Kentucky-Radford Postgame Notes
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY VS. RADFORD
MONDAY, NOV. 7 2022
MEMORIAL COLISEUM – LEXINGTON, KY.
Kentucky 82, Radford 78 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes
- The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program is in its 49th season with an 883-569 (.608) all-time record.
- Kyra Elzy is in her third season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a 38-21 overall record.
- Elzy is 23-7 at home, including 21-5 record inside Memorial Coliseum and 2-2 mark inside Rupp Arena.
- Elzy is 3-0 in season openers.
- Kentucky is 41-8 in season openers.
- The Wildcats are 45-4 all-time in home openers and have won 14 in a row as well.
- Kentucky improved to 3-0 all-time against Radford with all three games being played inside Memorial Coliseum.
- Kentucky used the starting combination Jada Walker, Maddie Scherr, Robyn Benton, Blair Green and Nyah Leveretter.
- Kentucky won the opening tip.
- Robyn Benton was the first player to score for Kentucky.
- Adebola Adeyeye was the first substitute off the bench.
- Robyn Benton scored first in the game, before it became a back-and-forth affair for the remainder of the first quarter.
- Radford tied the game on its first possession.
- The Highlanders took their first lead after a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter, 7-6.
- Kentucky reclaimed its lead with a Benton 3-pointer, followed by a free throw.
- The Wildcats went on a 6-0 run toward the end of the first quarter thanks to three straight layups by Ajae Petty, Adeyeye and Eniya Russell.
- The Highlanders tied the game, 16-16, in the final 20 seconds of the first quarter.
- Jada Walker made a last-second layup to put Kentucky ahead Radford, 18-16, at the end of the first quarter.
- Radford tied the game, 20-20, on its first possession of the second quarter.
- The two teams would go tit-for-tat until Kentucky at last began to pull away around the fifth minute of the second quarter.
- UK went on a 6-0 run, including a 4-0 run by Adeyeye herself, to put the Wildcats ahead of the Highlanders, 31-27.
- Radford tied it up, once again, 33-33, around the two-and-a-half minute mark.
- Kentucky responded in an important way, as Walker scored a crucial 3-pointer, followed by a Russell jumper and a Leveretter put-back, as the Wildcats took a quick 40-33 lead.
- Kentucky concluded the first half ahead, 42-36, keeping Radford scoreless from the field for more than two-and-a-half minutes at the end of the second quarter.
- The Wildcats took their largest lead in the game, to this point, in the seventh minute of the third quarter, 48-38. It happened on a steal by Walker, the dish by Scherr and a layup by Green.
- Kentucky went on a two-and-a-half minute scoring drought while leading, 59-45, toward the end of the third quarter. Russell capped the scoring drought with a spin move under the basket.
- Radford scored back-to-back 3-pointers to cap the third quarter.
- Kentucky led Radford, 63-52, at the end of the third quarter.
- Kentucky held as much as a 15-point lead in the beginning of the fourth quarter as Radford began to slowly chip away it.
- The Highlanders had a 7-0 run around the seventh minute of the fourth quarter thanks to a pair of layups and a 3-pointer, as the Wildcats continued to lead, 69-61.
- It was back and forth until the final 30 seconds of the game, when Radford went on a 4-0 run by way of free throws to get within three points of Kentucky (81-78).
- Walker was fouled in the final 10 seconds of the game, making one of her two free-throw attempts.
- Kentucky defeated Radford, 82-78, in the season opener.
- Kentucky shot 45.2 percent from the field on 33-of-73 shooting, while Radford shot 53.6 percent from the field on 30-of-56 shooting.
- The Wildcats had 56 points in the paint.
- The Wildcats forced the Highlanders to commit 17 turnovers, while the Cats scored 18 points off those miscues. Meanwhile, the Cats turned the ball over just 10 instances themselves.
- Sophomore guard Jada Walker led the team with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field.
- It marked just the second time in her career she has led the team in scoring.
- Her 19 points marked the eighth game in her career scoring 15+ points in a game.
- She added four rebounds, a team-high four steals, two assists and a block.
- Her four steals marked the 15th time in her career she has recorded at least two steals in a game.
- Graduate student guard Robyn Benton had 17 points, adding four assists, three rebounds and a steal.
- Her 17 points marked the ninth time in her career scoring 15+ points in a game.
- Her four assists marked the 16th time in her career she has recorded at least three assists in a game.
- Graduate student forward Adebola Adeyeye had six points and a team-high nine rebounds.
- Her six points came on 2-of-3 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.
- Tonight’s game marked Adeyeye’s Kentucky debut.
- Junior guard Maddie Scherr dished out a team-high seven assists, adding four points, six rebounds and a steal.
- Tonight’s game marked Scherr’s Kentucky debut.
- Graduate student guard Blair Green produced a solid statline in her debut since returning from her ruptured Achilles, scoring nine points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
- Freshman guard Amiya Jenkins scored her first points in her collegiate career.
- Her first bucket in Blue and White came in the sixth minute of the second quarter, helping Kentucky tie Radford, 25-25.