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Matthew Mitchell postgame comments after NCAA win

2016 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship
First Round · Kentucky vs. UNC Asheville
Memorial Coliseum · Lexington, Ky.
Saturday, March 19


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.

Makayla Epps named to All-SEC Tournament team

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps has been named to the 2016 Southeastern Conference All-Tournament Team for her strong performances in the event this week, it was announced Sunday.

The five-member team, which was selected by media in attendance, included Epps, Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields, Mississippi State forward Victoria Vivians, and South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell and center A’ja Wilson.

The honor is the second of its kind for Epps, who was also named to the SEC All-Tournament Team last season. The native of Lebanon, Ky., is just the fourth player in program history to be named to the team multiple seasons, joining Valerie Still, Victoria Dunlap and A’dia Mathies.

Kentucky-LSU SEC tourney postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #13/13 Kentucky 79, LSU 71

Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, Fla.

March 3, 2016


Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky extended its winning streak to seven games with a 79-71 win over LSU.

–    The meeting was the 46th all-time, with the win moving Kentucky to 14-32 in the all-time series.  Kentucky has won four of the last six meetings and is 4-8 against LSU in SEC Tournament games and 2-2 under Matthew Mitchell.

–    With the win, UK moves to 22-6 on the season. LSU drops to 10-21 overall.

Epps, Thompson, Akhator, Morris earn all-SEC honors

Vicky Graff Photo

Makayla Epps/Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps, senior guard Janee Thompson, junior forward Evelyn Akhator and freshman guard Maci Morris have been named All-Southeastern Conference performers for their success on the court this season, the league office announced Tuesday.

Epps was named to the All-SEC First Team, becoming the third player in the Matthew Mitchell era to be named to the first team multiple times, joining Victoria Dunlap and A’dia Mathies. The honor is the first of its kind for Thompson and Akhator, who were named to the All-SEC Second Team, while Morris was tabbed to the eight-member All-SEC Freshman Team.

Janee Thompson plays final home game Thursday night

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – Looking to extend a four-game winning streak in Southeastern Conference action, the No. 15 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will honor lone senior Janee Thompson on Senior Night as the Wildcats play host to No. 24 Missouri on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.