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UK WBB v. LSU Postgame Notes

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No. 11 Kentucky 59, LSU 65 – FINAL

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 15-3 (4-2 SEC), while LSU is 14-4 (4-2 SEC)   
  • Kentucky is 838-543 all-time, including 236-272 in road games.
    • UK is 81-66 all-time in road games under Matthew Mitchell.
    • UK is 5-2 on the road this season.
  • This was the 51st all-time meeting between Kentucky and LSU in women’s basketball.
    • The Tigers lead the all-time series 34-17, including a 15-5 mark in games played in Baton Rouge.
    • UK has won five of the last seven meetings.
    • Three of UK’s five all-time wins in Baton Rouge have come under Mitchell.  
  • Matthew Mitchell is in his 13th season as the head coach of the Wildcats.
    • Mitchell is 326-157 overall in his career and 296-128 during his tenure at Kentucky.
  • Kentucky is ranked 11 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 11 in the latest USA Today/Coaches Top 25.
  • The Wildcats will return to action Monday, Jan. 27 when they play host to Auburn at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum. The game will air on SEC Network.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting combination of sophomore guard Rhyne Howard, senior guards Sabrina Haines and Jaida Roper, junior forward Tatyana Wyatt and sophomore guard Blair Green.
    • This was the fourth time this season that UK has used this starting combination, sitting 3-1.
    • UK lost the tip for the ninth time this season.
    • Senior guard Sabrina Haines scored first for Kentucky, marking the third time she has been the first Wildcat to score this season.
    • Junior forward KeKe McKinney is still listed day-to-day with a severe migraine-like headache.
  • The Wildcats were just 3-of-13 from the field in the first quarter.
    • In seven road games this season, UK is 26-of-107 from the field for 24 percent.
  • UK scored just 16 points in the first half, its fewest since scoring 16 against LSU on March 3, 2012 in the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.
    • The Wildcats were just 5-of-26 from the field in the first half for 19 percent from the field.
    • UK was 1-of-9 from 3 in the first half.
    • The 12-point halftime deficit was UK’s second largest of the season. The Wildcats trailed by 21 at South Carolina earlier this season.
  • Kentucky went the final 8:39 in the third quarter without a field goal.
  • The Wildcats started the fourth quarter on a 11-2 run but it was too little too late as the Tigers were able to hold on down the stretch.
    • UK outscored LSU 32-20 in the fourth quarter.
  • Kentucky went just 14-of-60 from the field in the game, which was its lowest percentage this season from the field.
  • UK is 4-2 this season and 2-2 in league play when it trails at the half.
  • This was Kentucky’s first loss while ranked to an unranked team since a 65-54 loss at Miami (Fla.) on Dec. 10, 2017.
  • UK hit a season high 25 free throws in the game.
  • This was Kentucky’s first loss this season when the Wildcats held an opponent to 50 percent shooting or less. UK has previously been 15-0 when doing that.

Player Notes

  • Sophomore guard Rhyne Howard scored a game-high 26 points in the game with 11 rebounds. 
    • This was the fourth double-double of the season for Howard and the ninth of her career.
    • Howard is the first UK player to record back-to-back double-doubles since she did it in November 2018.
    • Howard has scored 20 or more points in eight straight game, the most since Valerie Still did it in 10 games back in 1981-82.
      • Howard has scored in double figures in every game but one this season, including 20 or more points in 13 games.
    • Howard has 956 career points needing just 44 more to join the 1,000-point club. She is on pace to be the second fastest to 1,000 in program history.
    • In 50, career game Howard has recorded some impressive numbers:
      • Hit at least one 3 in 44 career games
      • Made three or more 3s in 22 games
      • Made five or more 3s in 9 games
      • Scored 10+ points in 43 games
      • Scored 15+ points in 35 games
      • Scored 20+ points in 23 games
      • Scored 25+ points in 14 games
      • Scored 30+ points in 3 games
      • Led UK in scoring in 31 games
      • Led UK in rebounding in 28 games
  • Senior guard Sabrina Haines scored 11 points.   
    • Haines has scored 10 or more points in 12 games this season.
    • Haines has a 3 in every game but two this season. 
  • Senior guard Jaida Roper scored 10 points going 5-of-6 from the free throw line. 

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