Kentucky-South Carolina Postgame Notes

Feb. 23, 2012

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 23-5, 12-3 SEC, while South Carolina falls to 20-8, 9-6 SEC.
    • UK’s 12 SEC wins are a new program record for most SEC wins in a season.
    • UK has now won a school-record 10 straight SEC home games dating back to last season.
  • With Kentucky’s win and Tennessee’s loss to Arkansas on Thursday night, the Wildcats have clinched at least a share of their first SEC regular season championship since 1982.
    • A Kentucky win over Mississippi State on Sunday would give Kentucky the SEC championship outright.
  • Kentucky is 30-18 against South Carolina all-time, and 18-5 when the game is played in Lexington.
    • The win is Kentucky’s fourth straight over South Carolina in Lexington.
    • UK head coach Matthew Mitchell is 7-3 against the Gamecocks.
  • Coach Matthew Mitchell is 139-83 overall and 109-54 at UK.
  • Kentucky is 651-469 in 38 years of varsity play.
    • The Wildcats are 144-216 all-time in SEC play, and 47-28 under the direction of Mitchell.
  • UK’s 18-0 home record is just the third undefeated season in school history. The 1980-81 and 2009-10 teams also went undefeated at home.
    • UK is 48-2 in Lexington over the past three seasons.
    • UK is 357-140 (.718) at Memorial Coliseum, including 67-12 (.846) under Mitchell.
    • Kentucky’s current 20-game home winning streak is the third longest home winning streak in program history.
  • Attendance was 7,062.
    • UK’s home attendance total for the season was 113,068 (6,282 average), a new program record.
  • Kentucky closes out its regular season Sunday at Mississippi State at 1:30 p.m. ET. Sunday afternoon’s game will be televised on ESPNU.

First Half Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting lineup of Amber Smith, A’dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Kastine Evans and Samarie Walker for the third time this season. The Wildcats are 3-0 with this lineup.
    • UK has started a freshman in 131-of-163 games in the Matthew Mitchell era, including 98 straight.
  • Junior guard A’dia Mathies and freshman guard Bria Goss scored Kentucky’s first 13 points on a combined 5-9 shooting from the field.
    • Mathies finished the first half with a team-high 11 points.
  • UK held South Carolina scoreless for the final 5:37 of the game.
  • Kentucky led South Carolina 23-21 heading into the locker room.
    • The Wildcats are 19-0 this season when leading or tied at the half, 9-0 in SEC play.

Second Half Notes

  • Leading 39-37, A’dia Mathies and Bria Goss combined to score UK’s next nine points as the Wildcats went on a 9-2 run to take a 48-39 lead at the 5:05 mark.
    • The Wildcats’ nine-point lead was their largest of the game.
  • A’dia Mathies and Bria Goss combined to score 12 of Kentucky’s final 14 points in the game.
  • The final 8.0 seconds of the game:
    • With 8.0 seconds left in the game, Bria Goss hit one free throw to give Kentucky a 51-48 lead.
    • After getting the rebound off Goss’ second free throw, Maegan Conwright hit both of her free throws with 4.2 seconds left to give UK a 53-48 lead.
    • Kentucky was assessed a technical foul after Bria Goss stole the South Carolina inbound pass and called a timeout that the Wildcats did not have. South Carolina then hit both free throws to narrow the UK lead to three at 53-50.
    • With 3.0 seconds left, Maegan Conwright stole the South Carolina inbounds pass to seal the win for Kentucky.
  • UK made one field goal in the final 5:05 of the game.

Team/Game Notes

  • Thursday night’s game was Senior Night for Kentucky’s three senior guards, Amber Smith, Keyla Snowden and Crystal Riley.
  • A’dia Mathies and Bria Goss combined to hit 14 of Kentucky’s 20 field goals, and scored 35 of the Wildcats’ 53 points.
  • UK is 46-30 (.600) in games decided by 10 points or less under Mitchell. The Wildcats are 8-3 in such games this season.
  • Kentucky forced 21 turnovers in the game.
    • UK has forced double-digit miscues in 110 consecutive games. The Cats are 80-30 during that span.
    • Kentucky has forced an SEC-high 794 turnovers this season (28.36 per game) which ranks third all-time in a single season.
    • Kentucky has forced at least 10 turnovers in 47 of 56 halves this season.
  • Kentucky won the turnover battle (14-21).
    • UK has forced at least 20 turnovers in 25 of 28 games this season.
    • UK has won or tied the rebounding battle in 18 of 28 games.
  • With one made 3-pointer, UK extended its streak of consecutive games with a triple to 285.
    • Kentucky held South Carolina without a 3-pointer (0-7).

Individual Notes

  • Junior guard A’dia Mathies scored a team-high 21 points, grabbed six rebounds and passed out a team-high two assists.
    • Mathies’ 21 points give her 1,341 points in her career. She is now 14th on the all-time scoring list and is 17 points shy of tying Kristi Cushenberry at No. 13.
    • Mathies has 10 20-point games this season, and two in her last three games.
    • Mathies’ two steals give her 237 for her career, the seventh most all-time. Mathies is six steals shy of tying LaTonya McDole at No. 6 on the all-time steals list.
    • Mathies has recorded at least one steal in 26 of 27 games played this season.
  • Freshman guard Bria Goss scored 14 points.
    • It was Goss’ 21st double-figure scoring game of the season, the fourth most in UK freshman history. Goss is one game shy of tying Maria Donhoff (1977-78) for third.
  • Sophomore guard Maegan Conwright grabbed a career-high seven rebounds and hit two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to give Kentucky a five-point lead at 53-48. Conwright then stole the South Carolina inbound with 3.0 seconds left and dribbled out the clock to seal the win.