Denesha Stallworth Leads UK Hoops to Big Win at Texas A&M

Kentucky Texas A M Basketball
UK Hoops got a big win last night on national television as they beat Texas A&M.

This from UK Athletics.com:

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell has been imploring DeNesha Stallworth to do more for the eighth-ranked Wildcats.

It appears he finally got through to his center.

Stallworth had 12 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record seven blocks as Kentucky held off No. 10 Texas A&M 70-66 on Monday night.

Mitchell said Stallworth had a different look in her eyes before the game, and he had a feeling she’d have a big night.

“Her toughness,” Mitchell replied when asked what he liked about her performance. “She just came out real aggressive. … That’s what we need to be the kind of team we can be.”

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair raved about Stallworth’s play.

“Stallworth hurt us the whole night,” Blair said. “She’s quick on her feet. We couldn’t control her.”

Stallworth’s previous high in blocks was four. She said her attitude was the key to her big night.

“Just being confident and believing in myself,” she said. “I thought it was really important for me to step up. I felt confident. I was just hoping I did good.”

UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Reed Arena
College Station, Texas
Feb. 18, 2013
Final Score: No. 8/7 Kentucky 70 – No. 10/13 Texas A&M 66

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky improves to 23-3, 11-2 SEC, while Texas A&M drops to 20-6, 10-2 SEC.
UK returns to action on Feb. 24 when it travels to Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU at 3 p.m. EST.
The win snaps Texas A&M’s 12-game home winning streak.
Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 679-474 (.589).
UK is 156-218 all-time in SEC play.
Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and is second on UK’s all-time wins list (137-59). His winning percentage of.699 is first. He is one win away from tying Terry Hall as UK’s all-time winningest coach.
Mitchell is now 59-30 in SEC games (regular season only).
· UK is 24-20 in SEC road games under Mitchell.

UK is now 61-198 all-time in ranked games, including 4-3 this season.
Mitchell is now 20-31 vs. ranked teams, 7-15 vs. the top 10.
Kentucky is now 2-0 all-time vs. Texas A&M. UK defeated the Aggies 65-62 on Jan. 26 earlier this season.

Team/Game Notes
UK’s starting lineup featured A’dia Mathies, Kastine Evans, Jennifer O’Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth for the fourth consecutive game. This lineup is now 4-0.
The Cats connected on six 3-pointers which totals 178 on the year. That mark ranks fourth on UK’s single season list.
· The Cats tied a team high with 10 blocks, giving them 134 on the season. That total ranks fifth on the single season blocks list.

The Cats are now 84-7 when scoring 70 or more points under Mitchell, including 17-1 this season and 8-1 in SEC play.
Kentucky forced 18 turnovers and has forced double-digit miscues in 143 consecutive games. The Cats are 108-35 during that span.
UK scored 29 points off the 18 forced turnovers.
UK is now 55-32 in games decided by 10 points or less under Mitchell, including 6-2 this season.
The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 318.

Individual Notes
Senior guard A’dia Mathies scored 13 points, all in the second half.
Has reached double-figures in 24-of-26 games, including 17 in a row.
Played in her 130th career game which is the fourth-most in UK history.
Went 1-of-3 from beyond the arc, moving her to 10th on UK single season record with 52.
Needs three points to tie Victoria Dunlap at No. 2 on UK’s career scoring list.
Junior center DeNesha Stallworth set a school record with seven blocks and recorded her team-high tying eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Marked her 20th career double-double.
· Junior forward Samarie Walker grabbed 11 rebounds, marking her team-leading 11th double-figure rebounding game this season.

Recorded two blocks, giving her 42 this season with moves her to 10th on the single season list.
Junior guard Kastine Evans tallied double figures for the second consecutive game and fourth time this season, tying a season-high with 12 points.
Redshirt sophomore point guard Jennifer O’Neill recorded her first block of the season and led UK in assists for the eighth time this year with six.

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