UK women’s basketball traveled to Knoxville today to take on #8 Tennessee. The #18 Wildcats defeated the Volunteers 75-71 improving to 19-6 this season and 7-5 in conference play. This victory marked Kentucky’s first win in Thompson-Bowling Arena in school history and first win in Knoxville since 1985. Kentucky 10-49 all-time against UT, but has won 3 of the last 4 matchups.
Mitchell started his usual lineup of Thompson, Evans, Goss, Stallworth and Walker- they are 13-3 with this lineup. The first points on the board from UK came in the form of free throws by Janee Thompson. Thomposon posted 15 points today, scoring 11 of them in the first half. Kentucky led going into the locker room at halftime 38-34, they are 16-2 when leading at the half.
To finish out the second half, O’Neill scored 11 and Stallworth posted 13 of her 17 in the final half. The Cats held the Vols to only one field goal in the final four minutes.
UK has now forced double-digit turnovers in 177 straight games. Kentucky’s bench also played a vital role, outscoring Tennessee’s bench 33-10. Junior, Jennifer O’Neill had her 18th double-figure game of the season with a game-high 24 points off the bench, this is her third straight with 20 or more. She also became the first UK player to record three straight 20-point games since A’dia Mathies in 2012.
UK returns to action February 20 at home versus #5 South Carolina at 7.