Mathies Named to Naismith `Midseason 32'

Feb. 29, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball junior guard A’dia Mathies has been named to the prestigious 2011-12 Naismith ‘Midseason 32’ watch list, the Atlanta Tip Off Club announced Wednesday.

The watch list is compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the 2011-12 college basketball season. The 2012 Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year award presented by AT&T will be awarded at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Denver.

Mathies was named the 2012 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year on Wednesday, and was also an SEC All-Defensive Team selection and All-SEC first team selection. Mathies leads the Wildcats in scoring (15.3 points per game), 3-point field goals made (44), 3-point field goal percentage (.370) and steals (2.7 steals per game). She is second on the team in rebounds (5.3 rebounds per game) and assists (2.6 assists per game), and is tied for second in blocks (18).

Amongst her SEC peers, Mathies is second in the league in scoring, second in steals, third in 3-point field goal percentage, tied for eighth in 3-point field goals made and 11th in offensive rebounds. The Louisville, Ky., native has reached double figures in scoring in every game but six this season, and has 10 games of 20 or more points.

Mathies is one of three players on the list from the SEC. Joining her on the list are Glory Johnson and Shekinna Stricklen of Tennessee.

Mathies and the No. 10/9 Kentucky Wildcats will play again Friday at 1 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. UK will play the winner of the first round matchup between Florida and Auburn. The Wildcats swept the regular season series against Florida this year, and defeated Auburn in their only matchup of the season.

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