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UK Hoops Drills Georgia Southern 103-38

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Updated: 11/13/2013 7:03 pm

UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Memorial Coliseum

Lexington, Ky.

Nov. 13, 2013

Final Score: No. 7/8 Kentucky – 103, Georgia Southern - 38

Team Records and Series Notes

  • UK improved to 3-0 on the season, giving the Wildcats their first 3-0 start since 2011-12 and fourth time in the Matthew Mitchell era.
  • Kentucky’s all-time record is 689-477 (.591) in 40 seasons of varsity basketball.
  • The win improves UK’s record in Memorial Coliseum to 373-141, including an 83-13 mark under Mitchell.
  • Mitchell is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Wildcats and owns a record of 147-62 at UK. Overall, Mitchell is 177-91 in nine seasons.
    • He already ranks first on UK’s all-time wins list with 147 and winning percentage (.703).
  • UK leads the all-time series 1-0 vs. Georgia Southern and 12-0 against opponents from the Southern Conference.
  • With the win, UK improved to 37-4 in home openers and has won six consecutive.
  • The Wildcats have now won 13 straight regular season non-conference games.
  • Kentucky has now won 39 straight regular season games vs. non-conference opponents at home.
  • Today’s attendance for Class of 2020 Day was 6,287.
  • Next up: UK continues its three-game homestand at Memorial Coliseum vs. first-time foe Central Michigan Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be carried live on the UK IMG Sports Network (radio and TV) and Fox Sports South.

First Half Notes

  • UK started with the lineup of Janee Thompson, Bria Goss, Kastine Evans, DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker.
    • The Wildcats are 3-0 this season with this starting lineup.
  • Samarie Walker scored the first points of the game for UK with a layup.
  • Jennifer O’Neill was the first UK player off the bench at the 19:27 mark in the first half.
  • UK began the game with a 10-0 run and would never trail in the game.
  • The Wildcats would then use a 15-0 run to take a 38-9 lead late in the first half.
  • UK’s 36-point lead (49-13) at halftime tied the school record which was set vs. Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 1, 2009.
  • Kentucky held the Eagles to just 13 points in the half, marking the first time UK has held an opponent to 20 points or less in the first half since Feb. 25, 2013 against Ole Miss.
  • UK was 19-for-39 (48.7%) from the floor led by Walker who led all scorers and rebounders with 10 points and seven rebounds.
  • Georgia Southern was held to just 22 percent (5-of-22) shooting from the field.
  • Kentucky shot just 3-of-11 (.273) from beyond the arc.
  • The Wildcats forced 19 turnovers with 11 of them steals.
  • UK outscored Georgia Southern 23-2 in points off turnovers and 28-10 in points in the paint.
  • Four players scored at least six points in the first half.

Second Half Notes

  • UK began the second half with the same starting five who started the game.
  • The Wildcats led by as many as 67 points in the second half.
  • Kentucky scored 54 points in the second half. The last time UK scored 50 or more points in the second half came when it netted 53 vs. Ole Miss on Feb. 25, 2013.
  • UK recorded 13 steals in the second half, while forcing 16 turnovers.
  • Bernisha Pinkett scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half.

Team/Game Notes

  • Kentucky improved to 40-0 all-time when scoring 100 points and 7-0 under Mitchell. The Wildcats last reached triple digits against Mississippi State on Jan. 17, 2013.
  • UK’s 65-point win ranks seventh all-time in program history for largest margin of victory.
  • The Wildcats shot a season-high 40-of-79 (50.6%) from the field. Under Mitchell, UK is a perfect 21-0 when shooting 50 percent or better.
  • UK converted on 9-of-23 (39.1%) from beyond the arc, while holding the Eagles to just 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from 3-point range. The nine made 3-point field goals were a season high.
  • All 12 Wildcats in uniform saw action and played at least five minutes. No Wildcat played over 26 minutes.
  • Six UK players scored in double figures, marking the first time since Dec. 21, 2011 vs. Samford that six players reached double digits.
  • UK charted a season-high 24 steals. The last time UK had 20 or more steals was Nov. 25, 2012 vs. USC Upstate (21). Seven Wildcats had at least two steals.
  • UK dished out a season-high 26 assists. The Cats have now posted two straight games with 25-plus assists. Four players dished out at least three assists.
  • Kentucky forced 35 Georgia Southern turnovers and converted those into 44 points to outscore the Eagles 44-4 in points off turnovers.
  • The last time UK forced 30 or more turnovers was last season against Tennessee (31) on March 3, 2013.
  • UK is now 26-1 in the Matthew Mitchell era when forcing 30 or more turnovers.
  • The Wildcats outrebounded Georgia Southern 49-35, while outscoring the Eagles in the paint (54-18), fast break points (22-4) and bench scoring (58-22).
  • The 49 rebounds, 54 points in the paint and 58 points from the bench are all season highs.

Individual Notes

  • Senior Bernisha Pinkett came off the bench and scored a game- and season-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. She finished two points shy of her career high which she set on Nov. 28, 2012 vs. Miami (Ohio).
    • It marks the ninth time she has reached the double-figure mark and seventh time she has led the Wildcats in scoring.
    • Pinkett swiped a game-high tying four steals, her season high.
    • She went 3-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc, tying her career high in 3-point field goals made.
  • Senior DeNesha Stallworth recorded 13 points, five boards and four steals.
    • Her 13 points mark the 29th time she has reached double digits in a Kentucky uniform, including second straight this season.
    • Stallworth has registered at least two steals in all three games this season.
  • Junior Azia Bishop recorded her second career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds off the bench and in just 15 minutes of action.
    • Seven of her 12 rebounds came on the offensive end to tie her career best.
  • Senior Samarie Walker scored 12 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting to go with nine boards, two blocks and a steal.
    • Walker extended her streak of games with at least one steal to 22.
    • Her two blocks move her into a tie for seventh all-time in UK history with 81 career blocks.
  • Senior Kastine Evans scored a season-high tying 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
    • Evans has reached double digits in two of the first three games this season and 14th for her career.
  • Junior Jennifer O’Neill dished out a game and season-high six assists to go with a season-high three steals.
  • Freshman Linnae Harper scored a career-high 13 points on a career-best 6-of-9 shooting.
  • Freshman Makayla Epps recorded career highs in minutes (19), points (9), assists (6) and rebounds (3). She finished 4-of-7 from the field.
  • Junior Bria Goss tied a career high in assists with four.
  • Junior Jelleah Sidney recorded seven rebounds, four steals and three assists.
    • The four steals are a career high, while she tied her career highs in rebounds and assists.
    • Sidney has grabbed seven rebounds in all three games this season.
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