Kentucky-Virginia Tech Postgame Notes
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY VS. NO. 14/14 VIRGINIA TECH
MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2022
BAHA MAR GRAND BALLROOM – NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Kentucky 74, No. 14/14 Virginia Tech 82 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes
- The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program is in its 49th season with an 886-570 (.609) all-time record.
- The Wildcats are now 4-1 on the season, sustaining their first loss of the year. This was UK’s first game away from Memorial Coliseum, sitting 4-0 at home.
- Virginia Tech is now 4-0 on the season, improving to 128-69 under seventh-year head coach Kenny Brooks.
- Kyra Elzy is in her third season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a 41-22 overall record.
- This was the third all-time meeting between Kentucky and Virginia Tech in women’s basketball with the Hookies now holding a 2-1 series lead.
- It marked the first meeting between the two teams in 33 years.
- This was the first meeting between the two teams in a neutral-site game as both previous meetings were in Lexington, Ky.
- VT was the first ranked opponent that UK has faced this season.
- Kentucky will face Dayton in its final game of the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship in the Bahamas on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
- The game will be available on the UK Sports Network and online through subscription on FloHoops.com.
- Kentucky used the starting combination Jada Walker, Maddie Scherr, Robyn Benton, Blair Green and Adebola Adeyeye for the first time this season.
- Virginia Tech won the opening tip, marking the first time this season that UK has lost the opening tip.
- Jada Walker was the first Kentucky player to score in the game.
- It was the first time this season that she has been the first Wildcat to score in a game.
- Ajae Petty was the first sub off the bench for Kentucky.
- This was the first time this season that Petty was the first UK sub to enter the game. She entered for Green, who picked up two early fouls.
- After being outscored 29-8 in the first quarter, Kentucky outscored the Hookies 66-53 the remainder of the way.
- In the second half, UK scored 51 points, shooting 55.9 percent from the field and going 2-of-5 from long range.
- UK had 30 points in the paint in the second half and 21points off turnovers in the second half.
- In comparison, UK 18 paint points and eight points off turnovers in the first half.
- Virginia Tech won the rebounding battle against Kentucky, 43-23, including a 13-11 edge in offensive rebounds and had 19 second-chance points.
- UK had a 48-40 edge in paint points in the game and a 29-14 edge in points off turnovers.
- UK is now 3-1 this season when it wins the battle in paint points.
- This was the first time this season that UK has trailed at halftime.
- Virginia Tech’s 82 points were the most UK has allowed in a game this season.
- This was the first time Kentucky has been outrebounded this season.
- UK committed fewer turnovers than VT in the game and has recorded fewer turnovers in every game they have played this season.
- UK has forced 20 or more turnovers in four of its five games this season.
- Nine of UK’s 10 players that played in the game scored for the Wildcats.
- Virginia Tech opened the game with a 3-pointer.
- Jada Walker responded with a layup as the two teams went back-and-forth, as the Hokies led the Wildcats, 5-4, at 7:54.
- The Hokies then went on an 8-0 run midway through the quarter.
- Robyn Benton capped their scoring streak with a jumper at 3:34.
- The Hokies went on another 9-0 run.
- Eniya Russell capped their scoring streak with a layup under the minute mark.
- The Hokies capped the first quarter with a 7-0 run.
- Virginia Tech led Kentucky, 29-8, at the end of the first quarter.
- The Hokies scored first to start the second quarter.
- Blair Green followed up with a jumper at 9:15.
- Tech had a couple layups, before Maddie Scherr went on a 4-0 run for herself, as Kentucky began to chip away at Tech’s lead, 35-14.
- The Hokies responded with a 7-0 run under the five-minute mark.
- The Wildcats capped the second quarter on a 9-2 run.
- Tech led Kentucky, 44-23, at halftime.
- Kentucky won the third quarter 26-23, shooting 64.7 percent from the field.
- The Wildcats went 11-of-17 overall in the quarter and did not attempt a 3-pointer.
- Eighteen of Kentucky’s 26 third-quarter points were in the paint and the scoring was balanced with six players scoring.
- Petty scored eight points in the third quarter on 4-of-4 shooting, while Walker had five and Benton and Green had four each.
- VT shot 57.1 percent in the third quarter, going 8-of-14.
- The Hookies still controlled the rebounding margin in the third quarter 9-6 with eight second-chance points.
- The Wildcats dominated the fourth quarter 25-15 to cut the deficit to single digits, however, UK could never get closer than six points, falling 82-74.
- UK had 13 points off turnovers in the fourth quarter, forcing nine VT miscues in the final 10 minutes alone.
- Walker was the leading scorer for UK in the fourth quarter, scoring eight points.
- UK was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
- UK won the rebounding battle 10-8 in the fourth quarter.
- In the quarter, UK had a 17-2 run to get the lead to single digits.
- Virginia Tech shot 30.8 percent from the field in the fourth quarter.
- UK hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, its only 3s of the game.
- Jada Walker led Kentucky in scoring for the third time this season, scoring 17 points with four assists and five steals.
- The five steals ties a season high.
- This was the third time this season and 20th time in her career that she has scored 10 or more points in a game.
- This was the third time this season and 10th time in her career that she has scored 15 or more points in a game.
- Robyn Benton scored 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting, adding two assists.
- This was the fourth time this season she has scored 10 or more points in a game and the 43rd time double-figure scoring game of her career.
- Ajae Petty scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting with four rebounds.
- This was a season high in scoring for Petty.
- Maddie Scherr led Kentucky in rebounding for the first time in her career, grabbing seven boards.
- Adebola Adeyeye recorded her first career start for the Wildcats in the game.
- She scored two points with five rebounds and a steal.
- Amiya Jenkins came off the bench to give UK a boost with seven points, going 3-of-5 from the free-throw line with four rebounds and two steals.
- The four rebounds was a career high, while the two steals ties a career high.
- Blair Green scored nine points with a 3-pointer in the game.
- Green has hit at least one 3 in three of her last four games.