Nov 10, 2012 5:03 PM
UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Nov. 10, 2012
Final Score: No. 6/7 Kentucky - 90, Delaware State - 50
Team Records and Series Notes
No. 6/7 Kentucky opened its 39th season of varsity women's basketball.
UK is 31-8 all-time in season openers.
The Wildcats are 35-4 in home openers and have won four in a row.
Matthew Mitchell enters his sixth season as the head coach of the Wildcats.
He already ranks third on UK's all-time wins list with 115 and his winning percentage 115-56 (.673) is second.
Kentucky is 657-471 in 38 years of varsity play.
The Cats own a 358-140 (71.9) mark in Memorial Coliseum, including a 68-12 (85.0) record under Coach Mitchell.
The Cats improved their home record to 49-2 over the last three seasons (including one game in Rupp Arena).
UK now has a 21-game home winning streak, which is the third-longest winning streak in school history.
Kentucky has won 32 consecutive nonconference games at home, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
First Half Notes
Kentucky's starting lineup included A'dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Maegan Conwright, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth.
Stallworth made her first UK career start.
Saturday marked the first time in 105 straight contests Coach Mitchell did not have a freshman in his starting lineup.
Junior Samarie Walker scored the first bucket of the game for UK. UK reeled off the first seven points of the contest for a 7-0 lead.
Junior DeNesha Stallworth recorded her first UK career basket at the 17:44 mark in the first half.
Freshman Janee Thompson made her first career appearance and recorded her first points at the charity stripe, giving the Wildcats a 16-4 advantage at the 13:45 mark
Kentucky jumped out to a 25-6 lead through the first 10 minutes of the half.
Play was pretty even the rest of the way as UK took a 46-21 advantage into the break.
Second Half Notes
Kentucky went on a 22-7 run to begin the second half, extending its lead to 68-28.
UK was 16-of-33 (48.5) from the field in the second half.
· The Wildcats hit 10 three-pointers, extending their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 293.
The Wildcats are now 284-20 (.934) when scoring 80 points or more, including a 38-2 (.950) mark under Mitchell.
Kentucky pressured the Hornets into 32 turnovers in the game and has now forced double-digit miscues in 118 consecutive games. The Cats are 86-32 during that span.
All 13 UK players recorded at least one point in the contest.
Kentucky's bench outscored the opposition 34-2 in the game.
Senior guard A'dia Mathies scored a team-best 16 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out six assists and recorded four steals.
The senior climbed to No. 11 on the UK all-time scoring charts with 1,451 career points, passing Tiffany Wait.
Mathies nailed four three-pointers, tying Carly Morrow (2008-11) at No. 8 all-time on the all-time list with 108. She also moved up to No. 9 on the career 3-pointers attempted list with 316, passing Carly Ormerod (2006-09).
Junior DeNesha Stallworth recorded UK career highs of 11 points, two rebounds, three assists, five field goals made and a 3-pointer.
Sophomore Bria Goss was the third UK player to reach double figures with 14 points, while shooting 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Goss has scored in double figures and recorded a 3-pointer for the third straight game, dating back to last season.
· Sophomore Azia Bishop charted eight points off the bench, while tallying team-highs of nine rebounds and three blocks.