LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Wildcats tied an NCAA women’s tournament record for rebounds in a game, and set school marks for rebounds and points in an NCAA tourney game, in Saturday’s 106-60 win over Wright State, at UK’s Memorial Coliseum.
Kentucky (25-8) hauled in 67 rebounds, tying a 1995 mark set by Duke in a four-overtime win over Arizona.
Wright State (26-7) spent the day trying to shoot around or over the taller Wildcats with little success.
The Raiders converted just 19 of 83 shot attempts from the floor (22.9 percent).
Meanwhile, all 11 players on the Kentucky roster scored at least two points. Seven Wildcats finished in double-figure scoring, with outside sharpshooter Jennifer O’Neill leading all scorers with 21 points. O’Neill was a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the three-point arc.
Wright State coach Mike Bradbury credited Tayler Stanton for battling hard amongst the Kentucky trees for rebounds. She tied UK’s West Carrollton native Samarie Walker for most rebounds in the game with 14.
In her final game as a Raider, Ivory James finished with a team-high 16 points. Junior guard Tay’ler Mingo finished with 14 points.
As a tribute to his fallen senior, K.C. Elkins, who was sidelined with a knee injury, Bradbury called timeout with 10 seconds left to play in order to enable Elkins to get into the game one last time.
Kentucky will now play either Syracuse or Chattanooga in Monday’s second round.
(A complete story will run in Tuesday’s paper.)