SUNDAY 11/13, 2022

Kentucky 79, Coastal Carolina 53 – FINALS

Team records and series notes

  • The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program enters its 49th season at 885-569 (.609) all-time record.
    • The Wildcats improved to 3-0 this season, including 3-0 at home in 2022-23.
  • Kyra Elzy is in her third season as the Wildcats head coach and is holding one 40-21 overall record.
    • Elzi is 25-7 at home, including a 23-5 record at the Memorial Coliseum and a 2-2 mark at the Rupp Arena.
  • At their very first meeting Kentucky leads the all-time series with Coastal Carolina 1-0.
  • Kentucky will be hosting Bellarmine for his next game on Thursday, November 17 at 7pm ET at the Memorial Coliseum.
    • It is Britain’s last home game before traveling to the Bahamas to compete in the Baha Mar Hoops Flamingo Championship.

team notes

  • Kentucky used the starting combination of Jada Walker, Maddie Scherr, Robyn Benton, and Blair Green Nyah Leveretter. The Wildcats are 3-0 with that starting combination this season.
    • Kentucky won the opening Tip.
    • Blair Green was the first Kentucky player to score in the game.
    • Adebola Adeyeye was the first substitute from the bench.
  • Kentucky started the game with a 7-0 runthanks to the hit rate of three different players.
    • Kentucky held Coastal Carolina scoreless in the first quarter until 7:31but the Chants’ first goal in the first quarter gave them a 5-0 run.
    • It stayed back and forth until then Kentucky rallied a 6-0 run by the fourth minute of the first quarter.
    • The Chants scored the next four points.
    • The Wildcats ended the first quarter with a 6-0 run topped off by a layup by Jada Walker.
    • Kentucky led 21-11 against Coastal Carolina at the end of the first quarter.
  • Coastal Carolina scored the first in the second quarter, cutting off Kentucky lead to single-digit numbers.
    • Robyn Benton and Walker continued their impressive performance with a layup followed by a 3-pointer. The Chants responded with a 3-pointer of their own, but Benton and Walker again went back-to-back, helping the Wildcats to a 30-16 lead before the five-minute mark.
    • It was back and forth midway through the second quarter until Kentucky ended the half with a 9-0 run. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina remained scoreless in the last three and a half minutes of the second quarter.
      • Benton had a block in the closing seconds of the second quarter.
    • Kentucky led 43-23 at halftime against Coastal Carolina.
  • The chants scored first to start the third quarter, but the Wildcats responded with a 10-0 run over the next 38 seconds as Kentucky extended their 50-25 lead over Coastal Carolina at 7:45 a.m. in the third quarter.
    • Since Kentucky’s first goal in the third quarter At 9:28 it went down to a 19-4 run over the next four and a half minutes. This was a series containing three 3-pointers.
    • Goals leveled the rest of the third quarter.
    • The Wildcats posted a season-high 30 points in the third quartercompared to the 16 points of the chants.
    • Kentucky led 73-39 against Coastal Carolina at the end of the third quarter.
  • Freshman guard Amiya Jenkins opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a layup at 8:40.
    • she Score helped Kentucky open the fourth quarter with a 4-0 run.
    • Coastal Carolina followed with a 4-0 run for themselves, but Emma King grabbed the streak with a jumper.
    • Despite King’s Jumper, the Chants continued his goalscoring streak, leading a 14-2 run in the final 5+ minutes of the game that included a 10-0 run to close out the game.
    • Kentucky only scored six points in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats introduced several new lineups.
    • Kentucky defeated Coastal Carolina, 79-53.
  • Kentucky had its secondd direct play shooting at least 47.0 percent from the field, 47.0 percent against Coastal Carolina on the 31st of 66. The Wildcats went 4-of-20 from the arc.
    • The Wildcats forced the Chants to 32 turnovers and scored 27 points fewer than these miscues, while the Cats themselves had 25 turnovers.
    • The Wildcats shot a season-high 81.3 percent off the line and went 13 of 16.

Player Notes

  • Kentucky had three scorers in double figures for second place straight game.
  • Sophomore guard Jada Walker had her first career double-double and led the team with a career-high 21 points, 7-of-9 from field and 3-of-3 from range and a career-high 10 assists.
    • The last time a Kentucky player had a double-double in points and assists was Rhyne Howard (22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) against Winthrop on November 21, 2021.
    • It was her third 20+ point game in her career.
    • It was the second time this season that she led the team in goalscoring.
    • She added a season-high five steals, three rebounds and a block in 26 minutes.
  • Graduated Guard Robyn Benton had a season-high 19 points on 6 of 10 from the field and 7 of 8 from the line.
    • Benton scored twice Digits all three games this season.
    • She added a season-high five rebounds, four steals, a career-high two blocks and two assists in 24 minutes action.
  • Graduated Guard Blair Green had 10 points on 5 out of 9 from the field.
    • She has hit double digits in two straight games.
    • She added a season-high five rebounds in 21 minutes.
  • Three players tied for team leadership in the battle on the boards below Benton, Green and youngsters Aye Petty with five each.
  • junior guard Eniya Russel had a career-high four assists and added a steal, a block and a rebound in 21 minutes.