UK Hoops handily wins NCAA rematch with Tennessee State in opening round

(2) Kentucky 97, (15) Tennessee State 52

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

2015 NCAA Tournament – First Round

March 20, 2015

Team Records and Series Notes

Kentucky improves to 24-9 overall, while Tennessee State finishes its season 18-13 and champions of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Kentucky moves to 736-495 (61.9) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball.
Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, improves to 224-109 overall, 194-80 at UK.
UK is now 9-3 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and has won seven in a row.
Kentucky is now 17-11 in the NCAA Tournament, 13-5 under Matthew Mitchell.
The Wildcats are now 14-2 at home this season, and have won 54 straight non-conference games in Memorial Coliseum.

· UK leads the all-time series with Tennessee State 5-0, including a 3-0 mark under Mitchell.

· Kentucky beat TSU 87-75 in its final non-conference game of the year on Dec. 28, 2014.

· UK is now 90-17 vs. the OVC all time, and has won 38 straight against the conference.

· Tonight’s attendance for the total session was 3,233.

Next up: UK will face the seventh-seeded Dayton Flyers in the Lexington Sub-Regional Final on Sunday. The game will be at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
UK is 13-3 all-time vs. Dayton, 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament. UK met the Flyers in the 2013 NCAA Tournament in Queens, N.Y.

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 4-1.
Kentucky’s defense only allowed the Tigers to make three 2-point shots, the fewest of any UK opponent in a half this season.
The previous low was six vs. Northern Kentucky on Dec. 3, 2014.
Freshman Alexis Jennings led Kentucky with 12 points in the first half, one of two Wildcats to score in double figures. Senior Jen O’Neill also was in double-figures with 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from 3.
Kentucky forced Tennessee State into 17 turnovers, scoring 13 points off those miscues.
The Wildcats went on two separate 10-0 runs, along with a 26-4 run midway through the first half.
UK held the Tigers scoreless for 7:18.
Kentucky hit 53.6 percent from the field (15-of-28), the second-highest shooting mark in the opening half this season.
UK, who leads the nation in free throw attempts per game, shot 19 free throws in the first half, going 15-of-19 from the stripe (78.9).
Kentucky led 50-25 at the break and is now 16-4 when leading at the break.
The 50 points were the second-most in the first half this season. The highest was 58 vs. Appalachian State in the season opener.

Second Half Notes

UK opened the second half with Jelleah Sidney, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill, Makayla Epps and Azia Bishop.
Kentucky outscored Tennessee State 47-27 in the second half.
Freshman Jaycee Coe scored all eight of her 10 points in the second half.

Team/Game Notes.

The margin of victory for Kentucky (45) is its second-highest in program history in an NCAA Tournament only behind last year’s 46-point win over Wright State in the first half.
Kentucky is now 322-21 when scoring 80 or more points under Matthew Mitchell, and 9-0 this season. In the last three seasons, UK is 70-2 (.972) when scoring 80+ points.
UK had six scorers in double figures for the first time this season and first time since Dec. 29, 2013 vs. Grambling.
Kentucky 31 made free throws are the second-highest of the second, while the attempts are the third-highest.
Kentucky outscored Tennessee State 43-14 in the paint.
UK outrebounded TSU, 50-34. The rebounds were the third-highest mark this season.
The Wildcats had 23 points off of turnovers, outscoring Tennessee State by seven in that category.
UK swiped a season-high 18 steals, and forced TSU into 26 turnovers. UK is now 12-2 when forcing 25 or more turnovers this season.

Individual Notes

Sophomore guard Linnae Harper came off the bench for her seventh season and career double-double with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Marked her 20th game in double figures this season, including second straight.

· Freshman forward Alexis Jennings came off the bench for 15 points, her 14th game with double figures.

Senior guard Jennifer O’Neill recorded her 28th double-figure scoring game of the season, including ninth straight with 13 points in just 21 minutes of action.
Went 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.
Tied for seventh on UK’s all-time games played list with 132.
Senior guard Bria Goss added 13 points, her second straight game in double figures.
Marked her 13th double-figure scoring game this season, and 71st of her career.
Ties for fifth on the all-time games played list at UK with 133 in her career.
Sophomore guard Makayla Epps scored 13 points, her 26th game in double figures this season, including third straight.
Freshman guard Jaycee Coe came off the bench and netted a career-high 10 points, scoring eight of them in the second half. Her previous high was seven vs. Florida (1/15/15).
Hit a career-high two 3-pointers on two attempts.

· Freshman forward Alyssa Rice tied her career high with nine points off the bench. She also had nine vs. Vanderbilt (2/8/15).

· Senior forward Jelleah Sidney charted a career-high five assists and five steals in 17 minutes of play.

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