UK Hoops Beats Marist 78-56

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Updated: 12/30/2012 8:30 pm

UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Memorial Coliseum

Lexington, Ky.

Dec. 30, 2012

Final Score: No. 7/6 Kentucky 78 – Marist 56

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 12-1, while Marist falls to 5-6.
  • UK returns to action Thursday, Jan. 3, when it begins Southeastern Conference play against Florida in Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on FSN South.
  • Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 668-472 (.586).
  • Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and ranks third on the all-time wins list (126-57) and first in winning percentage (.689).
    • UK is now 62-19 (.765) in regular season, non-conference games under head coach Matthew Mitchell.
  • The Wildcats own a 365-140 (.723) mark in Memorial Coliseum, including a 75-12 (.862) mark under Mitchell.
    • The Cats are now 57-2 at home over the last three seasons.
    • UK has now won 29 straight home contests – the second-longest winning streak in program history. The school record is 30 straight set from Feb. 12, 1980 until Jan. 31, 82.
  • Kentucky has won 39 straight nonconference home games, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
  • UK extended its winning streak to 11 games, which ties the longest winning streak in a single season in school history. UK also won 11 in a row in 2009 and 1983.
  • UK went a perfect 7-0 in December for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
  • Eleven of UK’s 12 wins have been by 18 or more points.
  • UK is now 2-0 all-time against Marist.
    • The other meeting took place on Dec. 26, 1993 when the Cats defeated the Red Foxes 96-65.
    • Kentucky is now 3-0 all-time against teams from the MAAC.

Team/Game Notes

  • UK’s starting lineup featured A’dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth for the fourth straight game. The Cats are now 9-0 with that lineup.
    • Stallworth scored the first basket of the game on a layup at the 19:50 mark.
    • Kastine Evens was the first sub of the game for UK.
  • Kentucky is now 73-6 when scoring 70 or more points under Mitchell.
  • From the 9:02 mark to 3:54, UK went on a 17-4 run to extend its lead to 35-23.
  • With the score 58-50 with 8:52 remaining, UK went on a 14-4 run to extend its advantage to 73-54 with 2:41 to play in the game.
  • UK shot a season high from the free-throw line, converting on 18-21 for .857 percent.
  • The Wildcats have scored 30 or more points off turnovers in eight of their 13 games this season.
  • O’Neill and Stallworth recorded 21 points in the game, marking the first time UK has had two players score 20-plus points in a game since Keyla Snowden (22) and A’dia Mathies (21) reached the 20-point mark against Mississippi State (1/8/12).

·         The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 305.

  • UK won the turnover battle 27-13 and is 105-27 under Mitchell when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.
  • Kentucky has forced double-digit miscues in 130 consecutive games.
    • The Cats are now 97-33 during that span.
  • UK has forced 20-plus turnovers in all 13 games this season and in 42 of its last 48 games, dating back to the start of last season.

Individual Notes

  • Senior A’dia Mathies scored 10 points and passed Samantha Mahoney (2005-08) to move up to No. 4 on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,608 points. She is the all-time scorer in UK Hoops history for a guard.
    • Today marked her 116th career start, which ties her for fifth all-time with Lea Wise (1979-83). Mathies is now one shy from equaling Tiffany Wait (117, 1995-2000) for No. 4 on the list.
    • With two steals, Mathies moves to No. 4 on UK’s all-time steals list and is just four shy from tying Leslie Nichols (278, 1982-86) for third.
    • Mathies has reached double figures in 11 of 13 games this season.
  • Junior DeNesha Stallworth recorded a UK career high with 21 points, while also charting a personal-best two steals.
    • Stallworth has reached double figures in 11 of 13 games, including 10 in a row.
  • Redshirt sophomore Jennifer O’Neill set new career highs with 21 points and four steals.
  • O’Neill made a career-best seven field goals 11 attempts from the field, including a career high four 3-pointers.
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