I thought it would be hard for Kentucky's women's basketball team to improve on the number of turnovers it forced in the exhibition opener versus Lincoln Memorial but I was wrong. The Wildcats had forty-three turnovers and scored 51 of their 87 points off turnovers in their win over Alabama State last night.
Several players had new career highs for steals in the game, led by Taylor Murray who was one shy of her career record of seven. The team had a total of 23 steals, the most by UK since 2013.
The win was Kentucky's biggest since an 85-31 win over UNC-Asheville on March 19, 2016
UK set a new record for 13 points scored in the same game by two freshmen in their first varsity game. Rhyne Howard had 15 points (5th most in program history) and Blair Green had 13 points (T7th in program history). Kentucky had four players scoring in double figures. Howard was also tied for the team lead in blocks with KeKe McKinney at three apiece.
Jaida Roper came off the bench and had eight points, six assists, and four steals in twenty-two minutes of play. Coach Mitchell was very impressed with her play tonight and commented post-game about her preparation in practice this week.
The Wildcats will return to the court on Sunday to face Southern at 7pm in Memorial.
POST-GAME COMMENTS FROM COACH MITCHELL AND TAYLOR MURRAY
KENTUCKY vs ALABAMA STATE - PHOTO GALLERY
Click on the picture below for the final stats from UKvs ASU