UK Hoops Finishes Great Week with Win Over Middle Tennessee State

Matthew Mitchell was hopeful of a good outing after his team’s win over DePaul in Rupp Arena on Friday night and he received it as UK Hoops beat Middle Tennessee State 68-46 in Memorial Coliseum today.

Denesha Stallworth continued her stellar play, knocking down 7 of 14 shots and scoring 16 points to lead the Wildcats in scoring.

Brian Goss had been struggling so far in her sophomore season, but showed signs of coming out of it scoring 10 points while showing a lot of energy throughout the contest.

Middle Tennessee had a hard time keeping track of the basketball as Kentucky forced 33 turnovers and scored 39 points off of those miscues.

The win for Kentucky is their 3rd of the week, beating Louisville and DePaul to go along with the Wildcats 8th win of the season.

UK Hoops will have the week off for finals and will be back in action on December 18th at Pepperdine.

UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Memorial Coliseum
Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 9, 2012
Attendance: 4,935
Final Score: No. 7/6 Kentucky 68 – Middle Tennessee 46

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky improves to 8-1, while Middle Tennessee falls to 6-4.
UK takes a week off for final exams before returning to action Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif. Game time is 10 p.m. ET.
Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 664-472 (.585).
Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and ranks third on the all-time wins list (122-57) and first in winning percentage (.682)
UK is now 58-19 (.753) in regular season, nonconference games under head coach Matthew Mitchell.
The Wildcats own a 363-140 (72.2) mark in Memorial Coliseum, including a 73-12 (85.9) mark under Mitchell.
The Cats are 55-2 at home over the last three seasons.
UK has now won 27 straight home contests – the second-longest winning streak in program history.
Kentucky has won 37 straight nonconference home games, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
UK is now 11-4 all-time against Middle Tennessee.
The Cats hold a 7-1 record against MTSU in Lexington.

Team/Game Notes
UK’s starting lineup featured A’dia Mathies, Bria Goss, Jennifer O’Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth. The Cats are now 5-0 with that lineup.
Stallworth scored the first basket of the game at the 19:15 mark.
Sophomore Azia Bishop was the first sub of the game for UK.
The 22-point win margin is the largest in the history of the series, passing the previous 16-point UK win Feb. 27, 1990.
UK held MT to 46 points, its lowest point total of the season.
Leading 16-11 at the 6:47 mark in the first half, UK went on an 11-0 run over the next 5:40 seconds to gain a 27-11 advantage.
The 15 points scored by the Blue Raiders in the first half marked their lowest first-half point total since 2009 vs. LSU.
Ties the fewest first half points surrendered by the Cats on the year (USC Upstate, 11/25).
· The Wildcats held Middle Tennessee to 6-of-24 (25.0) shooting from the floor in the opening half.

UK won the turnover battle 33-13 and turned the 33 turnovers into 39 points.
Improves to 101-27 under Mitchell when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.
Marks the most turnovers committed by Middle Tennessee this season.
UK is 61-6 since 1979-80 when forcing 30 or more turnovers.
UK is 21-1 in the Mitchell era when forcing 30 or more turnovers.
Kentucky has forced double-digit miscues in 126 consecutive games. The Cats are 93-33 during that span.
UK has forced 20-plus turnovers in all nine games this season and in 38 of its last 44 games dating back to the start of last season.
UK posted its best shooting performance of the season from the charity stripe at 83.3 (15-of-18).
· The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 301.

Individual Notes
Junior center DeNesha Stallworth reached double figures for the sixth straight game and seventh time this season with a team-high 16 points.
Dished out a UK career-high five assists, while also adding three rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
Sophomore Bria Goss reached double digit points for the fifth time this season with 10 points.
Grabbed a game-high tying three steals and had zero turnovers.
Ten of 13 Wildcats scored at least two points.

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