Kentucky-Louisville Postgame Notes

Dec. 4, 2011

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 8-0 overall, while Louisville falls to 7-2.
    • This is Kentucky's best start to a season since the 2009-10 season when UK started 11-0.
  • Kentucky is now 30-18 against Louisville all-time, and 20-4 against the Cardinals in Lexington.
    • The home team has won in each of the last four years in this rivalry.
    • UK head coach Matthew Mitchell is now 2-3 against the Cardinals.
  • Coach Matthew Mitchell is now 124-78 overall and 94-49 at UK.
  • UK has won 28 consecutive nonconference games at home dating back to the 2008-09 season.
    • UK is 37-2 at Memorial Coliseum over the past three seasons.
    • UK is 57-12 at Memorial Coliseum under the direction of Mitchell.
  • Kentucky is now 636-464 in 38 years of varsity play.
  • Sunday's 20-point victory is UK's largest margin of victory against Louisville since 2009 (+34).
  • UK and Louisville have not played a game decided by less than 15 points in the last five years.
  • Kentucky plays again Thursday at 6 p.m. ET against No. 7/6 Duke in Rupp Arena. The game is UK's second Pack the House game of the season, and will be televised by the CW and Fox Sports Network.

First Half Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting lineup of Amber Smith, A'dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Kastine Evans and Samantha Drake for the fourth straight game.
    • Kentucky is 4-0 with this lineup.
    • UK has started a freshman in 111-of-142 games in the Matthew Mitchell era, including 78 straight.
  • Trailing 2-6, Kentucky went on a 23-6 run, holding the Cardinals to one field goal in 10:05, to take a 25-12 lead.
  • Kentucky held Louisville scoreless from the 13:14 mark to the 8:22 mark, a span of 4:52.
  • The Wildcats held Louisville without a field goal for 6:07, spanning from the 13:14 mark to the 7:07 mark.
  • For the fifth time in eight games, Kentucky held its opponent to 23 points or less in the first half.
  • Kentucky shot a season-high 51.7 percent from the field in the first half.
  • Kentucky is the first opponent Louisville has allowed to score 40 or more points in the first half.
  • Kentucky led 40-23 heading into the locker room.

Second Half Notes

  • Sophomore center Samantha Drake scored the opening six points of the second half for Kentucky.
  • Kentucky held a lead of at least 13 points the entire second half, stretching to 24 points at the 1:27 mark in the second half.
  • The Wildcats hit 12-14 free-throw attempts in the second half.

Team/Game Notes

  • Kentucky's 20-point victory over No. 10 Louisville is the largest margin of victory over a top-10 ranked opponent in program history.
    • Kentucky is 2-5 against opponents when opponents are ranked No. 10.
  • Kentucky held a double-digit lead for the final 26:19 of the game.
  • Kentucky forced Louisville into 26 turnovers and has forced double-digit miscues in 90 consecutive games. The Cats are 65-25 during that span.
    • Kentucky is 32-1 when forcing 25-plus miscues.
    • Kentucky has forced 276 turnovers this season (34.5 per game).
    • Kentucky has forced at least 10 turnovers in every half this season.
  • UK outrebounded Louisville 34-25, and has outrebounded every opponent this season.
  • UK again took advantage on second-chance opportunities, outscoring the Cardinals 24-10.
  • Kentucky tied a season high with 10 3-point field goals made.
  • Kentucky shot a season-high 52.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
  • With 10 made 3-pointers, UK extended its streak of consecutive games with a triple to 265.
  • Attendance was 7,951, the sixth highest attendance in Memorial Coliseum history.

Individual Notes

  • Junior guard A'dia Mathies hit a career-high four 3-pointers en route to scoring 20 points. Mathies also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
    • Mathies has three 20-point games this season.
    • Mathies (1,034 points) is now three points shy of tying Kim Denkins (1994-98) at No. 24 on UK's all-time scoring list.
    • Mathies (197) is now four steals shy of Valerie Still (1979-83) at No. 9 on the UK all-time steals list.
  • Sophomore center Samantha Drake scored 10 points to go with two blocks and two boards.
    • Drake is averaging 10.3 points and 8.8 rebounds over the last four games.
    • Drake has reached double figures scoring in each of the last three games.
  • Senior guard Amber Smith scored seven points and dished out six assists.
    • Smith is averaging 4.6 assists per game this season.
    • Smith's six assists move her into seventh place on UK's career assists list with 370. Smith is 30 assists away from Rita Adams (1999-2003) at No. 6.
    • Smith has dished out at least four assists in every game this season.
  • Sophomore guard Kastine Evans scored nine points and grabbed a season-high tying six boards.
  • Senior guard Keyla Snowden hit her lone 3-point field goal attempt. Snowden has made a 3-pointer in three straight games, and has connected on her last five 3-point field goal attempts.
    • Snowden is 9-14 (.643) from behind the 3-point arc over the last three games.
  • Junior forward Brittany Henderson scored six points on 2-2 shooting, and had four rebounds.
  • Freshman forward Bra'Shey Ali made the most of her minutes, scoring four points in four minutes played. Ali has connected on each of her last six field goal attempts.