Photos by Vicky Graff
2016 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship
First Round · Kentucky vs. UNC Asheville
Memorial Coliseum · Lexington, Ky.
Saturday, March 19
POSTGAME QUOTES – Kentucky
Matthew Mitchell, Kentucky Head Coach:
“We are really proud of our team today. A great victory. I’d like to congratulate and complement UNC Asheville. I thought preparing for the game and watching them, they clearly had a team with a lot of heart and a lot of fight. They played very, very hard. They had an amazing season. I don’t think that will be the last time you see them in a NCAA tournament. We have a lot of respect for them. I think our good play was fueled by a healthy respect for Asheville. They had a great season, and it was a really good year for them.
Q. John, their depth, I think they were 18-7 in bench points. Do you feel like their depth made a difference tonight?
JOHN CALIPARI: Yeah, but we had — and, again, we’re normally the most efficient offensive team in the country. There’s two things that happened. We had six offensive fouls. I don’t know if in my career I’ve had a team have six offensive fouls. Then we couldn’t make open shots so we have 8 assists. Like all these open shots we missed. We missed a ton of really good shots.
Q. John, can you talk about the progress this team made from day one to right now, because clearly obviously winning the SEC Tournament, you’re playing your best basketball of the year, and as you said, probably didn’t play your best basketball today. But talk about your team and its progress?
JOHN CALIPARI: Here is what I would say, we knew — I didn’t think it would be shooting, but we knew if a couple of players didn’t give us great efforts we would struggle to win. I knew that before the game. If they struggled, we’re not going to — each level you go in this thing you’re going to have a team full of the guys performing.
Q. Cal, Thomas Bryant had 15 of his 19 points in the last 7:32 including 10 in the last 5 minutes. How difficult was he for you guys to stop? Did he do anything differently than you’d seen on tape?
JOHN CALIPARI: Let me say this: I spent a lot of time recruiting him. He was right down the street from us and the biggest thing I want to tell you is his family should be proud of how much better he’s gotten. Tom and the staff have gotten a kid that I really liked, I thought was really good. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t realize he was that good.
Q. Tyler, did you feel like you could pretty much get to the basket anytime you wanted, and was there just not enough support from the supporting cast today?
TYLER ULIS: Yeah, you know, I felt like the way they were playing ball screens I could get around them and try to force my way in there. I got to the basket a lot and I feel like all my teammates played hard.
By LARRY VAUGHT
There was a time this season when it looked like Kentucky had no chance to make the Final Four. There were other times recently when the Wildcats looked like a team that might be able to win a national championship.
On Saturday, though, Kentucky was much closer to the team that had too many flaws while falling 73-67 to Indiana in the NCAA Tournament second round.
Kentucky got hurt inside. The Hoosiers had nine second-chance points. Kentucky had none.
Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes
NCAA Tournament First Round
FINAL: #3 Kentucky 85, #14 UNC Asheville 31
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
March 19, 2016
Team Records and Series Notes
– Kentucky advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an 85-31 victory over UNC Asheville on Saturday in Memorial Coliseum. With the win, the Wildcats move to 24-7 on the season, while the Big South Conference regular-season and tournament champions end its season at 26-7 overall.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Head coach Rachel Lawson earned her 300th win at the helm of Kentucky softball on Saturday afternoon, as the No. 13 Wildcats downed the Ole Miss Rebels 3-1 at John Cropp Stadium to even the series and set up a rubber match on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Lexington.
Kentucky scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the first inning, and then rode the arm of junior lefty pitcher Meagan Prince the rest of the way. Prince earned the win, throwing her team-leading seventh complete game of the season, allowing just one run – which was not earned, on five hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Prince now leads Kentucky with 11 wins on the season, and is 11-0 while sporting a 1.47 ERA in her 13 appearances on the season.