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UK POSTGAME NOTES: Kentucky Women Edge Boston College 83-81


Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy in postgame press conference after UK's win over Boston College Thursday night


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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES KENTUCKY VS. BOSTON COLLEGE ACC / SEC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHALLENGE THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2023 CLIVE M. BECK CENTER AT TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY – LEXINGTON, KY. Kentucky 83, Boston College 81 - FINAL

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 3-5 in 2023-24, while Boston College is 3-5this season.

  • The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program is in its 50th season.

    • UK has an 897-593 (.602) all-time record, just three wins away from 900.

  • Kyra Elzy is in her fourth season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a 52-45 (.536) overall record.

  • Kentucky leads Boston College, 1-0, in the all-time series, which began this evening.

  • Kentucky will host Tennessee Tech on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. ET at the Clive M. Beck Center on the campus of Transylvania University.

    • The game will be televised on SEC Network+.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting combination Brooklynn Miles, Maddie Scherr, Saniah Tyler, Emma King and Ajae Petty for the first time this season.

    • Kentucky is 1-0 when using that starting combination.

    • The Wildcats won the opening tip.

    • Emma King was the first player to score for Kentucky.

    • Cassidy Rowe and Eniya Russell were the first substitutes off the bench for Kentucky.

  • Kentucky defeated Boston College, 83-81.

    • 83 points are a season high for UK.

    • UK is 2-0 this season when it has scored 80 or more points. UK is 381-26 all time when it has scored 80 or more points.

  • The Wildcats shot a season-high 51.6 percent from the field on a season-high tying 32 field goals.

    • The Cats shot a season-high 50.0 percent from the arc on seven 3-pointers, which are the second most for them in 2023-24.

      • Five different players made a 3-pointer in the game.

  • UK dished out a season-high 19 assists, made a season-high 10 steals and had a season-high five blocked shots.

  • The Wildcats won the turnover battle, 16-13.

    • The Cats scored 17 points off the Eagles miscues, while the Boston College scored just 10 off Kentucky’s mistakes.

  • Kentucky tied Boston College in points in the paint (42), while that marked UK’s second-best points in the paint value this season.

  • UK led Boston College in bench points, 24-17.

How It Happened

  • Kentucky got off to a hot start, making five of its first 10 attempts from the field, to lead Boston College, 13-11, at the first media timeout (4:57).

    • Emma King got the ball rolling for the ‘Cats, scoring a 3-pointer on the first possession in the game.

    • Boston College took the lead out of the media timeout on back-to-back buckets, 15-13, a lead that it would hold at the end of the first quarter

      • Neither team made a bucket in the final three minutes of the first quarter.

    • Kentucky trailed Boston College, 21-17, at the end of the first quarter.

  • It was balanced scoring to start the second quarter, with both teams scoring four field goals up to the media timeout (4:29), as Kentucky trailed Boston College, 32-28, at that break.

    • Eniya Russell scored Kentucky’s first six points in the period, on a pair of free throws, a layup in the paint and a jumper.

    • Out of the media timeout, Maddie Scherr scored on a free throw, before Boston College took its largest lead of the game on a layup (34-29, BC).

    • That’s when Kentucky began to chip away at Boston College’s lead, going on a 12-6 run down the stretch, which included a 5-0 run in the final 45 seconds of the first half.

    • Kentucky led Boston College, 41-40, at halftime.

      • The Wildcats shot 45.2 percent from the field (14-of-31) in the first half, including 50.0 percent from the arc (4-of-8).

  • Kentucky maintained its lead through the first media timeout of the third quarter (7:19), 48-46, after starting the period 3-of-4 from the field, which included a 3-pointer by Brooklynn Miles.

    • That would be the fifth UK player with a 3-pointer up to that point.

    • Out of the first media timeout, Emma King had a strong put-back layup and a chance to complete the and-1 play, as Kentucky took a four-point lead over Boston College.

      • The Eagles answered with a 7-0 run to regain their lead as the Wildcats called their first timeout of the game (6:10 – 52-50, BC).

    • Boston College narrowly outscored Kentucky, 12-11, the rest of the way, without UK’s starting guard Maddie Scherr, who left the game after a hard hit to the floor.

    • Kentucky trailed Boston College, 64-61, after the Eagles rattled one in at the buzzer to end the third quarter.

  • The Eagles scored first in the fourth quarter to stretch their lead to five points.

    • Eniya Russell got the Wildcats back in the back with a person-5-0 run on a jumper, a layup and a free throw to tie the game at 66-66 (8:09).

    • The two teams then went back-and-forth, scoring nine points apiece, which included a Saniah Tyler 3-pointer when Boston College would call the timeout at 4:58, with the game tied at 75.

    • Eniya Russell had a steal and score to take a two-point lead, before Boston College responded on its very next possession to tie the game against at 77.

      • Ajae Petty had back-to-back second-chance jumpers to make it a four-point game in Kentucky’s favor, before Boston College drained a 3-pointer to bring it back down to a one-point game.

    • Then, Brooklynn Miles was fouled, causing Boston College to go to the line for two and an opportunity to take the lead with 10 seconds remaining on the clock.

      • Dontavia Waggoner of Boston College made the first, missed the second, as the score was tied once again, 81-81.

    • Eniya Russell grabbed the defensive rebound, as UK called a timeout and advanced the ball.

      • Out of the timeout, she went on the make the layup with less than a second on the clock to help Kentucky defeat Boston College, 83-81.

Player Notes

  • Eniya Russell, a senior guard, led Kentucky with a career-high 21 points.

    • It marked the first game in her career she has scored at least 15 points.

      • It marked the fourth game this season and the eighth game in her career she has scored at least 10 points.

    • It marked the second game this season and the second game in her career she has led Kentucky in scoring.

    • She also made a career-high seven free throws on 7-of-9 at the line.

    • She added four rebounds, a career-high tying four assists and two steals.

  • Ajae Petty, a senior forward, had 17 points.

    • It marked the sixth game this season and the 15th game in her career she has scored at least 10 points.

    • It marked the fourth game this season and the sixth game in her career has scored at least 15 points.

    • She added a team-lead eight rebounds and one block.

      • It marked the seventh game this season and the 18th game in her career she has led Kentucky in rebounds.

  • Maddie Scherr, a senior guard, had 13 points.

    • It marked the fifth game this season and the 26th game of her career she has scored at least 10 points.

    • She added two rebounds, three assists and a season-high tying two blocks.

      • She has dished out at least three assists four times this season and 49 times in her career.

  • Saniah Tyler, a sophomore guard, had 11 points.

    • She added two rebounds, a career-high three assists and a career-high tying three steals.

  • Brooklynn Miles, a junior guard, covered the stat sheet, recording nine points, one rebound, six assists, a career-high four steals and a career-high tying one block.

    • She has dished out at least three assists five times this season and 19 times in her career.

    • She has made at least two steals two times this season and 10 times in her career.

  • Emma King, a graduate guard, had a season-high nine points and a career-high seven rebounds

    • She added a season-high three assists and a season-high one block.

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