Kentucky-Mississippi State Postgame Notes

Jan. 17, 2013

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 17-1, 5-0 SEC, while Mississippi State falls to 8-10, 0-5 SEC.
  • UK begins conference play at 5-0 for the second straight season.
  • UK returns to action against Auburn on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. EST in Memorial Coliseum. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
  • Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 673-472 (.588).
    • UK is 150-216 all-time in SEC play.
  • Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and ranks third on the all-time wins list (131-57) and first in winning percentage (.697). He is only seven wins away from becoming the all-time winningest coach.
  • Mitchell is now 53-28 in SEC games (regular season only).
  • Kentucky has extended its school-record winning streak to 16 games. The streak is tied with Duke for the longest current winning streak in the country.
  • UK increased its school-record for consecutive home wins at 32. The previous record was 30 set from Feb. 12, 1980 until Jan. 31, 82.
  • The Wildcats own a 368-140 (.724) mark in Memorial Coliseum, including a 78-12 (.867) mark under Mitchell.
    • The Cats are now 60-2 at home over the last three seasons.
    • UK is now 32-9 in SEC home games under Mitchell, including an impressive 25-2 mark in the last three seasons.
    • Kentucky has won a school-record 13 consecutive SEC home games.
  • Fourteen of UK's 17 wins have been by 18 points or more.
  • Kentucky now leads the all-time series 22-17 vs. the Bulldogs.
    • UK is now 10-8 all-time vs. MSU in games played in Lexington.
    • Kentucky has won the last six meetings between the two schools.

Team/Game Notes

  • UK's starting lineup featured A'dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Jennifer O'Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth for the 12th straight game. The Cats are now 14-0 with that lineup.
    • The Cats began the game on an 11-2 run.
    • With UK leading 22-17 at the 9:10 mark in the first half, the Cats finished the half on a 24-7 run.
  • The 46 points scored in the first half are an SEC-high.
    • Most points in first half since scoring 51 vs. DePaul (12/7/12).
    • The 22-point halftime lead is the largest in SEC play this season.
  • The 100 points scored tied the season high. UK also scored 100 points against USC Upstate (11/25).
    • Marks the first time UK has scored 100 or more points vs. a SEC opponent since defeating Vanderbilt 106-85 on Jan. 23, 1983.
    • UK improves to 38-0 all-time when scoring 100 points or more.
  • The 53-point margin of victory is the largest against an SEC opponent in school history.
  • UK forced an SEC-high 35 turnovers.
  • UK had an SEC-high 17 steals.
  • The Cats hit an SEC-high 50 percent from the floor (37-of-74) and are now 5-0 this season when doing so.
  • The Wildcats won the rebounding battle 46-20, the largest rebounding margin in league play this season.
    • UK had more offensive rebounds (26) than Mississippi State had total rebounds (20).
  • UK had two players record 20-plus points for the second time this season. Stallworth and O'Neill both had 20-plus points vs. Marist on Dec. 30, 2012.
  • Stallworth's 18 first half points were the most by a Wildcat this season and the most since Amani Franklin scored 20 in the first half vs. UC-Santa Barbara on Dec. 12, 2008.
  • The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 310.
  • UK won the turnover battle 35-19 and is now 109-27 under Mitchell when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.
  • Kentucky has forced double-digit miscues in 135 consecutive games and is 102-33 during that span.

Individual Notes

  • Junior center DeNesha Stallworth recorded a UK career-high 25 points in just 24 minutes of action.
    • Netted a UK career-high nine field goals.
    • Has reached double figures in 16-of-18 games, including 15 in a row.
    • Has tallied two 20-point games this year.
    • Has made 30 of her last 33 free throws, including 14 in a row.
    • Scored the most points by a UK player since A'dia Mathies scored 26 vs. Alabama on Feb. 16, 2012.
  • Senior guard A'dia Mathies scored 21 points, marking the 16th time she has reached double figures this season, including nine in a row.
    • Has posted 22 career 20-point games, including three this season.
    • Played in her 122nd career game, tying her for seventh all-time in UK Hoops history with Tiffany Wait (1995-2000).
    • Made her 121st career start, tying her for No. 2 all-time with Samantha Mahoney (2005-08).
  • Redshirt sophomore point guard Jennifer O'Neill recorded seven assists, marking the fourth straight game with four or more assists.
    • Tied a career-high four steals. She also had four vs. Marist on Dec. 30, 2012.
  • Sophomore guard Bria Goss posted 13 points and reached double-figures for the 10th time this season.
  • Junior guard Kastine Evans came off the bench and tied a season-high with 12 points on a season-best five field goals.
  • Senior forward Brittany Henderson came off the bench and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in just 12 minutes.