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Kentucky Falls Short in SEC Championship

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After making the tournament championship three out of the past four years, the Kentucky Wildcats were once again unable to bring home home the trophy, falling to the fourth seeded and 19th ranked Texas A&M Aggies 75-67. UK held a two point half time lead after a fast paced opening 20 minutes, but the Aggies used relentless post offense through tournament MVP Kelsey Bone to wear down the Cats and eventually pull away late. After yesterday’s semi-final win, Mitchell said Kentucky lives and dies by the play of point guard Jennifer O’Neill, and tonight the Wildcats died. O’Neill looked completly out of sync the entire second half, and despite 17 points, was just 30% from the field.

Too depressed to write right now but here goes nothin’…

 

KentuckyLogoSenior star A’dia Mathies led the way for Kentucky with 19 points, but was never able to get into that rhythm that Wildcat fans know she can get into. The Cats settled for many questionable, long jump shots in times when the Cats were desperate for points. Kentucky was able to force 18 turnovers, but they didn’t do a good job converting those into points as normal. The “40 minutes of dread” mantra was thrown out the window, and it looked like A&M, who rested Bone for the majority of the first half, was the deeper team at the end. Coach Mitchell doesn’t think fatigue was a factor, but that the Aggies simply were “tougher”.

KentuckyLogoAs much as O’Neill’s play was lacking at the point guard position, the post offense was just as questionable. Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth combined to go 5-17, and were both completely outworked by Kelsey Bone. The Cats missed a lot of “gimme” baskets, and their confidence near the midway point in the second half was as low as it has been all season. They stopped competing, and in a championship environment, that’s just unacceptable. Just goes to show you how hard it is to win this tournament. Don’t let anyone fool ya…top to bottom the SEC is the best league in America. Check it.

KentuckyLogoThe Cats will await their NCAA Tournament fate when the Selection Show airs next Monday night. Kentucky is an odds on favorite to get another two seed in the big dance. Kentucky will need to regroup and use this championship loss for a motivated run in late March. Bria Goss said it best: “the pain is there, but we have a lot more basketball to play”.

KentuckyLogoQuote of the night? Head man of Texas A&M, always a quote machine dished out this one: “When you get a hoss like Bone, you learn how to ride her”—that is all.

KentuckyLogoLooking for good UK Hoops news: it has officially been announced that Coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife Jenna will be expecting baby number two in October! Looks like Saylor Rose is going to have to fight for some attention now. Not sure how that will work out…but congratulations to the Mitchell family as BBN gets one more member in a few months.

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Article written by Wilder Treadway

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16 Comments for Kentucky Falls Short in SEC Championship



  1. When did C-A-T-S become a speed cheer?
    9:26 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Wore them down? Why is that so common with sportscasters? They are 18 and 19 years old. They do not get tired. Ever. Period. UK played 8 to their 7. Really?



  2. Worn out...
    9:29 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    @1 40 minutes is a cool catchy marketing phrase but as was shown today, it is incredibly difficult for a team to win 3 games in 3 days playing that style.



  3. kramer
    9:33 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Really like Coach Mitchell!



  4. Linda Taylor
    9:37 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Great coverage throughout the weekend and the entire season Wilder by both you and Hayley. Have a safe trip home. This loss will help our ladies refocus and steel their will for a terrific NCAA tourney run.
    Congrats to Coach, Jenna, Saylor & Lacy on their impending October addition. I hope all goes well.



  5. When did C-A-T-S become a speed cheer?
    9:42 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks 2, but it doesn’t matter the game or the sport, it seems to be the thing to say. They played 3 games or more a day during AAU basketball. Find a football game where someone doesn’t mention it. It’s late season and everyone is in great shape.



  6. mashburnfan1
    10:11 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Well in AAU they don’t even come close to playing hard the entire time they are on the court, especially on defense. Uk was tired as I saw Adia really struggling to get down court around the 8-9 min mark or so in 2nd half. Also shooting is driven by legs and the legs were a little weary today, took way too many jumpers/threes. Were stuck on 46 points forever, had 11 straight trips where we turned it over twice and took 9 jumpers all misses. Adia finally drove the lane and got a 2 to get us to 48 but that 11 trip span was the game. This should not affect our seeding though and we only have to play 2 games in 3 days in tourney so can’t wait to see the Lady C-A-T-S go for a Final 4.



