UK Hoops defeats Vandy in SEC Tournament action

No. 12/11 Kentucky 67, Vanderbilt 61

Verizon Arena – North Little Rock, Ark.

SEC Tournament – Second Round

March 5, 2015

Team Records and Series Notes

Kentucky improves to 22-8 overall, while Vanderbilt finishes its season 15-16 overall and 5-11 in the league.
Kentucky moves to 734-494 (60.9) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball.
Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, improves to 222-108 overall, 192-79 at UK.
Mitchell is now 11-7 in SEC Tournament games in his tenure.
Kentucky is now 30-35 in the SEC Tournament.
UK now leads the all-time series with Vanderbilt 27-22, including 4-3 in the SEC Tournament.
· Kentucky has now won nine straight over the Commodores.
Today’s attendance for all four games of the SEC Tournament was 3,744.

Next up: UK will face No. 3 seed and No. 11/13 Mississippi State Friday, March 6 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. The game will tip at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET and be shown live on the SEC Network with Paul Sunderland and Carolyn Peck.

First Half Notes

UK started with the lineup of Jelleah Sidney, Makayla Epps, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill and Azia Bishop.
This lineup is now 2-0.
Kentucky started off strong, building a 16-2 lead to start the game, behind 10 early points from Linnae Harper.
Vanderbilt closed the half on a 20-8 run to take a 25-24 lead into the locker room.
UK shot 11-of-32 from the floor for 34.4 percent. Vandy shot 11-of-28 for 39.3 percent.
The Wildcats outrebounded Vanderbilt 24-16 including a 10-6 edge on the offensive glass.
UK is now 7-4 this season when trailing at halftime.

Second Half Notes

UK opened the second half with Linnae Harper, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill, Makayla Epps and Azia Bishop.
Kentucky outscored Vandy 43-36 in the second half.
Jen O’Neill scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half.
UK went on a 10-2 run to take its largest second-half lead at 54-42 after a VU bench technical and four made free throws for Kentucky.
With UK clinging to a 64-61 lead with 1:14 to, O’Neill took a key charge (one of three in the game), while Epps followed that play with a free throw to seal the win.

Team/Game Notes.

UK won the rebounding battle 41-31, including a 15-9 edge on the offensive glass. UK is now 12-3 when winning the rebounding battle.
Kentucky forced 15 turnovers and outscored the Commodores 22-19 in points off turnovers.
The Wildcats outscored VU 11-7 in second-chance points, including a 10-0 lead in the first half.
Kentucky had 31 bench points to Vanderbilt’s seven for a +24 margin.
UK only trailed for only 4:06 of the game.
Kentucky made 13 free throws for a season total of 524 on the year, and now ranks seventh on UK’s single-season list, passing the 1998-99 team for free throws made (514).

Individual Notes

Senior Jennifer O’Neill netted a team-high 19 points for her 70th-career double-figure scoring game.
Scored 16 points in the decisive second half.
Marked her 25th double-figure game of the season, and sixth in a row.
Had made nine straight free throws in a seven-point game and under 3:00 to play.
Took a team-high three charges and now has a team-high 22 this season.
Sophomore Linnae Harper came off the bench for 18 points, 10 in the first half, to go along with a team-high seven rebounds.
Had a career-high 22 in the regular-season meeting vs. the Commodores.
Went 9-of-15 from the floor, with two assists and a steal.
Has scored in double-figures in all three games against Vanderbilt in her career.
Scored 10 points in UK’s 16-2 run to start the game and was in double figures just nine minutes into the first half.
Senior Bria Goss made both of her free-throw attempts in the game and now has made 22-straight free throws which ties as the sixth-longest free-throw streak in school history.
Senior Azia Bishop charted two blocks which gives her 52 this season, tying her for fifth (DeNesha Stallworth, 2012-13) on UK’s single-season list.
Her six offensive rebounds tied a season high. She also had six vs. Morehead State (11/19/14).

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