 8 career games, including one this season.
      • Led UK in scoring in 68 career games, including 14 times this season.
      • Led UK in rebounding in 56 career games, including 11 times this season.
      • Led UK in assists in 38 career games, including nine times this season.
      • Led UK in steals in 44 career games, including 13 times this season.
      • Led UK in blocks in 41 career games, including 10 times this season.
      • Has 24 career double-doubles, including seven this season.
      • Has 1 triple double.


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