UK Hoops Rallies to Beat Arkansas in Overtime

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UK Hoops got back on the winning track last night as they defeated Arkansas in overtime.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Matthew Mitchell wasn’t sure Kentucky was fully recovered from a disappointing loss its last time out.

Luckily for the Wildcats coach, Bria Goss and A’dia Mathies saved their best for the second half as No. 10 Kentucky rallied and held on for a 80-74 overtime win over Arkansas on Thursday night.

Goss scored 16 of her 17 points after halftime for the Wildcats (20-3, 8-2 Southeastern Conference), who needed a win in the worst way. They avoided losing for the third time in four games, one game after having a school-record 34-game home winning streak snapped in a loss to Georgia.

UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Bud Walton Arena
Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb. 7, 2013
Final Score: No. 10/8 Kentucky 80 – Arkansas 74

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky improves to 20-3, 8-2 SEC, while Arkansas drops to 15-8, 3-7 SEC.
UK returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., at 4 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Kentucky is in its 39th year of varsity play and owns an overall record of 676-474 (.588).
UK is 153-218 all-time in SEC play.
UK has reached 20 wins for the fourth consecutive year. It marks the first time since the 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons the Wildcats have won 20 or more games in four straight seasons.
Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his sixth year and now ties Sharon Fanning for second on UK’s all-time wins list (134-59). His winning percentage of.694 is first. He is only four wins away from tying Terry Hall as UK’s all-time winningest coach.
Mitchell is now 56-30 in SEC games (regular season only).
· UK is 22-20 in SEC road games under Mitchell.

Kentucky is now 17-13 all-time vs. Arkansas and has won the last three meetings against the Razorbacks.
This marks the first win in Fayetteville since Feb. 7, 2010.
UK is now 4-9 against the Razorbacks in games played in Fayetteville.

Team/Game Notes
UK’s starting lineup featured A’dia Mathies, Kastine Evans, Jennifer O’Neill, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth for the first time this season.
Evans made her first start of the season and 47th career starting nod.
Goss had started in 57 straight games.
· UK trailed by 11 in the first half (30-19). The 11-point comeback victory is tied for the third largest in the Mitchell era.

Arkansas shot 48.1 (13-of-27) from the field in the first half, while Kentucky shot 38.5 (10-of-26).
A made free throw by Stallworth at the 13:42 mark gave UK its first lead of the game at 43-42, since leading 3-2 at the 16:52 mark in the first half.
Thirty-one of Kentucky’s 79 points came off the bench.
The Cats are now 53-32 in games decided by 10 points or less, including 4-2 this season.
· UK is now 23-23 all-time in overtime games, including 4-2 under Mitchell.

· UK outscored Arkansas 16-10 in the overtime period.

Tonight marked the third time this season UK has won after trailing at the half (Arkansas led 33-28 at the half).
The Cats connected on five 3-pointers which totals 158 on the year. That mark is tied for sixth on UK’s single season list.
Kentucky has attempted 481 3s this season, which ranks seventh on the all-time single season list.
· The Cats had seven blocks, giving them 119 on the season. That total now ranks eighth on the single season blocks list.

The Cats are now 48-2 when scoring 80 or more points under Mitchell, including 10-0 this season.
Kentucky forced 18 turnovers and has forced double-digit miscues in 140 consecutive games. The Cats are 105-35 during that span.
The Wildcats extended their streak of consecutive games with a triple to 315.
The Cats had four players reach double figures for the 13th time this season. UK is 11-1 overall, 4 3-1 in SEC play when four or more players score in double figures.

Individual Notes
Sophomore Bria Goss came off the bench and reached double figures for the 12th time this season with 17 points.
Most points since scoring 18 vs. Alcorn State on Dec. 28, 2012.
Came off the bench for the first time in her career, snapping her 57-game starting streak.
Made a career-high nine free throws on 10 attempts.
Played a career-high 43 minutes.
Senior guard A’dia Mathies scored 15 points, marking the 21st time in 23 games she has reached double figures this season, including 14 in a row.
Tied a season high with nine rebounds. She also had nine vs. DePaul on Dec. 7, 2012.
Scored 13 of her points in the second half.
Moved up in a tie for fifth on UK’s career games play list with 127.
Junior Kastine Evans played a career-high 40 minutes in her first start of the season and recorded a season-best five rebounds.
Made her first start of the season and the 47th of her career.
Junior forward Samarie Walker posted double-digit points for the 11th time this season with 16 points.
Third straight game with double-figure points.
· Junior center DeNesha Stallworth had 12 points, her 20th game in double figures, including second straight.

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