UK POSTGAME NOTES: Wildcats Whip Dayton 70-44
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES KENTUCKY VS. DAYTON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2022 BAHA MAR GRAND BALLROOM – NASSAU, BAHAMAS Kentucky 70, Dayton 44 – FINAL Team Records and Series Notes
The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program is in its 49th season with an 887-570 (.609) all-time record.
The Wildcats are now 5-1 on the season and 1-1 in the Bahamas.
The Flyers are now 0-6 on the season and 0-2 in the Bahamas.
Kyra Elzy is in her third season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a 42-22 overall record.
Kentucky remains the leader in the all-time meetings with Dayton, 14-4, in a series that began in 1975.
The Wildcats have won six of the last eight meetings.
The Wildcats have two of the last three meetings.
Kentucky doesn’t have a game for another 10 days. For its next game, it will host UNC Greensboro on Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum for Trivia Night and National Sock Day.
The Wildcats will depart from the Bahamas on Friday, Nov. 25. The Cats will enjoy a free day on the island on Thanksgiving Day.
Kentucky used the starting combination Jada Walker, Maddie Scherr, Robyn Benton, Blair Green and Adebola Adeyeye for the second straight game this season. UK is 1-1 using this starting combination.
Dayton won the opening tip.
Robyn Benton was the first Kentucky player to score in the game for the second game this season.
Ajae Petty was the first substitute off the bench for Kentucky for the second straight game.
Dayton won the opening tip and scored first, then Kentucky responded with a 6-0 run.
Robyn Benton went 3-of-3 through the media timeout at 4:44.
She was responsible for six of Kentucky’s first nine points.
The Wildcats held the Flyers scoreless for more than four minutes through the middle of the first quarter.
Dayton then went on a 7-3 run to dip under the one-minute mark.
Kentucky closed out the first quarter with a 5-0 run, which included a last-second 3-pointer from Benton.
The Wildcats led the Flyers, 17-12, at the end of the first quarter.
Ajae Petty had a steal and score to open up the second quarter.
Dayton responded with a 3-pointer.
Both teams went scoreless for the next three minutes.
Kentucky then went on a 7-0 run, with Maddie Scherr coming up with the last five of those points on 2-of-2 from the line and a 3-pointer.
Both teams went scoreless for the next minute, then Dayton capped the scoring drought with just its second field goal of the second quarter at 2:46.
Once again, Benton capped the second quarter with a 3-pointer.
Kentucky led Dayton, 29-17, at halftime.
The Wildcats held the Flyers to five points in the second quarter, the fewest scored by an opponent in a quarter so far this season.
Kentucky went on a 7-2 run to start the third quarter, which included a 3-pointer from Blair Green.
It was back-and-forth until the sixth minute when Dayton went on a 4-0 run at the line.
Eniya Russell broke up the run with a layup, then the two teams went back-and-forth over the next two minutes.
Kentucky capped the tit-for-tat with a 5-0 run, with the help of an Ajae Petty and-one and an Amiya Jenkins layup.
Dayton responded with three-point play for themselves under the one-minute mark.
Kentucky led Dayton, 49-32, at the end of the third quarter.
The Wildcats had a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter, thanks to the scoring effort of three different players.
Dayton went to the line for two, then Kentucky had another quick 5-0 run after a Petty layup and a Walker 3-pointer.
After a free throw, the Flyers had back-to-back layups.
The game was back-and-forth from there, with freshmen doing a bulk of the work in the final minutes, as Cassidy Rowe had a couple free throws, Saniah Tyler had a 3-pointer and Zennia Thomas made a jumper through contact.
Kentucky defeated Dayton, 70-44.
Kentucky led its opponent in scoring in all four quarters for the first time this season.
The Wildcats forced the Flyers to commit 29 turnovers, while the Cats scored 28 points off those miscues.
It marked the fourth time this season UK’s opponent has committed at least 25 turnovers.
Kentucky had 28 bench points, its second-most of the season.
The Wildcats knocked down six 3-pointers, the second time this season the Cats have made at least five 3-pointers.
Kentucky held Dayton to 44 points, the fewest amount of points it has held an opponent to all season.
It marked the third time this season UK has held an opponent to under 50 points.
Three players scored in double digits for the fifth game this season.
Graduate guard Robyn Benton led the team in scoring with 15 points on 6-of-10 from the field and 2-of-5 from the arc.
She had 12 points in the first half.
She capped both the first and second quarters with a 3-pointer.
She led Kentucky in scoring for the first time this season.
She has scored in double digits in all six games this season and on 45 occasions in her career.
She added two rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Junior forward Ajae Petty had a career-high tying 12 points on 5-of-9 from the field.
She has scored in double digits for two straight games and three times in her career.
She added six rebounds and a career-high tying two steals.
It marked the second time this season she has had two steals.
Sophomore guard Jada Walker had 11 points on 5-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from the arc.
She added three steals.
She has had at least three steals in five of six games this season.
She has scored in double digits in five of six games this season and on 22 occasions in her career.
Junior guard Maddie Scherr had a career-high 11 assists and a career-high tying eight rebounds.
She added a season-high four steals and scored five points, including a 3-pointer.
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