Mar 9, 2013 11:11 PM
UK Hoops Postgame Notes
The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Semifinals - SEC Tournament
March 9, 2013
Final Score: No. 7/7 Kentucky 60 - No. 12/12 Georgia 38
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky improves to 27-4, while Georgia falls to 25-6.
UK advances to the SEC championship game tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET where it will face No. 4 seed Texas A&M. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
The Wildcats have played in three SEC Championship games (1982, 2010 and 2011). UK went 1-2 in those games.
UK has advanced to the SEC Championship game in three in the last four years.
UK is looking for its first SEC Tournament title since 1982.
With the win, head coach Matthew Mitchell earned his 141st career victory.
Mitchell is UK's all-time winningest coach in just six seasons (141-60). His winning percentage of.701 also is first.
Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 683-475 (.590).
UK is now 27-34 overall in the SEC Tournament, including 8-5 under Mitchell.
Kentucky is now 4-7 all-time in semifinal games.
The Wildcats are 63-198 all-time vs. ranked opponents, including 22-31 under Matthew Mitchell.
UK improves to 6-3 vs. the top 25 this season, tying the school record of six wins over ranked teams set last season.
Kentucky is now 14-35 overall against the Lady Bulldogs, including 2-6 in the SEC Tournament.
This marks UK's first win over UGA in the SEC Tournament since 2008 (57-50).
UK's starting lineup featured A'dia Mathies, Kastine Evans, Jennifer O'Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth. This lineup is 7-1.
With Georgia leading 26-19 with 19:26 left in the game, Kentucky went on a 22-3 run over the next 7:50 to take a 41-29 advantage.
UK closed the game out on a 13-0 run over the final 5:31.
The Wildcats held Georgia scoreless on its final 11 possessions and the last 6:08 of the game.
The Lady Bulldogs shot a season-low 1-of-18 from 3-point range.
UK is now 4-2 this season when trailing at the half.
Kentucky outscored UGA 41-14 in the second half.
The Cats have won their last four games by 11 or more points.
Kentucky held Georgia to a SEC Tournament low of 38 points. The previous low was 50 by Georgia on March 7, 2008.
Kentucky forced 18 turnovers and has now forced double-digit miscues in 148 consecutive games. The Cats are 112-36 during that span.
UK's bench outscored Georgia 14-7, improving the Wildcats' record to 22-0 this season when Kentucky's bench outscores its opponents'.
With six 3-pointers, the Cats broke the all-time single-season record with 212. The previous record was 211 set last year.
· Kentucky recorded six blocks, upping its single-season record total to 160.
· UK had 10 steals in the game for 373 on the season. That mark now ranks tied for fourth on UK's single-season list.
The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 323.
All 12 players played at least one minute, eight scored at least two points.
No player played over 31 minutes.
Junior center Denesha Stallworth led the Wildcats with 18 points, the most points she has scored in the last 13 games.
Has scored in double-figures in 24-of-30 games this year, including three in a row.
With four blocked shots, she is tied for fifth on UK's single-season list with 49.
Senior guard A'dia Mathies scored 11 points and added two steals, breaking UK's all-time steals record with 310. The previous record was 309 by Stacey Reed from 1991-1995.
Has reached double-figures in 29-of-31 games, including 22 in a row.
Played in her 135th career game, the most all-time in Kentucky history.