Kentucky extends its current home win streak to 12 games, the fifth-longest
in school history.
The Wildcats own a 320-138 all-time mark at storied Memorial Coliseum.
Kentucky is 589-450 all-time in 36 years of varsity women's basketball.
Up next: Kentucky continues its three-game homestand,
facing Arkansas Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast
by Neil Price on the Big Blue Sports Network.
Today's attendance (6,040) was the second highest of the season.
Key run: Kentucky broke a 22-22 tie at 5:57 with a 12-3
run over the next four minutes started by Keyla Snowden's fourth three-pointer
of the half. Lydia Watkins scored two baskets in the paint. Amber Smith made
a three-pointer and Amani Franklin made a pair of free throws during the
stretch. UK grabbed a 41-32 advantage at intermission and never led by fewer
than 10 points the rest of the game.
Kentucky's 25-point (88-63) win over Alabama marked its largest margin
of victory in an SEC game since a 27-point (87-60) victory over Arkansas
on Feb. 18, 2007.
UK shot an SEC season-high 46.0 percent from the field (29-of-63), including
50.0 percent (14-of-28) in the second half.
The Wildcats forced 25 Crimson Tide turnovers and improve to 11-0 when
causing 25 or more miscues. Kentucky has frustrated its opponent into 20
or more miscues in 15 games this season, including three of four league foes.
Kentucky's nine three-pointers were the most by the Cats in an SEC game
this season and the most since UK made 10 against UT Martin on Dec. 22, 2009.
UK has made a three-pointer in 204 consecutive games dating back to 2003-04.
UK has 11 steals and has now swiped 10 or more steals in each SEC game
this season and 14 times on the year. The Wildcats have posted 10 or more
steals in 13 consecutive contests.
Kentucky improves to 260-19 (93.1%) since 1974 when scoring 80 or more
points, including a 14-1 (93.3%) mark under head coach Matthew Mitchell.
The Wildcats had five players reach double figures in scoring for the first
time since their 87-47 home win against UT Martin on Dec. 22, 2009. UK has
had four or more players score in double figures in 11 of 17 games. UK is
3-0 this season when five players net double digits.
Ten of the 11 players that saw action scored at least one point. All 11
players grabbed at least one rebound.
UK won the rebounding battle 40-37 and is 8-0 this season when it has an
advantage on the boards.
Kentucky led 41-32 at halftime. It marked the first time in league play
and the seventh time this season the Wildcats have eclipsed 40 points in
the first stanza. UK is 12-0 overall, 1-0 in SEC when leading at the half .
Senior guard Amani Franklin registered her seventh career double-double
and third this season, scoring 15 points and pulling down 10 rebounds to
go with three steals. It marks her third career double-double in SEC play.
Senior guard Lydia Watkins turned in her best career effort against an
SEC foe, recording 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go with seven rebounds,
two blocks and two steals.
Freshman guard A'dia Mathies scored in double figures for the second straight
SEC contest, posting 14 points with a pair of three-pointers. She has reached
double-digit points in 12 of UK's 17 games, including 10 of 11 home contests.
Junior forward Victoria Dunlap contributed 14 points, including 12 in the
second half, on 6-of-8 shooting to go with five rebounds and two steals in
just 17 minutes. She has scored 10 or more points 16 times this season and
22 games in a row. She has at least one steal in 24 consecutive games.
Sophomore guard Keyla Snowden came off the bench and went 4-of-4 from three-point
range to tally 12 points, all in the first half. It marked her best three-point
shooting effort since making netting a career-high six three's against UT
Martin on Dec. 22.
Junior point guard Amber Smith handed out a career-high nine assists against
Alabama to go with eight points and three steals. Her previous high was eight.