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Mathies Named SEC Player of the Week

A'dia Mathies was named SEC Player of Week after averaging 22.5 ppg in two games last week.

A'dia Mathies was named SEC Player of Week after averaging 22.5 ppg in two games last week.

Jan. 21, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky women's basketball senior guard A'dia Mathies was named the Southeastern Conference's Player of the Week, the league office in Birmingham, Ala., announced Monday.

Mathies, a 5-foot-9 guard from Louisville, Ky., earned the honor after averaging 22.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and shooting .600 percent (15-of-25 from the floor), including an impressive .727 percent (8-of-11) from the 3-point line.

The reigning SEC Player of the Year and preseason favorite scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds in 24 minutes vs. Mississippi State. UK defeated the Bulldogs 100-47, marking the largest margin of victory over an SEC team in school history.

Mathies followed that performance with a season-high 24 points vs. Auburn, scoring a game-high 16 points in the first half. She recorded a near perfect game against the Tigers, hitting 8-of-9 (.889) from the field, 5-of-6 (.833) from beyond the arc and 3-of-4 (.750) from the free-throw line. She also charted two assists and two steals in the 97-53 win. The five 3-pointers tied her career high.

This is Mathies' first SEC Player of the Week honor this season.

Overall, Mathies leads No. 5/5 Kentucky (18-1, 6-0) in scoring (15.4 ppg), 3-point field goal percentage (.422), 3-point field goals made (43) and 3-point field goals attempted (102). She has reached double-figure scoring in 17-of-19 games, including 10 in a row.

In SEC play, Mathies leads the league with 19.8 points per game. She also is the SEC's leading 3-point shooter, hitting .553 percent (21-of-38) from beyond the arc.

UK returns to action Thursday for its fourth matchup of the season against a top-25 team, when it travels to Columbia, S.C., to take on No. 18 South Carolina at 7 p.m. EST on SportSouth, FS Southwest and Sun Sports. The Cats, who have won a school-record 17 consecutive games, are looking for their third-straight win over the Gamecocks.


 

 

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