(AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
The 6th ranked Kentucky women’s basketball took down SEC newcomers Missouri on the road this afternoon 69-43, improving their record to 16-1 and 4-0 in conference play. The Wildcats now boast the nation’s longest current winning streak of 15 games in a row as they shut down a very potent Tigers offense. Stallworth led the way for the Cats with 17 points and five rebounds, adding to her already dominating first season playing for UK. Senior star A’dia Mathies chipped in with 14 points and two three-pointers, as the Cats seemed to play on cruise control the entire game against a Missouri team (12-6, 1-3 SEC).
Just a week after Missouri set a SEC record with 18 three-pointers in a game against Auburn, they came into today leading the nation in three-pointers made per game at 9.9. This meant nothing to the suffocating defense of Kentucky, who held the Tigers to only two shots made from behind the arc. Leading scorer for the Tigers Morgan Eye only had six points, as the Cats never let MU get into a consistent offensive rhythm, and used solid performances from their core three players to ease to a road victory. Kentucky is one of only two SEC teams that remains undefeated in conference play after the first two weekends of league play, at the top of the standings with Tennessee.
Unlike seasons in the past, Kentucky isn’t relying totally on transition offense from forced turnovers to generate points, and the Cats have settled in nicely to a strong half court game, a concern of many at the beginning of the season. After a loss to Baylor in the second game of the season, the Cats have been on fire since, and look to make the next step come tournament play in March. The trio of Mathies, Stallworth, and O’Neill have scored in double figures in each of UK’s SEC games, and continue to prove solid play on their part leads to extended success for the UK Hoops team.
The Cats return to Memorial Coliseum on Thursday night as they play host to the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 7. This team is a must watch, and if you want to see a UK team give their all for 40 minutes and play exciting basketball, Memorial is the place to be.