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UK Hoops Makes Big Come Back for the Win

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Kentucky-South Carolina Postgame Notes. Kentucky 78, South Carolina 74


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 22-3, 10-2 SEC, while South Carolina drops to 20-5, 8-4 SEC.
  • UK returns to action on Monday, Feb. 18, when its travels to No. 11/13 Texas A&M in College Station, Texas at 7 p.m. EST for ESPN2's Big Monday.
  • Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 678-474 (.589).
  • UK is 155-218 all-time in SEC play.
  • Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and is second on UK's all-time wins list (136-59). His winning percentage of.697 is first. He is now only two wins away from tying Terry Hall as UK's all-time winningest coach.
  • Mitchell is now 58-30 in SEC games (regular season only).
  • The Wildcats are now 371-141 (.725) in Memorial Coliseum, including 81-13 (.861) under Mitchell.
  • The Cats are now 63-3 at home over the last four seasons.
  • UK is now 35-10 in SEC home games under Mitchell, including an impressive 28-3 mark in the last three seasons.
  • UK is now 60-198 all-time in ranked games.
  • Mitchell's record against ranked foes is now 19-31, including 3-3 this season.
  • Kentucky is now 31-19 all-time vs. South Carolina, including 19-5 in games played in Lexington.
  • UK has extending its home winning streak over the Gamecocks in Memorial Coliseum to nine. UK's last home loss to SC was in Rupp Arena in 2008.
  • Mitchell is 8-4 all-time vs. SC, including 4-2 in Lexington.
  • Six out of the last eight games against the Gamecocks have been decided by eight points or less, including five in a row.

Team/Game Notes

  • UK's starting lineup featured A'dia Mathies, Kastine Evans, Jennifer O'Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth for the third consecutive game. The lineup is now 3-0.
  • The 16-point comeback is the largest in the Matthew Mitchell era and ties the fourth-largest comeback in school history.
  • The 14-point halftime deficit was the largest for the Wildcats in SEC play this year.
  • South Carolina shot 56.3-percent in the opening stanza compared to the Cats' 30.8-percent shooting.
  • USC outrebounded UK 27-14 in the first stanza.
  • With 3:53 to go in the game, UK gained its first lead of the game since leading 16-15 at 11:53 in the first half with a 3-pointer by Mathies. She capped off a 9-0 run to give UK a 69-68 lead.
  • With South Carolina leading 68-60 with 7:19 remaining, UK finished the game on an 18-6 run.
  • UK won the turnover battle 22-9 and outscored South Carolina in points off turnovers 24-6.
  • Marks the lowest turnover mark for the Cats since committing a school-record low seven miscues vs. Miami on Nov. 28, 2012.
  • The Cats connected on four 3-pointers which totals 172 on the year. That mark moves UK to fourth on the single season 3-pointers made list.
  • The Cats had two blocks, giving them 124 on the season. That total ranks eighth on the single season blocks list.
  • The Cats are now 83-7 when scoring 70 or more points under Mitchell.
  • UK's 73 points were the most surrendered by South Carolina this season.
  • Kentucky forced 22 turnovers and has forced double-digit miscues in 142 consecutive games. The Cats are 107-35 during that span.
  • The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 317.
  • The Cats had four players reach double figures for the 15th time this season. UK is 13-1 overall, and 5-1 in SEC play when four or more players score in double figures.

Individual Notes

  • Redshirt sophomore Jennifer O'Neill reached double figures for the 12th time this season and ninth time in SEC play with 19 points. She also posted a season-high six rebounds.
  • Senior guard A'dia Mathies scored 15 points, 11 in the second half, and tied a season-high four steals. She has reached double-figures in 23-of-25 games, including 16 in a row.
  • Perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
  • Played in her 129th career game which is the fourth-most in UK history.
  • Hit 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, moving her into a tie for 10th place in UK single season 3-point list.
  • Junior forward Samarie Walker recorded two blocks in the game giving her 40 on the year, tying her for 10th on the single season blocks list.
  • Sophomore guard Bria Goss reached double figures for the 14th time this season and the third consecutive game coming off the bench with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe.
  • Junior guard Kastine Evans tallied double-figures for the first time in seven games and a third time this season with 11 points, all in the decisive second half.
  • Tied a season-best with two steals.
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