Alexis Jennings made a post move and finished a basket in the lane that had her Kentucky teammates exchanging glances on the bench.
Sophomore guard Makayla Epps turned to Adeniyi Amadou and asked the assistant coach in charge of post players if he'd shown her that new move.
"'Nah, she's just got it," Amadou told Epps with a smile.
Jennings, a 6-foot-2 freshman from Madison, Ala., showed she might have more of that up her sleeve in the Cats' 78-62 victory over Middle Tennessee State on Friday night.
The reserve forward scored a career-high 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had two blocked shots in the win. She had a big surge late in the first half to help Kentucky begin to pull ahead of the Blue Raiders.
Jennings, a former Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year, showed the Memorial Coliseum crowd glimpses of the kind of player coaches believe she can be.
"She showed you tonight some things that she can do," Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "I was so happy that three went in because I'm hoping that gives her some confidence."
Confidence was definitely a factor, Jennings said.
"I just played," she said. "I had confidence tonight and I think that carried over when I played in this game."
Mitchell said that Jennings has a "ways to go," but he sees something special about to emerge.
"There's a really, really good player there," he said. "We just have to work and bring it out of her. I was so pleased because it was a very close game and I thought her energy on the offensive glass really started a big spurt for us that we were able to get some distance between us and Middle Tennessee State.
"Very good half for Alexis. ... She can help us."
Much has been made of the Kentucky men's three-point shooting streak, which is second longest in the nation with 910 straight games with at least one made from long range.
The Cats' last game without a three-pointer came versus Seton Hall on Nov. 26, 1988.
On a visit to the Virgin Islands over the Thanksgiving holiday, the women had their own mini streak of 367 straight games dating back to Nov. 29, 2003, snapped against Illinois in the Paradise Jam opener. In that loss, the Cats went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Kentucky seems to have found its touch from three-point range as of late, hitting 55.8 percent from long range in its last five games, including making five of eight attempts from there against Middle Tennessee State on Friday.
Mitchell hit a bit of milestone on Friday night, winning his 100th game at Memorial Coliseum in his career.
The coach, UK's all-time wins leader, said he felt grateful.
"There was definitely a time where I didn't know if we'd win 100 games total, if I'd ever have that chance to do that," he said. "I think it's safe to say halfway through our second season, things weren't looking really good. So I'm just grateful.
"A ton of players have worked really, really hard and assistant coaches and support staff and our fans who supported us even when we weren't all that good, we had a good base of fans."
■ Jelleah Sidney, a senior forward, has sat out six straight games while battling chronic pain in her knees. In four games played this season, the Queens Village, N.Y. native, has averaged just five minutes a game for 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds a game.
■ Senior guard Jennifer O'Neill had a black left eye after being elbowed in the face by freshman Jaycee Coe. O'Neill said later that Coe didn't mean to do it.