UK Hoops vs. Delaware State Preview

The #6 ranked UK Hoops hosts Delaware State at Memorial Coliseum today for the season opener at 1pm.

Here is some background information on the today’s matchup:

No. 6/7 Kentucky opens its 39th season of varsity women’s basketball when it plays host to first-time opponent Delaware State of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on Saturday in Memorial Coliseum. The Wildcats are coming off a dominating performance over Bellarmine on Monday in their lone exhibition game. UK defeated the Knights 113-33 as six players scored in double figures.

As voted on by the conference’s head women’s basketball coaches and sports information directors, DSU redshirt sophomore Tierra Hawkins was selected to the MEAC Preseason All-First Team. Hawkins was the 2011-12 MEAC Rookie of the Year in addition to earning All-Rookie team honors after leading the Hornets and finishing sixth in the MEAC with 14.6 points per game. Additionally, she finished first on the team and ninth in the league with 7.1 rebounds per contest.

Matthew Mitchell enters his sixth season as the head coach of the Wildcats. He already ranks third on
UK’s all-time wins list with 114 and his winning percentage (.670) is second.

A new era begun for the Lady Hornets in May as President Harry L. Williams introduced Tamika Louis as the team’s new head coach. Louis arrives at Delaware State with 14 years of coaching and recruiting experience on the NCAA Division I, Junior College and high school levels. Most recently, she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2011-12 season at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The Cats own a 357-140 (71.8) mark in Memorial Coliseum, including a 67-12 (84.8) record underCoach Matthew Mitchell. The Cats are 48-2 at home over the last three seasons (including one gamein Rupp Arena).

Since the 1977-78 season, the Lady Hornets have not fared well in season openers as they are 12-23 overall to start a season. Delaware State has gone on to have a winning season in seven of those 12 years.

UK’s current 20-game home winning streak is the third-longest winning streak in school history and ranks tied for fourth nationally.

2012-13 Starting Lineup/OFF tHe Bench
PPG RPG Cat Scratch
G-1 A’dia Mathies (5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky.) 15.0 5.1 Preseason SEC POY; UK’s leading scorer from last year
G-13 Bria Goss (5-10, So., Indianapolis, Ind.) 11.0 4.0 Preseason All-SEC 2nd team; 2012 SEC Freshman of the Year
G-32 Kastine Evans (5-8, Jr., Salem, Conn.) 7.0 3.9 Hit a career-high 30 3s last year; 2nd in steals & 3-pt %
F-23 Samarie Walker (6-1, Jr., West Carrollton, Ohio) 8.7 7.2 Preseason second-team All-SEC; Team-high 19 pts in exh. play
C-11 DeNesha Stallworth (6-3, Jr., Richmond, Calif.) 12.9 6.4 11 pts/2 blocks in exh. play; Sat last season due to transfer rules
OFF THE BENCH
F-31 Samantha Drake (6-3, Jr., Bardstown, Ky.) 4.7 3.3 Recorded 6 pts/4 rbs in 8 minutes of exh. game
C-50 Azia Bishop (6-3, So, Toledo, Ohio) 4.9 3.4 13 pts/ 7 rbs in exh. play; UK’s leading shot blocker last year
G-10 Bernisha Pinkett (5-7, Jr., Washington, D.C.) 4.9 2.1 Scored 15 pts and charted a team-high tying 5 steals in exh. play
F-40 Brittany Henderson (6-2, Sr., Pasadena, Calif.) 2.8 3.0 Started 15 of 35 games last season
G-0 Jennifer O’Neill (5-6, R-So., Bronx, N.Y.) 5.1 3.1 Did not see action last year due to a foot injury
PG-3 Janee Thompson (5-6, Fr., Chicago, Ill.) 18.3 5.5 (HS) One of five McDonald’s All-Americans on the roster
F-12 Jelleah Sidney (6-2, So., Queens Village, N.Y.) 11.8 8.3 (JC) Played last season at Chipola Junior College in Fla.
PG-20 Maegan Conwright (5-8, Jr., Arlington, Texas) 5.2 2.1 Did not dress vs. Bellarmine due to an ankle injury

2012-13 DSU LADY HORNETS
# Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/High School/Prev. School
3 Morgan Woodruff FC 6-2 SO Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South H.S.
4 Jade Washington G 5-7 SO Las Vegas, Nev./Liberty H.S./Arizona Western
5 Tasia Bristow G 5-5 JR Baltimore, Md./St. Francis Academy
11 N’Kayah Kersey G 5-4 FR Newark, N.J./University H.S.
12 Deanna Harmon GF 5-7 JR Owings Mills, Md./St. Francis Academy
14 Keyanna Tate GF 6-0 SO Beltsville, Md./Bowie H.S.
15 Kianna D’Oliveira F 5-10 SR Newport News, Va./Woodside H.S.
21 Coreenah Redden G 5-7 SO Wilmington, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech H.S.
22 Crystal Pitt GF 5-7 SR Ft. Washington, Md./National Christian Academy
23 Ashley Davis G 5-10 RJR Odenton, Md./Arundel H.S./Drexel
24 Tierra Hawkins GF 6-2 RSO Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist
30 Aaliyah Davis G 5-6 FR Lincoln, Del./Cape Henlopen H.S.
32 Alexis Thornton G 5-9 SO El Paso, Texas/Montwood H.S.
34 Chelsea Dukes G 5-10 SO Baltimore, Md./St. Francis Academy
51 Uchechi Ahaiwe C 6-3 RJR Riverdale, Md./Bladensburg