UK Hoops Sweeps SEC Weekly Awards
Dec. 12, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After recording its second consecutive victory over a top-10 opponent and a 58-point victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Kentucky women’s basketball team (10-0) swept the Southeastern Conference weekly awards Monday, with junior guard A’dia Mathies claiming SEC Player of the Week honors, and freshman guard Bria Goss claiming SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
Mathies, who was named SEC Co-Player of the Week last week and is a member of the Naismith preseason watch list, led Kentucky to a 72-65 victory over No. 6/5 Duke at Rupp Arena with a season-high 23 points, including a career-high tying four 3-pointers, four rebounds and four steals. With four steals, Mathies is now tied with UK great Valerie Still at No. 9 on the UK all-time steals list. Mathies is just the 10th player in UK history to amass 200 or more steals during her UK career.
Mathies leads Kentucky in scoring (16.8 points per game) and in steals (3.7 steals per game), and is second in rebounding (5.7 rebounds per game). In the conference, Mathies ranks third in scoring and is first in steals. Mathies also ranks seventh nationally in steals per game.
Goss, a native of Indianapolis, earned her second SEC Freshman of the Week honor of the season after averaging 19.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals in UK’s two victories over the week. Goss scored a career-high 19 points in each of the Wildcats’ wins, and had six steals and a career-high three 3-pointers against the Golden Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Against Duke, Goss played a career-high 32 minutes, providing stingy defense throughout the tightly contested game.
Goss is second on the team in scoring (12.3 ppg), third in rebounding (5.2 rpg), third in assists (2.0 apg) and third in steals (2.1 spg). Goss has reached double digits in scoring in eight of UK’s 10 games this season, and has started in all 10 of the Wildcats’ games.
Kentucky will play again Sunday against its third top-10 opponent of the season when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to face No. 3/3 Notre Dame (9-1). The game between the Wildcats and reigning national runners-up will tip off at 1 p.m. ET, and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.