UK Hoops Falls to LSU 61-51!

Contributor: Alex Risen
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Updated: 2/05/2012 7:34 pm

UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Pete Maravich Assembly Center

Baton Rouge, La.
Feb. 5, 2012

Final Score: No. 6/5 Kentucky – 51, LSU – 61

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky falls to 21-3, 10-1 SEC, while LSU improves to 15-8, 5-5 SEC.

·         Kentucky’s 21-3 start ties its best start in program history. Kentucky also started 21-3 in 1982-83.

·         The Kentucky loss snaps:

·         A school-record 13-game SEC winning streak dating back to last season.

·         A school-record six-game SEC road winning streak dating back to last season.

·         Its 10-game winning streak.

·         A three-game winning streak over LSU.

  • Kentucky is 10-29 against LSU all-time, and 3-12 when the game is played in Baton Rouge.
    • UK head coach Matthew Mitchell is 3-6 against the Lady Tigers.
  • Coach Matthew Mitchell is 137-81 overall and 107-52 at UK.
  • Kentucky is 649-467 in 38 years of varsity play.
    • The Wildcats are 142-214 all-time in SEC play, and 45-26 under the direction of Mitchell.
  • UK is 4-1 in SEC road games this season.
  • Kentucky has a week off before playing again Monday, Feb. 13 at Tennessee at 7 p.m. ET in Knoxville, Tenn. The game will be televised by ESPN2 3D.

First Half Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting lineup of Amber Smith, A’dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Kastine Evans and Brittany Henderson for the ninth straight game. UK is 11-1 with this lineup.
    • UK has started a freshman in 127-of-159 games in the Matthew Mitchell era, including 94 straight.
  • LSU scored the first six points of the game and led 10-2 before UK pulled to within one point to make it 11-12 with 5:52 left on the clock.
  • Kentucky held LSU without a field goal from the 12:24 mark to the 4:07 mark, a period spanning 8:17 where UK went on a 7-1 run.
  • Kentucky forced LSU into 14 turnovers.
    • Kentucky has forced each of its past five opponents into 14 or more turnovers in the first half.
  • Kentucky trailed LSU 18-20 heading into the locker room.
    • The Wildcats are 4-3 this season when trailing at the half, 2-1 in SEC play.
    • UK’s 18 points was its lowest first half scoring output this season.
    • It was Kentucky’s lowest scoring output in the first half since scoring 16 points vs. Wisconsin in the WNIT on March 22, 2009.


Second Half Notes

  • After trading baskets throughout the second half and leading by just three points, LSU went on an 8-0 run to take at 56-45 lead with 1:59 remaining in the game.
  • Kentucky’s 11-point deficit in the second half was its largest against an SEC opponent this season.


Team/Game Notes

  • UK is 44-29 (.603) in games decided by 10 points or less under Mitchell. The Wildcats are 6-2 in such games this season.
  • UK’s 51 points were a season low.
  • Kentucky forced 26 turnovers in the game.
    • UK has forced double-digit miscues in 106 consecutive games. The Cats are 78-28 during that span.
    • Kentucky has forced an SEC-high 700 turnovers this season (29.17 per game).
    • Kentucky has forced at least 10 turnovers in 41 of 48 halves this season.
  • Kentucky won the turnover battle (16-26).
    • UK has forced at least 20 turnovers in 22 of 24 games this season.
  • Kentucky outscored LSU 19-11 in points off turnovers.
  • UK’s bench, outscored LSU’s bench 28-18.
    • The Wildcats are 19-2 when its bench outscores the opponent’s bench.

·         With four made 3-pointers, UK extended its streak of consecutive games with a triple to 281.

  • Attendance was 5,114.


Individual Notes

  • Junior guard A’dia Mathies scored a team-high 12 points all in the second half, passed out a team-high five assists and grabbed three boards.
    • Mathies’ 12 points give her 1,273 points in her career. She is 15th on the all-time scoring list and is 64 points shy of tying Belitta Croley at No. 14 all-time.
    • Mathies did not record a steal for the first time since March 19, 2011 against Hampton, a 23-game streak.
    • Has scored 10 or more points in 18 of the 23 games she’s played this season.
  • Sophomore forward Samarie Walker scored eight points and grabbed a team-high tying six rebounds.
    • Walker has six or more rebounds in 11 of her 14 games played this season.
  • Senior guard Keyla Snowden scored 11 points, including knocking down three 3-pointers.
  • Sophomore guard Kastine Evans hit a 3-pointer for the seventh straight game.
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