  7. DoubleZeroMostel
    10:14 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    I like watching the women play, but we had no business losing that game. WTF? It’s not LSU, It’s not UT, just win the damn tournament. Otherwise, tell Mitchell to take his ego down a peg or two. You get paid a bunch of money, now go out and win something!!!! Tell Mr. Mitchell that he can off load some of that ego at the Nutter training facility.



  8. Smitty
    10:26 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    7. Calm down there, Chief….. Texas A & M finished 5th in the SEC and knocked off South Carolina and Tennessee before beating UK…. They also won a title just a couple of years ago.



  9. Kentucky Granny
    10:39 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Agree, great coverage guys on Hoops. Really enjoyed the live blog today.
    Love Coach Mitchell. What a great job he’s done at UK!



  10. mudcreekmark
    11:00 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Someone needs to let Jennifer Oneil know that a point guard is not supposed to shoot the ball 23 times in any game ever.I have no idea why Mitchell continued to let her just come down the floor and jack up threes.



  11. Linda Taylor
    11:12 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    7 – When 8 says A&M won a title he is talking about a NATIONAL title. A&M has become a very good women’s hoops program since they hired Gary Blair in 2003-4. They won the title in 2011 and have been to the NCAA tournament every year since 2004-5. They aren’t pushovers.
    If you were watching that game you know you saw A&M commit many more than 2 fouls before the 8:01 mark of the second half yet that was when the second foul was called on A&M. Twelve minutes and only 2 fouls called? Give me a break. They had called 7 fouls on us by that time. When the refs are as horrible as they were today I think it affected our ladies and they got rattled and shots stopped falling and they stopped playing good defense. Hopefully they will learn and grow from this experience and it will make them stronger and more determined to win it all in spite of the zebras.



  12. Catlanta31
    11:35 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    We choked. End of story. coach has to recruit some bigs. 10 players that are between 5’5″ and 5’8″ sound great but we are weak inside. Every lose it seems is Tia team with a big who is good

    Hope we still get a 2. Bad bad day and Coach knows it



  13. Big O
    11:46 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Mitchell has brought a new excitement to UK Women’s Hoops. He is bringing in the type of talent it takes to win. Keepon fighting ladies. Remember UK men lost in the SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME last season and went on to win it all. You are fun to watch. Best of luck the restof the way. BBN is behind you.



  14. Linda Taylor
    12:03 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    12 – You don’t know what you are talking about. 10 players between 5’5″ and 5’8″? Where in the world did you come up with that? We have 5 players that fit that description and one of them is out with a torn acl. We have 6 players over 6′.

    Roster

    Name Ht.
    Jennifer O’Neill, 5-6
    A’dia Mathies, 5-9
    Janee Thompson, 5-7
    Bernisha Pinkett, 5-7
    DeNesha Stallworth, 6-3
    Jelleah Sidney, 6-2
    Bria Goss, 5-10
    Maegan Conwright, 5-8
    Samarie Walker, 6-1
    Samantha Drake, 6-3
    Kastine Evans, 5-8
    Brittany Henderson, 6-2
    Azia Bishop, 6-3

    Know what you are talking about before you post. There are very few players that are as big as Kelsey Bone (6’5″ and very broad) and are as athletic as she is. If the refs had called all the fouls she committed she would have been out of the game very early. They let her get away with very rough play. That has been the common denominator in all our SEC losses, poor officiating that allows rough play.



  15. Gypsy
    11:22 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t begin to express how proud I am of these young ladies & Coach Mitchell, tough loss, but I am no less proud! I believe they definitely have more bball to play. Thank you KSR, Wilder & Hayley, the BBN for supporting this team.



  16. OleBlueFan
    1:27 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    That was a great job by Ashley Scoby to break the news about Jenna and Matthew Mitchell’s good news, wasn’t it? Great video she did with Jenna over on Wildcat Hoops!