UK Hoops Plow DePaul in Front of Record Setting Crowd

UK Hoops came ready to play in Rupp Arena tonight and the DePaul Blue Demons gave into the pressure of 18,488 screaming fans in Rupp Arena as the Wildcats improved their record to 7-1 with a 96-64 win.

Denesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker both finished with double doubles as they controlled the boards and the paint on route to a combined 34 points and 23 rebounds.

A’dia Mathies just missed her own double up as she netted 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Coach Matthew Mitchell was pleases with the effort on the boards as one of the key points for his team was to win the rebounding war.

“We needed to have great energy and attack the back board tonight with two hands on both ends and they did a great job of that,” said Mitchell. “The rebounding stats we felt like would be very critical to our success to the victory tonight and I thought we did an excellent job on the boards.”

Mitchell’s squad had 4 players in double figures while 12 of the 13 players on the roster scored.

Kentucky plays host to Middle Tennessee State on Sunday and Coach Mitchell knows they have been a tough opponent for his team in the past, even beating the Wildcats last year.

“They do a really good job of trying to control tempo and trying to make sure that our press doesn’t hurt them and they have had some success with that at times. When we have had success, our press has been able to be a factor in the game. So this is a tough turnaround for our team. This is a great win tonight against a very good opponent, a great crowd, but this is a tough weekend. We have to keep our feet on the ground here and come back tomorrow with some great preparation and get ready to finish off a great weekend. If we can find some way to beat Middle Tennessee, this would be a great, great threegame stretch for us. I’m going to really encourage the players to come out with a great effort on Sunday.”

UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Rupp Arena
Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 7, 2012
Final Score: No. 7/6 Kentucky 96 – DePaul 64

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky improves to 7-1, while DePaul falls to 6-3.
UK returns to action Sunday, Dec. 9 against Middle Tennessee at 1 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. The game will be televised live on the UK IMG Sports Network and FSN South.
UK set new single-game attendance record of 18,488. The previous record was 14,508 on Dec. 8, 2011 vs. Duke in Rupp Arena.
Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 663-472 (.584).
Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and ranks third on the all-time wins list (121-57) and first in winning percentage (.680)
UK is now 57-19 (.750) in regular season, nonconference games under head coach Matthew Mitchell.
The Wildcats are now 22-12 in Rupp Arena.
The Cats are 54-2 at home over the last three seasons.
UK has now won 26 straight home contests – the second-longest winning streak in program history.
Kentucky has won 36 straight nonconference home games, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
UK is now 3-0 all-time against DePaul.
UK is now 71-33 all-time against opponents from the Big East Conference.

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 4-0 with this lineup.
O’Neill scored the first basket of the game at the 19:54 mark.
Junior guard Maegan Conwright was the first sub of the game for UK.
Kentucky tied three Rupp Arena records:
79 field goal attempts
Nine 3-pointers
22 3-pointers attempted
UK is now 16-0 when scoring 90 or more points under Matthew Mitchell.
With the game tied two apiece, the Wildcats went on a 23-0 over the next 6:18 to take a 25-2 lead with 13:16 left in the first half.
Kentucky scored 51 points in the first half. UK has scored 50-plus points in the opening half twice this season. The Cats had 52 against USC Upstate (11/25).
UK won the turnover battle 21-14 and is 100-27 in the Matthew Mitchell era when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.
UK outrebounded DePaul 48-33, marking the largest rebounding deficit for the Blue Demons this season.
· The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 300.

· UK had at least four players reach double figures for the fifth time this season.

Kentucky forced 21 turnovers and has now forced double-digit miscues in 125 consecutive games.
The Cats are 92-33 during that span.
UK has forced 20-plus turnovers in all seven games this season and in 37 of their last 43 games dating back to the start of last season.

Individual Notes
Junior Samarie Walker posted her fifth career and second double-double of the season with a game-high 18 points and 10 boards.
Junior DeNesha Stallworth recorded her 14th career double-double, including second at UK with career highs of 17 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
Has reached double-figure points in five straight games.
Scored her 1,000th-career point with a field goal at the 16:25 mark in the first half. She now has 1,014 career points.
· Stallworth and Walker recorded double-doubles in the same game for the second time this year (Morehead State, 11/23).

· Senior guard A’dia Mathies tied a season-high with 17 points and grabbed a season-best nine rebounds.

· Redshirt sophomore Jennifer O’Neill netted double figures for the first time this year with a season-high 13 points. She also tied a her career high with three triples.

About Scott Anderson

I love covering the Kentucky Wildcats and even though I can't cheer on the outside when I go to games now, I am definitely cheering on the inside. You can follow me at @SAndersonNOB on twitter.

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