SUNDAY, NOV. 19, 2023 

Florida Gulf Coast 59, Kentucky 48- FINAL
Team Records and Series Notes   

  • Kentucky is 2-2 in 2023-24, while Florida Gulf Coast is 3-1 this season. 
  • The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program is in its 50th season.
    • UK has an 896-590 (.603) all-time record, just four wins away from 900. 
  • Kyra Elzy is in her fourth season as the head coach of the Wildcats, holding a 51-42 (.548) overall record.   
  • Kentucky will play No. 14/18 NC State on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 3:15 p.m. ET at the University of Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    • The game will be streamed on ESPN+. 

Team Notes   

  • Kentucky used the starting combination Brooklynn Miles, Saniah Tyler, Ajae Petty, Emma King and Amiya Jenkins for the first time this season.
    • Kentucky is 0-1 when using that starting combination.
      • Maddie Scherr (ankle) was unavailable. 
    • The Eagles won the opening tip. 
    • Amiya Jenkins was the first player to score for Kentucky. 
    • Eniya Russell was the first substitute off the bench for Kentucky. 
  • Kentucky outrebounded Florida Gulf Coast, 38-31.
    • Kentucky has outrebounded all four of its opponents this season.  
    • Kentucky led Florida Gulf Coast, 16-7, in second-chance points.  
  • The Wildcats held the Eagles to four points in the fourth quarter, one point more than the program record. 

How It Happened 

  • Florida Gulf Coast went on a 11-0 run in the first minutes and 50 seconds, scoring five of those points off Kentucky’s two turnovers in that time.
    • The Wildcats called their first timeout at thaskjWU  
  • Amiya Jenkins broke the scoring drought at 5:49 in the first quarter thanks to a layup.
    • Kentucky then forced Florida Gulf Coast to a stop on the other end, as Brooklynn Miles grabbed the defensive rebound and dished it back out to Jenkins for a 3-pointer to make the score 11-5, FGCU. 
    • UK didn’t score for the remaining three minutes and 24 seconds of the first quarter, as the Eagles led the Wildcats, 18-7. 
  • Kentucky had better scoring to start the second quarter, going 5-of-12 from the field for a 10-9 advantage in the period by the 2 minute and 43 second mark.
    • The Wildcats closed out the second quarter on a three-minute scoring drought, which was at last capped by Ajae Petty with a strong layup at 28 seconds.
      • Despite their drought, they held the Eagles to just a free throw and a layup in that time, too. 
    • Kentucky trailed FGCU, 30-19, at halftime.
      • The Wildcats turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, allowing the Eagles to score 14 points off those miscues.  
  • The Eagles opened up the second half on a 12-2 run in the first two-and-a half-minutes, which included a 10-0 run, as they took a 21-point lead over the Wildcats, 42-21.
    • Kentucky held Florida Gulf Coast without a score from the field for the next five minutes (7:34 – 2:01). Meanwhile, UK enjoyed a 10-4 run during that time, holding FGCU to just four free throws.  
    • The Eagles rallied back to go on a 9-0 run over the last two minutes and 18 seconds, as they led the Wildcats, 55-31, at the end of the third quarter. 
  • Kentucky went on an 11-0 run to begin the fourth quarter, cutting Florida Gulf Coast’s lead to 13 points, as FGCU called its first timeout of the game at 5:59.
    • Out of the timeout, FGCU turned the ball over and Amiya Jenkins capitalized with a jumper to make it a 13-run and an 11-point deficit, 55-44, at 5:40. 
    • Kentucky had a 17-4 edge over Florida Gulf Coast in the fourth quarter. 
    • The Eagles defeated the Wildcats, 59-48. 

Player Notes   

  • Amiya Jenkins, a sophomore guard, led Kentucky in scoring for the second time this season with a career-high 18 points.
    • She made a career-high seven field goals, 
    • She added six rebounds, one steal and one assist.
      • She has made at least one steal in all four games this season. 
  • Ajae Petty, a senior forward, had 15 points and 13 rebounds for her second straight double-double.
    • It marked her fifth straight game scoring at least 10 points. 
    • It marked her fourth game this season and the 13th game of her career scoring at least 10 points. 
    • It marked her third game this season and the fifth game of her career scoring at least 15 points.  
    • It marked her third game this season and the fifth game of her career with at least 10 rebounds.  
    • It marked her third game this season and the fifth game of her career she recorded a double-double. 
    • She added two blocks, one assist and one steal.
      • She has recorded a steal for two straight games.