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Kentucky-Kentucky State Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Kentucky State Postgame Notes


Kentucky 88, Kentucky State 71 – FINAL [EXH]

Team Records and Series Notes 

  • The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program is about to begin its 50th season next Tuesday.
    • UK has an 894-588 (.632) all-time record, just six wins away from 900.
  • Kyra Elzy is beginning her fourth season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a 49-40 (.551) overall record.
  • The Wildcats will be playing majority of their games in Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center this season.
    • The Cats have a 30-22 (.577) all-time home record in the historic building.
  • Kentucky will officially begin its season against ETSU on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. ET at the Clive M. Beck Center (Transylvania University).
    • The game can be streamed on SEC Network+.


Team Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting combination Brooklynn Miles, Saniah Tyler, Ajae Petty, Maddie Scherr and Zennia Tyler.
    • Kentucky State won the opening tip.
    • Brooklynn Miles was the first player to score for Kentucky off a pair of free throws.
    • Amiya Jenkins and Emma King were the first substitutes off the bench for Kentucky.
  • Kentucky scored 88 points in the exhibition game.
    • Despite this morning’s contest not counting toward official records, UK has had success when it eclipses 80 points (379-26, .936).
  • Four players scored in double digits.
    • Ajae Petty (19), Saniah Tyler (12), Emma King (12) and Eniya Russell (12)
  • Fifty-six of UK’s 88 points came in the paint.
    • UK eclipsed 50 paint points just once in 2022-23.
  • The Wildcats had 24 assists on 32 makes from the field, which included assists from eight players.
  • UK forced KSU into 24 turnovers, scoring 30 points off those miscues.
    • UK committed just 15 turnovers, giving up just eight points off those errors.
  • Kentucky shot 54.2 percent from the field in the exhibition game, including shooting 50.0 percent in three of four quarters.
    • Despite this morning’s contest not counting toward official records, head coach Kyra Elzy’s teams have had success when it shoots 50.0 percent or better (17-1, .944).


How It Happened

  • Kentucky led Kentucky State, 24-13, at the end of the first quarter.
    • Kentucky earned a 7-0 run to end the period, which Saniah Tyler capped on a long 3-pointer. Just before that, Ajae Petty had back-to-back layups, the second of which included her forcing a turnover, then dishing it out to Amiya Jenkins, who passed it back to Petty for the layup.
      • Ajae Petty was 7-of-7 in the first quarter, adding six rebounds and two steals.
  • The Wildcats increased their lead over the Thorobreds at halftime, 45-31.
    • The Cats shot 53.6 percent (15-of-28) in the first half, led by Ajae Petty’s 8-of-8 from the field.
    • The Cats led the Thorobreds on the boards, 20-14.
    • The Cats added 12 assists and five steals in the first half.
  • By the end of the third quarter, the score was 70-49, Kentucky.
    • In that period, UK scored a quarter-high 25 points on a quarter-high 61.1 percent (11-of-18).
      • Emma King led the effort with six points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting in just seven minutes.
    • UK shared the ball well in the third quarter, too, with seven different players recording an assist and seven different players scoring.
  • Eniya Russell took command of the fourth quarter, scoring eight points alone on 4-of-5 from the field, adding one rebound, one block and committing just one turnover.
    • Freshmen Jordy Griggs and Janae Walker made their unofficial college debuts, entering the exhibition game in the fourth quarter.
  • Kentucky defeated Kentucky State, 88-71.


Player Notes

  • Ajae Petty, a senior forward, led Kentucky with a double-double on 19 points and 13 rebounds.
    • Her 19 points would be a career high if the game were official.
      • Her 19 points came off 8-of-10 from the field and 3-of-8 from the line.
    • Her 13 rebounds would be a career high if the game were official.
    • She also had two assists, two steals and one block.
  • Saniah Tyler, a sophomore guard, added 12 points.
    • Her 12 points would be a career high if the game were official.
      • Her 12 points came off 4-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-4 from long range, and 2-of-2 from the line.
    • She also had two rebounds, two assists and one block, all of which would also be career highs if the game were official.
  • Emma King, a graduate guard, added 12 points.
    • Her 12 points would be a career high if the game were official.
      • Her 12 points came off 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.
    • She also had three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal.
  • Eniya Russell, a senior guard, added 12 points.
    • Her 12 points came off 6-of-8 from the field.
    • She also had two assists, one steal and one block.
  • Senior guard Maddie Scherr and junior guard Brooklynn Miles led Kentucky with five assists apiece.
    • Sophomore guard Cassidy Rowe followed with four assists, which would be a career high if the game were official.
  • Senior guard Maddie Scherr and senior forward Ajae Petty led Kentucky with two assists apiece.
  • Graudate guard Emma King and sophomore forward Zennia Thomas led Kentucky with two blocks apiece.


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