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Kentucky-Louisville Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Louisville Postgame Notes


SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2022

RV/No. 24 Louisville 86, Kentucky 72 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes  

  • The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program is in its 49th season with an 889-571 (.609) all-time record.   
    • The Wildcats are now 7-2 on the season. 
      • The Cats’ only two losses of the season are to ranked teams.  
    • The Cardinals are now 7-4 on the season. 
  • Kyra Elzy is in her third season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a 44-23 overall record.  
  • Kentucky remains the leader in the all-time series with Louisville, 34-24. 
    • UK remains the leader in the all-time series with UofL in games played in Lexington, 22-7. 
  • Kentucky will return home to Memorial Coliseum to host its fifth in-state opponent of the season, Murray State, on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network. 

Team Notes  

  • Kentucky used the starting combination Jada Walker, Maddie Scherr, Robyn Benton, Blair Green and Adebola Adeyeye for the fifth straight game this season. UK is 3-2 using that starting combination.  
    • Louisville won the opening tip. 
    • Robyn Benton was the first player to score for Kentucky, on a free throw, while Maddie Scherr was the first player to make a field goal for UK. 
    • Ajae Petty was the first substitute off the bench for Kentucky. 
  • Louisville led Kentucky, 14-6, through the first media timeout with four minutes and 43 seconds remaining in the first quarter. 
    • The Cardinals put together a 6-1 lead in the first two minutes, but Maddie Scherr shot one from long to cut down on the Cards’ lead. 
    • Kentucky kept it close with Louisville over the next two minutes, until the Cardinals went on a 6-0 run to hit the first media timeout at 4:43. 
    • Out of the first media timeout, Kentucky led Louisville in scoring, 8-7, in the final four-plus minutes of the first quarter.  
      • Amiya Jenkins capped scoring in that period with a 3-pointer. 
    • The Cards led the Cats, 21-14, at the end of the first quarter. 
  • The Cardinals opened up the second quarter on a 6-0 run, scoring on a couple jumpers and a layup.  
    • Their run prompted the Wildcats to call a timeou. 
      • The Cats came out of the timeout with a 4-0 run on a jumper by Scherr and a layup by Robyn Benton. 
    • Scoring was back-and-forth through the fifth minute. 
    • Kentucky then broke the back-and-forth with a 5-0 run just under five minutes, keeping Louisville scoreless from the field for more than four minutes during that stretch. 
    • The Cardinals escaped their scoring drought to cap the period with a 7-0 run under two minutes in the second quarter. 
    • The Cards led the Cats, 42-25, at halftime.  
      • The Cards shot 48.5 percent from the field in the first half, compared to the Cats’ 30.3 percent. Meanwhile, the Cards made nine of their 10 free throws in the first half. 
  • Benton opened up scoring in the second half with a jumper at 9:19. 
    • Eleven free throws were made between the two teams over the next two minutes, as UofL began the series on 4-0 run from the line, followed by UK on 3-0 run from the line, capped by UofL going 4-0 from the line again. 
      • Louisville capped the series with a jumper at 6:19. 
    • Kentucky answered with a 10-2 run, chipping away at Louisville’s lead, 54-40, under three minutes in the third quarter. 
    • Neither team went on a run greater than four points down the stretch in that period. 
    • Louisville led Kentucky, 61-47, at the end of the third quarter. 
  • Scherr opened up scoring in the fourth quarter with a jumper at 9:41, tightening Louisville’s lead over Kentucky, 61-49.  
    • Louisville responded with back-to-back scores in the paint, the start of an 8-2 run that ended with five minutes and 35 seconds remaining in the game.  
    • Benton and Ajae Petty teamed up to respond with an 8-1 run with four minutes and 13 seconds remaining, as the Cards led the Cats, 72-59, after that stretch. 
    • UofL ended UK’s scoring run with a jumper at 4:03, then wouldn’t score another field goal until 1:37, but did score on four made free throws during that time. 
      • While holding UofL scoreless from the field in those two-plus minutes, UK had eight points on three field goals and a couple made free throws from Scherr. 
    • Louisville concluded the game going 6-of-6 from the line in the final one minute and 37 seconds, meanwhile Petty scored on a layup and Benton rallied a 3-pointer during that series. 
    • The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats, 86-72, in Rupp Arena. 
  • Kentucky had four more field goals than Louisville and four more 3-pointers than them. 
    • UK shot 42.4 percent from the field on 28-of-66, while UofL shot 44.1 percent from the field on 26-of-59.  
    • However, the Cardinals made 33 of their 39 attempts at the line, while the Wildcats knocked down just 10 of their 21 shots at the line.  
  • UK led UofL in second-chance points, 22-19, and bench points, 25-22. 
  • The two teams tied with 38 points in the paint.  
  • Kentucky made 20 assists, the third time this season UK has dished out at least 20 assists.  
  • The Wildcats won the turnover battle for the eighth time in nine games this season, committing just 14 turnovers compared to the Cardinals 16 turnovers.  
    • The two teams tied in points of turnovers, 14-14. 

Player Notes  

  • Robyn Benton and Maddie Scherr are the first pair of Kentucky players to score at least 18 points each against Louisville since Rhyne Howard and Taylor Murray on Dec. 9, 2018. 
  • At least three players scored in double digits for the eighth time this season. 
    • Kentucky is 6-2 when at least three players score at least 10 points.  
  • Graduate guard Robyn Benton led the team in scoring with a season-high 20 points. 
    • It marked the third 20-plus point game of her career. 
    • She has scored in double digits in all nine games this season.  
    • She has made a 3-pointer in four straight games this season, a streak that leads the team, after draining two 3-pointers against Louisville.  
    • She added five rebounds, a career-high tying five assists, a block and a steal. 
  • Junior guard Maddie Scherr had a career-high 18 points on 6-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-4 from the arc, and 4-of-4 from the line.  
    • She dished out six assists, marking the fourth straight game she has recorded at least five assists. 
    • She added five rebounds and two blocks. 
  • Junior forward Ajae Petty produced 11 points on 5-of-6 from the field. 
    • It marked the fifth straight game she has scored in double digits. 
    • She added six rebounds.  
  • Freshman guard Amiya Jenkins had a career-high nine points.  
    • She went 4-of-7 from the field, including sinking one from long range to end the first quarter. 
    • She added a rebound.  
  • Sophomore guard Jada Walker had six assists. 
    • She also scored a 3-pointer and made a steal. 
    • She has made a steal in 12 straight games, a steak that began last season and leads Kentucky.  

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