Game Preview Notes: UK Hoops Vs. UCSB Gauchos- Go West Young Ladies


via ME!!....I have a feeling that the women will be glad to get home tonight after this West Coast swing...

Kentucky at UC Santa Barbara

Fri., Dec. 21 - 6:00 p.m. ET

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Radio: UK IMG

Live Video:

Well, I said I was going to hold off on these since there was no TV for these west coast games, but as it turns out there is a legal Internet TV link for tonight's game. And since some of you are probably jonesing for some good basketball, here you go.

UK Hoops takes on UCSB out on the coast tonight at 6:00 PM. Kentucky will be heavily favored tonight, as UCSB has struggled somewhat. But make no mistake, they will be up and ready for UK. This game gives California recruits Brittany Henderson and DeNesha Stallworth a chance to play in their home state for the first time since coming to Kentucky. Look for UK to do exactly what they always do. Press, press, press, and press. They will be trying for their ninth straight win and looking to complete a 2 game sweep of the West Coast.

Coach Mitchell stated, "Each year we like to give our players an experience and see a part of the country that they don't normally see or sometimes people take trips to different locations during Thanksgiving for tournaments, our thinking was to give our kids a great experience and also at the same time get Brittany Henderson and DeNesha Stallworth back to California. It's tough on their family and friends to get to watch them. We are real fortunate that most of our players are pretty close to or at least on the east coast where they can get into Lexington pretty easily. Just to get them out there and give them that experience in playing in front of family and friends is important."

UK comes off of their most balanced game of the season against Pepperdine, and they are looking to continue the trend. Mitchell's 40 Minutes of Dread defense has started producing more and more quality wins, and all of the players are finally getting involved. This spells doom for many of the UK Hoops Squad's opponents. A'Dia Mathies will be looking to continue getting herself back into the mix, and expect DeNesha to do a few spectacular things in front of the California crowd.

UCSB enters Friday's game at 4-6 after a loss at BYU on Tuesday, 67-39. Prior to that game, the Gauchos had gotten consecutive wins of the season at Loyola Marymount and Washington. Sweets Underwood leads the Gauchos with 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Junior guard Nicole Nesbit is scoring 9.5 points per game, while leading the team in steals (1.4). UK is 2-0 all-time vs. UCSB with wins in 2008 and 2009.

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