Kentucky-Auburn Postgame Notes

March 5, 2010

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 24-6 while Auburn falls to 14-16.
  • Auburn leads the series 25-13 overall and owns a 5-2 mark in contests at the SEC Tournament.
  • Kentucky improves its record to 21-30 all-time at the SEC Tournament.
  • UK head coach Matthew Mitchell's overall record moves to 87-67, including a 57-38 mark at UK . Mitchell's record against Auburn moves to 3-2 and 3-3 in the SEC Tournament.
  • Up next: Kentucky advances to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament where it will play the winner of the Mississippi State-Georgia Saturday at 6 p.m. EST. The game will be televised by ESPNU.

Team Game Notes

  • Key run: After trailing 19-14 with 8:45 left in the first half, Kentucky went on an 18-6 run to grab a 32-25 advantage at intermission. Victoria Dunlap scored seven of her 18 first-half points during the stretch while Rebecca Gray netted five points during the run.
  • Kentucky's 24 wins are the most since the 1981-82 went 24-8 en route to the school's firsts and only SEC championship title.
  • UK scored 65 points, improving to 23-3 when scoring 60 or more points in a game this season.
  • The Wildcats forced Auburn into 20 turnovers. UK has forced 20 or more turnovers in 22 of 30 games this season. The Cats scored 22 points off of the Tigers' miscues.
  • Kentucky grabbed 10 steals against the Tigers. UK has swiped 10 or more steals in 21 games this season.
  • UK extended its streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer to 217 consecutive games, dating back to the 2003-04 season.
  • Kentucky has held its opponent under 50 percent field goal shooting in 29 of 30 games this season.
  • Kentucky started with the lineup of Keyla Snowden, Victoria Dunlap, Amber Smith Amani Franklin and A'dia Mathies for the third time this season. That lineup is 1-2.

Individual Game Notes

  • Junior forward and SEC Player of the Year Victoria Dunlap scored a game-high 24 points, marking the 11th time this season that she has scored 20 or more points in a single game.
    • Moved into 20th place on UK's all-time career scoring list and now has 1,156 career points. She needs 14 more to move into a tie for 19th with UK's SEC Great, Jocelyn Mills (1,170, 1989-93).
    • Brought down six rebounds to increase her career total to 760, which ranks seventh all-time in school history. She needs just two more rebounds to tie Kim Denkins (1994-98) for sixth-place all-time.
    • Swatted a career-high-tying four shots to give her 119 career blocks, which ranks third all-time in school history. She needs 37 more blocks to tie former great Valerie Still (1979-83) for second place all-time. Dunlap has charted four blocks on five previous occasions.
    • Tied the school's single-season blocks record and now has 56 blocks on the 2010 campaign. That ties Sarah Elliott's 56 blocks that came in the 2007-08 season.
    • Came up with three steals and moves into sole possession of ninth place on the school's all-time list, passing Stacy McIntyre (1988-92), who recorded 189 blocks from 1988-92.
  • Freshman guard and SEC Freshman of the Year A'dia Mathies contributed 15 points to complement seven rebounds in 34 minutes of action.
    • Has scored in double figures in 22 of 30 games this season.
    • Has pulled down at least four rebounds in 24 games this season.
    • Moved into eighth-place on the school's all-time freshman list with 145 rebounds.
  • Junior point guard Amber Smith dished out a game-high five assists and has posted five or more assists on eight occasions this year.
  • Sophomore guard Rebecca Gray added seven points off the bench.
    • She has hit at least one three-pointer in 19-of-27 games played this season.

SEC Tournament Notes

  • The Wildcats advance to the semifinal round for the first time since 2008 and the third time in five years.
  • Junior forward Victoria Dunlap tied the record for most Kentucky blocks in a single SEC Tournament game previously set by Valerie Still vs. Tennessee in 1982.
  • The Wildcats are now 2-5 all-time vs. Auburn in SEC Tournament games.