Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:09 PM
UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Nov. 25, 2012
Final Score: No. 9/8 Kentucky 100 - USC Upstate 34
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky improves to 4-1, while USC Upstate falls to 2-5.
Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 660-472 (.583).
UK is 98-37 (.726) all-time in the month of November
Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and ranks third on the all-time wins list (118-57) and third in winning percentage (.674)
UK is now 54-19 (.740) in regular season, nonconference games under head coach Matthew Mitchell.
The Wildcats own a 361-140 (72.0) mark in Memorial Coliseum, including a 71-12 (85.5) mark under Mitchell.
The Cats are 52-2 at home over the last three seasons.
UK has now won 24 straight home contests - the third-longest winning streak in program history.
Kentucky has won 35 straight nonconference home games, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
UK is now 2-0 all-time against USC Upstate.
The Wildcats defeated the Spartans74-59 in 2007 at Memorial Coliseum.
UK is now 17-5 all-time against opponents from the Atlantic Sun Conference.
First Half Notes
UK's starting lineup featured A'dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Jen O'Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth for the second straight game. This lineup is now 2-0.
Walker scored the first basket of the game at the 18:45 mark.
Walker has netted the first points of the game for UK for the third time this season.
With UK leading 5-3, the Cats went on a 14-1 spurt to extend their advantage to 22-4.
Kentucky ended the half on a 26-3 run.
Mathies' 3-pointer at the 8:25 mark gave her 115 in her career and tied her with Tiffany Wait (1995-2000) for fifth all-time on UK's career charts.
The 52 points scored in the half are the most since UK scored 55 against Samford last season (12/21/11).
UK held USC Upstate to 15 points in the first half marking the third consecutive game the Wildcats have limited their opponent to less than 20 points in the opening half.
The 37-point halftime lead is the largest for UK this season.
UK held the Spartans to 4-of-18 (22.2) shooting in the first half, marking the lowest field goals made and percentage by an opponent this season.
Kentucky forced more turnovers (21) than Upstate had points (15).
Kentucky won the turnover battle 21-6 in the first half for the fifth straight game.
The 21 turnovers forced are the most in a half by the Cats this season.
Second Half Notes
Mathies' fast break lay-up at the 18:15 mark gave her 1,503 points in her career, passing Sarah Elliott (2002-05) for No. 7 all-time on the career scoring list.
UK shot 19-of-37 (51.4) from the floor in the second half.
Kentucky forced 17 turnovers in the half.
· The 100 points scored are a season high and the most since UK scored 101 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff last season (12/11/11).
o UK is now 37-0 all-time when scoring 100 or more points, including a 5-0 mark under Mitchell.
· The 66-point margin of victory is the most since UK defeated Jacksonville State 100-25 (11/15/11).
· UK hit a season-high 12 3-pointers, just two off the school record of 14 made against Mississippi State (1//8/12).
o The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 297.
· UK shot 50 percent for the second time this season and is now 17-0 when shooting 50 percent or better under Mitchell.
· Kentucky made a season-high 37 field goals.
· The 21 steals are a season high and the most since UK recorded 21 steals last season against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (12/11/11).
· UK forced a season-high 38 turnovers.
· UK had four players reach double-figures for the third consecutive contest.
· UK allowed only 34 points, the lowest this season.
· The Cats' defense held its opposition to a season-low 26.2 percent shooting from the floor.
· UK forced a season-high 38 turnovers and is now 59-6 since 1979-80 when forcing 30 or more turnovers and19-1 in the Mitchell era.
Kentucky has forced double-digit miscues in 122 consecutive games.
The Cats are 89-33 during that span.
UK has forced 20-plus turnovers in 34 of their last 40 games dating back to the start of last season.
Senior guard A'dia Mathies tied a season-high with 17 points.
She now has 1,508 career points and moves up to No.7 all-time on UK's career scoring charts, passing Sarah Elliott (2005-08).
Recorded two steals and needs just three more to climb into a tie with Rita Adams (267, 1999-2003) at No. 5 on the career charts.
With three triples today, she has117 in her career and moves into No. 5 all-time on the 3-pointer made list, passing Tiffany Wait (1995-2000).
Redshirt sophomore Jen O'Neill made her second consecutive start and posted a career-high five assists to go along with a season-best eight points.
Junior Samarie Walker recorded a personal-best four steals and tied a career-high three blocks, while entering double figures for the second straight game with 13 points.
Junior DeNesha Stallworth reached double figures for the third time this season, scoring 11 points.
She's now just 29 points shy of reaching 1,000 points in her career.
Freshman Janee Thompson posted career highs of 10 points, three rebounds and two steals.
Sophomore transfer Jelleah Sidney recorded personal highs of six points, three rebounds and three assists.