Posted: Jan 20, 2013 5:28 PM
UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Jan. 20, 2013
Final Score: No. 5/5 Kentucky 97 - Auburn 53
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky improves to 18-1, 6-0 SEC, while Auburn falls to 13-6, 2-4 SEC.
UK begins conference play at 6-0 for the second straight season.
UK returns to action at South Carolina on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. EST in Colonial Life Arena. The game will be televised on SportSouth.
Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 674-472 (.588).
UK is 151-216 all-time in SEC play.
Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and ranks third on the all-time wins list (133-57) and first in winning percentage (.700). He is only six wins away from becoming the all-time winningest coach.
Mitchell is now 54-28 in SEC games (regular season only).
Kentucky has extended its school-record winning streak to 17 games, which is currently the longest streak in the nation.
· UK increased its school record for consecutive home wins to 33. The previous record was 30 set from Feb. 12, 1980 until Jan. 31, 82.
The Wildcats own a 369-140 (.725) mark in Memorial Coliseum, including a 79-12 (.868) mark under Mitchell.
The Cats are now 61-2 at home over the last three seasons.
UK is now 33-9 in SEC home games under Mitchell, including an impressive 26-2 mark in the last three seasons.
Kentucky has won a school-record 14 consecutive SEC home games.
Fifteen of UK's 18 wins have been by 18 points or more.
Kentucky is now 17-25 vs. Auburn all-time.
The 97 points scored against Auburn are the most in program history.
The 44-point victory is UK's largest margin of victory over Auburn in program history.
Auburn still leads the series 10-7 in games played in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky has won the last five meetings against Auburn.
UK's starting lineup featured A'dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Jennifer O'Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth for the 13th straight game. The Cats are now 15-0 with that lineup.
Kentucky jumped out to a 46-15 lead in the first half paced by a 24-2 run with 3:38 to go before halftime.
UK scored an SEC-high 51 points in the first half.
Ties for most points in first half since scoring 51 vs. DePaul (12/7/12).
The 30-point halftime lead is the largest in SEC play this season.
UK ended the first half on a 29-8 run when Mathies scored before the buzzer.
The 21 points allowed at halftime are tied for the fewest in SEC play since Missouri also scored just 21 (1/13/13).
UK reached the 90-point mark for the sixth time this season and second-straight SEC game.
The Cats are 6-0 when scoring 90 or more points this year and 19-0 under Matthew Mitchell all-time.
The 44-point margin of victory is the second largest against an SEC opponent this season. UK defeated Mississippi State last week by 53 points.
UK won the turnover battle 30-16 and is now 110-27 under Mitchell when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.
Kentucky has forced double-digit miscues in 136 consecutive games and is 103-33 during that span.
UK forced 30 turnovers for the seventh time this season and second-straight game.
UK is now 23-1 in the Matthew Mitchell era when forcing 30 or more turnovers.
UK swiped an SEC-high 18 steals, the Cats' second-straight game with double-digit steals.
UK tied a season high and hit an SEC-high 12 3-pointers. The Cats also hit 12 treys vs. USC Upstate (11/25/12).
The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 311.
All five UK starters scored double digits highlighted by Mathies' season-high 24 points.
· Senior guard A'dia Mathies scored a season-high 24 points, marking the 17th time in 19 games she has reached double figures this season, including 10 in a row. Has posted 23 career 20-point games, including four this season.
All of her 20-point games this season are in SEC play.
Played in her 123rd career game, moving her up to seventh on UK's all-time list.
Made her 122nd career start, passing Samantha Mahoney (2005-08) for second all-time.
Made a career-high tying five 3-point field goals (5-6).
Junior center DeNesha Stallworth scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season and the 18th of her career. Has reached double figures in 17-of-19 games, including 16 in a row.
Made 17-consecutive free throws, dating back to Jan. 10, before missing one today in the first half.
Redshirt sophomore point guard Jennifer O'Neill scored 17 points and recorded six assists, marking the fifth straight game with four or more assists.
Made a career-high five 3-point attempts while taking a career-high eight attempts.
Her 17 points is tied for her second-highest total this season (21 vs. Marist, 12/30/12).
Junior Samarie Walker scored 15 points with six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Marked the fifth time this season she has scored at least 15 points.
Sophomore guard Bria Goss posted 10 points and reached double-figures for the 11th time this season.
Junior guard Bernisha Pinkett came off the bench and doubled her previous career-high in steals with six takeaways in just 15 minutes.
Her six steals ties the record for most ever in a game against Auburn (Valerie Still, 1/31/81).