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Hoops Defeats Morehead State

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Kentucky-Morehead State Postgame Notes. Kentucky 73, Morehead State 37

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 3-1, while Morehead State falls to 1-4.
  • Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 659-472 (.583).
  • Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and ranks third on the all-time wins list (117-57) and third in winning percentage (.672)
  • UK is now 53-19 (.736) in regular season, nonconference games under head coach Matthew Mitchell.
  • The Wildcats own a 360-140 (72.0) mark in Memorial Coliseum, including a 70-12 (85.4) mark under Mitchell.
  • The Cats are 51-2 at home over the last three seasons.
  • UK has now won 23 straight home contests – the third-longest winning streak in program history
  • Kentucky has won 34 straight nonconference home games, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
  • UK is now 26-4 all-time against Morehead State and has won nine in a row.
  • The Wildcats are now 18-1 vs. Morehead State in games played in Lexington.
  • UK is now 91-17 against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference.

First Half Notes

  • UK’s starting lineup featured A’dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth for the first time this season.
  • O’Neill made her fourth career start and first since Dec. 30, 2010.
  • Stallworth recorded the first bucket of the game for the second time this season at the 19:46 mark.
  • Mathies’ bucket at the 11:27 mark tied her with Stacey Reed (1991-95) for 10th all-time on the UK’s scoring charts with 1,482 career points.
  • With the Wildcats leading 6-4, UK went on a 30-9 spurt to end the half.
  • The 13 points scored by Morehead State are the lowest points allowed by the Wildcats since they held Vanderbilt to 11 points on March 5, 2011.
  • It marks the second straight game UK has limited its opponent to less than 20 points in a half. UK held High Point to 18 first half points.
  • UK had as many points off turnovers as Morehead State had points in the half (13).
  • Kentucky won the turnover battle 13-6 in the first half for the fourth straight game.
  • UK out-rebounded MSU 33-14 and had 19 offensive rebounds in the first half.

Second Half Notes

  • Kentucky out-rebounded Morehead State 30-7 in the second half.

Team/Game Notes

  • Juniors Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth became the first UK players to record a double-double since Walker did it last season against Gonzaga (3/25/12).
  • It marks the first time two Cats charted double-doubles since Victoria Dunlap and Amani Franklin accomplished the feat against Butler (11/15/09)
  • UK pulled down a season-high 63 rebounds, just three shy of the school record.
  • The Wildcats had 34 offensive rebounds, more than Morehead’s total of 21.
  • UK had a season-high 10 blocks.
  • It marks the most blocks since tallying 10 against McNeese State on Nov. 28, 2009.
  • UK allowed Morehead to just 37 points. It marks the first time the Wildcats have limited the opponent to 40 or less points since Mississippi State on Feb. 26, 2012.
  • UK allowed Morehead to just 28.8 percent shooting (15-of-52), marking the first time its held an opponent to 30 percent shooting or less since vs. Mississippi State on Feb. 26, 2012 (26.4).
  • UK is now 69-6 when scoring 70 or more points in the Matthew Mitchell era.
  • The Wildcats hit four 3-pointers, extending their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 296.
  • Kentucky forced 24 turnovers and has now forced double-digit miscues in 121 consecutive games.
  • The Cats are 88-33 during that span.
  • UK has forced 20-plus turnovers in 33 of their last 39 games dating back to the start of last season.

Individual Notes

  • Junior Samarie Walker netted season-highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds. It marks her fourth career double-double.
  • Tied her career high of three blocks and three assists.
  • Senior guard A’dia Mathies scored 11 points and grabbed a season-high six rebounds.
  • She now has 1,491 career points and climbs to No.8 all-time on UK’s all-time scoring list, passing Liz Lukschu (No.9, 1977-81), SeSe Helm (No.10, 2000-04) and Stacey Reed No. 11, (1991-95).
  • Mathies needs just five more steals to tie Rita Adams (267, 1999-2003) at No. 5 on the career charts.
  • With four made field goals she ranks fifth on the all-time list with 116, passing Samantha Mahoney (No. 7, 2005-08) and Tiffany Wait (No. 6, 1995-2000)
  • Redshirt sophomore Jennifer O’Neill posted season-highs of seven points, four rebounds and two steals in her first start of the season.
  • Sophomore Bria Goss entered double-figures for the third time this season with 10 points, while grabbing a season-high seven rebounds.
  • Junior DeNesha Stallworth charted her first double-double as a Wildcat with 10 points and a season-best 10 rebounds and three blocks.
  • Recorded her 13th career double-double (had 12 at Cal).
  • Just 40 points shy of reaching 1,000 points in her career.
  • Sophomore Azia Bishop posted nine points and recorded a season-high 10 rebounds and two blocks.

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