UK Hoops Wins 96-64 Over DePaul

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Updated: 12/08/2012 12:14 am

UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Rupp Arena

Lexington, Ky.

Dec. 7, 2012

Final Score: No. 7/6 Kentucky 96 – DePaul 64

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 7-1, while DePaul falls to 6-3.
  • UK returns to action Sunday, Dec. 9 against Middle Tennessee at 1 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. The game will be televised live on the UK IMG Sports Network and FSN South.
  • UK set new single-game attendance record of 18,488. The previous record was 14,508 on Dec. 8, 2011 vs. Duke in Rupp Arena.
  • Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 663-472 (.584).
  • Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and ranks third on the all-time wins list (121-57) and first in winning percentage (.680)
    • UK is now 57-19 (.750) in regular season, nonconference games under head coach Matthew Mitchell.
  • The Wildcats are now 22-12 in Rupp Arena.
  • The Cats are 54-2 at home over the last three seasons.
  • UK has now won 26 straight home contests – the second-longest winning streak in program history.
  • Kentucky has won 36 straight nonconference home games, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
  • UK is now 3-0 all-time against DePaul.
  • UK is now 71-33 all-time against opponents from the Big East Conference.

Team/Game Notes

  • UK’s starting lineup featured A’dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth. The Cats are now 4-0 with this lineup.
    • O’Neill scored the first basket of the game at the 19:54 mark.
    • Junior guard Maegan Conwright was the first sub of the game for UK.
  • Kentucky tied three Rupp Arena records:
    • 79 field goal attempts
    • Nine 3-pointers
    • 22 3-pointers attempted
  • UK is now 16-0 when scoring 90 or more points under Matthew Mitchell.
  • With the game tied two apiece, the Wildcats went on a 23-0 over the next 6:18 to take a 25-2 lead with 13:16 left in the first half.
  • Kentucky scored 51 points in the first half. UK has scored 50-plus points in the opening half twice this season. The Cats had 52 against USC Upstate (11/25).
  • UK won the turnover battle 21-14 and is 100-27 in the Matthew Mitchell era when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.
  • UK outrebounded DePaul 48-33, marking the largest rebounding deficit for the Blue Demons this season.

·         The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 300.

·         UK had at least four players reach double figures for the fifth time this season.

  • Kentucky forced 21 turnovers and has now forced double-digit miscues in 125 consecutive games.
    • The Cats are 92-33 during that span.
  • UK has forced 20-plus turnovers in all seven games this season and in 37 of their last 43 games dating back to the start of last season.

Individual Notes

  • Junior Samarie Walker posted her fifth career and second double-double of the season with a game-high 18 points and 10 boards.
  • Junior DeNesha Stallworth recorded her 14th career double-double, including second at UK with career highs of 17 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
    • Has reached double-figure points in five straight games.
    • Scored her 1,000th-career point with a field goal at the 16:25 mark in the first half. She now has 1,014 career points.

·         Stallworth and Walker recorded double-doubles in the same game for the second time this year (Morehead State, 11/23).

·         Senior guard A’dia Mathies tied a season-high with 17 points and grabbed a season-best nine rebounds.

·         Redshirt sophomore Jennifer O’Neill netted double figures for the first time this year with a season-high 13 points. She also tied a her career high with three triples.

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