Kentucky-Mississippi State Postgame Notes

Jan. 31, 2010

Recap | Box Score

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 18-3, 6-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State falls to 14-8 overall, 5-4 in the SEC.
  • Kentucky evens the series with Mississippi State 17-17. The Lady Bulldogs hold an 8-7 advantage in Starkville, but Kentucky has claimed the last three meetings away from Lexington.
  • Kentucky's 18 wins on the season are the most since the 2006-07 squad posted a 20-14 overall record.
  • Kentucky's current five-game SEC win streak is the longest in program history, passing the four-game win streak set during the 2005-06 season.
  • The Wildcats record back-to-back SEC road wins for the first time since 2005-06.
  • UK's six SEC victories surpass last year's total of five and are the most since the 2007-08 team was 8-6 in league play.
  • UK head coach Matthew Mitchell improves his career record to 81-64, including a 51-35 mark at UK. Mitchell is 2-2 against his alma mater, Mississippi State.
  • Kentucky is 593-450 all-time in 36 years of varsity women's basketball and owns a 115-205 all-time mark in SEC play.
  • The Wildcats are 3-3 this season in games decided by 10 points or less and own a 25-22 record in close games under head coach Matthew Mitchell.
  • Up next: Kentucky returns home to play host to Ole Miss, Thursday, Feb 4 at Memorial Coliseum. Game time is set for 7 p.m. EST. The game will be televised live on the Big Blue Sports Network and Fox Sports South.

Team Notes

  • Key run: Kentucky limited Mississippi State to two field goals while outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 17-8 during the final 8:02 of the contest. The Wildcats led 52-51 at 8:02 then scored 16 of the next 18 points in the game to lead 68-53 when Amber Smith made 1-of-2 free throw attempts with 36 seconds remaining. Smith hit five free throws during the stretch while A'dia Mathies added two free throws and a three-pointer.
  • UK won the rebounding battle 46-38 and improves to 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the SEC when it outrebounds the opponent.
  • Kentucky has held four of its eight SEC opponents under 60 points.
  • UK went 5-of-14 from behind the arc and has now made a three-pointer in 208 consecutive games, dating back to the 2003-04 season.
  • Kentucky forced 13 Mississippi State turnovers and has now forced all 20 opponents this season into double-digit turnovers.
  • The Wildcats held the Bulldogs to 33.8 percent (24-of-71) from the field and 28.6 percent (6-for-21) from behind the arc. UK has held 16 opponents to under 40-percent shooting from the field this season.
  • UK's bench outscored Mississippi State reserves 15-2.
  • Kentucky started with the lineup of Carly Morrow, Victoria Dunlap, Amber Smith, Amani Franklin and A'dia Mathies. UK has started with this lineup in 20 of 21 games, posting a 17-3 record.

Individual Notes

  • Junior forward Victoria Dunlap led UK with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds to go with two blocks and one steal.
    • Becomes the 27th member of Kentucky's 1,000-point club with 1,003 points
    • Moves into 10th place on UK's career rebounding list with 694.
    • Moves into a tie for fourth place with former UK player Kim Denkins for career double-doubles with 19.
    • Has scored in double figures in 19 of 20 games played this season.
    • Has scored 20 or more points 14 times in her career and nine games this season.
    • Moves into a three-way tie with Valerie Still and Lisa Ellis for 10th place on the UK single-season blocks list with 39.
    • Has recorded at least one steal in 28 consecutive games and needs two more to move into UK's career top 10.
  • Junior guard Carly Morrow moved into sole possession of sixth-place on UK's career three-pointers attempted list at 326, making 3-of-7 attempts against the Bulldogs.
    • Her three three-pointers are her most in an SEC game this season.
    • Has made at least one three-pointer in 16 games this season and leads UK with 32 treys on the season.
  • Freshman guard A'dia Mathies finished with 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists in 30 minutes.
    • Has scored on double-figures in 14 of UK's 21 games.
    • Has pulled down at least four rebounds in 15 games this season.
  • Junior Amber Smith scored nine points and handed out a team-high five assists. It marked her second-most assists in an SEC game this season (nine vs. Alabama [1/17/10]).
  • Senior forward Lydia Watkins totaled eight points with seven rebounds. She is averaging 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in SEC play.