Kentucky improves to 22-5, 11-3 SEC, while Vanderbilt falls to 20-7, 8-6 SEC.
UK has now won a school-record nine straight SEC home games dating back to last season.
UK’s 11 SEC wins tie the school record for most SEC wins in a season.
The win is Kentucky’s fourth straight over Vanderbilt, and third straight win over the Commodores in Lexington. Kentucky’s four-game winning streak over VU ties its longest winning streak over the Commodores.
Kentucky is 17-27 against Vanderbilt all-time, and 10-10 when the game is played in Lexington.
UK has started a freshman in 130-of-162 games in the Matthew Mitchell era, including 97 straight.
After allowing four of the opening six points, Kentucky went on a 15-2 run to take a 17-6 lead with 13:34 on the clock.
Sophomore forward Samarie Walker scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds, in the first half.
UK outrebounded Vanderbilt 22-14 in the first half, including a 14-4 offensive rebounding advantage.
Kentucky led Vanderbilt 39-23 heading into the locker room.
The Wildcats are 18-0 this season when leading or tied at the half, 8-0 in SEC play.
Kentucky’s 39 first-half points were its most since scoring 46 vs. Alabama on Jan. 29.
Second Half Notes
Kentucky led by as many as six points the entire second half.
UK led by as many as 20 points (49-29) with 14:56 left in the game.
After struggling offensively in the first half with just one point, freshman guard Bria Goss scored 11 points on 4-5 shooting in the second half to record her 20th double-figure scoring game of the season.
UK went without a field goal for 7:57 in the second half.
UK is 45-30 (.600) in games decided by 10 points or less under Mitchell. The Wildcats are 7-3 in such games this season.
Kentucky forced 24 turnovers in the game.
UK has forced double-digit miscues in 109 consecutive games. The Cats are 79-30 during that span.
Kentucky has forced an SEC-high 773 turnovers this season (28.63 per game).
Kentucky has forced at least 10 turnovers in 46 of 54 halves this season.
Kentucky won the turnover battle (16-24).
UK has forced at least 20 turnovers in 24 of 27 games this season.
Kentucky won the rebounding battle by +11 (40-29). It tied UK’s largest rebounding advantage since Jan. 19 at No. 15/14 Georgia.
The Wildcats held a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds, turning it into a 21-8 advantage in second-chance points.
Kentucky’s bench outscored the Vanderbilt bench 20-7.
UK is now 20-2 and 8-1 in the SEC when its bench outscores the opponent’s bench.
With five made 3-pointers, UK extended its streak of consecutive games with a triple to 284.
Attendance was 4,624.
Sophomore forward Samarie Walker recorded the first double-double of her career, scoring a team-high 15 points to go with 12 rebounds and two blocks.
Senior guard Keyla Snowden came off the bench to record 14 points, including two 3-pointers.
Snowden ranks third at UK in career 3-point field goal percentage, hitting 158-428 (.369).
Freshman guard Bria Goss scored 12 points, grabbed three rebounds and passed out a team-high tying three assists.
It was Goss’ 20th double-figure scoring game of the season, the fourth most in UK freshman history.
Junior guard A’dia Mathies scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and passed out a team-high tying three assists.
Mathies’ nine points give her 1,320 points in her career. She is 15th on the all-time scoring list and is 17 points shy of tying Belitta Croley at No. 14 all-time.
Mathies’ one steal gives her 235 for her career, the seventh most all-time. Mathies is eight steals shy of tying LaTonya McDole at No. 6 on the all-time steals list.
Mathies has recorded at least one steal in 25 of 26 games played this season.
Sophomore guard Maegan Conwright started her first game since UK’s season opener Nov. 11, 2011 against Morehead State. She finished with six points.
Freshman forward/center Azia Bishop blocked two shots for the second consecutive game.
Bishop’s two blocks give her 26 on the season, the fifth most in UK freshman history. Bishop is now nine blocks shy of tying Laura Meadows (1977-78) at No. 4 on the all-time freshman blocks list.