No. 10 UK Hoops vs. No. 6 Duke -- Postgame Notes
Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky improves to 9-0 overall, while Duke falls to 6-2.
• This is Kentucky’s best start to a season since the 2009-10 season when UK started 11-0.
• Kentucky’s current nine-game winning streak is tied for the fourth longest in school history.
• Kentucky’s current eight-game home winning streak is tied for the ninth-longest home winning streak.
• Kentucky is now 1-3 against Duke all-time.
• Thursday’s game was the first time Duke had played in Lexington.
• UK head coach Matthew Mitchell is now 1-1 against the Blue Devils.
• The victory was Coach Mitchell’s first against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• Coach Matthew Mitchell is now 125-78 overall and 95-49 at UK.
• UK has won 29 consecutive nonconference games at home dating back to the 2008-09 season.
• UK is 38-2 in Lexington over the past three seasons.
• UK is 21-12 all-time in Rupp Arena, including a 2-4 mark under Matthew Mitchell.
• Kentucky is 53-192 in games vs. ranked opponents, including a 12-25 mark under Mitchell.
• Kentucky is now 637-464 in 38 years of varsity play.
• Kentucky plays again Sunday at 1 p.m. ET against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Memorial Coliseum. The game will be televised by the UK IMG Sports Network 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 fifth straight game.
• UK has started a freshman in 112-of-143 games in the Matthew Mitchell era, including 79 straight.
• Kentucky is 5-0 with this lineup.
• Each team traded baskets throughout the tightly contested first half, with each team’s largest run being only 6-0.
• Trailing 4-6, Duke went on a 6-0 run to take a 10-6 lead.
• Kentucky trailed Duke 25-30 before going on its 6-0 run to take a 31-30 lead just before the halftime break.
• Kentucky’s 31 first-half points tied a season high for points scored in the first half by a Duke opponent.
• The Wildcats forced Duke into 15 turnovers in the first half, the Blue Devils’ previous per game average was 15.7 turnovers.
• Duke led 20-12, marking the largest deficit the Wildcats have faced all year.
• Kentucky trailed 31-34 heading into the locker room. UK is 2-0 when trailing at the half this season.
• Kentucky’s three-point deficit at the halftime break was a season high.
Second Half Notes
• The Wildcats opened the second half on an 11-4 run, including a 6-0 run that gave UK a 42-38 lead, tying their largest lead of the game at the time.
• Freshman guard Bria Goss scored six of UK’s 11 points during the run.
• Trailing 44-46, Kentucky went on a 6-0 run, with UK freshman forward/center Azia Bishop scoring all six points in the run, to take a 50-46 lead.
• Junior guard A’dia Mathies gave Kentucky its largest lead of the game with a 3-pointer at the 4:54 mark putting the Wildcats up 62-52.
• Mathies’ 3-pointer capped off an 8-0 Kentucky run, its largest of the game.
• Freshman forward/center Azia Bishop had a double-double in the second half alone, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Bishop also had four blocks and two steals in the second half.
• Kentucky did not trail for the final 14:06, and held a lead for the final 12:33.
• After committing 12 turnovers in the first half, the Wildcats had just four in the second half.
• Kentucky freshmen Bria Goss and Azia Bishop combined for 31 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and four steals on 15-24 shooting from the field.
• The win is Kentucky’s eighth over a top-six ranked opponent in program history.
• Kentucky is 2-14 against teams ranked No. 6 in the country.
• Kentucky has defeated 12 ranked opponents in the Matthew Mitchell era, including three in top 10.
• The win gives Kentucky its first-ever back-to-back wins over top-10 opponents.
• The win is Kentucky’s first victory after trailing at the half since UK’s season opener vs. Morehead State when the Wildcats trailed by one point (31-32).
• Kentucky forced Duke into 24 turnovers, the most turnovers the Blue Devils have committed all season.
• Kentucky has forced double-digit miscues in 91 consecutive games. The Cats are 66-25 during that span.
• Kentucky has forced 300 turnovers this season (33.3 per game).
• UK and Duke each pulled down 33 rebounds. The Wildcats have never been outrebounded this season.
• UK outscored the Blue Devils 21-12 on second-chance opportunities.
• Kentucky shot 44.6 percent from the field.
• With six made 3-pointers, UK extended its streak of consecutive games with a triple to 266.
• Thursday’s game was the first in time three years that UK Hoops has played in Rupp Arena.
• It was the first win in Rupp Arena for UK Hoops since Feb. 7, 2008 (Ole Miss, 69-54).
• Attendance was 14,508, the largest attendance in program history.
• Junior guard A’dia Mathies hit a career-high tying four 3-pointers for the second straight game en route to scoring a season-high 23 points. Mathies also had four rebounds and four steals.
o Mathies has recorded back-to-back 20-plus point games for the second time this season.
o Mathies has four 20-point games this season.
o Mathies’ 23 points move her into 23rd place on the UK all-time scoring list with 1,077 points. Mathies is three points shy of tying Janet Timperman (1975-79) at No. 22.
o Mathies’ four steals move her into a tie for ninth with Valerie Still on the UK all-time steals list with 201.
• Freshman forward/center Azia Bishop recorded the first double-double of her career, scoring a career-high tying 12 points and grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds. Bishop also blocked a career-high four shots, had two steals and was 6-9 from the field.
o In the second half alone, Bishop had 10 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two steals.
• Freshman guard Bria Goss had a career-high 19 points, three boards and two steals, knocking down a career-high tying two 3-pointers in the process.
• Senior guard Amber Smith passed out four assists, and has dished out at least four assists in every game this season.
o Smith is averaging 4.6 assists per game this season.
o Smith (374) is now 26 assists shy of moving into a tie with Rita Adams (1999-2003) at No. 6 all-time at UK.
• Sophomore guard Kastine Evans scored six points, passed out a career-high tying four assists and had two steals.