UK Hoops falls in 2nd Round of NCAA Tournament to 7-seed Dayton

UK Hoops 2014-15 Postgame Notes

(7) Dayton 99, (2) Kentucky 94

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

2015 NCAA Tournament – Second Round

March 22, 2015

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky finishes its season 24-10 overall, while Dayton improved to 27-6 this season and moves onto the Sweet 16.
  • Kentucky moves to 736-495 (59.8) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball.
  • Matthew Mitchell, UK’s all-time winningest coach, dropped to 224-110 overall, 194-81 at UK.
  • UK is now 4-4 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Kentucky is now 17-12 in the NCAA Tournament, 13-6 under Matthew Mitchell.
  • The Wildcats finish 14-3 at home this season. The loss broke UK’s streak of 54 straight non-conference wins in Memorial Coliseum.
  • UK leads the all-time series with Dayton 13-4.
    • Dayton tied the series at 1-1 in the NCAA Tournament.
  • UK is now 19-7 against Atlantic-10 teams all-time.
  • Today’s attendance was 3,320.

First Half Notes

  • UK started with the lineup of Jelléah Sidney, Makayla Epps, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill and Alyssa Rice.
    • This lineup started a game for the first time.
  • Dayton led by as much as nine (20-11) at the 13:03 mark in the first half.
    • Kentucky went on a 13-2 run over the next 3:14 to take a 24-22 lead.
  • Senior Jen O’Neill scored 10 points in the first half for the second game in a row.
  • Kentucky outscored Dayton 12-2 in first-half points off turnovers.
  • UK, who leads the nation in free throw attempts per game, shot 10 free throws in the first half, going 10-of-15 from the stripe (.667).
  • Kentucky led 45-42 at the break and is now 16-5 when leading at the break.

Second Half Notes

  • UK opened the second half with Jelléah Sidney, Makayla Epps, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill and Alyssa Rice.
  • In the second half, Dayton shot 64 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from three-point range.
  • UK started the second half 1 of 5 from the field, and Dayton tied the game at 48-48 with 15:50 left.
  • UK went on a 7-2 run to take a 62-54 lead with 12:18 to go.
  • Dayton forced a UK timeout when it took its first lead of the second half at 79-78 with 5:24 to go in the game.
  • Kentucky outscored Dayton 7-2 over the next 2:09 to take  an 81-85 lead
  • Dayton’s Kelly Austria hit a 3-pointer with 1:08 to go, giving Dayton a 90-87 lead that it never relinquished.
  • Jennifer O’Neill responded with two made free throws on the other side of the court, but Dayton’s Amber Deane hit another 3 as the shot clock was winding down, to give Dayton a 93-89 lead with 24 seconds remaining.
  • Dayton outscored Kentucky 57-49 in the second half.
  • Makayla Epps scored 22 of her 29 points in the second half.

Team/Game Notes.

  • Dayton shot 57 percent (30 of 53) from the floor, which was the best shooting performance by a UK opponent this season.
  • Dayton’s 3-point field-goal percentage (61 percent) on 11 of 18, was also a season-high by a UK opponent.
  • Dayton made 28 of its 31 free-throw attempts (90 percent), which was the most by a UK opponent this season and tied the best percentage by a UK foe.
  • Kentucky is now 322-22 when scoring 80 or more points under Matthew Mitchell, and 9-1 this season. In the last three seasons, UK is 70-3 (.959) when scoring 80+ points.
  • Kentucky 31 made free throws are the second-highest of the second, while the attempts are the third-highest.
  • UK won steals 11-1.
  • Dayton had 24 turnovers, compared with five by Kentucky.
  • Kentucky outscored Dayton 24-5 off turnovers.
  • Kentucky’s four seniors (Azia Bishop, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill and Jelléah Sidney) concluded their careers as the winningest class in school history with 108 wins.

Individual Notes

  • Sophomore guard Linnae Harper came off the bench to grab a UK-high 12 rebounds, and she added nine points.
  • Senior guard Jennifer O’Neill recorded her 29th double-figure scoring game of the season, including 10th straight with 16 points.
    • Finished her career tied for sixth place on UK’s all-time games played list with 133.
    • She finished her career ranked 12th on the UK all-time points list with 1446.
    • She also finished her career ranked second on the all-time 3-point field-goal list with 197.
    • She is one 30 Wildcats to have scored 1,000 points in her career.
  • Senior guard Bria Goss added 12 points, her third straight game in double figures.
    • Marked her 14th double-figure scoring game this season, and 72st of her career.
    • She moved into fourth place alongside teammate Azia Bishop on the all-time games played list at UK with 134.
    • She is one 30 Wildcats to have scored 1,000 points in her career.
    • She ranks fifth on UK’s career list for free throws made (398) and ranks second in FT percentage (.819).
  • Sophomore guard Makayla Epps scored a game-high 29 points, her 27th game in double figures this season, including fourth straight.
  • Freshman forward Alyssa Rice made her 11th career start, and scored seven points.
  • Senior forward Jelléah Sidney blocked a season-high two shots
    • She scored seven points and added two blocks and four rebounds.

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