Kentucky-Murray State Postgame Notes
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY VS. MURRAY STATE
FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2022
MEMORIAL COLISEUM – LEXINGTON, KY.
Murray State 51, Kentucky 44 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes
- The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program is in its 49th season with an 889-572 (.609) all-time record.
- The Wildcats are now 7-3 on the season.
- The Racers are now 6-2 on the season.
- Kyra Elzy is in her third season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a 44-24 overall record.
- This marked Kentucky’s first loss to Murray State in the all-time series.
- UK remains the leader in the all-time series with MSU, 15-1.
- Kentucky will return home to host NR/RV Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET for the program’s annual Holiday Game.
- Fans are encouraged to join the coaches and staff in wearing their ugliest holiday sweater.
- Kentucky used the starting combination Jada Walker, Maddie Scherr, Robyn Benton, Blair Green and Nyah Leveretter for the fifth game this season. UK is 4-1 using that starting combination.
- Kentucky won the opening tip.
- Jada Walker was the first player to score for Kentucky.
- Ajae Petty was the first substitute off the bench for Kentucky.
- Both teams went scoreless for the first minute and 50 seconds in the game.
- Jada Walker was the first player to score on either team, thanks to a jumper at 8:10 in the first quarter.
- Murray State answered with a 9-0 run to take a 9-2 lead.
- Walker snapped the scoring run with a fastbreak layup at 4:30.
- Her score helped Kentucky go on a 5-2 run over the next two-and-a-half minutes.
- Both teams went scoreless from 1:37 to :27 in the first quarter.
- The Racers capped the period with a 3-pointer under 30 seconds.
- Murray State led Kentucky, 14-7, at the end of the first quarter.
- Maddie Scherr opened up the second quarter with a 3-pointer, helping the Wildcats get within two possessions of the Racers.
- Murray State responded with a layup.
- Kentucky scored next on back-to-back layups by Kennedy Cambridge then Ajae Petty.
- The Wildcats’ 7-2 run to start the second quarter helped close the gap, as Murray State led Kentucky, 16-14, with seven minutes and 44 seconds remaining in the period.
- Murray State drained a pair of free throws over the next, almost, three minutes, then Benton knocked down a 3-pointer at 5:16 to get within one point.
- Neither team went on a run under five minutes, just back-and-forth scoring, until the Racers made a free throw at the two minutes, followed by a layup at one-and-a-half minutes, to cap scoring by either team in the second quarter.
- The Racers led the Wildcats, 25-20, at the end of the second quarter.
- UK outscored MSU, 13-11, in the second quarter, the lone quarter the Wildcats outscored the Racers.
- Murray State knocked down a 3-pointer at the start of the third quarter, stretching its lead to 28-20.
- The two teams went back-and-forth in scoring after that three-point field goal, with neither team making a run more than a single bucket for the remainder of the third quarter.
- Murray State led Kentucky in scoring in the third quarter, 10-8.
- Both teams went on a scoring drought down the stretch of that period, with MSU going without a score in the final six minutes and two seconds of that period and UK going without a score in the final four minutes and 18 seconds of that period.
- The Racers led the Wildcats, 35-28, at the end of the third quarter.
- Ajae Petty was responsible for the first two Kentucky scores to begin the fourth quarter, and then Benton was responsible for the next 10 Kentucky points after that.
- Kentucky never could get a stop and get on a run greater than four points during that stretch, as Murray State had an answer for almost every make down to the last minute in the game.
- The Racers made six free throws under the minute mark.
- Petty capped the game in scoring with a layup with five seconds remaining.
- Murray State defeated Kentucky, 51-44.
- Graduate guard Robyn Benton led the team in scoring with 15 points.
- It marked the second straight game she has led the team in scoring.
- She has scored in double digits in all 10 games this season.
- She made at least one 3-pointer for the fifth straight game.
- She added two rebounds, two assists and one steal.
- She made at least one steal for the fifth straight game.
- Junior forward Ajae Petty had 11 points.
- She has scored in double digits for six straight games.
- She added nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
- Junior guard Maddie Scherr had seven points.
- She has made a 3-pointer in two straight games.
- She added five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.
- She has made at least five rebounds in three straight games.
- She has made at least two blocks in three straight games.
- Sophomore guard Jada Walker made three steals, which marks the 13th straight game she has recorded at least one steal.
- She added four points, four rebounds and a block.
- Junior forward Nyah Leveretter reentered the starting lineup for the first time since mid-November.
- She had five rebounds, a season-high tying two blocks, two points and one steal.
- She has made at least five rebounds in two straight games.