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Kentucky-Austin Peay Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Austin Peay Postgame Notes


TUESDAY, NOV. 14, 2023

Austin Peay 68, Kentucky 63 – FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes 

  • Kentucky is 2-1 in 2023-24, while Austin Peay improved to 1-2 this season.
  • The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program is in its 50th season.
    • UK has an 896-589 (.603) all-time record, just four wins away from 900.
  • Kyra Elzy is in her fourth season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a 51-41 (.554) overall record.
  • The Wildcats now have a 6-1 all-time record against the Governors, including 4-1 in home games.
  • Kentucky will play its next four games away from home, first with a stop at NR/RV Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. ET.
    • The game will be streamed on ESPN+.


Team Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting combination Brooklynn Miles, Saniah Tyler, Ajae Petty, Eniya Russell and Amiya Jenkins for the first time this season.
    • Kentucky is 0-1 when using that starting combination.
      • Maddie Scherr (ankle) was unavailable.
    • The Wildcats won the opening tip for the second straight game.
    • Eniya Russell was the first player to score for Kentucky.
    • Emma King was the first substitute off the bench for Kentucky.
  • The Wildcats shot a season-low 31.4 percent from the field (22-of-70).
  • Kentucky outrebounded Austin Peay, 39-32.
    • Kentucky has outrebounded every opponent this season.

How It Happened

  • Austin Peay led Kentucky, 14-10, at the end of the first quarter, after shooting 42.9 percent (6-of-14) and holding Kentucky to 33.3 percent (5-of-15).
    • UK went on a three-minute scoring drought from the 4:10 mark to the :41 second mark, when Ajae Petty connected on a jumper to snap the drought and get within two points.
    • Austin Peay followed with a jumper near the buzzer to stretch the lead back to four points.
  • In the second quarter, the Governors picked up where they left off, forming what turned into a 9-0 run to start the period, helping themselves to a 21-10 lead at 8:42.
    • Saniah Tyler shot a deep 3-pointer to snap the scoring drought at 8:08.
    • The Wildcats continued to attempt a comeback, eventually going on an 8-0 run, thanks to scoring from Ajae Petty, Saniah Tyler and Zennia Thomas, to tie the game at 25-25 at 4:42.
      • Tyler had three 3-pointers in the second quarter alone up to this point.
    • The Governors outscored the Wildcats, 5-3, in the remaining four minutes, leading at halftime, 30-28.
  • Austin Peay continued its hot shooting out of the break, scoring the first seven points of the third quarter, forcing Kentucky into a timeout at 7:44.
    • It was balanced scoring the rest of the period, as the Govs outscored the Cats just 7-6 the rest of the way.
    • Thanks to that hot start to the third quarter, Austin Peay still led Kentucky, 51-41, at the end of the period.
  • In the fourth quarter, Kentucky rallied three runs of four or more, including two runs of six or more, eventually cutting Austin Peay’s lead to two points, 63-61, at 1:24.
    • The Govs responded on the very next possession with a layup, then turned that into a 5-2 run to conclude the game on top.
    • Austin Peay defeated Kentucky, 68-63.


Player Notes

  • Ajae Petty, a senior forward, led the team with a career-high tying 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
    • It marked her fourth straight game scoring at least 10 points.
    • It marked her third game this season and the 12th game of her career scoring at least 10 points.
    • It marked her second game this season and the fourth game of her career scoring at least 15 points.
    • It marked her second game this season and the fourth game of her career with at least 10 rebounds.
    • It marked her second game this season and the fourth game of her career she recorded a double-double.
    • She added a team-high tying three steals.
      • It marked her first game this season and the sixth game of her career she recorded at least two steals.
    • She played a career-high 35 minutes.
  • Eniya Russell, a senior guard, scored 11 points, seven rebounds, one block and one assist in her first career start.
    • It marked her second straight game and the sixth game of her career scoring at least 10 points.
    • She has recorded at least one steal for two straight games.
  • Saniah Tyler, a sophomore guard, scored 11 points, including a career-high three 3-pointers, adding a team-high tying and a career-high three steals.
    • It marked her second game this season and in her career scoring at least 10 points.
  • Brooklynn Miles, a junior guard, led the team with a career-high seven assists, adding eight points and four rebounds.

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