The Kentucky women's basketball team held Alcorn State to 23 points - a new school record - on the way to a 67-point victory.
By JAMES PENNINGTON
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Samarie Walker had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 7 Kentucky allowed its fewest points in school history with a 90-23 win over Alcorn State on Friday night.
The Wildcats (11-1) led 44-11 at halftime, holding Alcorn State without a basket for the final 16 minutes of the first half. The Braves (0-9) went a total of 19 minutes and 26 seconds between field goals, a span that carried over into the second half.
The Braves pulled within three with 15:04 left in the first half - the score was 8-5 - but Kentucky then ran off 17 straight points.
The previous school record for points allowed in a game was 25, most recently accomplished on Nov. 15, 2011, against Jacksonville State.
UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Dec. 28, 2012
Final Score: No. 7/6 Kentucky 90 – Alcorn State 23
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky improves to 11-1, while Alcorn State falls to 0-9.
UK returns to action Sunday, Dec. 30 vs. Marist at Memorial Coliseum with a 1 p.m. EST tipoff. The game will be televised on the UK IMG Sports Network/FSN South.
Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 667-472 (.586).
Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and ranks third on the all-time wins list (125-57) and first in winning percentage (.687).
UK is now 61-19 (.763) in regular season, nonconference games under head coach Matthew Mitchell.
The Wildcats own a 364-140 (.722) mark in Memorial Coliseum, including a 74-12 (.860) mark under Mitchell.
The Cats are 56-2 at home over the last three seasons.
UK has now won 28 straight home contests – the second-longest winning streak in program history.
Kentucky has won 38 straight nonconference home games, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
UK extended its winning streak to 10 games, which is the sixth-longest streak in school history.
Ten of UK’s 11 wins have been by 18 or more points.
This was the first meeting between the two schools.
Kentucky is now 11-0 all-time against teams from the SWAC.
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 8-0 with that lineup.
All five starters scored in double figures.
Mathies scored the first basket of the game on an and-one at the 18:53 mark.
Janee Thompson was the first sub of the game for UK.
UK set a new school record for the least points allowed. The previous record was 25, which happened on two separate occasions (1974 vs. Lexington Merchants and 2011 vs. Jacksonville State).
UK held Alcorn State to 11 points in the first half, marking the lowest total since holding Charleston Southern to a school-record low of nine points in the opening stanza on Dec. 10, 2004.
This marks the sixth time Kentucky has held its opponent to 20 or less points in the first half this season.
Alcorn State went without a field goal for the final 15:55 minutes of the first half.
The 67-point win margin is the largest of the season and the fifth-largest in school history.
UK held Alcorn State to season lows of seven made field goals and 20 percent shooting from the floor.
In the first half the Cats held the Braves to season lows of field goals made (2) and percentage (2-15, 13.3).
UK hit 50.8 percent from the field and is now 19-0 when shooting 50 percent or better in the Mitchell era.
Kentucky is now 17-0 when scoring 90 or more points under Mitchell.
UK outscored Alcorn State 20-2 from 15:04 to the 8:23 mark in the first half to extend its lead to 25-5.
UK won the turnover battle 36-16 and is 104-27 under Mitchell when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.
The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 304.
Kentucky has forced double-digit miscues in 129 consecutive games.
The Cats are 96-33 during that span.
UK has forced 20-plus turnovers in all 12 games this season and in 41 of their last 47 games dating back to the start of last season.
UK won the rebounding battle 43-19, its fourth double-digit rebounding margin this season.
Junior Samarie Walker recorded her fourth double-double of the year and second straight with a career-high 21 points to go with a season-best 14 rebounds, including a personal-best 10 offensive boards.
She posted a career-high five steals and tied a career-best with three blocks.
Senior A’dia Mathies scored 14 points and is now tied for No. 6 (Pam Browning, 1974-78) on the UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,598 career points. She needs three more to move up to No. 4.
Mathies has reached double figures 10 times this season.
With four made field goals she moved to No. 9 on the all-time list with 563, passing Samantha Mahoney (2005-08).
Was 5-of-7 from the charity stripe and now moves to No. 4 all-time in free throws attempted, climbing past Tiffany Wait (1996-00).
Is one steal shy from tying Leslie Nichols (278 – 1982-86) for No. 3 on UK’s all-time steals charts.
Junior DeNesha Stallworth tallied her third double-double of the season with 10 points, 10 rebounds and had a UK career-high seven assists.
Has reached double figures on 10 occasions this season, including nine straight contests.
Sophomore Bria Goss recorded a season-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor.
Redshirt sophomore Jennifer O’Neill tied a season high with 13 points, including 5-of-7 shooting from the field.
Junior Samantha Drake charted a season-high eight points.