Women's Basketball


Kentucky 67, Alabama 63 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 10-11, 3-8 in the SEC this season, while Alabama 12-11, 3-9 in the league.
    • This was the 52nd all-time meeting between Kentucky and Alabama.
    • The Wildcats lead the series all-time 35-17, including a 14-10 mark in Tuscaloosa.
    • UK has won 20 of the last 22 meetings in the series dating back to 2006, including 11 straight.
  • Kentucky is in its 48th season with a 873-567 (.607) all-time record.
  • Kyra Elzy is in her second season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a 28-19 overall record.
  • Kentucky will be back in action Tuesday, Feb. 15 vs. Mississippi State inside Memorial Coliseum. The game will tip at 6 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 sixth time that UK has used this starting combination this season, sitting 2-4.
    • Jada Walker scored first for Kentucky in the game. It was the sixth time this season she has scored first.
    • Dre’una Edwards was the first sub for Kentucky. It was the third time she has been the first Wildcat off the bench.
    • Alabama won the opening tip. It was the 13th time that UK has lost the opening tip.
  • Alabama started the game on a 11-2 run, forcing a Kentucky timeout with 6:02 left in the first quarter.
    • Alabama was 4-of-6 from the field to start, while UK was 1-of-6.
    • Six of Alabama’s first 11 points were scored in the paint.
  • Kentucky ended the first quarter on a 18-9 run that made the Alabama lead 20-19 at the end of the first quarter.
    • UK forced Alabama into six turnovers in the first quarter and scored six points off those miscues.
    • Kentucky scored 14 points in the paint in the first quarter, to lead that battle 14-12.
    • Seven of UK’s nine players scored in the first quarter.
  • The Wildcats won the second quarter 10-8 to take a 29-28 lead into the break at halftime.
    • UK made just one of its last seven field-goal attempts in the second quarter, while Alabama missed each of its last six and hit one of its last 10.
    • Overall, UK 4-of-20 from the field in the second quarter for 20 percent. UK was 13-of-40 from the field in the first half for 33 percent.
    • Alabama was 2-of-11 from the field in the second quarter and 11-of-25 overall in the first half.
    • UK had just six first-half turnovers, while Alabama had 12 miscues.
    • UK scored 12 points off those Alabama errors, while Bama had just one point off turnovers.
    • Eight of Kentucky’s 13 first-half field goals were assisted.
    • Kentucky is 10-3 this season when it is leading at the half, including 3-2 in league play.
      • Overall, under Elzy the Wildcats are 25-7 when leading or tied at the half.
  • Both teams scored 16 points in the third quarter as UK hit five of its last seven field goals.
    • Dre’una Edwards scored 12 of UK’s 16 points in the third quarter.
    • UK forced just two Alabama turnovers in the third quarter and scored just two points off those errors.
  • Kentucky won the fourth quarter 22-19 to secure the win.
    • UK was 7-of-15 from the field in the fourth quarter
  • The paint points were tied 34-34.
  • Kentucky won the second-chance points 17-8.
  • Fifteen of Kentucky’s 27 made field goals were assisted.
  • This win snapped a four-game losing streak for Kentucky.
  • All nine Wildcats that played in the game scored.

Player Notes

  • Rhyne Howard scored nine points with nine rebounds, adding three blocks.

    • For her career, Howard has scored 2,072 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 66 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 722, 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 104 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 57 career games, including 12 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 42 career games, including 11 times this season.
      • Has 24 career double-doubles, including seven this season.
      • Has 1 triple double.
  • Dre’una Edwards scored a game-high 24 points with seven rebounds and three steals.
    • This is the fifth 20-point game for Edwards this season and the ninth in her career.
    • This is the fifth time she has led UK in scoring this season.
  • Nyah Leveretter scored eight points with seven rebounds, adding a block and three steals.
    • Her three steals were a career high.
    • Her eight points were a career high.

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