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Kentucky Women Win Big, Remain Undefeated in SEC

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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.

Article written by Wilder Treadway

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16 Comments for Kentucky Women Win Big, Remain Undefeated in SEC

  1. Yawn
    3:48 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    If I had to pick between the women getting a win or me finding a dollar on the street, I’d take the dollar every day

  2. LeX
    3:52 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    Lol dont care

  3. atlantacat
    4:00 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    #1 & #2 – a couple of truly sexist, ignorant remarks. IF the men would put as much effort into a game as these girls do, they could possibly be undefeated. Their defense is superior to 90% of Division 1 teams and it never stops. Mitchell has put together a team that yes, sometimes plays like girls, but he can rotate five in and five out and never miss a beat. They now have a school record 15 in a row; regardless of what league you’re in, that’s pretty damn good.

  4. dman
    4:06 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    Great win for the Cats. Keep it going ladies!

  5. Guess What?
    4:11 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    Guess What #’s 1-2? The UK Women care about your opinions as much as the rest of us do. That is t say, not at all.

  6. atlantacat
    4:22 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    If the women make it all the way to the championship game the most I would do is check the score on my phone after it was played.

  7. Linda Taylor
    4:26 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    1 – Go ahead and pick up that dollar. It’s probably teaming with the flu virus.
    2 – Yet you care enough every game to make a post that you don’t care. Why would someone even bother to make a post if they really don’t care.

    I guarantee the fans at Memorial Thurs. night had a lot more fun than the fans had Sat. in Rupp. Coach Stoops was there enjoying the effort our women were putting forth to defeat a Texas A&M team that was 2 years removed from a national title. My husband’s cousin joined us for the game and he had a great time. He plans on attending the rest of the women’s games this year. He became a great fan of Jen O’Neill as would anyone who took the time to watch her play. What KY fans who don’t attend the UKHoops games don’t understand is that it is their loss. They are the ones missing out on a great time.

  8. UK Freshmen
    4:30 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares??

  9. 3 fan
    4:39 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    Why would some of the dumbasses that post negative stuff waste their time. They look like assholes and help nothing. You don’t like women’s hoops, that’s fine. Just keep it to your damn self

  10. Kevin
    4:50 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    Great job, ladies. Those who feel the need to try to make themselves look consequential by making others look inconsequential, are pretty pathetic.

  11. Blueswade
    4:53 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    Idiots just trying to ruffle some feathers….ignore it.

    Way to go ladies !!!

  12. Tampa Satchel
    6:12 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    I’d say the women are more deserving of fannies in the seats than the men. Good on ’em!

  13. Coach Jamin
    8:02 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll say this much, if I could afford it, my family and I would be at every single women’s home game. We’ve watched together as a family every time the Hoops teams has been on TV for the past 3 or 4 seasons. I love the product they put on the floor. And I can definitely say I love the product they put on the floor this year about 100 times more than I am enjoying the men’s team. At least the women are playing like they care. Other than Noel and WCS, I can’t actually say that about any other player for the men this year.

    I have a question though. I know that since that first game against Baylor this team is already a completely different team. They are playing with purpose, intensity, and togetherness. But, we did get blown out by Baylor. Is this a case where Baylor with Griner is just that much better or were we intimidated. How different would that game be if played now, or better yet, played in March?

  14. Gypsy Robyn
    9:34 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you Linda T, well said! #40minutes Go Cats!

  15. Wilder Treadway
    11:00 pm January 13, 2013 Permalink

    That’s a very very good question Coach Jamin, and I really appreciate your support of the program. I definitely think the game would be a lot closer this time around, especially on a neutral court. I think the mixture of beginning of the season, intimidation, etc. played huge factors in the blowout loss earlier this year.

  16. mashburnfan1
    12:36 am January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Baylor also blew out Tenn. We could beat them as they did lose already but it would take a great shooting effort from 3 on our part I believe. Baylor has good guard play so our pressure is not as effective so half court offense and making 3’s is where we could make up the ground. The ladies are fun to watch as they all give great effort, hear that Alex. Today we shot very poorly yet controlled the game from the tip and win by 20 plus on the road.