KENTUCKY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
Kentucky vs. LSU
Maravich Center – Baton Rouge, La.
Jan. 19, 2017
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 55, LSU 42
Team Records and Series Notes
– Matthew Mitchell is in his 10th season with Kentucky. Mitchell improves to 262-124 overall as a head coach, including 232-95 during his tenure at Kentucky.
– Tonight’s win marks UK’s third straight over LSU but first win in Baton Rouge since 2010.
– UK has now won three straight SEC games.
– The win snapped a three-game losing skid to the Lady Tigers in Baton Rouge.
o LSU still leads the all-time series 32-15, including 14-4 advantage in Baton Rouge.
– Kentucky remains on the road for a matchup Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. ET at Auburn. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network and will be broadcast live on the UK Sports Radio Network in Lexington on 630AM WLAP.
– Kentucky used the starting five of Makayla Epps, Evelyn Akhator, Maci Morris, Alyssa Rice and Taylor Murray.
o UK is 10-4 this season with that starting-five combination.
– With tonight’s win, UK improves to 13-6 overall this season.
o UK is now 4-2 in Southeastern Conference games.
o Tonight marked the largest margin of victory over LSU since also winning by 13 in 2013 (73-60).
– Kentucky opened the game on a 12-0 run, paced by six points from senior Evelyn Akhator.
– The Wildcats held LSU to just six points in the opening quarter, closing the period with a 17-6 lead.
o This was the 14th quarter Kentucky has held an opponent to single-digit scoring this season.
o UK held the Lady Tigers to 23 percent shooting (3-of-13) in the period.
o LSU’s six points marked its lowest-scoring quarter of the season.
– In the last three games, UK has held its opponents to just 19 points combined in the first quarter.
– LSU outscored the Wildcats 10-6 in the second quarter but UK held on for a 23-16 lead at the break.
o LSU’s 16 first-half points marked its lowest scoring half of the season.
– The Wildcats came back to outscore LSU 19-10 in the third quarter for a 42-26 lead.
– LSU outscored the Wildcats 16-13, but UK would hang on for its third-straight conference win.
– UK shot 41.1 percent (23-of-56) from the field, while holding LSU to 32.7 percent (18-of-55).
– Kentucky won the rebounding battle 45-30 and out-scored the Lady Tigers in the paint 40-22.
– UK held LSU to a season-low 42 points. The Lady Tigers previous low was 48 at No. 5 Mississippi State on Jan. 1.
– Evelyn Akhator led all scorers with 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds.
o Akhator had 10 points in the first half on 5-of-7 shooting.
o It marked her 11th double-double of the season and third in a row.
o Akhator’s 24 career double-doubles is in sole possession of fourth in UK history in the category.
o Tonight was her fifth 20-point game of the season, the seventh in her career and fourth in a row.
o Akhator is the first UK player to score 20 or more points in four straight games since Makayla Epps accomplish the feat in January of last season.
o Akhator has three straight games of 20 or more points and 10 or more rebounds. She is the first UK player to accomplish that feat since Leslie Nichols in 1984.
– Taylor Murray posted 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for her first career double-double. She also added a game-high five assists and three steals.
o The sophomore scored in double digits for the 11th time this season and the 21st of her career.
o It mark third first time UK has had more than one player with a double-double in the same game since Evelyn Akhator (10 pts/14 rbs) and Alexis Jennings (12 pts/10 rbs) vs. Washington on March 25, 2016.
– Makayla Epps added nine points to go along with six rebounds, her second-highest rebounding total of the season. She had a career-high 16 boards at Louisville.
o She now has 1,517 career points which ranks eighth on UK’s all-time scoring list.
– Maci Morris had eight points, three rebounds, two steals and a season-high tying two blocks.