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Highlights and head coach Matthew Mitchell



Bria Goss, A'dia Mathies, and Bernisha Pinkett



It was a slow start for Matthew Mitchell's basketball team Wednesday morning as the Wildcats hosted the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Education Day at Memorial Coliseum. But it was a big day for junior guard Bernisha Pinkett who had a career day in front of thousands of cheering youngsters in the stands.

Pinkett's 21 points and 10 rebounds provided the spark Kentucky needed to fend off the RedHawks with a 92-53 victory. The marks were each career bests and helped her to her first career double-double.

Her big day, however, started off a little bit sluggish along with the rest of her teammates.

"I talked to her about her effort and she needed to turn it around and to her credit, she really turned it around," said Mitchell. "She did all of that in probably the last 30 minutes of the game. Just a really productive day."

Pinkett played tough for her team and provided a lift in the rebounding department as Kentucky struggled to come up with boards on a consistent basis. Pinkett was a high-energy performer, coming up with several loose balls and rebounds, but it wasn't until later in the second half that she was aware of the performance she was putting on.

"A little bit at the end of the second half," said Pinkett. "I tried to stay focus and not lose focus on what I was doing and keep playing hard. I kept going to the boards and doing whatever I needed to do to get points and help my team get points."

She shot the ball particularly well Wednesday, hitting eight of her 13 shots including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc as Miami gave her space to shoot all day. If Pinkett can continue to bring those types of efforts to the Kentucky offense, that will help take some of the pressure off of some of the usual offensive leaders.

"I guess they did not put much emphasis on her in the scouting report because they kept leaving her open," said senior guard A'dia Mathies. "But now when people see that and see that she can score 21 points, have five assists, zero turnovers, and 10 rebounds that they are going to have to guard her like they guard me, Bria (Goss), Samarie (Walker) or anyone else so that will open up driving lanes and make us an even better offensive threat."

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