UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Dec. 12, 2013
Final Score: No. 5/6 Kentucky – 96, DePaul – 85
Team Records and Series Notes
- UK improved to 10-0 on the season, giving the Wildcats their first 10-0 start since 2011-12.
- It marks the third 10-0 start in school history and in the Matthew Mitchell era.
- Kentucky finished the non-conference season undefeated on the road.
- The Wildcats’ extended their winning streak to 10 games, tying the fourth-longest in school history.
- Kentucky’s all-time record is 696-477 (.593) in 40 seasons of varsity basketball.
- Mitchell is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Wildcats and owns a record of 154-62 at UK. Overall, Mitchell is 184-91 in nine seasons.
- He already ranks first on UK’s all-time wins list with 154 and winning percentage (.713).
- UK is 4-0 all-time vs. DePaul and 17-8 vs. opponents from the newly-aligned BIG EAST conference.
- The Wildcats have won eight consecutive vs. non-conference opponents on the road.
- The Wildcats have now won 20 straight regular season non-conference games.
- Tonight’s attendance was 2,577.
- Next up: UK returns to Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 15 when the Wildcats play host to East Tennessee State at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be aired on the IMG Sports TV Network.
First Half Notes
- With DeNesha Stallworth missing tonight’s game with a knee injury, UK started with the lineup of Janee Thompson, Bria Goss, Kastine Evans, Azia Bishop and Samarie Walker.
- The Wildcats are 1-0 this season when using this starting lineup.
- Bishop made her first start of the season and second of her career.
- Bria Goss scored the first points of the game for UK with a 3-pointer from the corner.
- Jelleah Sidney was the first UK player off the bench at the 16:15 mark in the first half.
- Kentucky entered the locker room tied (44-44) for the second straight game.
- UK was 17-for-33 (51.5 percent) from the field, while DePaul shot 56.7 percent (17-of-30).
- Kentucky was just 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) from beyond the arc, while DePaul was 5-of-11 (45.5 percent).
- The Wildcats outrebounded the Blue Demons, 22-12.
- Bria Goss led all Wildcats with eight first half points. Seven of the 10 players in uniform scored at least four points.
Second Half Notes
- UK began the second half with the same starting five who started the game.
- The Wildcats led by as many as 13 points in the second half.
- Linnae Harper scored 12 of her career-best 18 points in the second half.
- UK scored 90-plus points for the seventh time this season and improved to 27-0 in the Mitchell era when scoring 90 or more points.
- Kentucky trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, tying the sixth-largest comeback in the Mitchell era.
- The Wildcats shot a season-high 55.9 percent (33-of-59) from the field, while the Blue Demons shot 50 percent (31-of-62).
- Kentucky was 27-of-35 (.771 percent) from the free-throw line.
- UK was 3-of-10 from beyond the arc, which were both season lows.
- All 10 Wildcats in uniform saw action and scored in the game.
- Five Wildcats finished in double figures.
- Of the 28 turnovers, nine of them were steals.
- The Wildcats outrebounded the Blue Demons, 44-23. The Wildcats have outrebounded all but two opponent this season.
- Five Wildcats grabbed five or more boards in the contest.
- UK outscored DePaul 45-6 in bench scoring.
- Freshman Linnae Harper recorded a career highs in points (18), minutes played (18), defensive rebounds (4), field goals (7), free-throws made (4) and free-throws attempted (5).
- Freshman Makayla Epps scored a career-best 10 points, while pulling down a career-high six rebounds.
- Tied career highs in field goals (4) and 3-point field goals (2).
- Senior Kastine Evans recorded her eighth double-digit scoring effort of the season with 14 points.
- Evans was 4-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
- Senior Samarie Walker scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
- She has reached double-figures in six games this season.
- Junior Jennifer O’Neill finished with 12 points and a team-high five assists off the bench.
- O’Neill has registered 10-plus points in nine of the 10 games this season.
- O’Neill finished a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
· Junior Azia Bishop made season-best four field goals (4-of-7).