UK Hoops Stays Perfect in SEC

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Updated: 1/29/2012 6:42 pm

UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Memorial Coliseum

Lexington, Ky.
Jan. 29, 2012

Final Score: No. 6/6 Kentucky – 82, Alabama – 68

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 20-2, 9-0 SEC, while Alabama falls to 10-12, 0-8 SEC.

·         It is the first time in program history that UK has started conference play 9-0.

·         Kentucky’s 20-2 start ties its best start in program history through the first 22 games. Kentucky’s best start to a season was in 1982-83 (21-2).

·         Kentucky has now won a school-record 12 straight SEC games dating back to last season.

·         UK has now won seven straight SEC home games dating back to last season, one shy of tying the school record set in the 2009-10 season.

·         UK’s nine SEC wins are two shy of tying the school record for most SEC wins in a season.

·         The win gives Kentucky its 13th 20-win season in program history, and third consecutive 20-win season.

  • Kentucky is 22-15 against Alabama all-time, and 12-5 when the game is played in Lexington.
    • UK head coach Matthew Mitchell is 5-0 against the Crimson Tide.
    • Sunday’s win is Kentucky’s seventh in a row over Alabama, and its sixth straight win over Alabama in Lexington.
  • Coach Matthew Mitchell is 136-80 overall and 106-51 at UK.
  • Kentucky is 648-466 in 38 years of varsity play.
    • The Wildcats are 141-213 all-time in SEC play, and 44-25 under the direction of Mitchell.
  • UK is 45-2 in Lexington over the past three seasons.
    • UK is 354-140 (.717) at Memorial Coliseum, including 64-12 (.842) under Mitchell.
    • Kentucky’s current 17-game home winning streak is the fourth longest in program history.
  • Kentucky has won nine-straight games, and is two wins shy of tying the program record winning streak of 11 games (1982-83 and 2009-10).
  • Kentucky plays again Thursday at 2 p.m. ET vs. Ole Miss at Memorial Coliseum.


First Half Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting lineup of Amber Smith, A’dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Kastine Evans and Brittany Henderson for the seventh straight game. UK is 10-0 with this lineup.
    • UK has started a freshman in 125-of-157 games in the Matthew Mitchell era, including 92 straight.
  • Leading 10-9 at the 15:19 mark, Kentucky held Alabama without a field goal for 8:40, outscoring Alabama 20-6 during that time.
  • In a 32-second span from 3:49 to 3:17, UK went on an 8-0 run fueled by four points from Samarie Walker, three points from Keyla Snowden and two points from Bernisha Pinkett.
  • Kentucky forced 16 first-half turnovers, tied for the most forced turnovers in the first half this season in conference play (Mississippi State, 1/8, and Auburn, 1/26).
  • The Wildcats outscored Alabama 23-7 in points off turnovers.
  • The UK bench outscored Alabama’s reserves 26-3.
  • Kentucky led Alabama 46-29 heading into the locker room.
    • The Wildcats are 16-0 this season when leading or tied at the half.


Second Half Notes

  • The Cats raced out of the gates in the second half, going on a 7-0 run in the half's opening 2:24 to force an Alabama timeout. The run stretched UK’s lead to 53-29.
  • Alabama cut the Kentucky lead to 11 points on three separate occasions, but would get no closer.


Team/Game Notes

  • Kentucky forced 25 turnovers in the game.
    • UK has forced double-digit miscues in 104 consecutive games. The Cats are 77-27 during that span.
    • Kentucky has forced an SEC-high 638 turnovers this season (29.00 per game).
    • Kentucky has forced at least 10 turnovers in 37 of 44 halves this season.
  • Kentucky is 36-2 under Matthew Mitchell when scoring 80 or more points.
  • Kentucky won the turnover battle (17-25).
    • UK has forced at least 20 turnovers in 20 of 22 games this season.
  • UK got great production from its bench, outscoring Alabama’s bench 42-16.
    • The Wildcats are 18-1 when its bench outscores the opponent’s bench.

·         With eight made 3-pointers, UK extended its streak of consecutive games with a triple to 279.

  • Kentucky outscored Alabama 29-15 in points off turnovers.
  • Kentucky led by at least 11 points for the final 29:52 of the game.
  • Attendance was 7,871.
    • It was the ninth largest crowd in Memorial Coliseum history.


Individual Notes

  • Sophomore guard Kastine Evans scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds.
    • Evans has hit at least one 3-pointer in each of the last five games.
  • Senior guard Keyla Snowden scored a team-high 14 points, including three 3-pointers on four attempts.
    • Snowden’s three 3-pointers give her 152 in her career, and move her to within 10 of Jenny Pfeiffer at No. 3 on the all-time 3-point field goals made list.
    • Snowden was 3-4 from beyond the arc, and remains No. 3 on the UK career 3-point field goal percentage list at .374 (152-406).
  • Junior guard A’dia Mathies scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
    • Mathies’ 13 points give her 1,250 points in her career. She is 15th on the all-time scoring list and is 87 points shy of tying Belitta Croley at No. 14 all-time.
    • Mathies had one steal, giving her 224 in her career. Mathis is now tied with Sandy Harding at No. 8 on the all-time steals list. Mathies has recorded at least one steal in 22 straight games, dating back to last season.
    • Has scored 10 or more points in 16 of the 21 games she’s played this season.
  • Sophomore forward Samarie Walker scored nine points and grabbed a team-high tying seven rebounds.
    • Walker has grabbed seven or more rebounds in eight of the 12 games she’s played in this season, including each of the last four.
  • Junior forward Brittany Henderson scored seven points and grabbed a team-high tying seven rebounds, while also blocking a team-high two shots.
  • Freshman guard Bria Goss scored 11 points and had three steals.

o    Goss has reached double figures in scoring in 16 of 22 games.

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