UK Hoops vs. Ole Miss -- Post-Game Notes

Feb. 2, 2012

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Team Records and Series Notes

•    Kentucky improves to 21-2, 10-0 SEC, while Ole Miss falls to 12-11, 2-8 SEC.
•    It is the first time in program history that UK has started conference play 10-0.
•    Kentucky’s 21-2 start ties its best start in program history through the first 23 games. Kentucky also started 21-2 in 1982-83.
•    Kentucky has now won a school-record 13 straight SEC games dating back to last season.
•    UK has now won eight straight SEC home games dating back to last season, tying the school record set in 2009-10.
•    UK’s 10 SEC wins are one shy of tying the school record for most SEC wins in a season.
•    Kentucky is 13-20 against Ole Miss all-time, and 7-8 when the game is played in Lexington.
•    UK head coach Matthew Mitchell is 4-1 against the Rebels.
•    Thursday’s win is Kentucky’s third in a row over Ole Miss, and its third straight win over Ole Miss in Lexington.
•    Coach Matthew Mitchell is 137-80 overall and 107-51 at UK.
•    Kentucky is 649-466 in 38 years of varsity play.
•    The Wildcats are 142-213 all-time in SEC play, and 45-25 under the direction of Mitchell.
•    UK is 46-2 in Lexington over the past three seasons.
•    UK is 355-140 (.717) at Memorial Coliseum, including 65-12 (.844) under Mitchell.
•    Kentucky’s current 18-game home winning streak is the fourth longest in program history, and is one shy of tying the third longest in UK history.
•    Kentucky has won 10-straight games, and is one win shy of tying the program record winning streak of 11 games (1982-83 and 2009-10).
•    It is the second time this season UK has won 10 straight games.
•    Kentucky plays again Sunday at 3 p.m. ET vs. LSU in Baton Rouge, La. The game is being televised by CST.

First Half Notes
•    Kentucky used the starting lineup of Amber Smith, A’dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Kastine Evans and Brittany Henderson for the eighth straight game. UK is 11-0 with this lineup.
•    UK has started a freshman in 126-of-158 games in the Matthew Mitchell era, including 93 straight.
•    Tied 16-16 at the 11:39 mark, Kentucky went on a 15-2 run, including 11 straight points, to take a 31-18 lead with 4:55 left in the half.
•    Kentucky held Ole Miss scoreless for the final 3:10 of the half.
•    Kentucky forced Ole Miss into 20 turnovers, an SEC-high in the first half, and the most forced turnovers for UK since forcing Arkansas-Pine Bluff into 23 first-half turnovers.
•    Kentucky has forced each of its past three opponents into 16 or more turnovers in the first half.
•    The Wildcats turned those 20 Ole Miss turnovers into 20 points, allowing just seven points off their own eight turnovers.
•    Kentucky led Ole Miss 37-23 heading into the locker room.
•    The Wildcats are 17-0 this season when leading or tied at the half.

Second Half Notes
•    After the Rebels scored six of the first nine points of the half, Kentucky went on a 15-3 run, including an 11-0 run, that pushed the Wildcats to a 55-32 lead.
•    Kentucky led by at least 21 points for the remainder of the game.
•    UK outscored Ole Miss 45-18 in the second half.
•    The 18 points allowed are the fewest points allowed in a half vs. an SEC opponent this season.
•    Kentucky held Ole Miss scoreless for the final 3:10 of the game.

Team/Game Notes
•    Kentucky forced 36 turnovers in the game.
•    Kentucky’s 36 forced turnovers are the most forced turnovers by any team in the SEC during conference play this season.
•    The 36 forced turnovers are the most forced turnovers by UK in SEC play in the Matthew Mitchell era, breaking the previous record of 30 set vs. Auburn on Jan. 26.
•    UK has forced double-digit miscues in 105 consecutive games. The Cats are 78-27 during that span.
•    Kentucky has forced an SEC-high 674 turnovers this season (29.30 per game).
•    Kentucky has forced at least 10 turnovers in 39 of 46 halves this season.
•    Ole Miss’ season high turnovers entering Thursday’s game was 26, and the Rebels averaged 17.5 giveaways per game.
•    Kentucky won the turnover battle (10-36).
•    UK has forced at least 20 turnovers in 21 of 23 games this season.
•    The +26 turnover margin is UK’s largest in SEC play this season, and it’s largest since holding a +39 advantage vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 11.
•    Kentucky outscored Ole Miss 39-9 in points off turnovers.
•    Pushing UK to the +30 advantage in points off turnovers was a 25-12 advantage on the offensive glass.
•    Kentucky outrebounded Ole Miss 45-38.
•    UK has won or tied the rebounding battle in 16 of 23 games, including eight by more than 10.
•    Kentucky is 37-2 under Matthew Mitchell when scoring 80 or more points.
•    UK got great production from its bench, outscoring Ole Miss’ bench 30-15.
•    The Wildcats are 19-1 when its bench outscores the opponent’s bench.
•    With six made 3-pointers, UK extended its streak of consecutive games with a triple to 280.
•    The Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams are a combined 93-2 (.979) in home games over the last three seasons, the best mark in the country.
•    Attendance was 7,429.

Individual Notes
•    Sophomore guard Kastine Evans scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high seven steals to go with four rebounds and three assists.
o    Evans has hit at least one 3-pointer in each of the last six games.
o    Evans’ seven steals are the most by a UK player since A’dia Mathies recorded a career-high nine steals vs. Nebraska Omaha on Nov. 23, 2011.
o    Evans’ 12 points are her most since scoring 13 vs. Southern Miss on Nov. 19.
•    Freshman guard Bria Goss scored a team-high 19 points and had three steals.
o    Goss has reached double figures in scoring in 17 of 23 games.
o    Goss’ 11.7 points per game average is on pace to be the sixth highest scoring average in UK freshman history.
o    Goss’ 17 double-figure scoring games are tied for the sixth most in UK freshman history.
o    Goss has hit 27 3-pointers this season, three shy of tying Stacey Reed at No. 6 in the UK freshman record books.
•    Junior guard A’dia Mathies scored 11 points and grabbed six boards.
o    Mathies’ 11 points give her 1,261 points in her career. She is 15th on the all-time scoring list and is 76 points shy of tying Belitta Croley at No. 14 all-time.
o    Mathies had two steals, giving her 226 in her career. Mathies moves to No. 8 on the all-time steals list and is three steals shy of tying Christina Jansen at No. 7. Mathies has recorded at least one steal in 23 straight games, dating back to last season.
o    Has scored 10 or more points in 17 of the 22 games she’s played this season.
•    Sophomore forward Samarie Walker scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high tying six rebounds.
o    Walker’s 11-point game is her second highest scoring output in her UK career.
o    Walker has six or more rebounds in 10 of her 13 games played this season.
•    Freshman forward Bra’Shey Ali made her SEC debut, grabbing five rebounds, blocking one shot and getting a steal in eight minutes played.
•    Junior forward Brittany Henderson scored six points and grabbed five rebounds.