Kentucky-Alcorn State Postgame Notes

Dec. 28, 2012

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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.

Team/Game Notes

  • 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.

Individual Notes

  • 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.