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Kentucky-Pikeville Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Pikeville Postgame Notes




Kentucky 93, Pikeville 45 – FINAL

Team Records and Series Notes 

  • The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program is in its 49th season with a 882-569 (.608) all-time record.  
  • This was Kentucky’s lone exhibition game of the season. 
  • For the 14th time since 2007, UK will begin its season ranked or receiving votes in the national polls as it is receiving votes in the coaches poll. 
  • Kyra Elzy is in her third season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a37-21 overall record. 
    • Elzy is 22-7 at home, including 20-5 record inside Memorial Coliseum and 2-2 mark inside Rupp Arena. 
  • UK will officially start the season Monday, Nov. 7 against Radford inside Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network+. 

Team Notes 

  • Kentucky used the starting combination Jada Walker, Maddie Scherr, Robyn Benton, Blair Green and Nyah Leveretter. 
  • Kentucky jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game thanks to layup from newcomer and Kentucky native Maddie Scherr and a jumper and a layup from Jada Walker. 
    • Pikeville added their first points of the game in the sixth minute.  
    • The Wildcats would respond with an 11-0 run thanks to the effort of five different scorers. 
    • The Bears then scored their first 3-pointer of the game. 
    • The Cats followed with another 8-0 run, before the Bears capped the quarter with a layup.  
    • Kentucky led Pikeville, 25-7, at the end of the first quarter. 
  • Robyn Benton opened up scoring with a layup in the second quarter, before it would become another game of streaks. 
    • The Bears scored a point on a free throw, then the Cats went on an 8-0 run.  
      • Blair Green was responsible for the last six points of that streak with a pair of layups and a jumper. 
    • Pikeville knocked down a 3-pointer, then Adebola Adeyeye and Ajae Petty responded with a pair of jumpers each.  
    • The Bears would score two more points, then Adeyeye and Petty came right back and added two more points apiece, in that order. 
    • The Bears capped the quarter with a free throw. 
    • Kentucky led Pikeville, 43-14, at halftime. 
  • It was a back-and-forth affair to begin the second half.  
    • Jada Walker, who sat much of the first half with two fouls, led the Wildcats in scoring in the third quarter with 10 points in nine minutes. Scherr added nine points.  
    • The Cats finished the third quarter with a game-high 31 points on a game-high 70.0 percent shooting (14-of-20). 
    • Kentucky led Pikeville, 74-38, at the end of the third quarter.  
  • Benton connected on an and-1 to begin the fourth quarter for the Cats. Nyah Leveretter followed it up with a layup.  
    • The Bears followed  with a three-point play for themselves, but Emma King responded with a layup and Green added a jumper, as the Cats took an 83-33 lead. 
    • Pikeville scored another field goal, then Petty went on a five-point streak of her own. 
    • Kentucky went through about a three-minute scoring drought toward the end of the fourth quarter, allowing Pikeville to score eight points in that time. It was interrupted by a put-back jumper from Eniya Russell in the final minute-and-a-half of the game. 
    • Russell also added the last three points of the game on a layup and free throw. 
    • Kentucky defeated Pikeville, 93-45. 
  • Kentucky shot 48.3 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from long range, while it held Pikeville to 21.0 percent from the field and 15.0 percent from the arc.   
    • The Wildcats had four players score in double figures. 
    • The Wildcats had 59 rebounds in the game. 
    • The Wildcats forced their opponents to 25 turnovers, while they committed just 13. 
    • The Wildcats had 76 points in the paint. 

Player Notes 

  • Junior Ajae Petty led Kentucky in scoring with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Fifteen points would have been a career high for the transfer from LSU. 
    • She added six rebounds, tying a career best, and four steals, also a career best. 
    • If the game were to count, it would have marked Petty’s just second 10+ point game of her career. 
  • Returners Robyn Benton and Jada Walker added 14 points apiece. 
    • Benton scored on 6-of-12 from the field, including 1-of-2 from long range, while also forcing a trio of steals and two assists. 
    • Walker scored on 7-of-12 from the field, while also recording three rebounds and a steal. 
    • Both returning starters played under 20 minutes. 
  • Junior Maddie Scherr rounded out the double-digit scorers adding 13 points on just 5-of-7 shooting, including a perfect 2-of-2 from the arc. 
    • The transfer from Oregon filled her stat line, also recording three rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a pair of steals. 
  • Junior Eniya Russell flirted with a double-double, recording nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. 
  • Graduate students Blair Green and Adebola Adeyeye scored eight points apiece. 
    • Adeyeye recorded 15 rebounds in just 18 minutes of action. Fifteen rebounds would have been a career high for the transfer from Buffalo. 
  • Eight Wildcats made their unofficial debut in Blue and White, including starter Maddie Scherr. Others included Adebola Adeyeye, Amiya Jenkins, Ajae Petty, Cassidy Rowe, Eniya Russell, Zennia Thomas and Saniah Tyler. 

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