SEC Women’s Tournament: UK Hoops loses semifinal matchup against Tennessee 75-64

  • Next up: UK will learn its NCAA Tournament fate on Monday, March 16 in the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET with Kevin Negandhi, Carolyn Peck and Kara Lawson. 
    • The 2015 NCAA Tournament features 16 host sites this season that will be awarded to the top-16 seeds. Kentucky is expected to receive a hosting bid, with its strong strength of schedule (5th), RPI (9) and quality wins over ranked opponents (6, including 3 over the top 10).

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 3-1.
  • Kentucky held Tennessee without a field goal for the first 7:30 of the game. UT hit its first of six 3’s in the first half.
  • Sophomore Linnae Harper led Kentucky with 11 points and one rebound.
  • Kentucky has now trailed at the half in all three SEC Tournament games this season.
  • UK is now 7-5 this season when trailing at the half.

Second Half Notes

  • UK opened the second half with Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill, Makayla Epps and Azia Bishop.
  • Kentucky closed the Tennessee lead to five points on two occasions, but that was as close as UK got in the second half.
  • After 11 first-half turnovers, UK only had four in the second half.
  • Kentucky it just 29.4 percent from the floor in the second half (15-of-51).

Team/Game Notes.

  • UK falls to 6-6 vs. ranked teams this season. The Wildcats have knocked off four top-15 teams.
  • The much bigger Lady Vols won the battle of the boards by just three rebounds at 41-38.
  • The Wildcats had 25 points off of turnovers, outscoring Tennessee by eight in that category.
  • UK had 20 offensive rebounds to Tennessee’s 11.
  • Kentucky outscored Tennessee 28-20 in the paint.
  • UK had 12 steals, to Tennessee’s four. The 12 steals are the most for any UT opponent this season. The previous high was seven vs. Wichita State on Dec. 16, 2014 in Knoxville.
  • UK moves to 6-6 vs. ranked opponents this season, 3-4 vs the top 10.

Individual Notes

  • Senior guard Bria Goss led Kentucky with 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the floor.
    • With one missed free throw, she ending her school-record streak in the second half at 32.
    • Marked her 12th double-figure scoring game this season, and 70th of her career.
    • Made a season-high tying two 3-pointers, moving her up to No. 9 on the all-time made 3’s list at UK with 111 in her career.
    • Marked her first time leading UK in scoring this season.
    • Moved up to fifth on the all-time games played list at UK with 132 in her career.
    • Also moved up in the all-time scoring list to No. 16, passing Belitta Croley (1984-88) with 1,293 points.
  • Sophomore guard Linnae Harper came off the bench for 15 points, to go along with five rebounds and four steals.
    • Marked her 19th game in double figures this season.
  • Senior guard Jennifer O’Neill recorded her 27th double-figure scoring game of the season, including eighth straight with 11 points.
    • Grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
  • Sophomore guard Makayla Epps scored 10 points, her 25th game in double figures this season, including second straight.

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