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Mathies Leads Hoops to Victory Over Texas A&M

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Kentucky-Texas A&M Postgame Notes. Kentucky 65, Texas A&M 62


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 15-1, 3-0 SEC, while Texas A&M falls to 12-5, 2-1 SEC.
  • UK begins conference play at 3-0 for the second straight season.
  • UK returns to action at Missouri on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 12:30 CST/1:30 p.m. EST in Columbia, Mo. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
  • Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 671-472 (.587).
  • UK is 148-216 all-time in SEC play.
  • Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and ranks third on the all-time wins list (129-57) and first in winning percentage (.694).
  • Mitchell is now 51-28 in SEC games (regular season only).
  • UK has set the school record for consecutive home wins with 31. The previous record was 30 set from Feb. 12, 1980 until Jan. 31, 82.
  • The Wildcats own a 367-140 (.724) mark in Memorial Coliseum, including a 77-12 (.865) mark under Mitchell.
  • The Cats are now 59-2 at home over the last three seasons.
  • UK is now 31-9 in SEC home games under Mitchell, including an impressive 24-2 mark in the last three seasons.
  • Kentucky has won a school-record 12 consecutive SEC home games.
  • Kentucky has extended its school-record winning streak to 14 games. The streak is tied with Duke for the longest current winning streak in the country.
  • UK is now 59-196 all-time in ranked games.
  • Mitchell improves his record against ranked foes to 18-29, including 2-1 this season.
  • This was the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Team/Game Notes

  • UK's starting lineup featured A'dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Jennifer O'Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth for the 10th straight game. The Cats are now 12-0 with that lineup.
  • UK has had at least three players reach double-figures in 13 of 16 games this season.
  • Kentucky is now 52-30 in games decided by 10 points or less in six seasons under Mitchell, including 3-0 this season.
  • UK trailed at halftime at home for the first time since Dec. 8, 2011 when Duke led the Cats, 34-31 at the half. The game was played in Rupp Arena.
  • The last time UK trailed at halftime in Memorial Coliseum was against LSU, 23-22 on Feb. 13, 2011.
  • The six-point halftime deficit was the largest in SEC play since Tennessee trailing 18 in the opening stanza on Feb. 13, 2012.
  • Mathies, O'Neill and Stallworth combined to score 29 of the 31 first half points for the Wildcats, including the first 26.
  • Kentucky took its first lead of the game, 41-40 on an O'Neill layup at the 16:41 mark in the second half.
  • UK hit nine 3-pointers and have hit at least eight treys in all three SEC games.
  • The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 308.
  • UK won the turnover battle 21-14 and is 107-27 under Mitchell when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.
  • Kentucky has forced double-digit miscues in 133 consecutive games.
  • The Cats are now 100-33 during that span.

Individual Notes

  • SEC preseason Player of the Year and senior guard A'dia Mathies scored a season-high 23 points, recording her second 20-point game of the season and 21st of her career.
  • Marks the most points tallied by Mathies since she scored 24 vs. Florida (3/2/12)
  • Has hit at least four 3s in the last two games.
  • Has reached double figures in 14-of-16 games this season, including seven in a row.
  • Climbed one spot on several UK career lists:
  • Ties for third in career starts with Valerie Still (119, 1979-83).
  • Ties for third in steals with Leslie Nichols (278, 1982-86).
  • Moves up to sixth in field goals made with 589, passing Elisabeth Lukschu (586, 1977-81).
  • Moves up to fifth in field goals attempted with 1,407, passing Sara Potts (1,389, 2001-05).
  • Moves to sixth in 3-point attempts with 392, passing Christina Jansen (388, 1992-96).
  • Junior center DeNesha Stallworth posted double figures for the 14th time this season with 12 points.
  • Becomes the second Wildcat to hit the 200-point mark for the season (210).
  • Has reached double figures in 14-of-16 games, including 13 in a row.
  • Junior forward Samarie Walker grabbed double-digit rebounds for the seventh time this year and second straight game with 11 boards on the evening.
  • Redshirt sophomore point guard Jennifer O'Neill posted double-figures for the fifth straight game, scoring 15 points, while dishing out a career-high eight assists.
  • Becomes the first player to post eight assists since Crystal Riley had eight against Florida (2/18/10).
  • Averaging 15.4 points in her last five games.
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