Kentucky-Samford Postgame Notes

Dec. 21, 2011

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 11-1 overall, while Samford falls to 6-5.
  • Kentucky is now 1-0 against Samford all-time.
  • Coach Matthew Mitchell is now 127-79 overall and 97-50 at UK.
  • UK has won 31 consecutive nonconference games at home dating back to the 2008-09 season.
    • UK is 40-2 in Lexington over the past three seasons.
    • UK is 349-140 (.714) at Memorial Coliseum, including a 59-12 (.831) record under Mitchell.
    • Kentucky’s current 12-game home winning streak is the sixth longest in school history.
  • Kentucky is now 639-465 in 38 years of varsity play.
  • Kentucky plays again Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. ET against Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

First Half Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting lineup of Amber Smith, A’dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Kastine Evans and Samantha Drake for the seventh time this season.
    • Kentucky is 6-1 with this lineup.
    • UK has started a freshman in 115-of-147 games in the Matthew Mitchell era, including 82 straight.
  • Kentucky hit 10 of its first 13 field goal attempts, and had 28 points 7:59 into the game.
  • The Wildcats’ defense held Samford without a made field goal for 8:08, spanning from the 14:13 mark, when UK led 20-14, to the 6:05 mark, where UK’s lead had ballooned to 43-24.
  • UK shot a blistering 20-34 (.588) from the field, and 13-14 (.929) from the foul line.
  • Nine different Wildcats scored in the opening half.
  • Kentucky led 55-28 heading into the locker room.
    • Kentucky’s 55 first-half points were the most points scored in the opening stanza for the Wildcats this year, and the third most points scored in any half this season.
    • The 55 points are the most points scored in the first half for UK since scoring 57 vs. Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 1, 2009.

Second Half Notes

    • UK shot 15-30 (.500) from the field in the second half.
    • Kentucky led comfortably throughout the second half.

Team/Game Notes

  • UK hit a season-high 54.7 percent from the field (35-of-64). It marks UK’s highest field goal shooting performance since hitting 57.1 percent (36-of-63) vs. Miami Ohio on Dec. 1, 2009.
  • Kentucky forced 28 turnovers in the game.
    • UK has forced double-digit miscues in 94 consecutive games. The Cats are 68-26 during that span.
    • Kentucky has forced 399 turnovers this season (33.3 per game).
    • Kentucky has forced at least 10 turnovers in 22 of 24 halves this season.
    • UK has forced at least 22 turnovers in every game this season.
  • Kentucky is 33-2 under Matthew Mitchell when scoring 80 or more points.
  • Kentucky again got a wealth of production from its bench, outscoring Samford’s bench 41-11.
  • UK finished with 13 steals for the second consecutive game. The Wildcats have charted double-figure steals in all 12 games this season.
  • Kentucky outscored Samford 52-24 in points off turnovers.
  • The Wildcats outrebounded Samford 34-20.
    • UK has won or tied the rebounding battle in 10 of 12 games, including six by more than 10.
  • Kentucky was 17-19 from the foul line against the Lady Bulldogs.
    • Kentucky is 34-42 (.810) from the free-throw line over its last two games after going 17-23 against No. 3 Notre Dame.
  • With three made 3-pointers, UK extended its streak of consecutive games with a triple to 269.
  • Attendance was 5,311.

Individual Notes

  • Sophomore center Samantha Drake scored a team-high 18 points on 6-6 shooting from the field and 6-7 shooting from the foul line. Drake also grabbed three rebounds.
    • Drake has reached double figures in scoring in six of the last seven games.
    • Drake is 14-17 (.824) from the field over the last two games, averaging 19.5 points per game.
  • Freshman guard Bria Goss scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds.
    • Goss is averaging 15.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals over the past four games.
    • Goss has reached double figures in scoring in 10 of 12 games this season.
  • Senior guard Keyla Snowden scored 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
  • Sophomore forward Samarie Walker played in her first home game as a Wildcat after sitting out the first semester, per NCAA transfer regulations.
    • Walker scored 10 points on 5-10 shooting, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for the second straight game, and blocked a team-high three shots.
  • Freshman forward/center Azia Bishop scored 13 points, grabbed four boards and had three steals in just 10 minutes of action.
  • Sophomore guard Kastine Evans scored 11 points to go with three boards and two steals.
  • Junior guard A’dia Mathies had nine points, six boards and three steals.
    • It was the first game of the season where Mathies did not reach double figures in scoring.